garlic and parmesan pita chips or other chips for serving
Before getting started, cream cheese should be softened by leaving on the counter for about 15-20 minutes. This allows for an easier mixing since cream cheese is hardened from the fridge.
Preheat the oven to 375 and grease a 2-1/2 quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Mix together cream cheese, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, black pepper, and both cheeses, Parmesan and Mozzarella, in a mixing bowl.
Spread cream cheese mixture evenly into prepared pan.
Add any flavor of your favorite marinara or pizza sauce on top and spread evenly.
Top with mini pepperoni pieces.
Bake pizza dip for 20 minutes or until edges begin to bubble and dip is hot.
Sprinkle top with chopped fresh basil before serving if desired.
What to dip in Pizza Dip?While my go-to dippers with this Pizza Dip is pita chips, there are so many other options that would work really well. Choose a bread or cracker that isn’t going to fall apart in all that gooey-goodness, like toasted baguette slices, toasted bagels, or even breadsticks. Ritz crackers, pretzels, or bagel chips would also be great for dipping, too.How do I store and reheat Pizza Dip?On the off chance that there is ANY Pizza Dip leftover, wrap the dish in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 5 days. To reheat, bake at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes or until warmed throughout.Can Pizza Dip be made in a crockpot or slow cooker?This recipe is slow cooker friendly and you can definitely make this dip using a crockpot. Mix all your ingredients except for the basil together in your crockpot and cook on high for 1 to 1 ½ hours, stirring once about halfway through the cooking to ensure it all melts together.Can pizza dip be made ahead of time? It’s easy to want to prep dips ahead of time, however, this dip requires softened cream cheese and it would re-harden back up in the fridge. You can assemble it following the instructions, however it must sit on the counter about 20 minutes prior to baking in order to re-soften the cream cheese. Can I use marinara sauce over pizza sauce? Any jarred pizza sauce will work for this dip.
Variations of Dip
Hawaiian-Style Pizza Dip – Substitute sliced ham for the pepperoni and add well-drained pineapple cubes after removing dip from the oven.Meat Lover’s Pizza Dip – Keep the pepperoni and also add sausage and sliced ham.Veggie Supreme Pizza Dip – Leave out the meat and instead add onions, green peppers, and mushrooms. Bake as normal, then top with thinly-sliced black olives.