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Easy Pesto Dinner Rolls with Canned Crescents

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These pesto dinner rolls are so easy to make with canned crescents. They are made extra special with your favorite pesto. Use one of my vegan pestos for a quick and easy vegan dinner roll that everyone will love!

cooked pesto dinner rolls on a white tray

Elegant? Yes! Tasty? Also yes! Complicated to make? No way! All you need is a can of crescent rolls and your favorite pesto recipe. (See below and in the recipe card for recommendations on the recipes.) In no time you’ll have a warm, fragrant, flavorful basket of pesto dinner rolls on the table. They make the perfect party food for your special dinner.

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What you will need to make tasty easy pesto dinner rolls:

  • 1 can of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (vegan as of this writing)
  • 1 cup of your favorite pesto. Mine work the best with this recipe because they are lower in oil. A super oily pesto with make for super oily rolls. Try my:
  • thread or (my preference) – waxed (non-mint) dental floss. Really!
  • sheet pan with parchment paper
Ingredients for easy dinner rolls including canned crescents, pesto and believe it or not, floss!

How to make these easy elegant dinner roll

Step 1: Open and unroll the canned crescent rolls onto a sheet of parchment paper or other non-stick surface. Gently press the seams together so that you have one large rectangular shape.

pinching the seams of the crescents together

Step 2: Spread the prepared pesto sauce evenly on the rectangle, leaving about 1/2 inch edge all around.

Step 3: Roll starting from the long edge until you have a nice cylinder-shape. Wet your fingers and moisten under the edge and press gently to “glue” it together.

the final roll - make sure the last little bit is slightly wet and press well

Step 4: And here is the best part… With string or floss, you can cut perfectly shaped rolls. If you use a knife there is the danger of smashing the “log” or cylinder as you are cutting. Use the string to wrap around one time where you want to cut then just pull it together. You will be cutting ten pieces.

Cutting the pesto rolls with dental floss

Step 5: Place each piece on the baking sheet with parchment paper and bake at 375° for 11-13 minutes. Space them evenly because they will grow and spread a little. They will be nice and golden light brown when done. Serve with dinner or as a snack. I like to dip in a little marinara sauce!

pesto dinner rolls on a baking sheet ready for the overn

The printable recipe card for easy pesto dinner rolls

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cooked pesto dinner rolls on a white tray

Easy Pesto Dinner Rolls with Crescents

These dinner rolls are so easy to make with Pillsbury canned crescent rolls and your favorite pesto sauce. I recommend using mine because they are less oily. See notes below.
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Course: school lunch box, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pesto dinner rolls, vegan dinner rolls
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 175kcal
Author: Cindy Rainey

Equipment

  • parchment paper or silicone mat
  • baking sheet
  • thread or dental floss

Ingredients

  • 1 can Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • 1 cup pesto

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°
  • Open and unroll a can of crescent rolls onto a piece of parchment paper or another non-stick surface. Gently press the cut seams together so that you have one large rectangle.
  • Evenly spread the prepared pesto, leaving ½ edge all around.
    spreading pesto on the rolled out and pinched crescents. Notice that the edge does not have pesto on it.
  • Roll on the long edge so that you have one large cylinder. Wet your fingers and run under the closing edge and press gently to "glue" it together.
  • With a piece of thread or floss, you can easily cut the cylinder into 10 even pieces. Simply wrap it around once where you want to make your cut and pull it together.
    Cutting the pesto rolls with dental floss
  • Place evenly on a large baking sheet covered with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Leave a little space between each piece as they will grow when baking.
  • Bake at 375° for 11-13 minutes. They will be a light golden brown when finished.
  • Serve with dinner or as a snack. I like to dip in marinara sauce! These won't keep well so eat them within a day or two in an air-tight container.

Notes

Prep time does not include time to make pesto if you are making your own.
You will have better luck with a lower oil pesto. I have two that would work well:
The nutritional information is just a guess as you will be using pesto of choice.

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 409mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
By on July 5th, 2021

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