Margherita Pizza

A perfectly crispy and chewy crust that is topped with a homemade tomato sauce, melty mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, a sprinkling of sea salt, and a drizzle of olive oil. This is the ultimate Margherita Pizza recipe! Crack out that Pizza Dough and try this delicious classic!

baked margherita pizza on cutting board

Ever since we moved out of NYC, Gordon and I have been dying to eat some amazing pizza. Since Margherita Pizza was our favorite, its the one we’ve been trying to perfect first and I’m so excited to be sharing this recipe with you today. New York knows they make pizza well and there are SO many pizzerias that have great pies. Our favorite pizzeria in the city was steps away from our last apartment and mama, was it good. So, we’ve been using our memories and tastebuds as a guide and gotten as close to the original as one can at home. I hope you come to love this recipe and become master pizza makers in the process.

But First, What is Margherita Pizza?

Margherita Pizza is not to be confused with a margarita…as in the drink. Two totally different things! The name Margherita actually comes from Italian royalty, technically Margherita of Savoy, the Queen of Italy. Word on the street is she was tired of the French food she was being served on a trip to Naples, so the most famous pizza maker of the time in Naples, was then asked to make her a pizza. And thus the Margherita Pizza was born.

There is more to the story, but that’s basically all you need to know.

hand holding can of san marzano tomatoes

Main Ingredients Needed

Here’s everything you’ll need to make Margherita Pizza. Because this is a such a simple recipe with very few ingredients, the quality of those ingredients is what is most important.

For the Sauce

While I tried making this recipe with just the San Marzano Tomatoes, I found adding a few simple ingredients to help bring out that tomato flavor was best.

  • San Marzano Tomatoes – I chose to use San Marzano Tomatoes for their authentic quality and taste (you can read all about it here). This is the brand I used and have loved them!
  • Olive Oil – to make the sauce a little saucier and to add some silkiness.
  • Garlic – for flavor.
  • Sugar – to cut the acidity from the tomatoes.
  • Salt + Pepper – season to taste!

Toppings

A Margherita Pizza always will have fresh basil and fresh mozzarella.

  • Fresh Basil Leaves – these are placed right on top of everything else (whole or sliced)! They add a fresh quality to the dish.
  • Fresh Mozzarella Cheese – Cut into thin slices or broken into pieces to place on the pizza. BelGioioso is the brand I used and is widely available.
  • Sea Salt + Olive Oil – these are optional finishing toppings for the baked pizza. While they are optional, I’d highly recommend them!

Variations

Margherita Pizza is so so so good all on it’s own, but if you are looking to spice this recipe up, feel free to use some of these ideas:

  • Smoked Mozzarella: this is seriously some yummy stuff that elevates the whole dish.
  • Herby Pizza Dough: consider adding Italian Seasoning (a mix of herbs) to your pizza dough, that way, even the crust is packed with flavor.
  • Grill Your Pizza: have you ever tried grilling pizza before? Let me tell you it’s life-changing. Luckily for you, I have a whole how-to on grilled pizza.
diced fresh mozzarella cheese on paper towels

How to Make Margherita Pizza

For full details on how to make Margherita Pizza, see the recipe card down below 🙂

Step 1: Preheat Oven and Pizza Stone

Move the oven rack to the very bottom of the oven. Remove any extra racks from the oven. Add pizza stone to the bottom rack and preheat the oven to as hot as it will go: usually 500-525 degrees F. Once the oven is preheated, keep the stone in there for an extra 30 minutes to ensure it is hot.

Step 2: Make the Sauce

Empty a can of tomatoes into the bowl of a food processor. Add olive oil, garlic, sugar, and salt. Pulse until mostly smooth, but still has a texture with a few small chunks.

A Note About This Fresh Pizza Sauce

The recipe for the fresh sauce makes plenty of sauce…more than you’ll need for this recipe. Store extras in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to two months.

spreading margherita pizza sauce onto pizza dough

Step 3: Prep Mozzarella and Basil

Cut mozzarella into small cubes. Press between paper towels to remove any extra moisture. Set aside. Pick fresh basil leaves off stems and set aside or chop into smaller pieces.

