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Pesto Parmesan Pull-Apart Breadsticks

Soft and flavorful breadsticks that you pull apart - so fun to eat!


  • 2 - 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour (240-300 grams)
  • 1 packet Red Star Active Dry Yeast (2 ½ teaspoons, 7 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • cup water (155 ml)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup pesto , homemade or store-bought (60 grams)
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • Additional pesto , for serving (optional)


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook (or in a large bowl if mixing and kneading by hand), combine 1 ½ cups of the flour, yeast, salt, and sugar.
  • Heat the water and olive oil in a small saucepan until steaming. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes, or until temperature is between 120-130°F. Slowly add the water and oil to the dry ingredients, while mixing on low speed. Use a spatula to scrape down the bowl as needed.
  • With the mixer on medium low, add the remaining flour a ¼ cup at a time, mixing until incorporated between each addition. Continue adding flour until the dough clears the bowl and is sticky to the touch without coming off in your hands.
  • Knead with a dough hook or by hand until smooth and elastic, about 5-8 minutes more.
  • Shape dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Put in a warm place and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Gently push down on the center of the dough to release the gases and knead by hand on a clean surface a few times.
  • Divide dough into 12 pieces and roll each into a rope about 8 inches long. Place on a half sheet pan or inside a 9x13-inch pan that has been greased or lined with parchment paper. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 30-45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Brush breadsticks with pesto and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Let cool briefly before serving with additional pesto, if desired.
Note: These breadsticks are best the day they are made, but may be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.


Sodium: 263mg, Calcium: 29mg, Vitamin A: 115IU, Sugar: 2g, Fiber: 2g, Potassium: 56mg, Cholesterol: 2mg, Calories: 237kcal, Saturated Fat: 1g, Fat: 6g, Protein: 6g, Carbohydrates: 38g, Iron: 2mg
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