Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto & Fontina Fondue + Giveaway

Of all the fondue recipes I’ve made over the years, this is a favorite. This Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto and Cheese Fondue Recipe will rock your party, or your romantic dinner for two!

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My first encounter with fondue was on my honeymoon in the summer of 1999… feeling old.

Lt. Dan and I had just finished college and after 3 and a half years of dating we thought, “What the heck, let’s get married!”

Lt. Dan had saved some money for our honeymoon and we determined it was enough for either a week on a tropical island, or a month-long road trip out west. Having just graduated college and not having to start work for a couple months, we opted for the road trip.

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We spent an entire month working our way through little towns in Colorado. From Vale, to Steamboat Springs, to Canyon City, to Colorado Springs. We stayed in several cabins a college buddy’s family loaned us, lounged in natural hot springs, hiked, rode horses, and ate in some amazing restaurants.

One of our favorite memories was finding a fondue restaurant called the Mona Lisa in Manitou Springs, the town at the foot of Pikes Peak.

Dan and Sommer CollierWeren’t we cute? Lovebirds in 1999.

We sat out on a tiny open-air balcony to enjoy our first experience with fondue. We were so young and care-free, that this opulent dining experience felt like it was straight out of the movies. Course after course, wine after wine, we laughed, flirted, and ever so slyly gorged ourselves with bread, cheese and chocolate.

To this day, it was one of the most romantic dinners I’ve ever experienced.

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We knew fondue was something we would have to do again. After returning home, we promptly acquired a fondue pot, so we could recreate our experience at home.

We have hosted many fondue parties over the years, each bringing back the memory of our first nostalgic fondue dinner on a balcony in the mountain air.

I’ve experimented with quite a few cheese fondue recipes: the classic swiss, beer and cheddar, irish dubliner fondue… but this pesto laced cheese fondue recipe is a real winner.

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I recently discovered DeLallo’s new Simply Pesto, and immediately fell in love with the Sun-Dried Tomato & Olive Pesto.

Guys… it is so good.

Dare I say just as good, if not better, than homemade sun-dried tomato pesto, and made from natural non-scientific ingredients.

We’ve been eating it left and right over DeLallo Whole Wheat Pasta with a sprinkle of fresh romano cheese, but I digress.

This was just the pesto to breathe life into a creamy italian fontina cheese fondue!

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I made a classic cheese fondue recipe, using creamy and nutty italian fontina cheese (sometimes called fontal or fontinella.) Then once the cheese was molten and hot, I stirred in a generous scoop of sun-dried tomato pesto to kick up the flavor.

Briny, nutty, fresh and fragrant oozing pot of goodness. That’s what this is.

Try dunking bread, gerkin pickles, or veggies in it, and you have a party in a pot. No noise-makers required.

To continue the party, DeLallo is offering an amazing giveaway today!

Pesto Fondue Giveaway

Simply follow the prompts in the automated entry form and you could win:

  • An Assortment of DeLallo Simply Pesto, Peppers and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • An Assortment of DeLallo Organic Pasta
  • A Sur La Table Stainless Steel Fondue Pot

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Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Pesto Cheese Fondue Recipe


For the cheese fondue recipe:

  • 1 1/2 lbs Italian Fontina (Fontal) Cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup All-Purpose Gold Medal Flour
  • 2 Tb. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup DeLallo Sun-Dried Tomato & Olive Pesto

Possible items for dipping:

  • 1 loaf of rustic italian bread, cut into cubes
  • Raw vegetables
  • Small pickles
  • Grapes
  • Apples, cut into cubes


  1. Set a small sauce pot over medium heat. Add the oil and flour and whisk for 1-2 minutes until thick and smooth, but not dark. Whisk in the wine and bring to a simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a fondue pot on its stand in preparation for the fondue. Slowly add the cheese to the hot liquid, stirring continuously to melt. Once all the cheese is melted into the liquid, and the mixture is smooth, stir in the pesto.
  3. Pour the cheese fondue into the fondue pot to keep it warm and serve with bread cubes, veggies and/or fruit.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Delallo Foods. All pesto-loving opinions are my own.

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121 Responses to “Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto & Fontina Fondue + Giveaway”

  1. #
    Laura P. Craig — September 3, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

    We actually love to make a shrimp gnocci that has jarred marinara, basil pesto, and fresh mozzarella! So yummy!!!


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    BusyWorkingMama — September 3, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

    I love a nice pesto pasta salad.


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    Rebecca — September 3, 2013 @ 7:07 pm

    Take some olive oil and add a bit of cheesy pesto and you have the world’s greatest dipping oil for a crusty loaf of bread!


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    Liz C. — September 3, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

    Yum! I really need a new set… Mine is broken and I miss it!


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    Carolyn — September 4, 2013 @ 4:35 am

    OMG, that picture of you two is adorable! Love it. I haven’t had fondue in ages.


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    Amy (runswithspatula) — September 4, 2013 @ 5:07 am

    spread on provolone and wrapped up with a thin slice of ham.


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    Sabrerocket01 — September 4, 2013 @ 7:05 am

    Feeling old & married ??? In a couple of days We’ll B married 43 years Little by little I have found cooking from scratch is the best…!


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    Susan H. — September 4, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    We like to make pizza with pesto. Thanks.


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    Ty Hodges — September 4, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

    I love pesto spread in the bottom of a baking pan with chicken thighs or breast laid on top. Spread more pesto on the chicken and some honey mustard and cheese and bake. Makes a wonderful sauce. Serve over Penne pasta with grated parm.


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    kate — September 5, 2013 @ 6:48 am

    I love pesto spread on pizza dough with mozzarella and sauteed mushrooms and onions. But honestly, sometimes I eat it with a spoon. It’s amazing!


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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — September 5, 2013 @ 7:02 am

    I love everything sundried tomato, that pesto sounds so good. My family would adore this cheese fondue!


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    RavieNomNoms — September 5, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    This is just too much fun!


  13. #
    Karen Sue — September 5, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

    I love pesto!!! We haven’t had fonudue in ages – would love to get into it again.


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    Nutmeg Nanny — September 7, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    Goodness, this looks so incredible :) I feel like I can taste it! Pesto is my favorite


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    Susan H. — September 8, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

    Who won?


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    Shaina — September 11, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    Such a cute photo of the two of you, and I love the pesto addition to classic fondue. Divine!


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    FionRK — December 29, 2013 @ 12:30 am

    What a lovely story about your early married years. I love fondue and will be trying this recipe for sure. Thanks for sharing.


  18. #
    Michelle — December 29, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    Which store in Asheville do you get the pesto & cheese?


    • Sommer — December 29th, 2013 @ 7:53 pm



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