Irresistible Cheesy Pesto Bread

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January 30, 2023
Andi GleesonJump to Recipe

If you are a garlic bread lover, brace yourself for this cheesy pesto bread recipe! 

You only need a few ingredients to make these incredibly cheesy pesto bread!
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I have been infatuated with a few cheesy garlic bread photos going around Pinterest lately. I love garlic bread on its own, and adding melty, stretchy cheese to the party sounds like bread heaven. One version that looks particularly fabulous is Hasselback Garlic Cheesy Bread at Lauren’s Latest. I would be delighted if someone served me this, but come on: I am far too weary to bake my own baguettes. Also, I didn’t have any fancy garlic butter lying around. What I did have was some leftover pesto from last week’s pesto chicken. So, I set out to make my own, easier version of this bread, and I think this cheesy pesto bread recipe is pretty darned easy and good.

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Irresistible Cheesy Pesto Bread - This cheesy garlic bread recipe is easy to make and will impress your friends and family!

You could definitely make this without the cheese and still have delicious pesto garlic bread. Truth be told, the cheese was awesome when it first came out of the oven, but much less awesome after it cooled down and lost its melted goodness. If you want to make this cheesy version, I recommend serving it to a crowd who will eat it fairly quickly while its warm.

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Irresistible Cheesy Pesto Bread

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This ooey, gooey, cheesy garlic bread is simple to make with only four ingredients.

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Slice bread into ¾” slices, leaving just the bottom of the crust uncut to hold the loaf together. Move sliced bread to a piece of aluminum foil slightly longer than the loaf. (Don’t worry if you slice the bread all the way through; the foil will fix it.)
  3. Stir together the melted butter and pesto. With a basting brush, spread the butter mixture over the top and inside the slices of the loaf.
  4. Cut the cheese slices into pieces (fourths or smaller depending on the size of your cheese and bread), and slide a piece of cheese into each cut of the loaf.
  5. Crimp the foil to surround the bottom edge of the bread to hold it together and catch any delicious drips. Place directly on rack in preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the cheese is melted. Serve warm.

 

  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Bread

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What’s that? You want even more cheesy goodness? Try these recipes on for size!

Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.

45 comments

Teresa
7 years ago

I made this for a church potluck this past Sunday and it was a hit. Thanks for posting this awesome recipe.

Margaret Vandale
8 years ago

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Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Hi, Margaret! The website field in comments is optional. Thank you!

Georgene
9 years ago

How do you make the pesto sauce for the cheese bread

june
9 years ago

looks very good

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

Thanks so much, June!

Deborah
9 years ago

Can’t wait to try this looks delicious. Tried a lot of your recipes and love every one of them. Thanks so much.

Andi
9 years ago

Thank you so much, Deborah! This made my day!!

Dina
10 years ago

I loved the taste but had to double the butter/pesto for a regular loaf of French bread and double the cooking time. It took 25 min for the cheese to fully melt! But will for sure make again!!

Andi
10 years ago

Thanks for the feedback, Dina! I’ll make a note in the recipe that the amounts may vary depending on the size of your loaf, width of slices, etc. I used a dense type of bread, which was shorter than a lighter, longer loaf, so I probably had fewer slices to coat/stuff. Have a good week!

Kay
10 years ago

Where did you get your bread from?

Andi
10 years ago

Hi, Kay! I took these pics a while ago, but I’m sure it was just a loaf from our grocery store bakery.

Krystal
10 years ago

This looks AMAZING. I love the cheese and I would totally pair this with tomatoes!

Andi
10 years ago

Thank you, Krystal! Adding tomatoes is a great idea!

Miriam
10 years ago

Hi, found this recipe via Pinterest! This looks so yummy! Never made this kind of cheesy bread before so will give it a try! It is so cheesy!! It would also work with red pesto mmmmm :)

Andi
10 years ago

Hi, Miriam! Thanks so much for your nice comment. I haven’t heard of red pesto, but now I’ll have to look that up. I hope you like the recipe!

Miriam
10 years ago

Andi, red pesto is with sun-dried tomatoes instead of basil. But i also made it with red roasted peppers, you can add some chillies too for a good kick! It is so delicious! Would go so well with this bread or pasta in general! :-)

Andi
10 years ago

That sounds delicious, Miriam! I’ll have to give it a try. Thank you :)

fae
10 years ago

Your cheesy pesto bread sounds absolutely delish! We are planning an outdoor spring time wedding, and thinking of using this. We want to do what we can ahead of time. Would this be good served cold? if it is better warmed, we could cook it ahead then just warm it up. I have a good recipe for a sausage dip we would serve with it. If the dip was left warm in a crockpot, then maybe this bread would be ok cold. Comments? I would love ideas for this. I am for sure going to follow you on pintrest!

Andi
10 years ago

Hi, Fae! This bread really shines when it’s warm and the cheese is melted. If you aren’t able to serve it warm, I would suggest just using the pesto and olive oil to make pesto garlic bread that way and skip the cheese.

I hope you have a beautiful and fun wedding! If there’s garlic bread and sausage dip, it sounds like it’s going to be awesome :) Thank you so much for your comment and following me. I hope you will find lots of other recipes you like here too!

Desperate Houselife
10 years ago

This looks absolutely delicious. Now I’m hungry! #SITSBlogging

Andi
10 years ago

Thank you! You just reminded me that I want to make this again soon :) Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

Darcie
10 years ago

oh. my. GOSH!
I am totally going to try this!
this looks simply divine!

stopping by from #sitsblogging

Lyuba@willcookforsmiles
11 years ago

Oh my…look at all that cheesiness!! Oooo, I love theese!

Andi
11 years ago

Thank you, Lyuba! I need to make this again soon. So good!

Fhatina
11 years ago

I tried it today and it was delicious!!! Thanks!!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

I’m so glad to hear that! Thanks so much for taking the time to come back and leave a comment :)

Stephanie
11 years ago

This looks great! Usually make stuff like this for football season. I will have to make an exception. I love anything with pesto.

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks so much for your comment, Stephanie! I like to serve this with salad, which I’m sure negates the effects of the bread to make it a healthy dinner ;)

Buttons
11 years ago

Yum! This looks delicious and so easy! I make pesto bread by unrolling a roll of Pilsbury French bread and spreading pesto then following the baking instructions. So good! I bet it would be good with cheese sprinkled on as well!

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The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Ooh that sounds really good and easy! I STILL have pesto leftover, so I think I will try your version next.

Thanks for stopping by and following! I am a little weird and lazy too (OK, maybe more than a little), so we will get along just fine ;)

Reeni
11 years ago

Oh goodness does this look delicious! Gooey, cheesy carbilicious LOVE! The pesto is an added bonus.

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks, Reeni! Carbilicious may be my new favorite word.

Rena
11 years ago

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The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thank you, Rena! So glad to have you, and I’m looking forward to checking out your blog as well.

Becca
11 years ago

Certainly does look irresistable! A friend of mine made some bread similar to this one time. So yummy!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks, Becca! I really appreciate your visit :)

Julie @ This Gal Cooks
11 years ago

Oh yum, this looks so good!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks, Julie! I can’t wait to eat more leftover tomorrow. I think it will toast up great.

Lois Christensen
11 years ago

This looks amazing. I saw the original recipe on Pinterest and tried to make it and you’re right, it was a lot of work. This looks so much easier. Trying YOUR way next!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Let me know how you like it, and thanks for stopping by!

JC
11 years ago

Wow, this looks delicious and easy. I can’t wait to try it. My mom loves baguettes and hubby loves cheese. This recipe has both.

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks, JC! Let me know how you like it if you give it a try.

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