Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto & Fontina Fondue

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.

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122 comments on “Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto & Fontina Fondue

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted August 30, 2013 at 5:56 am Reply

    I am allllll over this! Lovely recipe!

  2. Tieghanposted August 30, 2013 at 6:03 am Reply

    Awe, such a cute story and so fun to ready since I live in Frisco, CO (about 20 minutes from Vail). I have never been to Mona Lisa, but wow ti sounds incredible. What a fun and adventure packed honeymoon!!

    This fondue is KILLER! I need to get a proper fondue pot and start making this once a week. Holy yum!

  3. KLposted August 30, 2013 at 6:15 am Reply

    Love pesto over veggies

  4. Lyndsayposted August 30, 2013 at 6:17 am Reply

    I love fondue. My future husband has never had it (it’s a crying shame). I would eat fondue (specifically cheese fondue) all the time if I could. :)

  5. Marnely Rodriguez-Murrayposted August 30, 2013 at 6:23 am Reply

    What an adorable story! I love pesto slathered in a sandwich (mixed with a bit of mayo!)

  6. Heather Bposted August 30, 2013 at 6:26 am Reply

    I make a white bean pesto dip when we have company over for football games.

  7. Marian (Sweetopia)posted August 30, 2013 at 6:36 am Reply

    I haven’t thought about making this in so long – thanks for the great ideas!

  8. Denise Wilsonposted August 30, 2013 at 6:40 am Reply

    With pasta

  9. Paula - bell'alimentoposted August 30, 2013 at 6:42 am Reply

    How cute are y’all! Fondue is always fun!

  10. Mariaposted August 30, 2013 at 6:42 am Reply

    We are loving DeLallo’s pesto! They are all so tasty!

  11. Wanda McHenryposted August 30, 2013 at 6:47 am Reply

    I like to toss it with pasta

  12. Susan spoonerposted August 30, 2013 at 6:49 am Reply

    Yum. This looks so good I’ve already forwarded the recipe to a dozen people!

  13. Pruposted August 30, 2013 at 6:56 am Reply

    I loved this little story…how sweet. :-) I think my first fondue experience was in 1970, I was about 10 years old, and was completely hooked. It was always a special treat when my mom took her fondue pot out! This pesto fondue sounds incredible. I can’t wait to try it!!

  14. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted August 30, 2013 at 8:20 am Reply

    You have been to Steamboat and I’ve lived in CO for 27 years and have not. WTH?? Sweet story; especially since I’ve been a fondue lover for so long; it was never a fad with me!

  15. Angela Wposted August 30, 2013 at 7:21 am Reply

    I love it on pizza, topped with lots of veggies, grilled chicken and cheese.

  16. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted August 30, 2013 at 7:43 am Reply

    Now that would be a tasty fondue!

  17. ladywildposted August 30, 2013 at 7:45 am Reply

    We eat pesto on lots of things. Most recently we’ve been eating pesto on sandwiches

  18. Meagan @ A Zesty Biteposted August 30, 2013 at 7:47 am Reply

    I’m ashamed to admit that I have never had fondue! SHOCKING I KNOW! I do love pesto though on everything!

  19. DeLallo Foodsposted August 30, 2013 at 7:47 am Reply

    Sommer, thanks for such a great post! Photos look amazing (as usual) and we love how you’ve used our Simply Pesto for this delicious recipe!

  20. paula hposted August 30, 2013 at 7:54 am Reply

    I’ve never tried DeLallo products…I’ll look for them now. Great post and what a sweet picture!

  21. Nancy Longposted August 30, 2013 at 8:56 am Reply

    Yum! I love fondues and this one sounds fantastic! Would love to win the giveaway!

  22. Hollyposted August 30, 2013 at 8:00 am Reply

    I had pesto with roasted cherry tomatoes and pasta this week– simple and delicious!

  23. Shellyposted August 30, 2013 at 8:02 am Reply

    I love it tossed with pasta.

  24. marlaposted August 30, 2013 at 8:12 am Reply

    Oh how I LOVE fondue…count me in on this party!

