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This pizza dip is sure to be the hit of the party! Herby cream cheese is topped with marinara sauce, more cheese, and pizza toppings for a melty dip that tastes just like your favorite pizza.

Baked pizza dip in a cast iron skillet, surrounded by bowls of crostini and breadsticks.

It’s really no big secret that I enjoy the comfort of my own home rather than being the social butterfly. On occasion, my friends can get me out of the house to endure the rough terrain with the promise of delicious food.

One of the gatherings that my friend Brittani managed to drag me to once was loaded with all kinds of fantastic snack foods. There happened to be a pizza dip in particular that had me repeatedly heading back to the appetizer table. 

It was everything that I love about pizza, from the ooey, gooey cheesiness to the rich sauce and delectable pizza toppings. The minute I ate it, I knew I needed to figure out how to create a pizza dip recipe at home.

After playing around a bit, I came to realize that this pizza dip is not only delicious, but incredibly easy! And it would be the perfect appetizer for any party or game-day spread.

Hand dipping into a skillet of baked pizza dip with a crostini.

WHAT IS PIZZA DIP?

Pizza dip is a savory, cheesy, melty appetizer that has all of the flavors of your favorite pizza in a dippable form.

This dip starts out with a rich cream-cheese base that is covered in zesty pizza sauce. It gets topped with pepperoni, bell peppers, onions, black olives, and – most importantly – more cheese before going in the oven to get hot and melty.

If you can’t have a party without dips, this is one you have to add to the menu. It will be right at home alongside buffalo chicken dip, spinach artichoke dip, and spicy sausage dip.

Softened cream cheese and spices in a glass bowl, about to be combined.

HOW TO MAKE THIS SIMPLE PIZZA DIP

This pizza dip is not only delicious, it’s easy to make and even easier to customize! Let’s talk through it.

Ingredients you’ll need

For the base of this dip, you will need:

Softened cream cheese: The base of this dip is softened cream cheese. If you forget to set your cream cheese out ahead of time, don’t worry. I’ve got some tips on how to soften cream cheese quickly.

Garlic powder, dried oregano, dried parsley, & dried basil: The cream cheese gets mixed with all of the flavors you would find in a pizza seasoning. If you want to simplify the recipe, you could replace these with 1 ½ teaspoons of your favorite pizza seasoning.

Shredded mozzarella cheese: You can’t have pizza without mozzarella cheese!

Parmesan cheese: I love the saltiness that parmesan cheese adds to this dip.

Pizza sauce: Use your favorite jarred pizza sauce or you can even swap in quick marinara sauce instead.

Herbed cream cheese spread into the bottom of a cast iron skillet. The rest of the ingredients for pizza dip are in bowls around the skillet.

Topping ideas

The place to get really creative and have fun with this recipe is in the toppings!

I like to make my pizza dip with:

  • Diced green bell pepper
  • Diced onion
  • Pepperoni
  • Sliced black olives
Herbed cream cheese topped with shredded cheese in a cast iron skillet on a marble countertop.

Don’t like those toppings? That’s ok! Use your favorites instead. Some others you might consider are:

  • Cooked and crumbled sausage
  • Cooked and crumbled bacon
  • Sliced jalapeños
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Shredded chicken
  • Pineapple
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
Pizza sauce being spread over shredded cheese and herb cream cheese in a cast iron skillet.

Making this recipe

The first step to making pizza dip is making the cream cheese base.

Mix the softened cream cheese with the garlic powder, oregano, parsley, and basil. Spread this into a 9-inch oven safe dish – a skillet, pie pan, or shallow baking dish works well.

Top the cream cheese with half of the mozzarella cheese and half of the Parmesan cheese. Spread the pizza sauce on top, then sprinkle on the rest of the cheeses.

Add your toppings; in this case, evenly distribute the bell pepper, onion, pepperoni, and black olives over the top.

Bake the dip for about 20 minutes, or until the cheeses are melted and the dip is bubbly.

