Crostini for Bruschetta (Quick and Easy)

Making your own crostini is simple, saves money, and is a great way to use leftover bread.

tray of finished brownned crostini.

❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Quick and easy to make in just 15 minutes
  • Customizable. Slice. thicker for softer slices, make as written for a little crispness.
  • Lightly toasted golden brown edges for an irresistible look

This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of the page.

ingredients on counter.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this cute appetizer toast.

  • 1 baguette loaf
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 pinch coarse salt optional
  • pastry brush
  • baking sheet


Step One: slice

slicing baguette

Turn on the oven to 425°. Put two racks inside. Use a bread knife to cut the baguette into slices that are about ¼ of an inch thick. Put the slices on two baking sheets so there is some space between them. It is okay if they are close together.

Step Two: brush

brushing sliced bread with olive oil.

Take olive oil and brush it all over. If you want, put some coarse salt on top.

Step three: bake

finished crostini on baking sheet.

Put the toasts in the oven for 10 minutes. When it is done, the edges should be lightly toasted and golden brown.

🥫 Storage instructions

These will last very well at room-temperature for 3-4 days. Make sure they’re fully cooled and place them in an airtight container like a zip-top bag.

For longer storage, freeze them up to a month.

🔍 FAQs

Can I prepare the crostini ahead of time?

Yes, absolutely. You can make them the day before or the morning of your party, no problem.

What type of bread should I use?

I like to use baguettes or leftover sub rolls so the slices are even. But truly anything that you can slice into a shape you like is just fine.

Can I use something other than olive oil?

You could try an infused olive oil! But don’t use butter, it will brown too much in the oven. 😊

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Try slicing thicker pieces for softer bruschetta slices. You can even go up to one-half of an inch thick.
  • Be sure to preheat your oven fully! If you put them in while it’s still heating, they’ll burn.

📘 Related Recipes

🍽 Serve it with

One of our favorites is this red pepper and goat cheese bruschetta

These are also useful for hearty dips.

📖 Here’s the recipe

tray of finished brownned crostini.

Crostini For Bruschetta

Super simple to make. You'll never buy overpriced toast again.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Serving Size 24 pieces


  • Baking Sheet
  • Sharp Knive


  • 1 baguette slightly stale is fine!
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 pinch coarse salt optional


  • Prep. Preheat the oven to 425° with two racks.
  • Slice. Using a bread knife, slice the baguette on a diagonal about ¼ of an inch thick. Place the rounds on two baking sheets, so. they are not touching.(But it's fine if they're very close.)
  • Brush. Generously brush with olive oil, being sure to coat the entire surface. Sprinkle with coarse salt if you'd like.
  • Bake. Bake for 10 minutes, until lightly toasted and golden brown on the edges.


Nutrition info is per slice, using a French baguette.
You can cut thicker slices for softer bruschetta.  I will sometimes go up to one-half of an inch.
Any bread will work, but a baguette gives you evenly sized slices.   
Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.5g | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Crostini for Bruschetta (Quick and Easy)

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