Step 5: Form Your Pizzas

Stretch and roll pizza dough out to be 4 individual pizzas, or 2-12 inch pizzas. You want the crust to be about 1/4 inch straight across, with an optional thicker edge. It may take a few tries to get your crust perfect. Too thin and you’ll have a hard time getting the bottom crispy, especially if there is too much sauce.

Transferring that Pizza onto the Hot Stone

Use extra flour and cornmeal to keep the dough from sticking to pizza peel/cutting board/plate/whatever you’re using to transfer the pizza directly onto the hot stone. Before you start adding the pizza toppings, shake the pizza peel gently to ensure the dough moves easily back and forth. If it’s stuck, add more flour and/or cornmeal underneath so it slides easily. Here is a great pizza peel that works perfectly.

unbaked margherita pizza on plate

Step 6: Bake

Add a thin layer of pizza sauce to the dough (less is more). Again, you’ll have to test this out to see what you like best and how it bakes up for you with your oven and pizza stone.

Top with fresh mozzarella and transfer to the hot pizza stone. Bake until bottom crust is browned and crispy and cheese is hot and bubbly. For us, that was 7 minutes exactly.

Step 7: Cool, Garnish and Serve!

Remove hot pizza off the stone and onto a cutting board. Top with fresh basil, a small little drizzle of olive oil, and a light sprinkling of sea salt. I used Maldon Sea Salt Flakes and they really did such a nice job! Do not use table salt..it won’t give you the same taste or effect. Cut and serve immediately.

cut margherita pizza on cutting board

While I still miss the classic Margherita Pizza slices I used to get weekly from the corner pizzeria shop in NYC, this is a close second. Use my directions to make some of the best homemade pizza ever.

Helpful Tools for Homemade Pizza

Pizza Stone. Take your pizza to the next level with a pizza stone! If you want that delicious crispy bottom you find at pizzerias, a pizza stone is the way to do it. This is the one I recommend. If you don’t have a pizza stone or don’t want to invest in one, consider getting large tiles from the hardware store. They work just the same. Upside down cookie sheets will also work in a pinch, but not in the same way because they don’t hold their heat quite as well as a thicker stone would.

Pizza Peel. This will make transferring pizza to the hot stone so much easier! Yes, you can absolutely get by without it, but one you have it you’ll wonder why you didn’t get one sooner. This is the one I recommend. Alternately, use a large, flat plate dusted with cornmeal for easy transferring. Once the pizza is baked, use a large spatula to remove to a cutting board.

Pizza Cutter. This obviously makes cutting pizza so much easier. Again, you don’t HAVE to get one to have success. It’s just nice to have. This is the one I recommend. Alternately, use a knife or kitchen shears.

More Italian Dishes to Try!

Be sure to check out these other Italian dishes too!

The printable recipe card is down below! Save it because it’s a good one 🙂

baked margherita pizza on cutting board

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Margherita Pizza

Homemade pizza crust topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil, sea salt and olive oil. This is the ultimate Margherita Pizza recipe!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword margherita pizza, margherita pizza recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 547kcal

Ingredients

For the Sauce*

  • 28 oz can San Marzano Tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste

For the Pizza

  • 12 fresh basil leaves whole or chopped
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella cut into cubes
  • coarse sea salt + olive oil

Instructions

  • Move oven rack to the bottom of the oven. Remove any extra racks from the oven. Add pizza stone to the bottom rack and preheat oven to 525 degrees or as high as it will go. Once oven is preheated, keep stone in there an extra 30 minutes to ensure it is hot.

Make the Sauce

  • To make the sauce, empty can of tomatoes into the bowl of a food processor. Add olive oil, garlic, sugar and salt. Pulse until mostly smooth, but still has texture with a few small chunks.
    pouring margherita pizza sauce into bowl
  • Cut mozzarella into small cubes. Press between paper towels to remove any extra moisture. Set aside. Pick fresh basil leaves off stems and set aside or chop into smaller pieces.
    diced fresh mozzarella cheese on paper towels

Form the Pizzas

  • Stretch pizza dough out to be 4 individual pizzas, or 2-12 inch pizzas. You want the crust to be about 1/4 inch straight across, with an optional thicker edge. It may take a few tries to get your crust perfect. Too thin and you’ll have a hard time getting the bottom crispy, especially if there is too much sauce. Use extra flour and cornmeal to keep dough from sticking to pizza peel/cutting board/plate/whatever you’re using to transfer the pizza directly onto the hot stone.

