Pesto Rolls

Pesto Rolls

by Nicole on October 3, 2011

I have always wanted to try my hand at making Pesto sauce. I started to think about the possibility of making something beyond the obvious pasta dish. I came across a great idea on to make a savory version of a cinnamon roll…genius.  It reminds me of the garlic knots I loved when I lived in NYC.  I will admit I took  a shortcut and used premade pizza dough from the local grocery but am looking forward to making my own next time.


Pesto Rolls - Pesto Recipe
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese (I used Asiago)
  • ½ cup olive oil
  1. Pulse basil,pine nuts, garlic and cheese till blended.
  2. Slowly add olive oil while mixing till blended in.

Pesto Rolls - Roll Recipe
Serves: 12
  • 1 package pizza dough
  • 2-3 Tbs Pesto
  • 3-4 Tbs Shredded Asiago or Parmesan cheese
  1. Roll out dough on floured surface to a flat rectangle.
  2. Spoon pesto mixture and spread evenly along surface.
  3. Sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  4. Roll the dough lengthwise.
  5. Cut into even sections.
  6. Place one roll in a separate greased muffin tin.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
* Be careful (unlike me) when cutting the dough to make it come out even. I realized too late and a few came out delicious but a little funny looking.

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