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Cannellini, tomato, and olive crostini

Cannellini, tomato, and olive crostini, A lovely fresh appetizer that delivers from the flavors of the cannellini beans, beautifully sautéed with strawberry cocktail tomatoes, a rich bright acidity from the olives, with hints of fresh basil and a wonderful backdrop of paprika. Absolutely scrumptious!

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: serves four people 1x


  • 1 small can Cannellini beans (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup chopped cocktail tomatoes, diced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • a pinch of peperoncino
  • a pinch of smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons of evo oil
  • 6 kalamata olives, cut into rings
  • 2-3 basil leaves
  • 8-10 baguette slices (1/2 inch thick)
  • evo oil and garlic for the bread
  • a sprinkle of chopped parsley for the top


  1. Drizzle olive oil and chili flakes into a medium sauté pan. Toss in minced shallots and turn on heat to a medium. Season with salt and pepper, stir, and cook until shallots begin to soften, about 2 minutes.
  2.  Throw in tomatoes, season with paprika, add the fresh basil leaves, and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
  3. Then, add cannellini beans and olives. Cook for about 5 more minutes or until nicely thickened. Turn off heat.
  4.  In another sauté pan drizzle in olive oil. Take baguette slices and coat both sides of the bread by rubbing them in the pan with the oil. Turn heat to a medium to high and toast bread for a few minutes or until they start to turn a nice golden color and crisp up.
  5. Cut the garlic in half, and rub one side of the bread with the cut side of the garlic.
  6. Place baguette onto a serving dish. Spoon bean mixture on with a spoon. Be generous and mound it on.
  7. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley and these are ready to serve. Enjoy!


If you cannot find the cocktail tomatoes, cherry or grape tomatoes will work as well.

  • Author: Loreto and Nicoletta SugarLoveSpices
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean/Italian

Keywords: crostini, cannellini beans, cocktail tomatoes, garlic, evo oil, basil, parsley, paprika, Italian cuisine,

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