    Before you start adding the pizza toppings, shake the pizza peel gently to ensure the dough moves easily back and forth. If it’s stuck, add more flour and/or cornmeal underneath so it slides easily.

    risen pizza dough in bowl
  • Add a thin layer of pizza sauce to the dough (less is more).
    spreading margherita pizza sauce onto pizza dough

Bake

  • Top with fresh mozzarella and transfer to the hot pizza stone. Bake 7 minutes or until bottom crust is browned and crispy and cheese is hot and bubbly.
    unbaked margherita pizza on plate
  • Remove hot pizza off the stone and onto a cutting board. Top with fresh basil, a small little drizzle of olive oil and a light sprinkling of salt. Cut and serve.
    baked margherita pizza on cutting board

Notes

*The recipe for the fresh sauce makes plenty of sauce…more than you’ll need for this recipe. Store extras in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to two months.

*If your oven only goes to 500 degrees, you’ll want to bake your pizza for a few extra minutes to make sure the bottom gets plenty crusty. Of course check the progress as you go since every oven is different.

*If your crust it too thin, it won’t get very crispy because of the sauce and moisture in the cheese. It’s better to err on the side of thicker than thinner.

Nutrition

Calories: 547kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 1438mg | Potassium: 631mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 873IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 357mg | Iron: 6mg

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White Bean Hummus

Roasted garlic makes this White Bean Hummus extra delicious! Blended chunky or creamy, it is sure to please! Spread onto a wrap or sandwich or serve on its own with pita bread, vegetables, and/or crackers.

white bean hummus on plate with pita and carrots

White Bean Hummus | With a Whole Head of Garlic!!!

I love a good hummus recipe and after being fresh out of garbanzo beans (chick peas) which is the classic ingredient for the original hummus, I decided to use white beans instead and add in roasted garlic for a lovely and delicious variation. Man oh man, what a good idea that was! Roasting garlic mellows out that strong garlic flavor while turning it sweet! It is an extra (optional) step that you are welcome to skip…just don’t add a whole head of RAW garlic to your recipe.

roasted garlic wrapped in foil

Main Ingredients

Here’s everything else you’ll need to make White Bean Hummus!

  • White Beans – also known as Cannellini beans (found in the canned section of your local grocery store)!
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – or just regular or light olive oil if you aren’t a huge fan of the taste.
  • Cumin – for a little spiced flavor.
  • Lemon Juice – for freshness and some zing.
  • Salt + Pepper – don’t forget to season as you go! This will give your hummus a ton of flavor.
beans, garlic, salt and pepper in food processor

How to Make White Bean Hummus

For full details on how to make White Bean Hummus, including increments, see the recipe card down below 🙂

Step 1: Roast the Garlic

Start out with a cute little garlic clove…or a big one. Now slice that baby down the center and take a whiff!

Place the two halves on some foil and drizzle with a little olive oil. Fold it up into a cute little package and throw it in the oven. I roasted mine at 350 for 40 minutes.

Once you pull it out of the oven, the cloves should be a lovely golden color and they should smell sort of sweet.

Step 2: Puree Ingredients

Now, let the hummus magic begin. Drain and rinse a can of white beans, then pop those into a food processor.

Squeeze the two halves of roasted garlic to make the cloves pop out. If they are roasted to perfection, then they all should just smoosh right out.

Next squeeze in some lemon juice for a little zing, some cumin for a little spice, and some salt for seasoning.

Start pulsing that mixture while you stream in some olive oil. Add in as much as you need to get the desired consistency you want. I used about 3 tablespoons.

Step 3: Adjust Seasonings then Serve!

After a minute or so, you have a pretty good looking dip! Taste it at this stage and add in anything extra you think it needs. I added in more salt and another little squeeze of lemon juice.

