Do you love cheesy bread?? This Pesto Cheese Bread is the perfect mixture of gooey cheese mixed with the fresh taste of pesto. You will be licking your plate when you are finished and the family will be asking for more. This bread is a sure crowd pleaser and super EASY to make!
Easy Pesto Cheese Bread
One of my favorite things to order at restaurants is garlic bread. Truthfully I just really love carbs! One of my favorite flavors of pizza to order always has pesto on it in some form. I decided I needed to recreate the flavors of pesto in a crusty garlic cheese bread. I was in heaven the first time I tried this recipe!
This bread has the perfect amount of pesto and cheese on top of a delicious crusty bread.
What to Serve with Pesto Cheese Bread
One of our favorite things at my house to eat this delicious bread with is anything with an Italian flavor. I also like to pair this recipe with a few wholesome sides and a protein. Here are a few of my favorite main dishes to serve with this recipe:
- Baked Meatballs Parmesan
- Antipasto Salad
- Easy Baked Chicken Parmesan
- Lasagna Stuffed Peppers
- Easy Italian Sausage Tortellini
- Spinach Ravioli Bake
How to Make Pesto Cheese Bread
This recipe is really simple, but there are a few little tips and tricks I can lend you to get the absolute best pesto cheese bread out there! You can read through my notes here, and get the FULL recipe at the bottom of this post.
- Cut the load of French Bread in half-lengthwise.
- Make sure you get Italian or French bread for this recipe. It will work better that a baguette.
- Spread 1/2 of the pesto evenly on each side of the bread.
- I prefer to use fresh pesto. You can buy pre-made fresh pesto or make your own. You can also use pesto found in the jar at your local grocery store.
- Bake at 425 for 5 minutes, or until the edges are slightly baked.
- Remove from the oven and sprinkle with cheese. Return to the oven to bake for an additional 3-4 minutes.
- Make sure cheese is completely melted.
- Optional: Broil on high 3-4 minutes….
- Use the broil setting on your oven to cook the bread. Broil is different than bake because it uses only the top element at a high heat which keeps the bottom and middle softer on the bread.
- Keep a close eye on the bread. When broiling the oven will get very hot and the bread can go from white to burnt in seconds.
How to Store Pesto Cheese Bread
This Pesto Cheese Bread can be stored in an airtight container or ziplock bag in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
You can reheat this bread by placing it in the oven at 350 degrees for 5-8 minutes. If you reheat in the microwave the bread can become a bit rubbery or hard.
If you do get a chance to try it, I would love it if you let me know! You can leave me a comment below, or if you post a picture on Instagram, make sure to tag me @easyfamilyrecipes so that I can see what you are cooking up! It makes my day to see others enjoying the recipes that I share!
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- 1 loaf french bread
- 1/2 cup prepared pesto
- 1 cup mozzarella, shredded
- 1/4 cup parmesan, shredded
- Cut the loaf of bread in half horizontally.
- Spread 1/4 cup of the pesto evenly on each side of the bread.
- Bake at 425˚F for 5 minutes or until the pesto is baked in and the edges begin to brown.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle with cheeses, then return to oven for an additional 3-4 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted.
- Optional: Broil on high for 1 minute to brown the cheese.