Time: 60 minutes
Makes 16-18 servings

  • 3 to 3 ¼ c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 2 ¼ t. active dry yeast
  • 1 t. salt
  • ¾ c. milk
  • ¼ c. water
  • 1 T. butter
  • pesto

In a large bowl, combine 1 ½ c. flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. 

In a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup, combine the milk, water, and butter, and microwave until mixture reaches 120-130F. 

Add the liquids to the dry ingredients and stir until moistened. Add remaining flour to make a stiff dough.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead 6-8 minutes, adding flour as necessary, until the dough becomes stiff and elastic. Place the dough in a greased bowl and turn to oil the top. Cover the bowl and let the dough rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

Prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. After rising time is over, punch the dough down and divide it into 16-18 pieces. 

On a floured surface, roll the pieces into 8” ropes. Place on the baking sheets about 1” apart..

Brush each breadstick with a generous amount of pesto (the breadsticks will rise before baking and then puff in the oven, so what looks like enough at this point won’t seem like enough when they are baked). Cover and allow to rise for 15 minutes.


Preheat the oven to 400F and bake for 10-14 minutes, until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.


Your house will smell amazing while these are baking! For a slightly different presentation, twist the ends of each breadstick after brushing with pesto to create twisted breadsticks.

For a printable version of this recipe click here: Katie Pesto Breadsticks
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About the Blogger:

Katie Slott is a local stay-at-home mom who loves thinking about how to feed her family. She co-writes the food blog Cooking for the Fam, and can often be found baking for everyday meals, snack time, and family gatherings.