Pesto Cheese Ball

Pesto Cheese Ball

Fresh basil leaves create interesting swirls when this cheese ball is served.

20 min. prep time
1 1/2 cups
141 Rating


Cheese Mixture

3 1/2 cups fresh parsley sprigs, trimmed
1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, trimmed
4 ounces (1 cup) Land O Lakes® Deli Provolone Cheese, chopped
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted, chopped
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic
Dash ground red pepper


Crackers or thin French bread slices


Fill 3-quart saucepan with 4 cups water. Bring to boil over high heat. Dip 3 cups parsley and basil into boiling water just until wilted. Rinse with cold water. Drain well, squeezing out excess liquid. Chop wilted parsley and basil leaves.

Combine wilted parsley and basil, provolone cheese, pine nuts, cream cheese, garlic and red pepper in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Shape into ball. Cover; refrigerate 3 hours or until firm.

Chop remaining parsley. Reshape ball, if necessary. Roll cheese ball in remaining chopped parsley to coat.

Serve with crackers or thin French bread slices.

Recipe Tip

- To toast pine nuts, place nuts in dry skillet. Cook over medium heat, shaking pan often, 3-4 minutes or until lightly toasted.

- Cheese mixture could also be shaped into a 2-inch diameter log.

Nutrition Facts (1 tablespoon)

Calories: 70

Fat: 6g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 75mg

Carbohydrates: 1g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Protein: 3g

Recipe #10910©1999Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Great for parties! I cook the garlic cloves for a few minutes in a pan before dicing to soften the flavor. I've made it a few times and it's always a hit!

Comment On This Recipe

Please correct the item(s) in red below:
4 Please select a rating

Email address will not be published

Please note, all submissions are screened for content deemed appropriate by Land O'Lakes. Comments are published within 3 business days.
Thank you, your comment has been submitted for approval


Your friend thought you might be interested in Pesto Cheese Ball

The Simple Rewards® Club is your personal online resource for exclusive offers and information. It’s also our way of saying “thank you” for trusting Land O’Lakes and inviting us into your home. Membership is free, so sign up today.

FREE Sign Up Includes:
  • Our Measuring Cup® Newsletter Preview »
  • Money-Saving and Exclusive Offers
  • Online Recipe Box

Already a Member? Sign In.


YES. Send me the Measuring Cup® Newsletter.
Cancel and Go Back

Forgot Your Password?

Please correct the items(s) in red below

    We'll email instructions to the address you used to register.

    Reset My Password Cancel and Go Back

    Confirmation Email Sent

    We've sent a confirmation email to the address associated with your account. Check your email and follow the link within 3 hours in order to complete the password reset process.



    Starting February 15th, you will not be able to access your Simple Rewards account due to routine site maintenance. Accounts will return to normal functionality on February 29th.

    Thank you for visiting

    Not a Simple Rewards Member? Join Now. Forgot Your Password?

    Check Your Email

    Look for an email soon with instructions to reset your password.

    If you did not receive the email, please check your email junk folder (just in case) or contact us.

    Hi, I'm Becky. I'm eager to share my best ideas and favorite recipes from my 20+ years in the Land O'Lakes Test Kitchen. I'm also excited to help with any questions you have about cooking and baking with Land O Lakes® products. Some of the questions and answers will be published in our newsletter, The Measuring Cup®. Please use the short form below to ask your questions, or share your tip or memory.

    Please correct the item(s) in red below

    *These fields are required


    Your question has been submitted.

    Close Window