Though store-bought hummus and salsa is almost always a good call, sometimes I’m looking for a little more than vacuum-sealed plastic containers filled with my favorite spreads. Yes, these go-to grocery store products may be as easy as taking them off the shelf and placing them in your refrigerator, but here’s a recipe that will have you buying ingredients next time you are at the store.

To expand your collection of global dips and spreads, I recommend adding this Italian Parmesan spread to the rotation. Though you can’t buy it in the grocery store, I promise this recipe is almost as easy as opening your favorite store-bought guac and will change the way you cater pregames for the rest of your college career.

Parmesan Spread

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:2 minutes
  • Total Time:7 minutes
  • Servings:4 servings
  • Easy


  • 8 oz fresh Parmesan
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
Photo by Margaret Block
  • Step 1

    Begin by crumbling the Parmesan into small pieces with a fork.

    Photo by Margaret Block
  • Step 2

    Add the crumbled Parmesan to a bowl with the extra virgin olive oil and red chili flakes. Stir until combined.

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  • Step 3

    Serve with crackers once the spread comes to room temperature.

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  • Step 4

    Store the spread in the refrigerator. For an extra fancy lunch, serve the leftover spread on tomatoes or arugula.

    Photo by Margaret Block