4-Ingredient Cheesy Pesto Breadsticks Recipe: Quick & Easy Italian Breadsticks by Donna John

4-Ingredient Cheesy Pesto Breadsticks Recipe: Quick & Easy Italian Breadsticks

Pesto is a fan favorite, and so is almost anything baked and cheesy. Why not combine the three into one amazing recipe? This easy pesto breadsticks recipe has just four ingredients, simple prep and bakes up in 15 minutes.

The tasty pesto breadsticks start with a sheet of frozen puff pastry dough. The dough needs to be thawed completely, so be sure to read the box to see how long that takes. If the dough is not thawed completely it will be hard to roll out, cut and twist the breadsticks. After rolling the puff pastry out into a rectangle, it is spread with pesto and sprinkled with grated cheese. Fold the dough over, cut into strips, give them a twist and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden.

You could add more pesto or even omit the pesto if you want just cheesy breadsticks. Parmesan could also be used in addition to the mozzarella. And while homemade pesto is always best, there's nothing wrong with using jarred pesto for this recipe. Most boxes of puff pastry come with two sheets, so this homemade breadstick recipe could be doubled.

Serve these hot, fresh-baked pesto breadsticks for dinner with pasta, chicken, beef, seafood, lamb or pork, with a salad for lunch or with a creamy pesto dip or ranch dip as an appetizer. Store the leftover breadsticks in an airtight container. You can reheat them quickly in the microwave.

Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 sheet puff pastry dough, thawed 
  • 1/3 cup pesto 
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg, for egg wash
  • sea salt, dried Italian seasoning, dried parsley flakes or sesame seeds (optional)

Here's how to make it: 

  1. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry sheet to about 15x12 inches. Spread the pesto over the puff pastry sheet. Sprinkle with the cheese. 
  2. Fold the dough in half lengthwise and gently press. Use a pizza cutter to cut the the dough into 1-inch strips. Gently stretch each strip and twist. Place them onto a parchment paper-covered baking sheet. 
  3. Beat the egg in a small bowl. Brush the egg onto the breadsticks, sprinkle with a little sea salt, Italian seasoning, parsley flakes or sesame seeds, if desired. 
  4. Bake in a preheated 400-degree F oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. 

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Pesto $3 & Up
Parsley Flakes $3 & Up
Parchment Paper $3 & Up
Sesame Seeds $3 & Up

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Stop the presses. This recipe is too good to be true. Wow!
Elisa Schmitz
Any recipe that starts with puff pastry dough and pesto has got to be delicious (and easy, too). #yum
Breadsticks are always a great idea.

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