Our cheesy spinach and artichoke dip is made with 6 main ingredients for delicious and easy restaurant style flavor in under 30 minutes. It’s the perfect party appetizer or game day snack!Jump to Recipe
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Spinach and artichoke dip has always been one of our favorite appetizers to order at restaurants or snack on at parties. It’s an odd combination of ingredients, but there’s really nothing better than dipping pita chips or crostini into a bowl of gooey, creamy cheese, salty artichokes, and slightly sweet spinach. So after years of making this delicious appetizer for parties and recently turning it into a pizza, we can finally say we’ve perfected our cheesy spinach and artichoke dip recipe!
If you’re looking to make a restaurant-style appetizer at home and craving a savory yet “healthy” dip, this recipe is for you. This spinach and artichoke dip is so tasty, it’s always been a hit at parties. So why not make it your go-to appetizer for game day, potlucks, and holidays?
Spinach Dip Ingredients
Unlike some other recipes for cheesy spinach artichoke dip, there’s no mayo in our recipe. Our spinach dip is made with 3 kinds of cheese (so it’s extra cheesy), fresh spinach, artichokes, and a few seasonings. Here’s exactly what ingredients to use:
- Cream cheese – Cream cheese makes the perfect creamy base for most dips. You can use light cream cheese for less calories in this lighter spinach and artichoke dip recipe.
- Mozzarella cheese – The best spinach dips use mozzarella cheese (again, use reduced fat shredded mozzarella for lower calories). It’s mild, creamy, and balances out the strong flavors of spinach and artichoke.
- Grated parmesan cheese – Parmesan kicks the cheesy flavor of this dip up a notch!
- Canned artichoke hearts – To make this recipe super easy, use canned quartered artichoke hearts. You won’t need the whole can, but you can always use whatever’s leftover to make this Spinach & Artichoke Pizza.
- Fresh baby spinach – Always use fresh spinach for the best flavor! Just remember to tear up any large leaves into smaller pieces so the spinach incorporates well.
- Minced garlic – Garlic marries the two flavors of spinach and artichoke together well, for the perfect garlicky, cheesy, creamy dip.
- Salt & black pepper – Salt enhances the flavors in this dip, while black pepper adds a nice contrast to the garlic.
How To Make Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip
It’s easy to make a deliciously hot, cheesy spinach and artichoke dip at home! Follow the 3 simple steps below and you’ll be snacking on restaurant-style spinach dip in no time:
- Add cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, grated parmesan, chopped artichoke hearts, garlic, salt, and pepper to a saucepan and melt over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally to combine.
- Add the spinach in batches, covering the saucepan to let the spinach wilt and then stirring to incorporate.
- Transfer to a serving dish and serve hot with pita chips, crostini, or bread for scooping.
This party dip takes 30 minutes or less to make, and it’s so easy to prep ahead of time and reheat before serving to guests. You can even scale this recipe and make it in a slow cooker if you’d like! Keep reading for a few tips on prepping cheesy spinach and artichoke dip for a crowd.
Notes On Scaling, Reheating, And Other Methods
Need a bigger batch of spinach dip for your party guests? No worries – you can easily scale this recipe for serving more people. The recipe below makes 4 servings of dip, which is about 2 cups. If doubling, make sure to use a larger pot so there’s plenty of room to add the spinach. We’d recommend a 5-quart pot (like one you’d boil pasta in) for a double batch.
If you want to prepare this dip ahead of time and reheat before serving to guests, transfer to an oven-safe dish after cooking. If it’s an hour or less until party time, leave it out on the counter and then reheat at 350 degrees F for about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. But if it’s going to be more than an hour until your guests arrive, cover the dish with foil and refrigerate until ready to reheat. Then bake the dip, covered, at 350 degrees F for about 30 to 40 minutes, stirring halfway through. It’s important to keep the baking dish covered while reheating from the refrigerator since it’ll take longer – this will help the cheese from browning so the spinach dip stays nice and gooey.
Alternatively, you can cook this spinach dip in a large slow cooker or crockpot. This method works great if you have a few hours, are serving a large crowd, and want the dip to stay warm for a few hours during your party or game day gathering. Simply add all the ingredients to a slow cooker, cover, and cook on high for about 2 to 3 hours. Stir every 30 minutes or so to help things combine, then serve this cheesy spinach dip right in the slow cooker!
Like any cheesy dip, there are a thousand things to serve with this spinach and artichoke dip! Here are some of our favorite snacks for dipping in this recipe:
- Pita chips (we love Stacy’s)
- Crostini (try our easy garlic crostini recipe here)
- Fresh bread
- Tortilla chips
- Veggies like carrots or celery
To really impress your guests, serve spinach dip in a preheated cast iron skillet or baking dish so it stays warm and gooey. Then set out a spread of all the snacks listed above so there’s something for everyone to dip 🙂 We can guarantee it’ll be gone in no time, and your guests’ stomachs will be happy and full.
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Cheesy Spinach and Artichoke Dip
- 4 oz light cream cheese
- 1 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese shredded
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 cup artichoke hearts chopped
- 1½ tsp minced garlic
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 3.5 oz baby spinach
- Add cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, grated parmesan, artichoke hearts, garlic, salt, and pepper to a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until cheese is slightly melted, stirring occasionally, about 6 to 8 minutes.
- Add baby spinach to the saucepan (in batches, if needed) and cover. Cook until spinach is wilted, about 5 to 6 minutes, then stir to combine. Continue adding spinach in batches, covering to cook and then stirring to incorporate.
- Once all the spinach has been incorporated, stir well and serve hot with pita chips, bread, crostini, or fresh veggies for dipping. Enjoy!
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I made it today, and Porter (the real artichoke fan in the house) says it’s better than what he’s had in restaurants.
Awesome! So glad it turned out well. We like it better than most restaurant versions too!