Pesto Knots

Tender homemade rolls, shaped into knots and topped off with a fresh basil-pesto sauce. A perfect addition to your dinner plans!

Homemade pesto knots recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I’m in the midst of another decision. One that isn’t as simple as which color nail polish do I like more than others even if the shades are super similar. Nope. Not that simple.

Shower heads. I know, being an adult is so cool and exciting. Ha!

But really, why are there so many options? Hand held, fixed, multi (fixed and hand held etc). And of course there are the flow options. How many does one really need… 3, 5, 7, 9… oh and there’s some with even more than that. Why? Let’s not discuss plastic vs metal and finish choices. My biggest gripe is: why aren’t there videos available for each one? I’ve even searched YouTube. I just want to see how they’ll work before committing to one. That isn’t too much to ask, right?

Homemade pesto knots recipe from @bakedbyrachel

At least I didn’t have to debate a second over these rolls. Carbs and me = no brainer. Love! And I’ve been head over heels in love with pesto and bread since making braided pesto bread and pesto focaccia. Ammmazing. This is right up there with those but a fun new personalized portion, great for dinner plans and bonus… fun to make!

These homemade rolls are easily shaped into fun knots, generously brushed with pesto sauce and baked to perfection! A crisp finish with a tender inside. An absolute must make!

Homemade pesto knots recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Pesto Knots

Tender homemade rolls, shaped into knots and topped off with a fresh basil-pesto sauce.
Prep Time1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 rolls


  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 C bread flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 3/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2-4 Tbsp pesto sauce


  • Heat water to 115°F. Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Allow to proof.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine dry ingredients. With mixer running on low, slowly incorporate yeast mixture. Increase mixer speed, add olive oil and continue mixing until dough forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Transfer to a lightly greased bowl. Cover and allow to rise in a warm location until double in size, roughly one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Divide dough into ten equal portions. Shape into a 10-inch rope, tie into a knot. Repeat with remaining dough. Brush knots well with pesto sauce. Spritz with additional olive oil. Bake for 15-20 minutes. If desired, for a darker shade, broil for 30-60 seconds.
  • Enjoy rolls warm.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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19 Responses to “Pesto Knots”

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    Laura @ Raise Your Garden — August 25, 2014 at 7:48 am

    I confess, these are the type of rolls that I buy at the local grocery store because I don’t have in actuality a recipe on hand to make them myself. So excited about trying your spin on pesto rolls. They just add to dinner, don’t they!! You just need a roll to go with a stew or yummy soup and now that fall is here, even chili. Yum.

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      Rachel — August 26, 2014 at 10:28 am

      They’re SO easy to make at home. You definitely should give them a try :)

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    Erin @ Simple, Sweet & Savory — August 25, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I am obsessed with pesto. These look so amazing + easy = win/win! Definitely have to pin-pin ;)

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      Rachel — August 26, 2014 at 10:28 am

      Thanks Erin!

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — August 25, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    These rolls look incredible. Love the brushed pesto on the top. Can’t wait to try them!

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      Rachel — August 26, 2014 at 10:28 am

      Thanks Liz!

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    Luci {Luci's Morsels} — August 26, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Shower head decisions sounds so so grownup. BUt at least your showers will, hopefully, be amazing worth it after! These rolls look fabulous. I might forget to make anything else for dinner!

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      Rachel — August 26, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Thanks Luci!

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    Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. — August 26, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Can’t wait to try these Rachel! I love trying new bread recipes and I’ve never tried one with pesto so I definitely need too!

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      Rachel — August 27, 2014 at 7:46 am

      Thanks Stacey!

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    Amanda — August 26, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I need to make these right now!

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      Rachel — August 27, 2014 at 7:46 am

      You really do!

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    Rachel Cooks — August 27, 2014 at 6:51 am

    These are so pretty and I love pesto anything. Good luck with the shower head! We hit the jackpot at our new house. They’re pretty standard (mixed I guess you’d call them….you can hook them up top for a normal shower or make them handheld). But the water pressure is awesome. I’m not sure the “rainfall” style would be enough water pressure for my thick hair. They look cool though!

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      Rachel — August 27, 2014 at 7:47 am

      What I would give to have amazing water pressure… lol Dreamy showers are the best though :) Enjoy your new home!!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — August 27, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Love these pesto knots! I love anything pesto and these knots would be a perfect addition to any dinner :)

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    Emily @ Life on Food — August 29, 2014 at 6:24 am

    A pregnant ladies best friend!

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      Rachel — September 1, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      Glad to hear it! :)

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    Suhani — June 19, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Hello Rachel!
    I saw your pesto knots and get attracted and planned to bake them at home. It came out very beautifully and tasteful.Thanks a lot for sharing your recipes with us. I want to give one suggestion that please made video also of your products so that we will understand it in better ways. I have tried some of your recipes and it came out wonderfully.

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      Rachel — June 23, 2019 at 7:31 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them, Suhani! Thanks for sharing. :)

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