Pesto Crostini

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of David Loftus




Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionCocktail Party

Recipe Courseantipasto/mezze, hors d'oeuvre, tapas/small plates

Dietary Considerationegg-free, peanut free, soy free, vegetarian

Equipmentfood processor, mortar and pestle

Five Ingredients or LessYes


Taste and Texturecrunchy, herby, savory

Type of Dishcanape/crostini


  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled
  • 2 bunches of fresh basil, leaves picked
  • 4 ounces pine nuts, lightly toasted and cooled
  • 4 ounces freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra to taste
  • Olive oil
  • 1 large ciabatta, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • Extra virgin olive oil, blended with a tiny squeeze of lemon juice (optional)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground back pepper


Put half the garlic into a pestle and mortar or a food processor. Add a bit more garlic if you like, but I tend to stick to about half a clove. Pound or pulse this with the fresh basil leaves and the pine nuts to a fine purée. Turn out into a bowl and add the Parmesan. Gently stir in and add a little olive oil until smooth and spreadable. If you want, add more Parmesan to adjust the taste.

Grill or toast the slices of bread, rub with the remaining halved clove of garlic, then drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil. Spoon over the pesto and season well to taste.

Serve immediately.



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