If you can make 7 Layer Taco Dip…. why not make 7 Layer Lasagna Dip? The dip contains all of your favorite lasagna ingredients – except the noodles. It’s a meaty and cheesy dip that is balanced out by the tomato sauce and spinach. It’s the perfect thing to serve at a party when you aren’t making a full meal.
This dip is an easy to prepare appetizer that is hearty, and a bit more creative than the typical artichoke dip and hummus that I seem to always serve at parties. While I added a layer of ground beef to my dip, you could replace it with mushrooms for a vegetarian dip. I paired the dip with store-brought garlic bruschetta, meaning that the only preparation involved in this recipe is browning the beef and assembling the layers. The active preparation time is just 10 minutes, and the result is a fun crowd pleaser.
10 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
40 minTotal Time
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 pound Ground Beef
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 jar Tomato Sauce
- 1 cup Ricotta
- 1 cup chopped Spinach
- 2 cups Shredded Mozzarella
- 1/2 cup Pesto
- 1/4 cup Chopped Fresh Basil
- Heat your oven to 350 degrees, and then start cooking the beef. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the beef. Season the beef with salt and pepper, and use a wooden spoon to break the beef into smaller pieces. Cook until the beef is no longer pink.
- Next, assemble the layer of the dip. I used a glass bread pan to prepare and serve the dip, but you could opt to use a large shallow dish. Start by adding a thin layer of tomato sauce on the bottom of the dish. Then add the beef, and top with another thin layer of sauce.
- Next spread a layer of ricotta on top. Then add the spinach, half of the mozzarella, the pesto, and the remaining mozzarella.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes, until the mozzarella on the top has browned. Serve with the fresh basil on top, and with bruschetta toasts on the side.
If you are looking for more appetizer recipes, you can find my Appetizer Guide here.