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Cheesy Pesto Breadsticks

Cheesy Pesto Breadsticks
Soft breadsticks filled with delicious sweet basil pesto and ooey gooey cheese. They are guaranteed to steal the show at dinner!
Yield 12 -15 breadsticks



  • 1 cup warm water (about 110-115°F)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Red Star Quick Rise Yeast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup pesto
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup melted butter


  • Add warm water to a large mixing bowl and add sugar and yeast. Stir to combine and set aside for about 5 minutes or until mixture is bubbly.
  • Add olive oil and stir to combine.
  • Add 1 cup of flour and salt. Stir to combine. Continue adding flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until mixture forms a dough ball and pulls away from sides of the bowl.
  • Place dough on a floured surface and knead 3-5 minutes adding more flour as needed. Dough should no longer be sticky.
  • Cover and allow to rise 30 minutes.
  • Punch dough down and roll into a 12×15-inch (approximate) rectangle.
  • Spread pesto over dough and sprinkle evenly with mozzarella cheese.
  • Press lightly on cheese to help it stick to the dough and pesto layers.
  • Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut into 1-inch strips.
  • Fold strips in half and twist together. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet about 1 inch apart.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Brush with melted butter and serve immediately or at room temperature.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


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Review & Comments

KathyR | Reply

I have fresh yeast. How could I use that in place of quick rise yeast, if possible? I’m sure rising time is longer but would the mixing method be different?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Kathy,
Here’s a link to info on converting to fresh yeast and usage:
Happy baking!

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