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Three Cheese Lasagna Dip

This Three Cheese Lasagna Dip with bubbly layers of mozzarella, ricotta, and marinara sauce is an irresistible party appetizer.

What is it about dips that are so irresistible?

Is it the layers of flavors and textures? How crazy easy they are to make? The joy of dunking a chip or a cracker?

No wait, who am I kidding? It’s the cheese.

Three Cheese Lasagna Dip |

It’s definitely the gooey, melty cheese. It’s the cheese all golden browned and bubbly. It’s the cheese creating a string of yum from the pan to your cracker.

This Three Cheese Lasagna Dip with bubbling layers of mozzarella, ricotta, and marinara is an irresistible party appetizer.

Three Cheese Lasagna Dip |

What is it about dips that are so irresistible?

Is it the layers of flavors and textures? How crazy easy they are to make? The joy of dunking a chip or a cracker?

No wait, who am I kidding? It’s the cheese.

It’s definitely the gooey, melty cheese. It’s the cheese all golden browned and bubbly. It’s the cheese creating a string of yum from the pan to your cracker.

It’s always about the cheese.

Three Cheese Lasagna Dip |

Well, at least it is in the case of this lasagna dip. Three cheeses-ricotta, Parmesan, and mozzarella–with 2 layers of tomato sauce, a hint of garlic, and fresh sprinkling of basil.

This, my friends, is muy bueno.

I know it’s totally the wrong language for an Italian dip. But this girl doesa- not-a speak-a da Italian. So you get Spanish instead. I’m pretty sure every Italian in the world just shuddered a little. Sorry for that.

Three Cheese Lasagna Dip |

We served this at a neighborhood gathering and it was gone in about 30 minutes. Which is great…and terrible, since the event was supposed to last 2 hours. What did we learn? Always double the lasagna dip.

We served these with Triscuit’s sun dried tomato and basil crackers (Ohmalordie!) and they were the perfect compliment, but any tasty cracker or even pita will do you just dandy. And *triple bonus points* this dip is gluten free AND vegetarian. Can you say WINNA?!

If you’re looking for more ways to get cheesy dips in your face, check out this Hot Crab Dip or 3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Queso.

Three Cheese Lasagna Dip

Prep Time 15 minsPrep Time
Cook Time 20 minsCook Time
Total Time 35 mins Total Time
Yields 8


  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 15 oz. part skim ricotta cheese
  • 14-16 oz. jarred spaghetti or pizza sauce (check to make sure it's gluten free! I used Prego's traditional)
  • 8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4-1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Dried Italian herbs
  • Fresh basil
  • Crackers, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic cloves and cook until fragrant, stirring often, about 1 minute.
  3. Grease a 9 inch deep dish pie plate and spread ricotta evenly across the bottom. Spread cooked onion mixture on top of ricotta.
  4. Layer ½ the tomato sauce followed by ½ the mozzarella over the onion. Then repeat.
  5. Grate about ¼-12 cup Parmesan cheese over the last mozzarella layer. Sprinkle evenly with dried Italian herbs.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until browned and bubbly. Remove, sprinkle with fresh basil, and serve warm with crackers.


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Lasagna Dip with layers of marinara and three cheeses
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  • Ruthy August 30, 2013, 9:24 AM

    This dip looks amazing! And I agree, girl- it’s alllll about the cheese, every time. I’m so excited for football season to really kick off.
    Microplanes are a MUST in our kitchen. I only use the box grater when we have gargantuan amounts of cheese to shred, say for sauce. But everything else gets the treatment of the microplane. Great giveaway!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood September 3, 2013, 12:31 PM

      I’m in love with them, but they’re probably bad for our health. Since it’s so easy to just grate some cheese really quickly, I find myself putting Parmesan on EVERYTHING.

  • Ashley August 30, 2013, 9:58 AM

    I have so been wanting to get myself a microplane grater! I didn’t even know there were different kinds! I’m a horrible citrus zester–and no wonder! I need one of those microplanes 😉

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood September 3, 2013, 12:30 PM

      It makes a world of difference. Now it’s not such a chore to get minced garlic or ginger.

  • Jaclyn Larisa August 30, 2013, 11:54 AM

    This looks sooo amazing, I’ll definitely be making this dip on an upcoming football Sunday. I loved it so much I featured it on my blog today. Great giveaway too!


  • Ashley Martin August 30, 2013, 1:32 PM

    The dip looks great, and so does the Microplane set!