To serve, you just spoon it onto a platter, drizzle more olive oil over the top and add some pine nuts and parsley for decoration. See! I told you it was easy!

blended white bean hummus in food processor

What to Serve with White Bean Hummus?

White Bean Hummus is an excellent source of fiber and protein, served with veggies and you have a well rounded snack or meal! Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:

  • pita bread
  • crackers
  • baby carrots
  • cucumber
  • zucchini
  • bell peppers
  • celery
  • or any other of your favorite raw veggies!

More Hummus Recipes to Try!

And that’s it! White Bean Hummus, an easy and healthy dip that is perfect for any occasion.

The printable recipe card is down below, have a good day!

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White Bean Hummus

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Roasted garlic makes this White Bean Hummus extra delicious! Serve with pita bread, vegetables, and/or crackers.
Course Dip, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword white bean hummus
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 173kcal
Author Lauren

Ingredients

  • 1 head garlic
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus extra for drizzling on the garlic before roasting. You may need more depending on your consistency preferences
  • 15 oz white beans or Cannellini beans
  • 1 small lemon juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Slice the head of garlic in half horizontally to expose the cloves. Drizzle with a little olive oil and wrap in foil. Bake 30-40 minutes or until fragrant and cloves are golden in color. Then remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
    roasted garlic wrapped in foil
  • Into the bowl of a food processor, pour in beans, lemon juice, cumin, salt and pepper. Squeeze both halves of the roasted garlic head into the food processor. The roasted cloves should pop right out. Turn machine on and drizzle in 3 Tablespoons of olive oil, processing until desired consistency has been reached. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking-more salt, more cumin, more lemon juice, etc.
    beans, garlic, salt and pepper in food processor
  • Spoon onto serving platter. Top with another drizzle of olive oil, pine nuts and parsley, if desired. Serve with pita bread, vegetables or crackers. Also delicious on a sandwich or wrap.
    blended white bean hummus in food processor

Nutrition

Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 3mg

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Carrots – In the Air Fryer!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Carrots are extra easy peasy in the air fryer (but they can be made in the oven too)!

Sweet potatoes & carrots are cooked to tender perfection with a bit of brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt for the perfect side dish!

top view of Air Fryer Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Carrots glazed in a bowl

Easy Air-Fried Veggies

These can be oven roasted or air fried. If you’re new to air frying, you can find everything you need to know about air fryers here!

Veggies cooked in an air fryer are similar to roasted veggies and taste great because they come out caramelized!

Much like air fryer potatoes, they take a fraction of the time and come out fluffy inside and crispy on the outside.

cut up sweet potatoes and carrots with ingredients to make Air Fryer Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Carrots

Ingredients

VEGGIES Any kind of sweet potatoes and carrots work well in this recipe. Feel free to try rainbow-colored carrots or white/yellow sweet potatoes.

OIL/BUTTER Oil is great for making the seasonings stick and butter is added after cooking for flavor.

Air Fryer Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Carrots in the air fryer after cooking

Sweet or Savory

  • Brown sugar goes well with carrots and sweet potatoes, it’s great in this recipe to make a sweeter side with a dash of cinnamon.
  • If you’d prefer a savory dish, carrots and sweet potatoes pair well with fresh thyme or dill.
  • Either way, toss with butter and salt once they’ve cooked.

How to Roast Sweet Potatoes & Carrots

Just like most air fryer recipes, this cooked quickly compared to the oven version (but I’ve included directions for both below).

  1. Prepare sweet potatoes and carrots according to the recipe below.
  2. Toss veggies with all of the other ingredients except butter.
  3. Cook in the air fryer for about 15 minutes or in the oven for about 35 minutes.
  4. Toss with butter and serve.

Leftovers

  • Store leftover sweet potatoes and carrots in an airtight container in the refrigerator and they’ll last about 3 days.
  • Reheat them by placing them in a toaster oven or under the broiler for about 7 minutes.
  • Freeze to add to soups or stews.

Fave Air Fryer Veggies

Did you love these Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes and Carrots? Be sure to leave a comment and a rating below! 

