Hasselback Pesto Cheese Bread

Hasselback Pesto Cheese Bread

photo of Hasselback Pesto Cheese Bread on a cutting board
Last week, I came across this post for cheesy bacon bread and just knew I had to recreate it. The bread looked really cool, with its accordion shape and generous bacon spread.

It’s actually really easy to make and is a nice party appetizer.

overhead photo of the bread

If I had an Oscar viewing party this past weekend, I totally would have made it then. Luckily, I didn’t have to host my own party. Our friends hosted a party and we got to watch the show on their giant TV and play Oscar bingo.

This was actually the first time I’ve played Oscar bingo, and I have to say, it makes watching the show so much more fun and forces you to pay attention. I never thought I could get so excited by “someone flubs a line” or “winner thanks their parents in the acceptance speech.”

overhead photo of the bread to show how it's sliced

For my hasselback bread, I decided to make a pesto and cheese version because I’ve been on a pesto kick lately. I sliced the bread, spread generous amount of pesto and put slices of cheese in between each slice. Then I briefly heated the bread in the oven and it was ready to eat.

This crusty, cheesy, pesto bread is the result.

close-up photo of the bread

Hasselback Pesto Cheese Bread

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 slices

This cheesy bread stuffed with pesto is so easy to make and is a great appetizer or side dish for dinner!

Print Recipe


  • 1 loaf of French bread
  • 1 cup of Pesto sauce
  • approximately 16 slices of Monterey jack cheese or other cheese of choice like cheddar, provolone, etc


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Using a bread knife, make slices into the bread, about 1/2 inch thick. Make sure to stop the knife before you reach the bottom, so that you do not cut completely through. I stopped about 3/4 of the way down.

  2. Spread pesto on both sides of each bread slice. To have easier access to the slices, lift the bread up from its bottom and it should open like an accordion.

  3. Set the bread back down and place a slice of cheese in each slit.

  4. Place bread on baking sheet. Bake for approximately 8 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bread is toasted. Careful not to cook too long or your pesto will turn brown.


  • Recipe adapted from The Cooking Jar
Nutrition Facts
Hasselback Pesto Cheese Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 123 Calories from Fat 70
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.8g12%
Saturated Fat 3.3g21%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.8g
Cholesterol 12.5mg4%
Sodium 245.6mg11%
Carbohydrates 7.9g3%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 0.9g1%
Protein 5.3g11%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Calcium 130mg13%
Iron 0.7mg4%
Net Carbs 8g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.