Healthy appetizer – Pea Pesto Crostini

We had some friends over for dinner the other night and I needed an easy, cute, yummy appetizer to serve. Enter Giada De Laurentiis! She is one of my favorite chefs. I found this recipe which ended up being perfect and I will definitely be using it again.
Pesto sauce:

  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas, defrosted
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt plus extra for seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus extra for seasoning
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


  • 8 (1/2-inch thick) slices whole-grain baguette bread, preferably day-old, * see Cook’s Note
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 8 cherry tomatoes halved or 1 small tomato, diced

1. For the pea pesto: Pulse together the peas, garlic, Parmesan, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper in a food processor.

2. With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil until well combined, about 1 to 2 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper, if needed. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

For the crostini:

1. Preheat a stovetop grill pan on medium-high heat. Brush both sides of the sliced bread with olive oil and grill until golden, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the bread to a clean surface and spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of the prepared pesto on each slice.
Top with tomato halves and serve.


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16 responses to “Healthy appetizer – Pea Pesto Crostini

  1. I told my human about your post and, of course, he read it. He’s been looking for something different as an app. His thought it was great and will try it. By the way he thought your post was well-written and constructed.
    PS- If you would like a different treatment of eggs, take a look at his recipe for Eggs Bokeelia on my latest post.

  2. YUM! I’m only ever made pesto with basil. This looks like an awesome twist…can’t wait to try it!

  3. I’ve seen pea guac, and now pea pesto? I love it! Using frozen peas is so easy. I’m definitely putting this on my recipe page. Would be great for a party.

  4. I heart Giada too! I actually just learned she was in town sometime last month shooting a “Today Show” segment at a local school and I had no idea. Totally bummed. 😦 This looks great! I will have to try this and perhaps add some Daiya cheese to make a vegan version!

  5. I never knew you could make pesto with peas! Cool!! What a fun party appetizer!!

  6. I love pea puree this looks amazing !

  7. Yum! I LOVE peas and pesto! That’s an amazing combination.

  8. Excellent post thanks for sharing. Food is something I can enjoy all around. If I’m not eating it. I’m reading and looking at pictures about it.

  9. I love how green this is- when I tried to make a dip out of peas one time, I made the mistake of adding salsa, which turned it sort of… brownish. Not very pretty. Yours is lovely!

  10. Yum! I love Giada!! I’ve never made a recipe of hers that wasn’t incredible. And this pesto looks like no exception! I’m going to a finger food party soon, and this may be the perfect appetizer to bring! Thanks for sharing, Jessica! ❀

  11. that is really cute and wonderfully healthy!

    can’t wait to try! πŸ™‚

  12. Pesto with peas?! Whaaaa yumm πŸ˜€

  13. that is a beyond perfect recipe for me to try at our next party!

  14. Peas are my husband’s favorite. I recently saw a pea guacamole – pea pesto sounds delicious also!

  15. I love the idea of putting peas in the pesto! What a creative idea πŸ™‚

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