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Carrots

These Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Carrots are simply seasoned, cooked until crisp on the outside, tender on the inside!
Course Air Fryer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 111
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sweet potatoes peeled and diced 1″
  • 3 large carrots peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon each salt & pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar optional
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions

  • Toss all ingredients except butter in a bowl.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Place into preheated air fryer. Cook 10 minutes.
  • Shake basket and cook an additional 4-7 minutes or until lightly browned and tender.
  • Toss with butter and serve.

Notes

For sweeter veggies, add a little bit of extra brown sugar with the butter when tossing.

For a more savory side, skip the brown sugar and cinnamon and opt for salt & pepper with thyme. Or toss fresh dill with the butter after cooking.

To roast in the oven, prepare as directed. Bake on a parchment-lined pan at 400°F for 35-40 minutes or until tender.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 111 | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 339mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 15507IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
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Air Fryer Butternut Squash – Sweet & Savory!

Air Fryer Butternut Squash is the side dish that complements any entrée or the perfect addition to your favorite recipes from butternut squash soup to risotto.

This is one of the easiest ways to make this sweet winter squash.

cooked Air Fryer Butternut Squash on a white plate with seasoning

An Easier Way to Cook Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is hard to peel and cut when it’s raw so we skip that step in this recipe and cook it in halves. If your squash is too hard to cut in half, poke it with a fork and microwave it for 3-4 minutes first (I do the same with spaghetti squash if it’s too hard to cut).

  • Make sure your squash is small enough to fit into your air fryer, if not it can be cut into quarters.
  • Season with cinnamon and salt or even just salt & pepper.
  • Adding a touch of brown sugar will add sweetness and help with caramelization.

top view of Air Fryer Butternut Squash in the air fryer

How to Make Butternut Squash in the Air Fryer

  1. Cut butternut squash in half vertically and scoop out the seeds and pulp.
  2. Brush the cut halves with olive oil and sprinkle with cinnamon then salt and pepper (per the recipe below). Sprinkle brown sugar on top.
  3. Cook, cut side up in the Air Fryer until tender. Remove and slice into 1” thick pieces (they’ll look like half-moons) or scoop out and mash. Serve with a pat of butter.

Cubed Butternut Squash

If you purchase cubed butternut squash, it can be roasted in the air fryer as well. Toss with seasonings per the recipe below. Turn the air fryer on to 380°F. Cook 10 minutes, shake the basket, and cook an additional 5-7 minutes or until tender.

Air Fryer Butternut Squash in the air fryer after cooking

Ways to Enjoy This Recipe

Use this squash for any recipe that requires roasted butternut squash.

  • Serve it right out of the air fryer alongside baked pork chops.
  • Blend it with broth and add a splash of cream to make soup!
  • It’s perfect added to salads (especially our fave winter salad).
  • Toss it with cooked grains (like farro) for a great side or salad.

Savory Squash Dishes

Did you make this Air Fryer Butternut Squash? Be sure to leave a comment and a rating below! 

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Air Fryer Butternut Squash

This butternut squash is perfectly seasoned with cinnamon & brown sugar, then air fried until tender!
Course Air Fryer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 127
Author Holly Nilsson

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 small butternut squash (approx 1 ½ pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar optional

Instructions

  • Cut butternut squash in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and pulp.
  • Brush squash with olive oil, sprinkle with cinnamon and season with salt & pepper to taste. Sprinkle brown sugar on top.
  • Place in the air fryer, cut side up and cook at 350°F for 40-50 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork.
  • Slice or mash and top with butter if desired.

Notes

If your squash is too large to fit into your air fryer, cut it in quarters.

Cook time can vary based on the size of the squash. 

Change the seasonings as desired (and depending on how you will be using the squash). This squash can replace roasting for any recipe needing roasted squash.

 

Nutrition

Calories: 127 | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 660mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 19931IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg
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Air Fryer Butternut Squash with a title
Air Fryer Butternut Squash cooked in the air fryer with a title
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Spinach Artichoke Dip – Party Perfect!

Spinach Artichoke Dip is one of those snacks that absolutely everyone loves. A cream cheese base is loaded with spinach, a bit of garlic, and of course marinated artichokes. Top it all off with more cheese and bake until golden and bubbly!