  25. Denise Mposted August 30, 2013 at 8:17 am Reply

    i make a pesto chicken “pasta” with shredded chicken and spaghetti squash instead of pasta

  26. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girlposted August 30, 2013 at 8:26 am Reply

    Can I come over to fondue party? Please? Looks AMAZING!

  27. Denise Fedorposted August 30, 2013 at 8:31 am Reply

    I like pesto as a spread on a toasted turkey sandwich

  28. Carolineposted August 30, 2013 at 8:38 am Reply

    I love pesto on grilled sandwiches!

  29. Tina Hposted August 30, 2013 at 8:49 am Reply

    I love pesto on a crunchy baquette.

  30. Melissaposted August 30, 2013 at 8:53 am Reply

    I love pesto on a sandwich!

  31. Cindy Billsposted August 30, 2013 at 9:26 am Reply

    I <3 pesto and fondue the 2 together who knew LoL

  32. vaishaliposted August 30, 2013 at 9:29 am Reply

    On my pizza!

  33. Heather Christoposted August 30, 2013 at 9:31 am Reply

    I think that sounds like such a romantic honeymoon!! I love pesto on pasta!

  34. Caseyposted August 30, 2013 at 9:36 am Reply

    I love pesto as a pizza sauce

  35. T. girlposted August 30, 2013 at 9:46 am Reply

    any way!

  36. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pigposted August 30, 2013 at 9:50 am Reply

    Pesto…in a sandwich! I loved your story and that picture…OMG…sheer cuteness!!

  37. Jeriposted August 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm Reply

    Love, love Pesto!!

  38. Jenny Flakeposted August 30, 2013 at 10:15 am Reply

    Oh how I love a good Fondue!!!

  39. Janetposted August 30, 2013 at 10:23 am Reply

    I love pesto tossed with pasta for a quick yummy meal.

  40. Kari Mposted August 30, 2013 at 10:42 am Reply

    I serve it with fresh French bread for dipping.

  41. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted August 30, 2013 at 10:54 am Reply

    Absolutely loved your story about the romantic dinner – so ideal, indeed! What a great post, Sommer. Thanks so much for sharing, and for hosting this terrific giveaway, too!

  42. Sandyposted August 30, 2013 at 11:03 am Reply

    I put pesto on pizza and cheesy garlic bread

  43. Noraposted August 30, 2013 at 11:11 am Reply

    This would be fun-do for my kids.

  44. Cynthiaposted August 30, 2013 at 11:23 am Reply

    We love pesto on pasta!

  45. Nikkiposted August 30, 2013 at 11:25 am Reply

    with ravioli

  46. Stacyposted August 30, 2013 at 11:36 am Reply

    Looks amazing!

  47. Barbposted August 30, 2013 at 11:43 am Reply

    with pasta

  48. Julie @ Table for Twoposted August 30, 2013 at 12:34 pm Reply

    awww what a cute picture of you two! love fondues!

  49. Elizabethposted August 30, 2013 at 12:34 pm Reply

    I love pesto tossed with roasted potatoes!

  50. Amber Wposted August 30, 2013 at 1:01 pm Reply

    This looks absolutely wonderful and I am sure the kiddos will even love it!

  51. Trishaposted August 30, 2013 at 1:06 pm Reply

    Favorite use of pesto is on grilled cheese sandwich! It takes it from kid to adult in no time flat!

  52. Bonnie K.posted August 30, 2013 at 1:23 pm Reply

    I love pesto blended in the warm pasta, and I also like to spread it in my sandwich.

  53. Gailposted August 30, 2013 at 1:27 pm Reply

    On a grilled sandwich/turkey/avacado any kind

  54. Gabyposted August 30, 2013 at 1:30 pm Reply

    Loving this fondue lady!! !and love delallo :) Such a great combo!

  55. ernoposted August 30, 2013 at 1:35 pm Reply

    I never thought about pesto and fondue but that sounds amazing!

  56. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweetposted August 30, 2013 at 1:52 pm Reply

    This fondue looks amazing! Love your story! So sweet!
    I love pesto on toasted French bread or pizza!

  57. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted August 30, 2013 at 1:57 pm Reply

    Awww!!! This is so cute and sweet!!! And this fondue….I’m getting out my fondue pot for this one!!! MMMMM!

