Simple Crostini

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

Crostini couldn't be simpler to make or more versatile to use. Meaning "toasts" in Italian, they are the perfect base for your pick of toppings. All you need is a loaf of white bread, such as a simple Italian loaf or a baguette. Slice it evenly, brush with a little olive oil on both sides, and toast just enough to crisp, not darken, the slices. Pair with one (or more) of our favorite toppings for your next party.


  • 1 baguette (8 to 10 ounces), sliced ¼ inch thick (about 60 slices)

  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange baguette slices on two large rimmed baking sheets; brush both sides with oil, and season with salt and pepper.

  2. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until golden, 15 to 20 minutes (if undersides are not browning, turn crostini over once during baking). Let cool on baking sheets. Top crostini with desired toppings, and serve.

    Simple Crostini
    Victoria Pearson

Cook's Notes

To plan ahead for a party, bake the crostini toasts up to a week in advance, and top just before serving. To store, keep at room temperature in a resealable plastic bag, up to 1 week.


For an extra layer of flavor, use a garlic- or herb-infused oil.

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