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Tuscan Cheese Dip

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Tuscan Cheese Dip is a perfect appetizer recipe! Italian flavors of sundried tomatoes, spinach, and basil with three cheeses. A melty cheesy dip for game day and a party. Fast and easy to make, gluten free and vegetarian.
Close view of Tuscan Cheese Dip with a piece of bread in it

Tuscan Cheese Dip is a fast and easy appetizer, filled with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and lots of cheese!

Close view of Tuscan Cheese Dip with a piece of bread in it

Why You Will Love This Recipe

I am a big foodie (of course, hence the blog) and Italian foods are probably my all-time favorite category.  This cheese dip appetizer recipe is made of three cheeses and a great appetizer for any event or party.

This Tuscan Cheese Dip is ready in literally MINUTES and SO GOOD that you better make more than you think you need, because people just love it! 

I make cheese dips a LOT for friends and family.  They are SO good that if I don’t make one, there is a mutiny.  People literally barter for me to make one. 

This dip is perfect for Italian dinners and game day.  The flavors of this cheese treasure are based on the incredibly popular Olive Garden Copycat Steak Gorgonzola Alfredo dish on this site.  It is consistently in the top few recipes every day and for good reason! 

These flavors go SO well together, so of course they needed to be a cheese dip.

A cast iron skillet full of Tuscan Cheese Dip

Ingredients

These are the ingredients needed for the cheese dip:

  • Cream Cheese
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Spinach
  • Sundried Tomatoes
  • Sour Cream
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt

My favorite sun-dried tomatoes to use are packed in an oil. Cut in thin strips, they just need a quick chop. Use as much or little of the sundried tomatoes and spinach as you prefer!

The ingredients sitting in a skillet

Instruction Overview

To make the dip, just combine most of the ingredients into any oven safe baking dish. 

Cook until they are melted, and then add the extra mozzarella cheese on top. 

Finish it off in the oven and serve once the top layer of cheese is starting to brown.

Modifications and Substitutions

The frozen spinach can be swapped for 1 cup of fresh spinach.

Spinach can also be swapped for kale.

This would work great in a crock pot! Just add everything and let it heat through!

A spoon scooping some dip out of the skillet

Kim’s Tips

The frozen spinach is deceivingly small looking when packed and frozen, so add gradually. No need to defrost and drain the spinach, the oven will do this for you rather quickly and save you time!

FAQs

What kind of cheese is cheese dip made of?

There are three cheeses in this recipe: cream cheese, mozzarella, and Parmesan.

What is served with cheese dip?

My favorite thing to serve with this dip is crostini. You can also serve chips and vegetables like bell peppers and celery.

How long does cheese dip last?

This keeps in the refrigerator for up to 5 days (if it is not eaten before that!).
A dish of Tuscan Cheese Dip on a board with crostini and basil
Pin of Tuscan Cheese Dip in a skillet with title at top
Close view of Tuscan Cheese Dip with a piece of bread in it

Tuscan Cheese Dip

Tuscan Cheese Dip is a perfect appetizer recipe! Italian flavors of sundried tomatoes, spinach, and basil with three cheeses. A melty cheesy dip for game day and a party. Fast and easy to make, gluten free and vegetarian.
5 from 15 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: 30 Min or Less, Game Day, Gluten Free, Keto/Low Carb, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings (2 cups)
Calories: 305kcal

Equipment

  • Baking dish

Ingredients

Cheese Dip

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Combine all of the cheese dip ingredients in an oven safe dish for serving except for 1/2 cup of the mozzarella (you will use it to top the dip later). You do not need to mix them up yet nor thaw the spinach.
    8 ounces cream cheese, 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, 1/2 cup chopped frozen spinach
  • Bake the cheese dip until the cheese is melted, stirring occasionally.
  • Once melted, add the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese across the top.
    Continue baking until the top layer of cheese is melted and starting to brown. Want more browning? Pop it under a broiler instead of baking.
  • Serve immediately with dunkers like chips or crostini.

Notes

Crostini are a great dunker for this cheese dip.  Get the recipe here!
Balsamic glaze is the perfect way to top off this cheese dip!  The acidity cuts through the richness of the cheese.  Regular balsamic vinegar would also work.
To ensure a truly vegetarian dish, make sure you use vegetarian cheeses.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 465mg | Potassium: 466mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2469IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 274mg | Iron: 1mg
Tuscan Cheese Dip in a skillet with a piece of bread in it

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By on February 10th, 2020

About Kim

Kim has grown up with a passion for cooking good food! You can find her in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes, making dog treats, and eating Italian food!

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11 thoughts on “Tuscan Cheese Dip”

  1. 5 stars
    Made this last weekend for the ball game and everyone loved it. So simple to make and I had all of the ingredients on hand.

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  2. 5 stars
    There are few things I like more than sundried tomatoes, so this cheese dip had my name written all over it! We served it last night with some crostini and potato sticks and honestly, it was one of the best dips I’ve ever tasted. Thanks a lot for the recipe!

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  3. 5 stars
    Cheese dips are normally just a overwhelming cheese syrup kind and i did not like it, but for this one i think it might be different it looks awesome!

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  4. 5 stars
    I’ve always hated cheese dips because of how synthetic they actually taste. But this one might change my perception it looks incredible and i’d love to make this one!

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