Roasted Potatoes with Bacon and Parmesan

These Oven Roasted Red Potatoes with Bacon, Pesto and Parmesan will blow your mind with their tender, explosive flavor AND ease!  

This Roasted Red Potatoes Recipe makes for an impressive side for special occasions (think Father’s Day) but so easy you’ll be making these at least once a week.  Or at least wishing you were.  These oven roasted potatoes are tender, infused with flavor and the toppings are endless!

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Oven Roasted Red Potatoes Recipe

I love potatoes in all shapes and sizes, from my Potatoes Au Gratin with Bacon to my Company Mashed Potatoes to my Twice Baked Potatoes, but I especially love how EASY and delicious these pesto potatoes are!  How something so easy and so small can be this delicious is beyond me.  But I’ll take it. And I’ll make these crispy roasted potatoes again and again and again until my Costco size bag of red potatoes runs out. But even still, the cravings remain for these tender toasted, roasted, morsels…

I loooove oven roasting vegetables from oven roasted potatoes to oven roasted carrots to oven roasted broccoli and asparagus. As the vegetables roast, the become tender on the inside and caramelized on the outside.  Their natural flavors in these oven roasted potatoes are enhanced and they become a blank canvas for whatever flavor profile you desire. 

For this oven roasted potatoes recipe, I’ve gone with bacon, Parmesan and pesto and they are HEAVEN, but you can completely customize them to fit your mood or preference

overhead view of crispy roasted red potatoes in white serving dish

Oven Roasted Red Potatoes Ingredients

The ingredients needed to make these crispy roasted red potatoes are simple.

  • Red potatoes: You’ll need to cube the red potatoes so they cook quickly in the oven.
  • Pesto: Use your favorite store-bought pesto (any variety should work).
  • Olive oil: You need a little olive oil to help the potatoes crisp up.
  • Dry ranch seasoning mix: Do NOT use regular ranch dressing. You want the seasoning packet that comes as a powder.
  • Spices: Garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Easy!
  • Bacon: Optional, but highly recommend.
  • Parmesan: Buy a wedge of Parmesan and shred it yourself for the best flavor and texture.
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Ingredient Variations

  • I prefer using red potatoes because they crisp up so nicely, but I’m sure you can make this crispy oven roasted potatoes recipe using another variety of potato.
  • I used classic basil pesto, but I bet a cilantro pesto or sun-dried tomato pesto would work as well.
  • You can substitute the olive oil with another neutral flavored oil that has a high smoke point.
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How to Roast Red Potatoes

These roasted potatoes are bursting with flavor from subtle savory charm of of the pesto with hints of basil, Parmesan and nutty pine nuts while the ranch seasoning rounds out the herbs with just a hint of ranch goodness.

And then there is bacon. You can add no bacon, little, or lots. I go with lots.  Because it’s bacon. 

  1. First coat your chopped red potatoes in pesto, ranch seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  2. Next, lay the potables evenly out on a sheet of parchment paper.
  3. Oven roast your potatoes at 400 degrees F or until fork tender.  If you like extra crispy potatoes, then roast for longer or broil to golden deliciousness…
  4. Then toss your Oven Roasted Potatoes with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and crispy, crumbly bacon.

This Roasted Potatoes Recipe is ready to become your new easy, favorite way to devour potatoes. Your new favorite way to impress your family and friends. Your new favorite way to consume bacon and potatoes and pesto and Parmesan at once.

Be giddy.  Be very giddy.

How Long to Roast Red Potatoes?

These crispy roasted red potatoes need to cook at 400F for roughly 40 minutes, or until golden and fork tender.

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Tips for the Best Roasted Red Potatoes

  • I find the flavor of garlic powder gets more evenly distributed than minced garlic but you may use 2 cloves minced garlic if you prefer.
  • Spread the potatoes in an even layer on a baking sheet so they are not touching. This ensures the potatoes will cook evenly and so they will roast and not steam.
  •  I like to toss all the ingredients together on the baking pan because it saves an extra dish but you can also toss all the ingredients together in a large bowl. 
Showing how to make oven Roasted red Potatoes with Bacon and Parmesan by baking potatoes on a pan.

Oven Roasted Red Potatoes Variations

  • Use different seasonings: You can season the crispy oven roasted potatoes with virtually any spice blend! Instead of pesto, spices, and Parmesan, you can use Cajun seasoning, turmeric, Chinese 5 spice, smoked paprika, ground Cumin, chili Powder, red chili flakes, etc.
  • Add cheese: You can add any type of cheese from cheddar to pepper jack to your oven roasted red potatoes once they are tender, then continue to bake until the cheese is melted.
  • Make it herby: Toss the red potatoes with olive oil and Italian seasoning (or fresh herbs!).
Showing how to make Roasted Potatoes with Bacon and Parmesan serving diced potatoes with a serving spoon.

Can I Prep Oven Roasted Red Potatoes in Advance?