Assembled pizza dip in a cast iron skillet, ready to go in the oven.

SHORTCUT AND MAKE-AHEAD TIPS

Short on time? No problem!

Assemble the dip in a shallow 9-inch microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the dip is heated through.

I definitely prefer baking this pizza dip, but it’s always nice to have a quick shortcut option just in case!

If you need to prep the dip ahead of time, you certainly can. Just assemble the dip, cover, and refrigerate for up to a day before baking.

If you choose to assemble it ahead of time, I would avoid putting it in a metal pan or skillet due to the acid in the tomato sauce. If you refrigerate it in a glass or ceramic dish, let the dip sit at room temperature while the oven preheats to take the chill off the dish before it goes in the oven.

Pizza dip topped with pepperoni, olives, onions, and green peppers in a cast iron skillet on a beige trivet.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

I like to serve pizza dip with crostini, but it’s also the perfect dip for breadsticks!  

But don’t stop there. You could serve it with pretzels, french bread, or even slices of bell pepper.

Close up of baked pizza dip with pepperoni, green peppers, and black olives in a cast iron skillet.
Pizza dip being dipped into with a crostini.

Pizza Dip

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Herb-packed cream cheese is topped with marinara sauce, more cheese, and pizza and your favorite toppings in this melty, decadent pizza dip.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 2 ounces sliced pepperoni
  • 2 tablespoons sliced black olives

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, garlic powder, dried oregano, parsley and basil.
  2. Spread cream cheese mixture into a 9-inch oven-safe skillet, pie pan, or shallow baking dish. Sprinkle ½ cup of mozzarella and ½ cup of Parmesan on the cream cheese mixture.
  3. Top with the pizza sauce and sprinkle the remaining cheeses over the pizza sauce.
  4. Top with bell pepper, onion, pepperoni and black olives.
  5. Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes or until cheese is fully melted and bubbly.

Notes

If you are short on time, layer the ingredients in a microwave-safe dish. Cover the dish and place into the microwave for 5 minutes or until the cheeses are melted and the dip is heated through. 

Feel free to make this dip with your personal favorite pizza toppings.

For an added kick, try sprinkling a little bit of Italian seasoning and/or crushed red pepper flakes on top of the dip.

Nutrition Information
Yield 8
Amount Per Serving Calories 244Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 53mgSodium 625mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 10g

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Brenda

Tuesday 15th of June 2021

I have made this dip so many times, I have lost count. It is so good and there are never any leftovers. This is one of the dips my coworkers request for their birthday 'spread'. I eat low carb so I make my own pizza sauce to cut down on sugars. I serve with crostini for most people and parmesan crisps for the low carb peeps. I bake in the morning before work and we reheat throughout the day in the microwave as we graze. :) But, just like pizza it is also good room temp or even cold. You will not be disappointed! Thanks for the recipe Jamie, I should have thanked you years ago!

Jamie

Wednesday 16th of June 2021

So happy to hear you enjoy the dip so much, Brenda! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback.

-Jamie

Michelle

Sunday 20th of October 2019

I made this today for my church's appetizer pot luck. It was a hit. Even my picky eater enjoyed it.

Jamie

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019

So happy to hear you enjoyed the dip, Michelle! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie

Rachel Page

Thursday 9th of July 2015

I am a pizza lover myself and this dip sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Jamie

Thursday 9th of July 2015

It is so good, Rachel! I hope you try it soon! -Jamie

Maria

Friday 1st of November 2013

Can't wait to try this! I think I will use ricotta cheese instead of cream cheese though to keep it really Italian.

Jamie

Monday 4th of November 2013

Maria-

Sounds great! Let us know how it turns out! Have a wonderful day!

-Jamie

Kimberly

Tuesday 29th of October 2013

The dip looks awesome, but also do you have any information on the pan? So cute!

Jamie

Friday 10th of January 2014

Hi Kimberly, that pan is a Le Creuset French Oven. - Jamie

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