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
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
  • 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
  • 1/2 cup pesto
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese shredded
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese
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.