Pesto and Sun-dried Tomato Torte

This is one of our all thyme favorite appetizer recipes. If you’ve never made a layered torte, give this recipe a try. It’s delicious, easy to prepare and
is really impressive to serve. Another plus, you can make this recipe ahead of time,which is great during the busy holidays. Decorate the top of the torte with cherry tomato halves, fresh basil leaves and sprigs of fresh rosemary.


Layered Dip

Torta [TOHR-tuh] Is Italian for “tart,” “pie” or “cake.” and/or Spanish for “cake,” “loaf” or “sandwich.”  Torte [TOHRT] is a rich cake, often made with little or no flour but instead with ground nuts or breadcrumbs, eggs, sugar and flavorings. Tortes are often multilayered and filled with buttercream, jams etc. This recipe is a combination of both. Multi-layers of cream cheese, pesto and  sun-dried tomatoes. Pesto and sun-dried tomato torte is perfect for your holiday appetizer table or a yummy dip to ring in the new year.

Serve With

Pesto and Sun-dried Tomato Torte is delicious served with multi-grain crackers, tortilla chips or frito scoops. My favorite way to serve this layer dip is with lightly oiled, toasted baguette slices. Simply slice baguette into 1-inch slices, lightly brush oil on one side of slices, place non-oiled side down on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place baking sheet under broiler until slices are lightly toasted.

*For this recipe we used Marzetti basil pesto and sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil.*


Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomato Torte

Pesto and sun-dried tomato torte is a delicious layered dip that is served with crackers, tortilla chips or fritos scoops.
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  • 8 oz. each packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz jar basil pesto
  • 8 oz jar oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, minced and well drained
  • Garnish: cherry tomato halves, fresh basil leaves, fresh sprigs of rosemary


  • In large bowl, place cream cheese, Parmesan cheese and garlic, beat well. Divide into thirds (1 cup each) Line 5-cup mold or 8 x 4 loaf pan with plastic wrap. Spoon 1/3 of the cheese mixture in bottom of mold, smooth top with spatula, spoon pesto evenly over cheese layer, spoon 1/3 of the cheese mixture over pesto layer, smooth top with spatula, spoon sun-dried tomatoes evenly over second cheese layer, spoon remaining cheese mixture over sun-dried tomatoes, smooth top. Strike filled mold on counter top to pack down. Cover and refrigerate at least 24 hours. When ready to serve, turn mold upside down onto serving platter. Remove plastic wrap.
  • Garnish top with red tomato halves, fresh basil leaves and sprigs of fresh rosemary. Serve with Crackers
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*Layered torte dip is a delicious layered dip perfect to serve at any party along with this super  Green Pepper Dip viva my sister Mary.

Recipe and photo credit: My Recipes