7 Layer Italian Dip Recipe


Ingredients

16 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 package Italian dressing mix
1¼ cup marinara sauce, you can buy some or make your own (see recipe below)
1½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup cooked Italian sausage
10 pepperoni, chopped
1 small can sliced olives, drained
¼ cup fresh shredded Parmesan cheese
⅛ cup fresh parsley, chopped

MARINARA SAUCE
3 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons fresh minced garlic
¼ cup onion, chopped
2 Tablespoon basil
15 ounce can tomato sauce
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream the cream cheese and Italian dressing mix together and spread on the bottom of a 7x10 baking dish. Pour marinara sauce over the top of cream cheese layer. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over sauce. Then sprinkle sausage over cheese. Next, sprinkle chopped pepperoni over sausage. Next, layer olives over pepperoni. Lastly, sprinkle Parmesan cheese over olives. Place dip in oven at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes.
  3. Finally, sprinkle parsley over the top and serve with toasted baguettes.

DIRECTIONS FOR MARINARA SAUCE:
  1. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat add olive oil, garlic and onion. Sauté until onion is tender, about 3 minutes. Add basil, tomato sauce, salt, sugar, red pepper flakes, and pepper. Simmer on low for 10 minutes.

Original recipe visit: 7 Layer Italian Dip @ chef-in-training.com

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