This recipe can be made well ahead of time, reheats beautifully, and tastes delicious!

spinach and artichoke dish with herbs and crackerBetween this recipe and my almost famous Jalapeno Popper Dip, I’m pretty much guaranteed an invite to every party! Spinach Artichoke Dip is found on almost every menu and at every party for good reason.

Ingredients

CHEESE Cream cheese, sour cream, and a touch of mayonnaise make up the base of this recipe. Use a hand mixer to make the dip extra smooth.

SPINACH Frozen chopped spinach is defrosted and sqeezed dry. You can substitute fresh spinach for the frozen.

ARTICHOKES Marinated artichokes (instead of canned) have more flavor. Canned artichokes are packed in water with a bit of salt while marinated artichokes are in olive oil and have seasonings that flavor this dip. If you’re using canned artichokes, add a pinch of Italian Seasoning or some dried basil for flavor

MORE CHEESE I use a combination of mozzarella and gruyere. If you don’t have gruyere you can substitute it with gouda or swiss.

Fresh or Frozen

While I love the convenience of frozen spinach, you can use fresh spinach in this recipe too.  Cook 1lb of fresh, cool completely, and squeeze dry. Use as directed in the recipe.

How to Make Spinach Artichoke Dip

Like most creamy dip recipes, this spinach artichoke dip starts with a delicious cream cheese base. The first step to a perfectly scoopable spinach dip is to make the cream cheese nice and fluffy using either a hand mixer or a stand mixer. You can certainly mix it by hand but an electric mixer will make your dip softer so you don’t end up with a ‘chip-wreck’.

  1. Mix base Mix cream cheese, sour cream and a bit of mayo until fluffy.
  2. Add ins Fold in spinach, artichokes and cheeses.
  3. Bake Bake until bubbly.

To Cook in the Slow Cooker spread the dip into the bottom of a 4QT crock pot and cook on low for about 2 hours stirring after 60 minutes. Just before serving, sprinkle extra cheese on top.

unmixed spinach and artichoke dish

What to Serve With Spinach Artichoke Dip

This is a hot spinach artichoke dip and I like to it with crostini. It’s also great with crackers, chunks of sourdough bread or even tortilla chips!

If you happen to have flour tortillas on hand, they make great dippers once baked in the oven! Lightly brush them with olive oil (or melted butter) and season them with a pinch of salt and garlic powder.  Bake at 350°F 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp.

If you’re looking for a fresh crunch (or to keep this low carb), carrots, celery, mini bell peppers or cucumbers are also great dippers!

spinach and artichoke dish with cracker

To Make Ahead

This dip can be made as much as 48 hours ahead of time and refrigerated. Once baked it will keep 3-4 days in the fridge.

If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, it’s great to heat up with a bit of cream and toss with pasta or spoon over chicken and baked for a complete meal!

More Great Dip Recipes

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The Best Spinach Artichoke Dip

This is my favorite Spinach Artichoke dip recipe!! It’s easy to make and always a huge hit!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 292
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese , softened
  • cup sour cream
  • cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided
  • ½ cup fresh shredded parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup shredded gruyere cheese
  • 10 oz frozen chopped spinach defrosted and squeezed dry
  • 14 oz marinated artichoke hearts chopped

For Serving

  • 1 baguette optoinal
  • olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a bowl combine cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise and garlic with a hand mixer until fluffy.
  • Stir in parmesan cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, gruyere cheese, spinach, and artichokes.
  • Place into a 9×9 casserole dish (or deep dish pie plate) and top with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is browned.
  • Slice baguette into 1/2″ slices. Lightly brush one side of each slice with olive oil. Broil the oiled side for about 2 minutes or just until lightly browned.
  • Remove from the oven and gently rub each slice with a clove of garlic. Serve with spinach artichoke dip.

Video

Notes

*Nutrition information does not include baguette

Nutrition

Calories: 292 | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 568mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3590IU | Vitamin C: 8.5mg | Calcium: 324mg | Iron: 1.5mg

 

 

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