Savory Pesto-Parmesan Oatmeal – Cheap & Quick

Let’s face it, when it comes to oats, most people only think of sweet recipes. But why limit ourselves to just that when they can make am absolute delicious savory oatmeal?

This is one of the fastest oatmeal recipe you can make, it takes a maximum of 15 minutes. And at a cost of just $2.1 per portion, pretty cheap too!
All you need to do as prep work is to grate some parmesan cheese and that’s it. Then just cook it all down in one pot and you’re ready to eat!

Savory Pesto-Parmesan Oatmeal

A delicious and budget-friendly savory oatmeal infused with parmesan cheese, pesto and sun-dried tomatoes
Servings 2
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes


  • 100g (1.1 cups) rolled oats
  • 400ml (1.7 cups) chicken stock bouillon works too
  • 1 tbsp neutral cooking oil I use peanut
  • 40g grams parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 50g (4 tsp) green pesto
  • 20 grams dried tomatoes


  • The prep is as easy as it gets, just grate 40 grams of parmesan cheese in a bowl, then move to the stove.
  • Start by adding the oats directly in the pan followed by 1 tbsp of peanut oil
    toast them on medium heat for about 2 minutes, or until you can smell that nice nutty smell from the oats
  • Then add half of the chicken stock and stir it in. The oats need to cook for a total of 10 minutes, in this time you'll stir from time to time as the stock cooks down and gets absorbed by the oats.
    5 minutes in, or when you see it getting dryer, add the remaining stock and keep cooking and stirring until it's almost done. Stop it 1 minute early so that it has a bit more liquid in it
  • Turn off the flame and add about 80% of the grated parmesan cheese, stir it in and the end result resembles the texture of a well cooked risotto.
  • Plate it in a bowl and top with two heaping tsp of pesto per portion, and then the sun dried tomatoes. Sprinkle on top the parmesan you reserved and there you have it, enjoy!
Calories: 436kcal
Cost: $2.1
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: oatmeal, oats, parmesan, pesto

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Cooked & written with ❤️ by Alex Pricop.