Basil Pesto Cheesecake (Serves 12)

Prep Time: 2 mins Cook Time: 45 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp breadcrumbs or panko
  • 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup or 1- 8oz block Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. Brush a 6-inch spring form pan, 8×8-baking dish, or pie pan with 1 tbsp of melted butter.

3. In a small bowl, combine Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs and coat the buttered dish with the mixture.

4. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients until smooth and pour into the dish.

5. Bake for 45-55 minutes until the center is set.

6. Allow to cool before cutting and/or releasing cheesecake from the spring form.

7. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve with sliced baguette or crackers.