Parmesan Pesto Twists

Parmesan Pesto Twists – Simple twisted breadsticks layered with delicious basil pesto and shredded parmesan.

Today started out in turmoil as I went to go make lemon sweet rolls, something I had been eager to make since I had gone to the grocery store on Sunday and had gotten the ingredients for…. or so I thought.  Turns out, I lack any normal, white granulated sugar.  Instead of just hopping in the car to get some like most people would, I sat there and contemplated a backup plan and something else to make as I had already set aside the time to make something and the oven was already preheating.  I had been planning on making these pesto twists for a few days, but hadn’t gotten around to it yet so they got moved to center stage and boy, were these good! I had them with a bowl of three cheese tortellini, topped with a fire-roasted marinara sauce and it was the perfect meal! It had been way too long since I had had a good bowl of pasta (okay, well, a week but I live on pasta so that is a long time).

Parmesan Pesto Twists


  • 1 can pizza dough
  • 1/2 cup pesto (I used premade but homemade would be perfect too!)
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Open can of pizza dough and spread out.
  3. Spread pesto evenly on the pizza dough before sprinkling the parmesan on the dough, leaving a bit to sprinkle on top of the twists before baking.
  4. Twist the breadstick a few times before placing on baking sheet.
  5. Sprinkle remaining parmesan cheese on top of twists before placing them in the oven.
  6. Bake 20-22 minutes or until a light, golden brown.
  7. Take out of oven and let cool before serving, enjoy!

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