  58. Denise @ Creative Kitchenposted August 30, 2013 at 1:59 pm Reply

    What a cute picture!! Love the idea of honeymooning on a month long road trip! ;) We honeymooned in 1997 in Key West so I’m feeling ya on the old comment. lol

  59. Eric Heideckerposted August 30, 2013 at 2:06 pm Reply

    I love pesto on a pannini!

  60. Cristinaposted August 30, 2013 at 2:30 pm Reply

    My favorite is still the classic pesto over pasta, although now I also used it to flavor fish fillets or chicken breast fillets– they are so mild, a nutty punch is always a good variation. We love pesto, thank you for this suggestion!

  61. Marlyposted August 30, 2013 at 2:32 pm Reply

    Oh, I was thinking I would scroll down and see the same pose today. I bet you’re just as cute today! Looks like such a tasty recipe!

  62. Cristinaposted August 30, 2013 at 2:33 pm Reply

    Am not sure if it went through — we love pesto any way over anything! Our faves are still the classic, over pasta, although i punch up the midl flavors of fish and chicken with good pesto before baking.

  63. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted August 30, 2013 at 2:43 pm Reply

    Love this fondue, adding pesto is such a great idea!

  64. Kim C.posted August 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm Reply

    Pesto over pasta is my favorite, but I’m definitely open to trying it different ways.

  65. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted August 30, 2013 at 2:58 pm Reply

    I don’t know if I have ever had fondue or not. How crazy is that! I need to make this!

  66. Meeshieposted August 30, 2013 at 2:59 pm Reply

    My favorite is chicken pesto sandwiches. My husband even takes them to work.

  67. Cassie | Bake Your Dayposted August 30, 2013 at 4:37 pm Reply

    Definitely craving fondue now! Great idea Sommer.

  68. Sarahposted August 30, 2013 at 4:44 pm Reply

    I love pesto stuffed chicken breast. MMMM.

  69. Ali | Gimme Some Ovenposted August 30, 2013 at 5:13 pm Reply

    I adore the photo of you two!! Such love in your eyes! :)

    And this pesto sounds perfect for fondue! Love it!!

  70. C.J.posted August 30, 2013 at 6:02 pm Reply

    I love pesto on a tomato, basil and mozzarella sandwich.

  71. Brandonposted August 30, 2013 at 8:37 pm Reply

    I follow you on Pinterest and love all the pins you share! I just wanted to stop by today (for the first time) to let you know that your recipe pins are some of my favorites, I didn’t know you had a blog too… with gorgeous photos! I’ll be back! :)

  72. MaryBethposted August 30, 2013 at 8:19 pm Reply

    Love a dollop or t

    • MaryBethposted August 30, 2013 at 8:20 pm Reply

      Dollop or three over fresh gnocchi…hit submit too quickly

  73. Laurieposted August 30, 2013 at 8:32 pm Reply

    I like pesto as an appetizer with crispy bread.

  74. Marsha Lynneposted August 30, 2013 at 8:44 pm Reply

    Just talking with a friend the other night about the good times that we each had having Fondue with friends, years ago. What ever happened to the good old days…

  75. Elissaposted August 30, 2013 at 9:12 pm Reply

    I like a spoon of pesto in veggie soup!

  76. sarah K.posted August 30, 2013 at 9:29 pm Reply

    I like putting pesto on pasta, I also sometimes put a little in my salad dressing.

  77. Maryposted August 31, 2013 at 4:32 am Reply

    I’ve been making pesto for years and while it isn’t hard, I’m always looking for an excellent “on hand” version. Hope I win!!!!! Oh, and my mother had my family eating fondue in the late 60’s and we haven’t stopped since!!!

  78. Averie @ Averie Cooksposted August 31, 2013 at 5:13 am Reply

    Pesto. Love it on noodles and this fondue set would be so fun to have!

  79. Siyiposted August 31, 2013 at 6:01 am Reply

    Over pasta or in a sandwich!

  80. emily willinghamposted August 31, 2013 at 8:20 am Reply

    my favorite way to serve pesto is to schmear it over crostini – yumm

  81. Chrisposted August 31, 2013 at 8:50 am Reply

    Looks like a winner, thanks for the recipe.

