3-Ingredient Pesto Star Bread | SO Easy!

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This 3-ingredient pesto star bread is fluffy, flavor-packed, fuss-free, and the perfect appetizer! Naturally vegan and ready in under 30 minutes.

Golden crust, fluffy bread, and herby pesto – what’s not to love?

This 3-Ingredient pull-apart Pesto Star Bread Recipe is the fuss-free appetizer you need to try. Layers of savory, herb-y pesto sandwiched between fluffy, chewy dough is reminiscent of pull-apart bread, but it’s way easier to make. It’s the perfect way to impress your friends, family, or guests — all while putting in minimal effort!

photo of a piece of star bread on wooden serving tray with bowl of pesto off to the side


Ingredients for pesto star bread on stone background. Clockwise text labels read olive oil, pizza dough, flour, and pesto

I first saw star bread when I was scrolling my instagram feed – it’s traditionally similar to a cinnamon roll. Layers of dough and cinnamon sugar (or sometimes even chocolate!) are twisted together to form a beautiful “star” shape.

This star bread has a savory twist and uses pesto instead of a sweet filling. I used store-bought pesto for this recipe to keep things nice and simple (Trader Joe’s has a vegan one!). But you can easily make your own if you’d like, too – try my Vegan Nut-Free Pesto! Again, this recipe is all about the convenience, so I like to use store-bought pizza dough too 😉 Feel free to make your own via your favorite recipe – just make sure whatever you use has yeast in the ingredients so the bread will rise well and get puffy!


This recipe takes less than 10 minutes to assemble – the hardest part is slicing the dough evenly, but there’s even a little room for error in that! Here’s the breakdown:

numbered steps for pesto star bread with photos showing the process of layering, slicing, and twisting the dough

  1. Roll out half of your pizza dough, transfer to a baking sheet, and layer with pesto
  2. Roll out the other half of the dough, place it on top (like a sandwich), and seal the ends.
  3. Place a round object in the center of your dough (so you don’t cut through it), and cut the dough into 16 even strips. Divide the strips into pairs.
  4. Holding one strip in each hand, rotate the strips outward 2-3 times to create a nice spiral, then pinch the ends together to form a star “point”. Repeat with the remaining dough
  5. Brush with olive oil, then bake until golden and fluffy.

The twisting of the dough may seem intimidating, but it so simple once you get the hang of it! See the recipe video in this post for a better visual. The image below also shows the step-by-step (1-5) process with different strips of dough:

Step-by-step process of twisting dough strips to form a star point


This Pesto Star Bread is perfectly delicious on its own, but you can easily “level it up” (or customize it!) to your liking as well. Here are a few of my favorite flavor variations:

  • Up the Sauce: add a layer of tomato sauce with the pesto for a yummy tomato flavor
  • Add Some Texture: sprinkle some pine nuts or sun-dried tomatoes over the pesto for added texture in every bite
  • Get Cheesy:  add some shredded vegan mozzarella or parmesan cheese to make this bread gooey and delish
  • Fresh Herbs: freshly chopped basil, or even some finely chopped rosemary can add a nice dimension
  • ​Make It Spicy: sprinkle in some chili flakes to add some heat, or mince up to 5 cloves garlic for an extra kick

This recipe can easily serve 8 people as-is. Cooking for a smaller crowd? Cut the recipe in half, and just roll out smaller circles of dough – the star will be smaller, but still delicious.

baked star bread on baking sheet with bowl of pesto off to the side

If you’re looking for more yummy vegan appetizer recipes, you’ll also love this Vegan Spinach and Artichoke Dip, and these Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms! Or if you have extra pesto, try making this Pesto Risotto or Pesto Fried Rice.

Finally, if you make this recipe and decide to share it on Facebook or Instagram, don’t forget to tag me @FromMyBowl + #FromMyBowl! I love seeing your delicious recreations 🙂


3-Ingredient Pesto Star Bread

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This 3-ingredient pesto star bread is fluffy, flavor-packed, fuss-free, and the perfect appetizer! Naturally vegan and ready in under 30 minutes.

  • Author: Caitlin Shoemaker
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6 to 8 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 2 16-ounce packages store-bought pizza dough
  • ~1/2 cup pesto (homemade or store-bought)
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, for brushing


  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 475F. Lightly grease or line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Base Layer: Lightly sprinkle flour over a cutting board, then use a rolling pin to roll out the first ball of dough until it’s about 1/2″ thick. Transfer to the baking sheet. Repeat with other ball of dough, but keep it on the cutting board for now.
  3. Final Layers: Spread a layer of pesto evenly over the base layer of dough, leaving a 1/2″ edge around the rim. Place the second circle of dough on top, lining the edges up as much as possible. Use your fingers to “pinch the two ends together
  4. Cut: Place a small round object in the center of the dough to prevent cutting all the way through out. Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut the dough into 16 equal pieces. I find it’s easiest to do this by first cutting the dough into quarters, then each fourth into 4 more even pieces.
  5. Shape: Create 8 pairs of two adjacent strips of dough. Holding one strip in each hand, twist the strips outward from each other 2-3 times, then join them together at the end and pinch the “tip.” Repeat with the remaining strips of dough – see the blog post video or photos for more help.
  6. Bake: Brush the top of the dough with oil, then place on the top rack of the oven and bake for 13 to 15 minutes, until fluffy and golden on top. Serve immediately and enjoy warm; leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days, or frozen and reheated as necessary.


Substitutions: can use melted plant-based butter instead of oil, if desired. See the blog post for more flavor variations and options!

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  1. I have used this recipe for the past two years for my book group Christmas party. Everyone loves it! Thanks. It’s so east and delicious.

  2. Wow this is a great recipe. I can see how you could make different versions with sun dried tomatoes, etc. So easy. I took it to my Bible study group and the word I heard was…”impressive”. Praise the Lord! LOL

  3. Made two versions of this bread for a Thanksgiving family gathering. Using store bought pizza dough, I sandwiched one star bread with store bought pesto with cheese and the other with vegan pesto I made. Could not have been easier! Nice having an item that didn’t have to be hot or cold on a buffet. It was well received!

  4. This is both gorgeous and easy to make!! I cannot wait to impress my friends next time I’m asked to bring something!

  5. My non-vegan sister actually made this for us and I’ve made it a few times since then because it’s so simple and yummy. A great snack for a party.

  6. Simple to make and perfect for hosting! I’ll definitely be making this again, and will experiment with different flavor combinations.

  7. Hi! I was going to make this tomorrow, how do I store it? I will take it with me to christmas “party”, so it will be cold when served. 😊

    1. Hi Anna, you can store it in a reusable zip-top plastic bag, paper then wrapped in foil or a bread box if you have one.

  8. Made this last night for just my hubby and me (halved the recipe) and a big pot of soup. It is so festive-looking, but also delicious! I served it with a side of dipping sauce, which was just a jarred pasta sauce that we like. Thank you for my new go-to! What I love about it is how easy it is to prep and make while having such a big impact. : )

  9. Made this for a holiday get together with friends and it turned out amazingly! I made your pesto recipe for this bread and it was so delicious- everyone loved it. I was surprised at how easy the star is to create. Had so much fun making this 🙂 thanks Caitlin!

  10. Top rack at 500° was too hot so the top and bottom burnt (our gas oven is usually spot on) so next time I’ll cook it on the middle rack. Glad I made a tester before bringing to holiday parties! Otherwise, pretty impressive looking!