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Italian 7-Layer Dip

Whip up this 7-Layer Dip for the ultimate party food or game day spread! Layers of fresh Italian flavors — whipped ricotta and cannellini beans melted together with fresh mozzarella cheese, cured meats, pesto, marinara, spiced with Italian giardiniera and fresh herbs. It’s sure to become your favorite crowd-pleasing dip recipe!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1; 7×10 baking dish

Serves: Party size

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Ingredients

Italian 7-Layer Dip:

  • 2 (8-ounce) jars basil pesto, or substitute homemade
  • 1 (15-ounce) container Frigo® Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can or jar of smooth marinara sauce, or substitute homemade
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar spicy Italian giardiniera or olive salad, drained and rough chopped
  • 1 (16-ounce) package Frigo® Whole Milk Mozzarella Cheese, shredded or sliced thin
  • ¾ pound cured meats (pepperoni, salami, capicola), sliced thin and halved
  • ½ cup + garnish chopped fresh herbs (basil, parsley, oregano, rosemary), rough chopped

For Serving:

  • Toasted bread, chips, crackers

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Prepare a 7×10 baking dish by oiling lightly with olive oil.

Start by coating the bottom of the baking dish with pesto for the first layer.

In a medium bowl, cream the Frigo® Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese and cannellini beans together with a hand mixer. Spread over the pesto with a cake icing or rubber spatula. Pour marinara sauce over the top of the ricotta cheese layer. Spread evenly to coat and then sprinkle with giardiniera. Sprinkle liberally with Frigo® Whole Milk Mozzarella Cheese and top with meat.

Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until mozzarella is melted and dip is bubbling. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve with toasted bread, chips, or crackers. Dig in and enjoy! Mangiamo!

Rad Remix: No time to bake or dining alfresco outside? This dip tastes excellent served cold and not baked. Just allow it to macerate for at least 20 minutes before serving so the flavors meld together.

Retro Redo: Have leftovers? Well, this is the most delicious filling for stuffed shells or sauce for a baked ziti! You can thank me later.

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