  • Katie Arnold August 30, 2013, 3:18 PM

    Fact: Joe only eats freshly grated cheese

  • Webicurean August 30, 2013, 5:53 PM

    It’s always the gooey, melted cheese–you had me hooked at “three cheese” — oh, lasagna dip, that’s nice too, but three cheese!!! I need to make this dip.

  • Julie August 31, 2013, 2:59 PM

    I bookmarked this recipe to try thanks for the giveaway

  • Krista September 2, 2013, 2:22 AM

    Whoa!! The picture of that dip just rocked my socks off! Can hardly wait to make this and share with my family. The giveaway looks amazing as well!

  • Rob September 2, 2013, 2:20 PM

    This dip looks and sounds amazing. We’re going to make it for our Labor Day party! Thanks for sharing.

  • Justine September 2, 2013, 5:49 PM

    This dip looks perfect for tailgating!! Wonderful!

  • Zandra September 2, 2013, 7:40 PM

    This looks delicious–an ingenious dip that is the best of 2 worlds. Love the microplane graters, too. I sure would appreciate having them! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Miss Foodie Fab September 3, 2013, 10:41 AM

    This recipe looks delicious and I need those graters in my life. Thanks!

  • Mer September 3, 2013, 1:35 PM

    I’m making this for my next tailgate party! That melted cheese just looks so delicious. I think I’d have to invest in some sort of cabinet lock if I won this, as an alternative to my box grater would mean I’d be putting cheese on EVERYTHING.

  • john hutchens September 3, 2013, 1:41 PM

    dips would be great for my annual superbowl party

  • Lamb September 3, 2013, 4:57 PM

    Peach crumb pie sounds Deeelish!!

  • Katie September 3, 2013, 5:34 PM

    i think i’d actually make your featured recipe! Holy heck it looks delicious!!! Mmmm lasagna!

  • kyl neusch September 3, 2013, 11:04 PM

    the dip looks great!

  • chadi September 3, 2013, 11:06 PM

    I’d love to make an Impossible Pie’ that requires, cheeses, tomato, ground beef and bisquick mix

  • reneeg September 3, 2013, 11:32 PM

    The first thing I would make is some zucchini bread.

  • hawkshoe September 4, 2013, 6:49 AM

    I would make gnocchi with crab sauce.

  • cynthiac September 4, 2013, 7:39 AM

    I would make an Asian Salmon recipe that uses grated ginger.

  • Shani F. September 4, 2013, 8:06 AM

    I would make nachos.

  • Kelsey September 4, 2013, 11:17 AM

    The REAL question is what WOULDN’T I use these for!?! I use a box grater almost daily… grating a lot of cheese, or vegetables for dinner. Having single graters would make life that much easier, and especially easy to clean!! 🙂 And a good parm grated over a homemade spaghetti sauce would probably be the first thing I would use a Microplane grater for!

  • Lindsey M September 4, 2013, 12:47 PM

    I would make some chicken enchiladas or some Tsatziki sauce

  • Sydney G September 4, 2013, 3:51 PM

    I would make anything with parmesan and lemon zest–yum!

  • Laura September 4, 2013, 8:09 PM

    These look fantastic! So many grate (ha!) things would come from this.

  • Hannah September 4, 2013, 11:39 PM


  • Amalia Campbell September 5, 2013, 11:18 AM

    I NEVER buy already grated cheeses so this would be awesome for my family’s favorite homemade mac and cheese!

  • Leigh September 5, 2013, 12:03 PM

    Oh I would use it for cheese to either make some Cheese Fries or Nachos for game day! It’s all about football in our house right now!

  • Courtney September 5, 2013, 10:38 PM

    I would make homemade macaroni & cheese

  • Tabitha Pyle September 6, 2013, 1:29 PM

    I would use it for cheese,when having chili cheese dogs!

  • Richard Fox September 7, 2013, 12:36 AM

    I would use them for making Key lime or lemon cheesecake.

  • Joni Dolniak September 7, 2013, 9:42 PM

    I would use it for pizza and tacos.

  • Angela September 7, 2013, 9:51 PM

    I would make nachos!

  • Jordanka Patricia Pulido September 7, 2013, 10:48 PM

    i would make enchiladas

  • Beccatokki September 8, 2013, 1:53 AM

    I would make latkes with my graters! Delicious, hand grated potatoes with grated onions, perfecto~!

  • Darlene Carbajal September 8, 2013, 12:07 PM

    Tacos 🙂

  • Michelle Horstman September 8, 2013, 2:41 PM

    I would make burritos and all types of pinterest recipes that call for the special blocks of cheese! I always have to use a potato peeler to grate my cheese!

