Crazy Good Cheesy Pesto Pull Apart Bread

This pesto pull apart bread is an easy recipe to make with biscuits! I had a lot of biscuits and pesto in my fridge, and that is how this pesto bread recipe was born. This pesto cheese bread recipe serves about 6-8 people. Just like how pesto pasta tastes delicious, so does pesto on bread!

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pesto bread in bowl with red and white towel in the background.

Main ingredients to use for this pesto pull apart bread recipe:

  • biscuits-try to use name brand
  • pesto-I love the Barilla brand for everything! Homemade is good too. If you want to make your own, click here.
  • cheese-shredded works, but if you can afford it, the fresh cheese balls are easier to fold the biscuit around

Tips for pull apart pesto bread:

  • Do not look if the top is brown and think your cheesy bread is done! This biscuits can be still not done on the inside edges. To see if it is actually done, make sure to pull off a roll and see if the edges still feel like dough. If the edges still feel like dough, continue to bake for a few more minutes. If they feel firm, then remove from oven and serve!
  • To ensure the cheese does not burn too much on the top before the biscuits are done, you can cover the dish with tin foil while baking. I typically do not do this, but it is an option.

What to pair with pesto cheese bread?

  • Meat-this bread pesto would go well with a meat dish such as hamburgers, pork loin, steak, etc.
  • Pasta-just like how regular garlic bread goes amazing with pasta, you can serve pesto pull apart bread with any pasta dish that needs it!

Overview of pesto monkey bread:

  • flatten each biscuit-the flatter the biscuit, the easier it will be to stuff.
  • stuff biscuit with cheese-I just put a dab of cheese in each biscuit circle, then folded the edges in to enclose the cheese. It is important to make sure there are not holes in the biscuit to where the cheese can escape while baking.
  • roll biscuit balls in pesto-you can dump the pesto in a small bowl and run the biscuit through it to evenly coat the ball
  • place biscuits on a 9 x 13 baking dish-make sure the dish is sprayed
  • top with extra shredded cheese and bake!
Pesto Pull Apart bread pin

Variations of pesto bread:

  • take out inside cheese-originally, I did not intend to have any cheese on the inside of these. I had a lot of cheese on hand sitting in the fridge so I decided to try stuffing them. They were stuffable so I went with this version instead. This is not a necessary component though.
  • omit all cheese-you can make this pesto bread recipe dairy free (if you also use dairy free pesto and biscuits), by omitting all cheeses!
  • fresh mozz-the first time I made this, I stuffed my biscuits with shredded mozzarella cheese. This was rather difficult to do. Now I like to make this recipe with fresh mozzarella instead. This makes stuffing the biscuits a little easier. Using cubed block cheese would work too.
  • dough discs-instead of sealing your dough balls, you could put cheese and pesto sauce on one side of the disc and then fold it over without sealing. Bake your disc shaped pesto garlic bread in a sprayed loaf pan.

How to store appetizer bread:

  • fridge-store these garlic pesto bread rolls in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week
  • freezer-I have not tried freezing this pesto bread. If you would like to try it, go for it! Let me know how it goes.
  • reheat-to reheat leftovers, reheat dough balls on plate in the microwave for 30 seconds or until heated throughout.

Check out my other bread recipes:

pesto pull apart bread

Pesto Pull Apart Bread

This pesto pull apart bread is an easy recipe to make with biscuits! Serve with a meat dish or pasta.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 385.21 kcal

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9 x 13 baking sheet
Rolling Pin
small mixing bowl


  • 2 8 oz cans of biscuits
  • 1 jar pesto sauce
  • 1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese or fresh mozz balls
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella


  • Open cans of biscuits and roll each biscuit out with a rolling pin; you can also spread out biscuits with your fingers. Just make biscuit bigger somehow.
  • Put a tablespoon of cheese into center or biscuit. Fold up edges of biscuit so that the cheese cannot fall out of your biscuit ball.
  • Dump pesto sauce into a small bowl. Roll the biscuit balls into the pesto sauce. Place biscuit balls onto a sprayed cake pan. Sprinkle biscuits with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes. Serve your Pesto Pull Apart Bread hot!


To check to see if biscuits are done, take a fork and try to pull out a biscuit ball from the center of the pan. If the ball has firm sides and feels not doughy, then it is done. If it’s not done, continue baking for a few extra minutes.


Calories: 385.21kcal

All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutritional facts listed are a rough estimate and should only be followed as a general idea.

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