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Cheesy Pesto Bread

August 26, 2017 (Last Updated: June 15, 2019)

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Swirled Pesto and Parmesan Cheese Baked in a delicious Cheesy Pesto Bread.

Slices of Cheesy Pesto Bread on a small white plate.

Calling all pesto lovers! You’ve got to try this Cheesy Pest Bread! If you love pesto then I’m sure you already use pesto with pasta and on pizza and probably even on grilled cheese sandwiches, but how about baked right into a crusty loaf of bread?

Loaves of bread on a baking rack with a blue towel behind the loaves.

I’ve been eating this bread alongside salads, with pasta topped with marinara sauce and as a savory treat all by itself.

How do you shape Cheesy Pesto Bread?

This bread is rolled out like a sweet roll and filled with pesto and Parmesan cheese. It’s then rolled into a log, shaped into an “S” and sliced across the top so all the deliciousness is exposed while it’s baking. Not only is this Cheesy Pesto Bread delicious, it’s also gorgeous.

Bread dough shaped like an s and slit on the top of each loaf.

As the bread rises, the slit begins to open a bit wider.

Loaves of bread dough topped with Parmesan cheese.

Just before baking brush with olive oil and sprinkle with more cheese.

What ingredients do I need?

  • milk
  • water
  • yeast
  • egg
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • flour
  • pesto
  • Parmesan cheese

Cheesy Pesto Bread on a red and white checked napkin.

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Bread with swirls of pesto.

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5 from 5 votes
Cheesy Pesto Bread is delicious to eat and makes an impressive presentation.
Cheesy Pesto Bread
Prep Time
2 hrs
Cook Time
35 mins
Rise
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 30 mins
 

Homemade bread filled with pesto and Parmesan cheese.

Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: aritsan bread, bread, pesto, pesto bread, savory bread
Servings: 2 loaves
Calories: 148 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
Dough
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cups flour
Filling
  • 1/2 cup pesto
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese shredded
Topping
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese
Instructions
Make the Dough
  1. In a large bowl for a stand mixer, add milk, water and yeast. Stir lightly and let stand for 5 minutes until bubbly.

  2. Add egg, salt, olive oil and 1 cup of flour.  Mix.

  3. Add remaining flour one cup at a time, mixing between each addition.

  4. Knead dough in machine for 5 minutes or by hand for 10 minutes.

  5. Place in a large bowl that has been lightly greased with olive oil. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

  6. Gently deflate dough and divide into two.

  7. Roll out first piece into a long rectangle, approximately 6 X 18"

  8. Add 1/4 cup of the pesto and half the parmesan cheese.

  9. Roll dough together to form a long log. Place seam side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or directly on the baking sheet lightly greased with olive oil.

  10. Form bread into an "S" tucking ends into the log.

  11. Gently slice through the top of the bread with a sharp knife. You want to slice through about a 1/4 of an inch. 

  12. Repeat with second piece of dough.

  13. Cover and let rise for about 30 minutes.

  14. Just before baking, brush olive oil on the dough and sprinkle on parmesan cheese.

  15. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. 

  16. Allow bread to cool on a baking rack before slicing.

  17. Slice each loaf into approximately 10 slices.

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Pesto Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 216mg9%
Potassium 44mg1%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 165IU3%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The inspiration for this bread came from King Arthur Flour,

 

 

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21 Comments

  • Reply
    Chicken Malai Boti
    September 11, 2017 at 5:36 am


    Cheesy pesto bread recipe is my favorite dish.I made it many times its taste so awesome.

  • Reply
    Ashika | Gardening Foodie
    September 2, 2017 at 2:51 pm


    I love homemade bread…it creates such a wonderful aroma around the home. This is a beautiful recipe, combining pesto into the bread. I am looking forward to trying out this recipe. Absolutely love it!!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 3, 2017 at 9:01 am

      The smell of bread baking is so delicious! This cheesy pesto bread is one of our favorites.

  • Reply
    Agness of Run Agness Run
    September 1, 2017 at 5:58 am

    As a passionate pesto lover, this recipe is my cup of tea! Can’t wait to give it a try, Kathy! Would you recommend some salad that goes with it?

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 3, 2017 at 9:03 am

      This would be lovely paired with just about any salad, but I think one with a tangy vinaigrette would be perfect!

  • Reply
    Adina
    September 1, 2017 at 1:20 am

    Oh, how lovely, this is the perfect bread for guests. And I still have dozens of various pesto jars in my freezer.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 3, 2017 at 9:05 am

      It’s time to use up that pesto! I have just been making several batches of pesto and stocking my freezer. I’m hoping to enjoy this bread all year long!

  • Reply
    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    August 31, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Yummy! Pinned it for future reference. Going to make it for sure!! We have our homemade pesto, and this is another great way to use it up!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 3, 2017 at 9:15 am

      Hi Nicoletta! I think you’re going to love this bread! It has so much flavor from the pesto and cheese.

  • Reply
    Miriam - londonkitchendiaries.com
    August 31, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Love the smell and taste of homemade bread and yours looks so gorgeous too! Pesto & cheese is such a great combination. Have a fantastic weekend, Kathy!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 3, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Pesto and cheese are a match made in heaven!

  • Reply
    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    August 30, 2017 at 7:08 pm


    Pesto and bread are two of my favorite things!! I could eat this whole loaf in one sitting too šŸ˜‰

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 3, 2017 at 9:35 am

      Me too! It’s hard to stop once you get started!

  • Reply
    Ashley@CookNourishBliss
    August 30, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Oh homemade bread how I love you!!! This is such a great idea – my basil and parsley plants are exploding – I need to make more pesto to then make some bread!!

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    August 30, 2017 at 9:23 am


    Those three words together – cheesy + pesto + bread – are music to my ears! This bread is SO pretty, Kathy! And it looks just delicious!! I could eat a dangerous amount of this and be perfectly content calling it dinner. I mean, it IS acceptable to just eat loaves of bread for dinner when they are this delicious, right?! šŸ˜‰ Cheers, friend!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 3, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Totally acceptable to call this dinner! šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    August 28, 2017 at 5:34 am

    Oh, I am all about this recipe, Kathy! I love the sharpness of Parmesan, especially when it’s baked into fresh bread. And pesto. Oh man, we made SO much pesto this past weekend. I think it was somewhere between 1.5-2 gallons…not kidding! We gave some away to friends/neighbors, and then we froze the rest. I’m think I need to pull some of that out to make this bread now. šŸ™‚ It looks delicious!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 3, 2017 at 9:51 am

      This bread is just perfect for you….and if you have any extra pesto, just send it my way! šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    August 28, 2017 at 4:40 am


    I do love pesto and I definitely love bread so this is a lovely combination Kathy! I bet this tastes (and smells) wonderful as it bakes! This one is definitely a beauty! Pinned šŸ™‚ Have a wonderful week!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    August 26, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    These are so pretty Kathy! You make the best breads! Love that pesto filling!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 27, 2017 at 6:41 am

      The pesto adds so much flavor!

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