These Cheesy 3-Ingredient Pesto Potatoes Are Designed for Pasta-Lovers

updated Apr 23, 2021
Pesto Potatoes Recipes

These crispy 3-ingredient roasted potatoes are tossed with lots of basil pesto and Parmesan cheese.

Serves4 to 6

Prep5 minutes to 10 minutes

Cook26 minutes to 27 minutes

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My personal carbs of choice, despite the fact that I’ve got some Irish blood running through me, tend to be Italian-leaning: pasta or really good bread. So, it’s no surprise that once of my favorite ways to enjoy roasted potatoes is with two of my favorite Italian flavors: pesto and Parmesan. The results are a pasta-lover’s potato: rich in garlicky, herby flavor and packed with cheese, with all the crispy goodness of the best roasted potatoes.

These 3-Ingredient Pesto Potatoes Barely Require a Recipe

These roasted potatoes are so simple that after you’ve made them once, you’ll never need to look at the recipe again. Baby potatoes (often sold in bags) are your best bet here: They cook up quickly, which means the pesto won’t have a chance to burn. Halve them, toss them with a glug of olive oil, a few generous spoonfuls of your favorite pesto (either store-bought or homemade), and salt and pepper. Roast until they turn golden and crisp, then shower with grated Parmesan cheese and broil them for a minute or two. The melty cheese adds a crunchy, salty coating to the potatoes, making them all too easy to inhale before you’ve even scooped them into a serving dish.

Do You Dress the Potatoes with Pesto Before or After Roasting?

Tossing the potatoes with pesto before roasting allows them to soak up the garlicky oils of the sauce while they cook, which will also help them crisp and caramelize. While you’ll loose the vibrant green color of the pesto in the process, its worth it to achieve crispy, richly flavored spuds.

What Goes Well With Pesto Potatoes

These potatoes taste great with just about anything. Chicken, fish, or steak — either grilled or cooked inside — are obvious choices, but you could even top a serving with a fried egg and some roasted tomatoes for a quick and summery meatless meal.

Credit: Sheela Prakash

Pesto Potatoes Recipes

These crispy 3-ingredient roasted potatoes are tossed with lots of basil pesto and Parmesan cheese.

Prep time 5 minutes to 10 minutes

Cook time 26 minutes to 27 minutes

Serves4 to 6

Nutritional Info


  • 2 pounds

    baby red or Yukon gold potatoes

  • 1/4 cup

    basil pesto (store-bought or homemade)

  • 2 tablespoons

    olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 cup

    finely grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving


  1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 425°F.

  2. Halve 2 pounds baby red or Yukon gold potatoes and place them in a large bowl. Add 1/4 cup basil pesto, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Toss to coat. Transfer the potatoes to a rimmed baking sheet and arrange so they are cut-side down.

  3. Roast until the potatoes are lightly browned on the bottom and they easily release from the pan with a flat spatula, about 15 minutes. Toss the potatoes and roast until browned all over and tender, about 10 minutes more.

  4. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Set the oven to broil. Sprinkle the potatoes with 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese. Broil until the cheese is soft and melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve garnished with more cheese, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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