  82. Kim Porterposted August 31, 2013 at 10:13 am Reply

    Pesto in a grilled cheese sandwich is divine!

  83. Kristen Mposted August 31, 2013 at 1:13 pm Reply

    I usually use pesto on eggs, pasta, or chicken/pork/fish dishes. I’ve never thought to use it with a fondue dish.

  84. Elenaposted August 31, 2013 at 2:26 pm Reply

    I like to make Panini with pesto

  85. Janice Cooperposted August 31, 2013 at 5:24 pm Reply

    I like pesto over pasta dish

  86. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted August 31, 2013 at 11:09 pm Reply

    Fondue is always how my husband and I celebrate special days. And we pretty much always do it at home. It’s cheaper and we can make way more cheese fondue!!

  87. telesmaposted September 1, 2013 at 6:09 am Reply

    I love to just stir pesto into soup, like minestrone. I also love it just tossed with pasta and served with roasted chicken or “Italian” meatloaf, or just served drizzled over roasted chicken.

  88. Jessica Millerposted September 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm Reply

    I love pesto in pasta! :-)

  89. Amyposted September 1, 2013 at 3:09 pm Reply

    Y’all are so precious!!!

  90. coriposted September 2, 2013 at 5:53 am Reply

    As a dressing for salad!

  91. Jeanetteposted September 2, 2013 at 9:57 am Reply

    My kids love fondue – it’s always such a treat. We do it for special occasions and it’s always fun!

  92. Melissa Robertson Marcumposted September 2, 2013 at 11:04 am Reply

    I love serving over freshly made pasta!!!

  93. barbara nposted September 2, 2013 at 12:22 pm Reply

    I love to make Chicken, Roasted Pepper, and Pesto Sandwichs

  94. kathleen kovachposted September 2, 2013 at 9:07 pm Reply

    Oh that looks gooood! What an awesome prize

  95. Sarah Lposted September 3, 2013 at 12:33 am Reply

    I love pesto on pasta with grilled shrimp on top.

  96. Carrie M.posted September 3, 2013 at 8:17 am Reply

    Love to use pesto in pasta sauce

  97. Lizzposted September 3, 2013 at 9:06 am Reply

    Pesto shrimp pasta with spinach pasta, shallots, squash and extra parmesan!

  98. Maneesha Pradhanposted September 3, 2013 at 10:18 am Reply

    I like putting it under chicken breast with goat cheese.

  99. Jennifer C.posted September 3, 2013 at 10:25 am Reply

    Awesome giveaway!

  100. Laura P. Craigposted September 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm Reply

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

  101. BusyWorkingMamaposted September 3, 2013 at 6:07 pm Reply

    I love a nice pesto pasta salad.

  102. Rebeccaposted September 3, 2013 at 7:07 pm Reply

    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!

  103. Liz C.posted September 3, 2013 at 7:14 pm Reply

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

  104. Carolynposted September 4, 2013 at 4:35 am Reply

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

  105. Amy (runswithspatula)posted September 4, 2013 at 5:07 am Reply

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

  106. Sabrerocket01posted September 4, 2013 at 7:05 am Reply

    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…!

  107. Susan H.posted September 4, 2013 at 4:11 pm Reply

    We like to make pizza with pesto. Thanks.

  108. Ty Hodgesposted September 4, 2013 at 6:54 pm Reply

    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.

  109. kateposted September 5, 2013 at 6:48 am Reply

    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!

  110. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted September 5, 2013 at 7:02 am Reply

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

  111. RavieNomNomsposted September 5, 2013 at 9:18 am Reply

    This is just too much fun!

  112. Karen Sueposted September 5, 2013 at 1:11 pm Reply

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

  113. Nutmeg Nannyposted September 7, 2013 at 9:41 am Reply

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

  114. Susan H.posted September 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm Reply

    Who won?

  115. Shainaposted September 11, 2013 at 11:01 am Reply

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

  116. FionRKposted December 29, 2013 at 12:30 am Reply

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

  117. Michelleposted December 29, 2013 at 1:23 pm Reply

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

    • Sommerposted December 29, 2013 at 7:53 pm Reply


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