Bruschetta with White Bean Paste, Tomato Chutney, and Reduced Balsamic Glaze

White bean paste gives this appetizer a fabulous, creamy Tuscan flavor.

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Even as a kid, vegetarian Joshua Ogrodowski enjoyed cooking breakfast for his large family. His culinary career included stints as a dishwasher in an Italian restaurant, a movie theater concession stand supervisor, and country club line cook before he enrolled in the culinary arts program at Johnson & Wales. Currently, Joshua is pursuing his master’s degree in art and teaching. He developed this recipe for a recorded heart-healthy cooking demo in a spa cuisine class.



Balsamic glaze

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. Sucanat or nonrefined cane sugar

White bean paste

  • 1 15-oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 oz. grated Parmesan cheese (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 clove garlic, minced (1/2 tsp.)


  • 4 Roma tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped (2 cups)
  • 1 red Fresno chile, seeded and finely chopped (1/4 cup)
  • 2 Tbs. finely chopped shallot
  • 2 Tbs. finely chopped fresh basil
  • 2 Tbs. lime juice


  • 16 slices French baguette
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil


1. To make Balsamic Glaze: Simmer vinegar and Sucanat in saucepan over medium-low heat 20 minutes, or until syrupy. Cool.

2. To make White Bean Paste: Blend all ingredients in food processor until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

3. To make Chutney: combine all ingredients in bowl.

4. To make Bruschetta: Preheat grill or grill pan. Brush baguette slices with oil, and grill 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Spread 1 Tbs. White Bean Paste on each grilled bread slice. Top with 2 Tbs. Chutney; drizzle with Balsamic Glaze.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 186
  • Carbohydrate Content 28 g
  • Cholesterol Content 3 mg
  • Fat Content 5 g
  • Fiber Content 2 g
  • Protein Content 7 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 1 g
  • Sodium Content 309 mg
  • Sugar Content 6 g

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