a true “TASTE” of spring

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The gorgeous weather today has everyone smiling and reveling in the signs of spring!  After a beautiful day on the ball field our family was ready for some delicious treats as we settled in for “family movie night.” We called upon an old favorite as we all agreed that we needed to taste spring! This recipe is from one of our favorite TV chefs, Giada DeLaurentis.  Give it a whirl.  It is super simple and guaranteed to give YOU a true, “Taste of Spring!!”

Pea Pesto Crostini


Total Time:

12 min


10 min


2 min


4 to 6 servings






  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas, defrosted
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon kosher 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 or      ciabatta bread, preferably day-old, * see Cook’s Note
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved or 1 small tomato, diced


For the pea pesto: Pulse together the peas, garlic, Parmesan, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper in a food processor. 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: Preheat a stovetop griddle or 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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  1. We leave off the tomato at the end as 2 out of 3 family members don’t care for them…..personally I think the tomato would add a delicious final touch!

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