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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.
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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.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 239 kcal

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:

  1. Clean and oil grate and preheat grill over medium heat. 

  2. Cut loaf of bread lengthwise. Spread 1/4 cup pesto on each half of bread and top with one cup of shredded mozzarella. 

  3. 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:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil for easy clean up.

  2. Cut loaf of bread lengthwise. Spread 1/4 cup pesto on each half of bread and top with one cup of shredded mozzarella. 

  3. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake until edges turn golden brown, about 20 minutes.

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1 comment


  1. Really awesome that these can be done on the grill! And they taste GREAT!

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