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Cheesy Pesto Bread

By Polly Conner

Pesto cheese bread. A delicious twist on the average garlic bread that you may throw in the oven. My husband can't get enough of this stuff!My husband gets excited about any meal if it includes his beloved pesto cheese bread. Lets be honest, so do I. It is SO good. It doesn’t rank too highly in the healthy department since it is made with white bread and a generous amount of butter but I thought it was too good not to share.

This makes for a great side to almost any dish. We like it with chicken recipes or pasta recipes.

Want to make your own Cheesy Pesto Bread?
(Printable recipe at the bottom)

To make this recipe THAT much better, make your own pesto using this recipe!

Start by slicing a french loaf (can be found in the bakery of your grocery store). Don’t slice the bread all of the way through. You want the bottom to stay attached.

Placed sliced loaf onto foil (to catch any of the drippings that might escape).

Scoop a spoonful of your pesto-butter mixture into the openings. Spread remaining pesto mixture over the top of the loaf.

Now place 1/2 piece of cheese between each slice. I have used provolone and mozzarella. Both were delicious. Pick your poison.

Pesto cheese bread. A delicious twist on the average garlic bread that you may throw in the oven. My husband can't get enough of this stuff!

Bake uncovered at 375 for about 15 minutes. You just want to make sure that cheese is good and melted. Some cheeses melt faster than others.

Pesto cheese bread. A delicious twist on the average garlic bread that you may throw in the oven. My husband can't get enough of this stuff!

Let it cool a bit and then wow your crowd with the cheesy pesto goodness.

Pesto cheese bread. A delicious twist on the average garlic bread that you may throw in the oven. My husband can't get enough of this stuff!

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Cheesy Pesto Bread

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Wow your guests with this insanely delicious cheesy pesto bread. With crispy french bread, gooey cheese, and homemade pesto, how could you NOT love it?


Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of french bread
  • 45 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • 67 slices provolone or mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Slice bread leaving the bottom still attached.
  2. In small bowl, mix pesto and melted butter together.
  3. Scoop pesto/butter mixture into sliced openings –use excess to spread over the top of the loaf.
  4. Place 1/2 piece of cheese into every slice.
  5. Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes.

Homemade Pesto Recipe {Freezer Meal}

By Polly Conner

Try your hand at homemade pesto with just a few ingredients. The robust flavor will wow your most-favorite dishes!

This was the first year I have grown my own herbs. Not sure why it took me so long. I tend to avoid things that are unfamiliar and growing my own herbs was foreign territory for me. That was until my dad showed up to my house with cilantro, oregano, parsley, dill, and of course basil.

No easing my way into herb growing, huh? Here is my consensus on each herb so far:

  • Dill: Huge and useless. It died without me using it once. (All the pickle makers out there just let out a gasp)
  • Cilantro: Loved having this around. Used it in our cheesy chicken enchiladas and other mexican dishes.
  • Oregano: Eh. Haven’t used it much. I did put some on our “gourmet pizza recipe” but that’s about it.
  • Parsley: LOVE having this around as well. Used it a ton. It’s been great for recipes like meatball subs, marinara sauce, oven omelet, and many more.
  • Basil: My favorite. Not only does the plant get huge but I have found a lot of uses for my lovely basil leaves. My favorite use of the basil leaves is making homemade pesto. Try your hand at homemade pesto with just a few ingredients. The robust flavor will wow your most-favorite dishes!

I had no idea making my own pesto was so easy. I had always bought it in jars at the store but was amazed at the difference between fresh pesto and jarred pesto. No competition. Fresh and homemade is better.

Want to make your own?

All you need is a few ingredients and a food processor.

Try your hand at homemade pesto with just a few ingredients. The robust flavor will wow your most-favorite dishes!

Now put your pesto to good use in a few of these recipes!

Chicken Pesto Pasta

Chicken Pesto Pasta

Turkey Pesto Paninis

Turkey pesto paninis

Mini Chicken Burgers

mini chicken burger recipe

Check out these 50+ ways to use up other summer produce, too.

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homemade pesto recipe

Homemade Pesto Recipe {Freezer Meal}

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Try your hand at homemade pesto with just a few ingredients. The robust flavor will wow your most-favorite dishes!


Ingredients

  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ¼ cup pine nuts (sub: walnuts)
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ⅔ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, combine the basil, garlic, pine nuts, and cheese and pulse until coarsely chopped.
  2. Add ½ cup of olive oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Notes

Freezer Meal Instructions:

To Freeze:
Blend the pesto sauce as directed. Once fully incorporated, you can add small amounts of pesto to ice cube trays. Put in freezer until solid. Then dump ice cubes out in to freezer-safe ziplock bags. Store in freezer for up to 6 months. You can also store larger quantities of pesto in glass jars.

To Prepare:
Remove desired amount of pesto from freezer. Let thaw in refrigerator overnight or on the countertop. Use as needed.