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Jimmy Dean Cheese Dip Italiano

Yield 8 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 packages Italian Flavor Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons dry basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 pounds (32 ounces) process cheese spread, cut up
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • Toasted baguette slices
  • 4 teaspoons crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped (optional)

How to Make It

  1. In a large saucepan or stockpot, cook sausage over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until thoroughly cooked and no longer pink. Stir in canned tomatoes, garlic, basil and oregano; add crushed red pepper, if desired. Cover and cook 2 minutes. Stir in cheese spread and ricotta, reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered until melted, stirring frequently. Stir in fresh tomatoes, if desired. Serve hot with toasted baguette slices.