  • Erica Chao September 8, 2013, 2:42 PM

    Definitely a 4 cheese mac and cheese oven baked dish!

  • Ali Goff September 8, 2013, 2:43 PM

    I love making homemade pizza and cheesy garlic bread.

  • tallcapp September 8, 2013, 3:12 PM

    I would make my basil, olive, tomato spaghetti and grate fresh cheddar over the top.

  • paulinem September 8, 2013, 4:21 PM

    What I’d make?!? The possibilities are endless! I would use the zester for my strawberry cream pie, the grater for my awesome $15 grilled cheese and of course there is my alfredo pizza which is always a huge hit!

  • Samantha September 8, 2013, 5:35 PM

    I would make some mac and cheese!

  • Jean B. September 8, 2013, 6:45 PM

    I would use them to help make delicious British goodies — ever since I came to the US, I only crave my native cuisine more. 🙂

  • Deb Smith September 8, 2013, 7:24 PM

    I would make a ham and cheese casserole.

  • Sue September 8, 2013, 8:55 PM

    Going to attempt the lasagna pictured here with my mom!

  • Lisa Garner September 8, 2013, 9:25 PM

    I would love to make a cheese ball.

    Lisa Garner

  • Laurie Emerson September 8, 2013, 10:12 PM

    I would use it to make my walnut and zucchini bread.

  • Stacey Baker September 8, 2013, 10:15 PM

    Mac and cheese

  • Christine September 8, 2013, 10:16 PM

    would make enchiladas

  • jenysa September 8, 2013, 11:04 PM

    I would make the Strawberry Crumb Bars with Meyer Lemon Glaze recipe I found on the site.

  • Brittney House September 8, 2013, 11:22 PM

    I would make homemade mac and cheese.

  • Candice Hull September 9, 2013, 12:26 AM

    I pack a lunch for my husband and oldest son everyday, and it’s nice to change things up and give them things in different forms. My son loves eating carrots when they are shredded. Thank you

  • Jennifer Matt September 9, 2013, 3:05 AM

    So many things I can make, first would probably be tacos.

  • dewer421 September 9, 2013, 12:20 PM

    I’d love to shave chocolate for desserts!

  • Sherry Conrad September 9, 2013, 12:46 PM

    Citrus pie (using the zest)

  • TamraLS September 9, 2013, 12:56 PM

    Since I grated off part of my thumb & most of my manicure last week with a box grater, I’m definitely ready for something like these!

  • Janice Crespo September 9, 2013, 2:23 PM

    I’d probably made a nice lemon pepper chicken – possibly some ziti too – LOL

  • samf36 September 9, 2013, 3:14 PM

    I would great cheese that I put on everything!

  • Lacey Eldersveld September 9, 2013, 6:47 PM

    I’d be using that sucker for lots and lots of lime and lemon zest…roasted veggie season is coming you know!

  • Miz Vickik September 9, 2013, 6:59 PM

    All kinds of things, starting with cheesy enchiladas!

  • Tanya White September 9, 2013, 7:22 PM

    I would start by making zucchini bread.

  • susansmoaks September 9, 2013, 7:54 PM

    i would make some tacos and grate the cheese for them

  • Brooke September 9, 2013, 8:09 PM

    First, I would use them to make some cupcakes that I am delivering to a shower this weekend: lemon raspberry. Then I’d use them to smoosch some garlic for Korean-style shortribs. Finally, I’d use them to make cinnamon and chocolate shavings to flavor some coffee! The uses are endless!!

  • Richard Hicks September 9, 2013, 8:49 PM

    would make a salad and grate the cheese onto it

  • Mihaela Day September 9, 2013, 10:47 PM

    I would make a vegetable stir fry 🙂

  • Sand September 9, 2013, 10:54 PM

    I would make lasagna.

  • Sara S September 9, 2013, 11:02 PM

    Lemon Pecan cookies – I could really use the zester!

  • Vikki Billings September 9, 2013, 11:16 PM

    I would make cheese and onion enchiladas

  • Beverly September 9, 2013, 11:21 PM

    That dip looks delicious. I would use the grater to grate cheese for my homemade pizzas. Thanks for having this contest.

  • Joy Q September 9, 2013, 11:54 PM

    I would make a couple of different things but pizza would be first

  • My Inner Chick December 21, 2014, 2:13 PM

    can’t wait to make this!! thank you

  • linda September 26, 2015, 12:21 AM

    great idea for when ever

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