Try this recipe for broad bean, pecorino and olive bruschetta, then check out our tomato bruschetta, broad bean and mint bruschetta, burrata bruschetta and more Italian starter recipes.

Just-picked, freshly podded raw baby broad beans are a real seasonal treat. Here, they’re mixed with Taggiasche olives, a Ligurian delicacy from the small town of Taggia. They’re considered to be one of the best-flavoured varieties.


  • 250g baby broad beans, double-podded
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 30g pecorino (or vegetarian alternative), grated, plus extra to serve
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 50ml olive oil
  • 6 slices focaccia, toasted
  • 3 tbsp Taggiasche olives, pitted and sliced


  • STEP 1

    Use a pestle and mortar to pound together the beans, mint leaves and a pinch of salt until the beans are just crushed. Tip into a bowl and fold in the pecorino, lemon zest and juice and olive oil. Season to taste.

  • STEP 2

    Cut the focaccia into small pieces and spread thickly with the bean mixture. Sprinkle with the olives and some more pecorino before serving.

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