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Healthy Ricotta Crostini

Healthy ricotta crostini are made two ways with less than 6 ingredients and take less than 20 minutes to make.
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizers/ Snacks
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8
Calories: 187kcal
Author: HWC Magazine



  • 8 slices Pepperidge Farm Harvest Blend Breads
    (we used Seeded blend)
  • ½ cup olive oil

Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

  • 8 oz roasted red peppers (capisum) in olive oil (reserve the olive oil to make pesto and brush on crostini breads)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 red onion
    medium sliced into rings
  • basil
    optional for garnish

Lemony Gremolata

  • 1 cup parsley - 1 small bunch
  • 2 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 clove garlic

Topping for both Crostini Recipes

  • 8 oz ricotta cheese


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Cut breads into small round rustic circles or cut into 2 or 4 triangles. Brush olive oil on both sides and edges of Harvest Bread Seeded grain or bread of choice. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy. Set Aside.
  • In the mean time while your crostini are baking prepare your roasted red pepper pesto and lemony gremolata.
  • Roasted Red Pepper Pesto: In a food processor add the red roasted peppers, 2 tablespoons of oil from the red roasted peppers, garlic, basil and salt and pepper to taste. Combine until smooth. Saute the red onion in a little of the olive oil from the red pepper pesto until caramelised. Set aside.
  • Lemony Gremolata: In a food processor add the parsley, lemon zest, garlic and salt and pepper to taste and process until finely chopped.
  • Assemble the healthy ricotta crostini. Place a couple of teaspoons of lowfat ricotta cheese on each slice of bread and spread. Add a teaspoon or two of the red pepper pesto on half of the toasted breads with ricotta cheese and top with one slice of caramelised onion. To the other half half of toasted crostini breads with ricotta cheese add a teaspoon or two of the lemony gremolata mixture.
  • Garnish the red pepper pesto ricotta crostini with a little fresh basil and a little lemon zest for on top of the lemony gremolata ricotta crostini. Enjoy!


You can make the red pepper pesto and gremolata in advance and then when you guest arrive, assemble. Even better yet, you can let your guests assemble their own Healthy Ricotta Crostini and leave all the supplies out. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 423mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 905IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1mg