Crazy Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip (Not Vegan)

Spinach Artichoke Dip by Collegiate Cook

Behold the power of Spinach Artichoke Dip: Even people who normally won’t go near spinach OR artichokes will gobble up heaping chip-fuls of the cheesy, gooey condiment. (It is a condiment, right? We’ll go with that.) It’s the failsafe when you want to bring something to a party, but you don’t want to be the “I love Diet Coke so here’s a 2-liter of Diet Coke” girl or the “Umm, I got some half-eaten Doritos” guy. (Though both have their necessary place at any party. Parties NEED Diet Coke and Doritos. Maybe not the half-consumed kind, but still.)

Plus, it’s an easy way to inch yourself from Pop Tart-burning novice to I-can-cook-anything gourmand. The end result seems labor-intensive, but it’s really a classic “Dump & Stir,” as the TV chefs call it: You mix all the ingredients together, pop it in the oven, and make everyone within a half-mile radius jealous of that cheesy goodness wafting through the air.

Oh, did I mention it takes 20 minutes to make? When it’s this easy to make, you might have to institute a rule to keep cream cheese out of your apartment, because otherwise you might start making this every day. The Truffle Shuffle isn’t cute when you’re older than 14.

Cheesy, Gooey Spinach Artichoke Dip

Note: Recipe adapted from

Crazy Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip (Not Vegan)
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The steps reveal two ways to cook this dish -- it's just as tasty when baked in a microwave or an oven.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6-8
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) reduced fat cream cheese
  • ½ package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 can (14 ounces) quartered artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  1. Oven Method: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In an oven-safe dish (1.5 quarts or 8"x8" works well), combine all ingredients except ¼ cup parmesan cheese. Stir thoroughly.
  2. Cook in oven for 12 minutes. Carefully take it out using oven mitts, stir, and sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Turn oven to broil and cook for 4 minutes, or until cheese has melted and is lightly browned. Let cool 10-15 minutes before serving.
  3. Microwave Method: In a microwave-safe dish, combine all ingredients except ¼ cup parmesan cheese, stirring thoroughly. Heat for 4 minutes, stir, then heat for another 4 minutes.
  4. Stir in parmesan cheese and cook for 2-3 more minutes, or until the cheeses are mostly melted. (Sadly, this version will not create a browned, cheesy crust, but it's just as tasty.)

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