Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 piece)

A rustic stew demands a crusty baguette for sopping up whatever is left in the bowl. A fresh pesto is the ideal spread here. You can use walnuts or almonds in place of pine nuts and spinach or even parsley in place of the basil. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat broiler with oven rack in upper middle position.

Step 2

Place bread, cut side up, on a baking sheet; broil 2 minutes or until toasted.

Step 3

Place spinach, basil, pine nuts, garlic, and cheese in a mini food processor; pulse until finely chopped. With processor running, gradually add oil; process until smooth. Spread evenly over bread; cut into quarters.