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12 November, 2013

White Bean & Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

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I am obsessed with Italian food and a classic Bruschetta is one of my many favourite dishes.

I love the simple pleasure of a tomato & basil bruschetta and had only ever made it this way until I saw celebrity chef (and my latest foodie crush), Gino D’Acampo make his Cannellini Bruschetta or what he refers to as ‘more than just posh beans on toast’. šŸ˜‰

The thought of cannellini beans, cherry tomatoes and parsley on slightly charred ciabatta was super tempting and I couldn’t resist drawing inspiration from Gino (yet again!) for a yummy bruschetta lunch.

The white bean topping seemed a bit bland on its own but all the flavours did come together in the end resulting in a gorgeous bruschetta that I can’t wait to make again.

I love cherry tomatoes and used more than what the original recipe called for. I also added some red chilli flakes for a bit of a spicy kick. šŸ˜‰

Fresh, simple and quick – my favourite kind of recipe!

White Bean & Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

(Inspired by Gino D’Acampo)



4 slices Ciabbata bread

1 tin (400g) Cannellini beans

120g cherry tomatoes, quartered

1 red onion, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1 clove garlic, peeled

Salt and pepper to taste

Red chilli flakes for an extra kick

Extra virgin olive oil for cooking and drizzling


  • Drizzle some olive oil on one side of the Ciabbata and season with some salt.
  • Heat a griddle plan over high heat and toast the ciabbata for a few minutes on both sides until you start seeing brown griddle lines and the bread is crispy.
  • In a separate pan, cook the onion in a little olive oil until softened.
  • Add cherry tomatoes and cook for a few seconds followed by the chopped parsley.
  • Drain and add the cannellini beans. Season with salt, pepper and chilli flakes and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Rub the clove of garlic on each Ciabbata slice – this step is important as the garlic really brings the flavours together.
  • Spoon white beans on toasted bruschetta followed by a drizzle of olive oil. Extra chilli flakes, optional. šŸ™‚

White Bean & Cherry Tomato Bruschetta is delicious on its own as a satisfying light meal or as a delicious starter. Buon Appetito!


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