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Baked Pepperoni Pizza Dip with Ricotta Cheese

baked cheesy pizza dip topped with pepperoni slices next to soft breadsticks

5 from 9 reviews

This hot baked pepperoni pizza dip is the best appetizer! Made with ricotta cheese, cream cheese and mozzarella cheese, this easy layered dip is perfect for game day, a holiday party or family get together.

Ingredients

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  • 8 ounce brick cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 Tablespoon italian seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup marinara or pizza sauce
  • 2 ounces pepperoni, sliced
  • breadsticks, garlic knots or toasted baguette slices

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° and grease a shallow baking dish or pie plate with baking spray or butter.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, ricotta cheese and half of the mozzarella cheese and mix together.
  3. Add in italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper and stir everything together so the seasonings and cheese are well incorporated.
  4. Spread the cheese mixture evenly into the prepared dish and top with the marinara sauce. Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella cheese and top with pepperoni slices.
  5. Bake the pizza dip in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the dip is bubbly.
  6. Serve dip with breadsticks, toasted baguette slices or crackers.

Notes

This recipe yields approximately 3 cups of dip or 8-10 servings

  • Use full fat versions of all of the cheeses to make sure the cheeses melt and mix together best. 
  • Don't forget to split the mozzarella cheese. Half of it gets mixed with the other cheeses for the bottom filling and the other half get sprinkled on top with the pepperoni.
  • Bring the cream cheese to room temperature, or make sure it is at least softened, so it easily mixes with the other cheeses. A hand mixer can also be used to easily blend everything together.
  • When choosing bread or crackers for this dip, try to use larger or sturdier pieces that won't break apart easily when dipped.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Vegetarian - Omit the pepperoni for a cheesy vegetarian pizza dip.
  • White Pizza - Replace the marinara with alfredo sauce for a white pizza dip.
  • Toppings - Switch out the pepperoni for other pizza toppings, such as sausage and olives, ham and pineapple or veggies.
  • Cheese - Need even more cheese? Try adding smoked provolone, parmesan cheese, or cheddar cheese to the cheese filling or on top.
  • Sauce - Either homemade sauce, store bought marinara or pizza sauce can be used.

Make Ahead Instructions

The dip can be assembled up to 24 hours ahead of time. After assembling it, wrap it in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until 30 minutes before baking time. Remove it from the refrigerator and allow to sit out a room temperature while the oven preheats and then bake as directed. Cooking temperatures may be longer, so just look for the cheese to be melted and bubbly around the edges.

Storage Suggestions

Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-5 days. The dip can be reheated in the oven or microwave until warm and melty. 

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