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Italian Pull-Apart Bread Recipe

Italian pull apart bread on sectioned small world plate

Coming from an Italian background, I like to expose my children to various foods from the culture. Sure they eat plenty of pasta and meat dishes from my families' region of Italy, but I wanted to combine some familiar ingredients to make a new Italian favorite for them. Italian Pull-Apart bread is so simple to prepare that you can have your kids help you in the kitchen. Oh, and you don't have to be Italian to love it!I started out with pre-made pizza dough that I picked up at the super market. We make our own pizzas each week and not having to prepare the dough makes my life a lot easier. I also used prepared pesto sauce. You are certainly welcome to make your own pesto and dough if you wish.

Basil Pesto, Mozzarella and Pizza Dough

I cut the dough into small squares. You will be rolling these into little balls.

Pizza Dough

I had some help with this step. This is a great job for kids. It is very similar to playing with play dough so they will have fun while helping.

Daughter helping with dough

You will then add your pesto and place the dough balls in a loaf pan. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella on top and bake.

Dough in pan

The dough balls will rise a bit and the cheese will start to brown.

Browned cheese and dough

If you are serving this at a party or to a group of people, you can just slip it out of the pan and serve next to some warmed marinara sauce so guests can pull apart the bread and dip.Since I was serving some of the Italian pull-apart bread to my kids I gave them each a few pieces with some marinara sauce on the side in a Zak divided plate. They gobbled this right up!

Pull-Apart bread on Zak It's a Small World Plate

Zak's divided kid's plate works great for dipping pull-apart bread in marinara. If there is any left over, I highly recommend warming it up before serving it. There is just something about the warm dough with the gooey cheese that makes it a shame to serve this at room temperature.


Italian Pull-Apart Bread Recipe Instructions

Italian Pull Apart Bread

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings


  • 14oz Prepared Pizza Dough
  • 3 tablespoons of pesto sauce
  • 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella
  • Marinara sauce for dipping

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Knead the pizza dough and cut into 2 inch pieces.
  3. Roll each of the pieces into a small ball and place in a bowl.
  4. Add 3 tablespoons of pesto sauce to the dough balls and stir to combine.
  5. Place the pesto dough balls in a greased loaf pan, making sure there are no gaps between the dough.
  6. Sprinkle the 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella on top of the pesto dough.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.
  8. Serve with warmed marinara sauce for dipping.