Spinach Pesto Cheddar Bread Pudding

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Last Updated on November 13, 2019 by Chef Mireille

Spinach Cheddar Bread PuddingWhen people think of bread pudding, they usually think of sweet versions like the version I did here. However, bread pudding is one of those versatile foods that can be made either sweet or savory. I have already done a savory version here and now comes one more. I had some leftover spinach pesto. Since it was homemade without preservatives, I needed to use it up quickly. Adding them to the base of this pudding added such an oomph of flavor! Check here for the Spinach Pesto recipe. This version is super garlicky, so feel free to reduce the quantity of garlic if so desired. This Spinach Pesto Cheddar Bread Pudding will make a great alternative to stuffing at this year’s holiday meal. You probably have stuffing every year. Why not try something new this year!

You can also make this with store bought pesto if you prefer. You can also make variations by adding other vegetables instead or even some diced sausage or chicken. Grated carrots, chopped broccoli or cauliflower would all work well in this pudding. Adding some caramelized onions would also add some awesome flavor!

I am such a bread pudding fanatic of both sweet and savory versions I even created an eggless Vegetarian version here. If you like bread pudding as much as me, you are sure to love this version!

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Spinach Pesto Cheddar Bread Pudding

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Spinach Pesto Cheddar Bread Pudding

a savory bread pudding - great alternative to stuffing
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 2 minutes
Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Continental
Servings: 6 people


  • 5 cups diced bread
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons spinach pesto
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup frozen green peas defrosted


  • Leave bread out at room temperature, uncovered for a few days until it is hard and stale.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, pesto, salt and paprika until thoroughly combined. Add cheese and mix to combine.
  • Place bread in a square baking dish and toss with the green peas. Pour egg mixture over bread pieces. Toss well so that all the bread pieces are well coated and none remain dry. With your hands, press down on the mixture to make sure there are no air pockets and it is well compacted.
  • Bake for 45 minutes.
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  1. I am a big fan of both sweet and savory bread pudding. Your spinach and pesto version sounds absolutely delicious. Will have to try this out some time.

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