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Arugula Pistachio Pesto Bread

  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x


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  • 1 (1/4 ounce) package Red Star Active Dry Yeast
  • 3 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup milk, slightly warmed
  • 2 cups semolina flour (or substitute with all-purpose white flour)
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 3 cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup grated Pecorino or Parmesan cheese


  1. For the dough, add Red Star dry yeast, water and sugar to large mixing bowl. Let stand 10 minutes.
  2. Add milk, semolina flour, 1/4 cup whole wheat flour, olive oil and salt. Mix well, adding remaining whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup at a time until dough is formed. Either knead dough by hand or dough hook for 5-7 minutes.
  3. Roll into a ball, place in oiled bowl and cover. Keep in warm spot and let rise for 1 hour.
  4. While dough is rising, make pesto by placing arugula, pistachios, olive oil and garlic in food processor. Process until well mixed. Add in cheese and process well. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
  5. Punch dough down and roll into 14×10-inch rectangle. Spread 1/3 cup of pesto onto dough within 1/2-inch of borders. (You’ll have leftover pesto to use for pasta or sandwich spreads.)
  6. Roll dough tightly, starting at long end, and form a loaf shape. Pinch steams to close.
  7. Place on oiled baking sheet, cover and let rise 45 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  9. Uncover dough and bake for 30 -35 minutes or until sounds hollow when tapped.
  10. Cool on wire rack.