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Sweet Pea Pesto Crostini

I made a healthier spin on my favorite celebrity chef’s recipe by subbing in vegetable broth for some of the oil and going easy on the cheese. To top crostini, use this recipe for a pastelike pesto. For use on pasta, add more broth for a saucelike consistency. —Amber Massey, Argyle, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    20 pieces


  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen peas, thawed
  • 4 garlic cloves, halved
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 whole wheat French bread demi-baguette (about 6 ounces and 12 in. long)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes (about 10 ounces), halved or quartered


  • Preheat broiler. Place peas, garlic, vinegar, salt and lemon pepper in a blender or food processor; pulse until well blended. Continue processing while gradually adding oil in a steady stream. Add cheese; pulse just until blended. Add broth; pulse until mixture reaches desired consistency.
  • Cut baguette into 20 slices, each 1/2 in. thick. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Broil 4-5 in. from heat until golden brown, 45-60 seconds per side. Remove to wire rack to cool.
  • To assemble crostini, spread each slice with about 1 tablespoon pesto mixture; top with tomato pieces.
Nutrition Facts
1 crostini: 77 calories, 2g fat (trace saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 190mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.
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