8 Appetizer Servings


  • 1 loosely packed cup of fresh basil leaves removed from stem
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 whole clove of fresh garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 rectangular shaped block of cream cheese (the low fat version is not recommended)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine the first 5 ingredients down to the olive oil in a food processor or mini chopper and blend together to make the pesto.
  3. Put the cream cheese block on a baking tray. You can put parchment paper under the cream cheese to make the transition to the serving tray later a little easier.
  4. Spread a thick layer of the pesto on top of the cream cheese block.
  5. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until it is a little brown and bubbly on top.
  6. Serve with whole grain crackers or toast points.