Parmesan Pull Apart Bread

5 from 4 votes

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Parmesan Pull Apart Bread is a simple side that starts with frozen roll dough and ends with hot, cheesy, bites of seasoned bread perfect for dipping in marinara sauce.

A piece of Parmesan Pull Apart bread being pulled from a bread ring

Pull Apart Bread

Pull apart bread is one of those simple side dishes that looks so pretty and fancy but is really easy to make. This method is similar to Monkey Bread where you roll frozen dough in toppings and bake together. Sweet or savory, the method is the same, and this Parmesan pull apart bread is so easy to throw together! It’s the best side dish to any Italian dinner, or as an appetizer for football games, game night or just about any time.

A ring of Parmesan pull apart bread with marinara sauce in a small bowl in the middle

Tips for Perfect Pull Apart Bread

  • You can use any kind of dough you like for these pull apart bread bites, but I love using Rhodes frozen roll dough. It’s easy so easy to use!
  • Let the rolls thaw and rise slightly on a cookie sheet.
  • While they’re thawing out, combine melted butter, oregano, basil and garlic in a bowl. In another bowl get your cheese ready. I like using Parmesan and shredded mozzarella, but you can use pretty much any cheese you like.
  • Then once the rolls are soft, roll each ball in the butter mixture, then the cheese mixture and layer into a bundt pan. Using bundt pans give such a gorgeous presentation,and you can add the marinara sauce into the center after baking.
  • Let the rolls rise for about half an hour, then bake. Turn the whole thing over on a plate straight out of the oven, and get to snacking!
  • Cover any leftovers with foil and store in the refrigerator. To reheat just pop in the microwave for a few seconds and enjoy again!
Parmesan pull apart bread being dipped in marinara sauce

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Parmesan Pull Apart Bread

5 from 4 votes
Parmesan Pull Apart Bread is a simple side that starts with frozen roll dough and ends with hot, cheesy, bites of seasoned bread perfect for dipping in marinara sauce.

Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 10


  • Bundt Pan



  • Pour frozen rolls out onto a cookie sheet to thaw. You want the rolls to be soft but not fully raised.
  • Once rolls are soft, combine butter, minced garlic, basil, and oregano in a medium size bowl. Cover with a paper towel and melt together in microwave (30 to 45 seconds on high).
  • Place cheese in another bowl (if using mozzarella mix it together with the parmesan).
  • Dip each roll in the butter mix then roll in the cheese. Layer the rolls in a bundt pan. Let raise for 20 to 30 minutes. Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes, then turn over onto a serving plate.
  • I like to fill the center with marinara sauce for dipping. I usually put a small glass cup in the hole in the center, then fill with the marinara so the bread doesn’t get soggy.

For my marinara recipe click HERE

    Nutrition Information

    Calories: 242kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 13gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 536mgPotassium: 60mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 615IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 361mgIron: 0.8mg

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      1. Oh no! Maybe the rolls rose a little too much at the beginning? What kind/size pan did you use?

    1. 5 stars
      This was the BOMB!! My guests were so impressed! I used 18 rolls (half the bag) and about half of the cheese mix. Had extra butter mixture but just poured it all over before baking.

      1. Awesome! I’m so happy you and your guests enjoyed it! And extra butter is always a good thing, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. If you search our site for “Homemade Spaghetti Sauce” You will be able to find a recipe for our canned sauce using fresh tomatoes! Hope this helps!

    2. hey, I have a serious question. or two or three… It appears that your “rolls are cut in smaller pieces? Right or wrong? And how many dinner rols for a bunt pan? Not a big problem as I can just make a second batch or thaw them out just as dinner rolls.I do think you need to be a bit more specific on your amounts and procedures..Thank you

    3. 5 stars
      I made this recipe, very yummy! The only problem I had is I didn’t realize that there are different sizes of bags and the recipe didn’t state which one to get. Of course, I grab the first one I could get to and ended up buying the 36 count and I found out that was too many for one recipe, I am thinking it should have been the 12 pack is that correct? I did make two different pans but they puffed up pretty good and one got burnt I just removed that part and we still enjoyed it. I was looking at one of your new reicpes on the home page, the carmel apple dumpling bites they sounds great but it doesn’t list what size of bag either. Help!!! not good at picking out sizes. lol

      1. Hey Carmen, for both these recipes I used the 36 count bags, but the second time making the Parmesan bread I kept about 10 rolls out.

    4. YUM! This just popped up in my feed and my mouth was watering instantly. This looks so yummy. I’m going to add this one to the list of recipes I’ll be making soon. Thanks for sharing