Classic Hot Artichoke Dip

Makes 10 servings.


⅓ cup light-tub-style cream cheese
⅓ cup light mayonnaise
⅓ cup light sour cream
1 teaspoon minced garlic (1 clove)
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ cup white onion, finely diced
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 (10-ounce) package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and chopped or 1 (14-ounce) can water-packed artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 (10-ounce) package chopped frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic and black pepper.
3. Mix in the onion, 1/2 cup Parmesan, artichoke hearts and spinach until well combined.
4. Spread the dip mixture into an 8 inch square baking dish.
5. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan over the top of the dip and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the dip is hot. Serve warm.

Nutritional Info (per serving):

Calories 100
Carbohydrate 5g (Sugars 2g)
Total Fat 6g (Saturated Fat 2.5g)
Protein 5g
Fiber 1g
Cholesterol 10mg
Sodium 290mg

Diabetic Exchanges: 1 Vegetable, 1 Lean Meat, 1 Fat
Carbohydrate Choices: ½
Weight Watcher Point Comparison: 2

Additional comments:

When it comes to hot dip recipes, hot artichoke dip is king. A perennial favorite at both restaurants and holiday parties, there’s plenty to love about a dip that’s so rich and creamy. Unfortunately, hot artichoke dip also tops the lists of dips not to eat if you are concerned about your health. This recipe, creamy as ever and rich in taste only, solves the dilemma. Place it in the oven just before your guests arrive and serve warm.

Serving size is ¼ cup.

You can also try this: To make Hot Artichoke Crab Dip, substitute 1 cup lump crab meat for spinach (decreases carbohydrate content by 1.5 grams and increases protein content by 1.5 grams).

Marlene Koch, RD, is a registered dietitian who has specialized in delicious food and healthy lifestyles for over twenty years. Marlene holds a degree in Nutritional Science from the University of Los Angeles, California. Marlene is a best-selling author of healthy, low-sugar cookbooks. Marlene is a frequent guest on TV, radio and websites such as iVillage and
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