Pesto Dinner Rolls

Just like cinnamon rolls but better. 🙂

barilla creamy genovese pesto

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A little back story: I fell in love with pesto about 20 years ago. My best friend took me to a restaurant in Chicago that made fresh pasta and the first dish I tried was their Grilled Chicken and Pesto Farfalle. Since then, I’ve tried to recreate that recipe numerous times and the pesto is never the same. But, recently I came across Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto and I have to say, its pretty darn close.

While there are countless of ways to use pesto in recipes and grilled chicken and pesto farfalle being one of the top ones; today, I will show you a recipe that isn’t so common. Pesto Dinner Rolls featuring Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto.

Let’s do it.

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: medium
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  • 1 jar of Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto
  • 1 cup of shredded mozzarella/ provolone cheese
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
  • black pepper
  • 1 cup warm whole milk
  • 2 tsp dry yeast
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp. melted butter, unsalted
  • 4 cups of ap flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs


  1. In a microwave safe bowl, warm a cup of whole milk.
  2. In a separate bowl melt the butter.
  3. To the milk, add your yeast, sugar and butter and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  4. In a medium bowl or stand mixer, add your flour and salt. Mix to distribute.
  5. Whisk your eggs and add to the flour along with the milk mixture.
  6. Knead by hand or with mixer until it all comes together and no longer sticking to the bowl. About 5-7 minutes.
  7. Spray the dough and the bowl with baking spray or olive oil and cover for 1 hour. Let it rise.
  8. After the hour, flour your working surface/ counter and transfer your dough to the counter.
  9. With a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a rectangular shape as best as you can and as thin as .25 inches.
  10. Take your Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto and spread it evenly all over the dough.
  11. Now sprinkle the mozzarella and provolone all over the pesto.
  12. Finish off with the parmesan cheese on top of that.
  13. Starting from the long end, roll the dough into a log. Slowly and tight.
  14. Once finished, start by cutting it in the middle. From there you can cut a piece about 1 inch thick in each direction. Until the end of the log.
  15. Line them up on a baking sheet about an inch apart. Cover and let them rest for another 30-40 minutes. You want them to rise enough that they are almost touching.
  16. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  17. Right before you are ready to bake, sprinkle each one with a tiny bit of parmesan and a crack of black pepper.
  18. Bake on the center rack for about 30 minutes or until golden on top.
  19. Enjoy.

Tip #1: If you want a more cheesier center, add another cup of mozzarella cheese.

Tip #2: If you want to make more but bite size pieces, roll out your though extra thin and cut thinner pieces. You may need more filling ingredients, a bigger pan and less baking time.

Why is this pesto different then others?

It has simple ingredients and it’s imported directly from Parma, Italy = 100% Italian Basil. Includes chopped garlic, and freshly grated Italian cheeses. Which gives it a super smooth texture but without any cream. Very versatile and can be used in pasta dishes, on sandwiches, in salads, appetizers and more. It’s a small jar but a little bit goes a long way. The flavor is BIG! #BarillaUS #BarillaPesto #CreamyGeneovese

Where to purchase?

Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto is available at Target (SuperTarget), Publix, Stop & Shop (Super Stop & Shop), Meijer, ShopRite, Hy-Vee, Albertsons, Safeway, Vons and more. To find a store near you, visit

Until next time, keep baking.

X, Dijana

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(11) Comments

  1. Sabina says:

    I can’t wait to whip these up at my next dinner party. Everyone will think they’re store bought 😂

    1. That’s how we like it 😆

    2. Never had pesto before but this looks amazing!

  2. Amy Nicole (insta @nicole51482) says:

    Once again you give me another re I’ve o a so must try! Those look amazing and are making me hungry 😋☺️🍂

    1. Awe thank you

  3. Amy McGuffin says:

    Looks delicious!! And I love your pics that I can follow along with! 😋🍂

    1. Next time I make it, I am bringing it over

  4. Emina Mehic says:

    Now I’m hungry! This looks delicious. I just might have to give pesto another try. 💜🍂

    1. You can also use this recipe and fill it with a diff Barilla sauce

  5. Timothy Price says:

    Looks great. You are a former photographer? It looks like you are still at it and quite good. My eyes are really green, but my drivers license and passport say hazel. No matter your eye color, you have a good way of seeing.

  6. Samra isic says:

    This looks so delicious 😋

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