Cheesy Pesto Bread

Since discovering the awesomeness of pesto a couple of months ago, I have spent a fair amount of time on Pinterest looking for more ways to use it.  Please do not ask me to explain what “fair amount of time” means because, as many of you know, time on Pinterest works differently than time in real life.  You know, it’s kind of like how 2 days in the office goes by wayyyyyy slower than Saturday and Sunday.

So now I have an extensive list of recipes using pesto but I will start out by sharing this cheesy pesto bread.  I knew it would be a big hit with my family since we like bread, especially cheesy bread.

I made my own pesto from this recipe but you can buy it pre-made.  Personally, I think homemade tastes way better (and this recipe only takes a couple of minutes to prepare).

Here’s all you have to do to make this tasty bread…

Select a loaf of bread.  I love browsing the artisan breads at our store.  I selected this sourdough loaf because it is my family’s favorite but any type of bread will work.

Next, using a bread knife, slice the bread diagonally each direction, making about one inch squares.  Be sure to not slice through the bottom of the loaf.

Place the loaf on a sheet of aluminum foil to make it easier to handle.  Using a butter knife or spoon, gently place a little basil in each of the cuts.

Now here’s the good part – add cheese.  I like to use an Italian blend but you can use mozzarella, parmesan or your favorite type of cheese.

Place on a baking sheet in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted.  Allow to cool for a few minutes and enjoy your cheesy pesto bread!

Cheesy Pesto Bread


Loaf of bread
Pesto (homemade or jarred)
Italian cheese (or your favorite cheese)


Slice the loaf of bread diagonally in each direction, making one inch cubes. Do not slice all the way through to the bottom.
Using a butter knife or spoon, spread pesto inside the cuts.
Sprinkle top of loaf liberally with cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes, or until cheese has melted.

What is your favorite way to use pesto?

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