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Easy Pizza Dip
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Need a crowd-pleasing appetizer, a potluck dish, or just a family-friendly dinner? This Easy Pizza Dip recipe is the perfect solution!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy pizza dip, pizza dip recipe, pizza dip with cream cheese
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 362 kcal
Author: Blair
Ingredients
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage, casings removed
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 (25 ounce) jar marinara sauce
  • 1 cup mini pepperoni or chopped pepperoni
  • For serving: bagel chips; pita chips; sliced baguette rounds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

  2. In a large skillet, brown sausage, mushrooms, and onion over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, Parmesan, and 1 cup mozzarella. Spread ½ of the cheese mixture onto the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  4. Top first layer of cream cheese with ½ of the marinara sauce.
  5. Top the marinara with ½ of the sausage mixture. Sprinkle ½ of the pepperoni on top.

  6. Repeat layers.
  7. Top with an additional 1 cup of mozzarella and additional pepperoni, if desired.

  8. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Recipe Notes

Can you freeze Pizza Dip?

Yes! You can freeze the assembled pizza dip before baking

If you have leftover pizza dip that you would like to freeze after baking, that will work as well. The quality of the frozen dip may not be as high as when it was fresh, but can safely store it for a few months. The higher the fat content in the dip, the better it will freeze. A full-fat cream cheese dip is less likely to separate after freezing.

COOK'S TIPS AND RECIPE VARIATIONS:

  • For convenience, look for bulk Italian sausage. This way you don't have to remove the casings from the sausage on your own!
  • I used Sweet Italian Sausage, but you can substitute with Hot Italian Sausage for a spicy dip. You can also use turkey Italian sausage if you prefer.
  • For another shortcut, look for a container of sliced mushrooms and use frozen pre-diced onion. You won't even have to pull out your cutting board!
  • I prefer mini pepperoni, since I don't have to chop it before adding it to the dip. You can substitute with chopped pepperoni or turkey pepperoni as well.
  • Bake the pizza dip appetizer on top of a baking sheet in case any bubbles over! It makes cleanup easy!
  • Prep ahead! You can assemble the dip in advance and keep it covered in the refrigerator until you're ready to bake it for your party!
Nutrition Facts
Easy Pizza Dip
Amount Per Serving (1 /8 of the dip)
Calories 362 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 102mg34%
Sodium 1954mg85%
Potassium 747mg21%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 860IU17%
Vitamin C 24.8mg30%
Calcium 351mg35%
Iron 7.5mg42%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.