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This super simple Homemade Veggie Cream Cheese Spread is easy to make, and tastes way better than any store bought veggie cream cheese, and is ready in minutes! This veggie cream cheese recipe is easily adaptable to what you have on hand!

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Way better than store bought Veggie Cream Cheese Spread!

What better way to get your veggies than infusing them into a silky, flavorful cream cheese spread, and then slathering that all over your favorite toasted bagel?

One of the easiest recipes on my blog is this super simple Homemade Veggie Cream Cheese. And while it could not be easier to make, it is unmistakably delicious.

This herby, veggie-full cream cheese spread taste’s great on everything from chopped veggies to bagels, and beyond.

homemade veggie cream cheese

What goes into the Cream Cheese Spread?

To make my homemade veggie cream cheese spread, you will need:

  • A block of softened cream cheese, or Neufchâtel cheese
  • Finely chopped red bell pepper, or mini sweet red pepper
  • A little bit of grated carrot
  • Some chopped fresh chives
  • A bit of chopped parsley leaves
  • Some chopped celery leaves
  • A little bit of minced garlic (fresh or jarred)
  • Onion soup mix, such as Lipton’s.

Prepping the cream cheese spread

All you need to do to make my Homemade Veggie Cream Cheese is chop up the herbs and veggies (with the exception of the carrot, which is shredded) and toss them in a bowl with the softened cream cheese and a bit of dry onion soup mix. Toss well to combine, and voila- you’ve got a delicious, homemade cream cheese spread!

I like to leave the cream cheese out on the counter to soften for about 30 minutes to an hour, to make it easier on myself when it comes time to combine the ingredients.

homemade veggie cream cheese ingredients


This veggie cream cheese recipe is easily adjusted to work with what you have on hand! Here are some swaps and additions you can try.

  • Try neufchatel cheese or vegan cream cheese for a lighter option!
  • Swap chives for scallions or shallots.
  • Add extra herbs, such as cilantro or basil.
  • Try adding some seeded grated cucumber.
  • Swap red bell pepper for green bell bell, or jarred roasted red peppers.
homemade veggie cream cheese

Serving suggestions for the veggie cream cheese

Of course, my number one use for this cream cheese is spreading it onto a toasty, chewy bagel- but it’s also great on other things!

Try my veggie cream cheese spread on crackers, as a dip for veggies or pretzels for a great mid-day snack, or use it as a spread for the base of a great sandwich. It would also be a great compliment to some smoked salmon lox piled high on a bagel with capers and thinly sliced red onion.

bagel and veggie cream cheese

Looking for more great breakfast ideas?

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Crab Imperial Eggs Benedict

Creamed Chipped Scrapple

homemade veggie cream cheese on bagels

What to do with the leftover onion soup packet

So- I’ve asked you to open a full packet of onion soup mix, and now you’ve got a whole bunch left. Whatever will you do with it? Well..

  • Add it to gravy or sauce for an extra flavor boost
  • Throw some in with your slow-cooked pot roast
  • Stir it into sour cream or yogurt for a great dip 
  • Make French Onion Chicken Meatballs!

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Homemade Veggie Cream Cheese Spread

Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Keyword: cream cheese, veggie cream cheese


  • 1 8 oz block of cream cheese, softened*
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped*
  • 2 tbsp grated carrot 
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh chives 
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp finely chopped celery leaves
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic*
  • 1 tsp onion soup mix powder


  • Chop herbs and veggies as specified in ingredients list, and add to a medium mixing bowl with softened cream cheese (leave cream cheese out on counter for 30 minutes to an hour). Stir to combine until all ingredients are well incorporated. Serve immediately, or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate up to 5 days.


Neufchâtel cheese could be used in place of cream cheese.

Either red bell pepper or mini sweet red pepper can be used for this recipe.

Fresh or jarred garlic both work for this recipe!

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