These crispy roasted potatoes are best enjoyed immediately as they lose their crispness over time. However, you can certainly roast them ahead of time and reheat them throughout the week for salads, wraps, breakfast burritos, and more — they just won’t be crispy anymore.

How to Store Roasted Red Potatoes

These crispy roasted red potatoes can be stored in an airtight container and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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How to Reheat Oven Roasted Red Potatoes

You can reheat roasted potatoes in the microwave or on the stovetop, but for crispier red potatoes, reheat in the oven at 350 degrees F until hot.

What to Serve with Oven Roasted Red Potatoes

Need a side for your comfort food dinner? Beef Brisket, Spice Rubbed Steaks, Baked HamFrench Dips, Chicken Cordon Bleu or Oven Fried Chicken.

Need a side for your chicken dinner? Crockpot BBQ Chicken, Huli Huli Chicken, Nashville Hot Chicken, Baked Cheddar Ranch Chicken Tenders, or Buffalo Chicken.

Need a side for your holiday dinner? Baked Ham with Maple Glaze, Slow Cooker Roast Beef, Pork Tenderloin, Braised Short Ribs, or Crockpot Pot Roast.

Looking for More Roasted Vegetable Recipes?

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Roasted Potatoes with Bacon and Parmesan

These Roasted Potatoes with Bacon, Pesto and Parmesan will blow your mind with their tender, explosive flavor AND ease!  This Roasted Potatoes Recipe makes for an impressive side for special occasions (think Father’s Day) but so easy you’ll be making these at least once a week.  Or at least wishing you were.

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Garnishes (optional)

  • 6 strips bacon, crumbled, more or less to taste
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • fresh parsley


  • Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add potatoes to a large bowl followed by olive oil, pesto and spices. Toss until evenly coated.
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until fork tender and golden in some places, stirring half way through. (If you like your potatoes crispy, bake for longer).
  • When ready to serve, stir in bacon. Garnish with fresh parsley and freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional).

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  1. Joshua Hampton says

    Pesto, bacon and potatoes – three of my favorite foods in one dish. Yum. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Jen says

      Me too! love it when I can eat some of my favorite foods at once! Thanks Joshua!

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Karin! I think you will love them!

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much Sophia!!!

  2. Christine says

    I don’t know what’s happening to me but I’m turning into a SERIOUS potato lover. And these! With the pesto and the bacon. These are gonna put me over the edge. The “good” edge.

    • Jen says

      Welcome to the potato lover world – its a very delicious place! I am excited for you to try these! Once they put you over the “good edge” – I don’t know if you will ever be able to come back – it will always be pesto and bacon – and that’s a very good thing 🙂 Thanks Christine!

  3. Jocelyn says

    These potatoes are delicious! The spices are perfect. I didn’t include the bacon because I served the potatoes with a roast, but I’m sure the bacon would make the recipe that much better. Thanks so much.

    • Jen says

      Mmmmmm… these potatoes with your roast sound divine! I am so glad you enjoyed them! Thanks Jocelyn!

  4. Malcolm says

    I have collected 17 (seventeen) different Pesto recipes from different blogs. Your slow cooker mashed potato secret ingredient calls for prepared pesto. I am up a stump as to which one of my assortment to use, so I guess I will just have to try all 17 (seventeen) of them. It’ s a good thing I am in love with mashed potatoes, too. Keep up the good work. Malcolm.

    • Jen says

      I love your passion for pesto – what delicious collection! And I think you have arrived at the best conclusion – trying all 17 – YUM! So fun! Thanks Malcolm and enjoy!

  5. Michelle says

    My husband does not prefer pesto. Would this recipe work without it or can you suggest a substitution? Your recipes are amazing and have added such joy to our lives! Thank you!!

    • Jen says

      Thank you for your kind comment Michelle! I would omit the pesto, increase the olive oil to 2-3 tablespoons and add 1 tablespoon Italian seasonings. Enjoy!

  6. Stephanie says

    I’ve made these roasted potatoes twice in the past few weeks to go with grilled steak. Roasted potatoes are such a blank canvas for flavor, so I make them year round. This recipe was a fun find using pesto, ranch, bacon and Parmesan, they are soooo delicious.

    • Jen says

      Thanks Stephanie, I’m so pleased they were a hit! I’m a succor for loaded potatoes in every form! Loaded potato salad coming soon 😉

      • Stephanie says

        Yay, I can’t wait for it!! My mustard loathing kids will only eat “loaded” potato salads, and all your recipes are a winner in our household.

  7. Linda English says

    Awesome potato recipe, left off pesto as hubby doesn’t like it but the bacon and cheese. Soooo good!

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Linda, I’m so pleased you enjoyed it!

  8. Fern says

    Made these for our Father’s Day brunch yesterday. They were such a hit; everyone loved them! Thanks once again Jen!

    • Jen says

      Awesome Fern, I’m so pleased they were a hit, thank you!

  9. Anne Marie Allen says

    How many does this serve?

    • Jen says

      This side serves about 6!