3-ingredient Pesto Cheese Bread makes a great snack or side dish! Make it on the grill or in the oven using store-bought pesto or my easy homemade version.

When I was growing up, Mr. Z’s pizza was the go-to company for school-age fundraising.

Based in Wisconsin, Mr. Z’s offerd frozen pizzas, individually-packaged croissant sandwiches, and the best cheesy garlic bread. I’m sure they sold other things, but nothing else mattered to me.

I participated through my church, and I always wished I had a million dollars so I could buy a never-ending supply of their cheesy garlic bread.

I’m not sure if Mr. Z’s is still around, but in case they aren’t, this Pesto Cheese Bread is a fantastic alternative.

Pesto Cheese Bread on a wood board.

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It’s as simple as: Crusty French bread topped with pesto, smothered in mozzarella cheese.

I like to make the pesto myself, especially in August. My Earthbox (and perhaps your garden, if you have one), is full of fresh basil. Try my homemade pesto made with walnuts (because they are cheaper than pine nuts), or use whatever nut you have on hand (almonds and hazelnuts are also really great in pesto).

If it’s hot out, fire up your grill instead of your oven. I’ve included instructions for both below.

Someone pulling a slice away from Pesto Cheese Bread on a wood board.

Pesto Cheese Bread on a wood board.

Pesto Cheese Bread

3-ingredient Pesto Cheese Bread makes a great snack or side dish! Make it on the grill or in the oven using store-bought pesto or my easy homemade version.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 12 servings
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 255

Ingredients 

  • 1 loaf french bread
  • 1/2 cup Homemade Pesto or store bought
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) mozzarella cheese shredded

Instructions 

To make Pesto Cheese Bread on the grill:

  • Clean and oil grate and preheat grill over medium heat. 
  • Cut loaf of bread lengthwise. Spread ¼ cup pesto on each half of bread and top with one cup of shredded mozzarella. 
  • Wrap in foil, leaving the top open, and place on grill until the edges turn golden brown and the cheese is melted, about 20 minutes.

To make Pesto Cheese Bread in the oven:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil for easy clean up.
  • Cut loaf of bread lengthwise. Spread ¼ cup pesto on each half of bread and top with one cup of shredded mozzarella. 
  • Place on prepared baking sheet and bake until edges turn golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 255kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 13gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 515mgPotassium: 73mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 475IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 230mgIron: 1mg
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