Edamame and Pea Bruschetta

Given the beautiful day outside and our day off work we thought we would send something short and sweet your way.  After failing to go to the grocery store and being forced to come up with something to eat last weekend, we came up with this bruschetta.  We luckily had leftover fresh basil (leftover from Eggplant and Tomato Napoleons) as well as parmesan cheese and bread.  Looking in the freezer we found half a bag of edamame (soybean) and some frozen peas.  So, edamame and pea bruschetta was born.  We were skeptical, but pleasantly surprised, the final result was nice in texture, sweet, a little tangy from garlic and most of all fresh and green, perfect for a hot summer day.

Edamame and Pea Bruschetta
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You Will Need
  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame (soybean)
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 garlic clove, coursely minced
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, packed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 French baguette or similar, cut into slices
  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil, add about a 1/2 tablespoon of salt and the edamame, cook for 4 minutes then add the peas and cook for another minute. In the meantime, prepare a large bowl of fresh ice water to be used to cool down the edamame and peas when they complete cooking.
  2. Remove the edamame and peas from the boiling water and quickly move them to the prepared ice bath to cool and stop cooking. Once cooled, drain and set aside.
  3. In a food processor, add the garlic and spring onions then pulse a few times. Next, add the basil leaves, cooled edamame and peas then pulse 3-4 times or until the mixture is chopped up within the food processor. Stream the olive oil slowly into the mixture, while processing until everything comes together, it should look like a thick pesto. Remove the mixture and place into a bowl then mix in the cheese, a pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper.
  4. Use a griddle or oven to grill/toast slices of French baguette then smear about a tablespoon onto each slice and serve.

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17 comments… Leave a Comment
  • SonjaTarheel March 28, 2011, 4:22 pm

    After coming across an edamame spread at my local Organic Marketplace that sent my taste-buds on a happy vacation from hummus, I was so disappointed to later visit the store and discover there was a new buyer who had no idea what edamame spread had once graced the shelves…nor could he manage to find one to stock. (Gasp…Sob…Gasp)

    Today I had a hankering for that edamame spread and went in search of options when I happened upon this little “gem” of a recipe.

    I am pleased to say I just prepared and sat down to enjoy the “Edamame & Pea Bruschetta”. ‘ENJOY’ being the operative word. Even my 3 year old daughter is making the sounds of approval (she tends to hum while she eats when she really likes something)!!!

    It reminds of a “Lemon Pea Brodetto” recipe I follow when I prepare salmon. I wound up adding some Parmesan, red pepper flakes, fresh spinach and fresh-squeezed lemon juice to the mixture in the food processor…a clever way to get even more green in my child’s diet with a little magic. So chock full of nutrients! I only hope it freezes well because I made more than we need at one sitting so I can incorporate it into a number of other dishes. Not to mention packing it for play dates and picnics. It is sure to replace other condiments on sandwiches and wraps! :O)

    I’m grateful for your flavorful concoction! You REALLY have no idea how long I’ve been searching. This stuff is genuinely good enough to make in batches and sell to your local organic stores, deli’s/sandwich shops or at the Farmer’s Market!

    Nom Nom Mmmm Nom Mmmm Nom Nom
    Your neighbor to the South

    • inspiredtaste March 29, 2011, 11:50 am


      Thank you for such a thoughtful comment! Your additions sound lovely and we are so glad you and you family enjoyed the recipe!

      Joanne and Adam

  • Katie July 8, 2010, 12:11 pm

    Back with an update – made this last weekend and I’ve been eating it on EVERYTHING all week. It’s really really good. My favorite so far is on pasta with chickpeas and parm grated on top – definitely works as a pesto. Thanks again!

    • inspiredtaste July 8, 2010, 2:51 pm

      Really glad you enjoyed it. It means a lot to hear feedback especially since it was successfully 🙂

  • val June 24, 2010, 7:43 pm

    Ohhhhh Yum!!! Two of my most favorite things to eat!!! Thanks for posting such an amazing recipe.

  • Katie June 22, 2010, 7:56 pm

    This sounds seriously incredible. These are all of my favorite flavors and I love things that are easy and spreadable and yummy. I’ll be making this as soon as I get to the grocery store again, thanks!

    • inspiredtaste June 23, 2010, 8:28 am

      Awesome Katie, let us know how it works out for you!

      We had another idea … we were wondering if incorporating this into some hot pasta and a bit of pasta water (to help loosen the mixture) – kinda like what you would do with pesto – would work out… next time we make this, we might give it a try.

  • Wendi June 21, 2010, 9:09 am

    I took this to a party over the weekend and it was a HUGE hit with everyone. A double batch was gobbled up in no time.

  • Wendi June 20, 2010, 7:38 pm

    This was freaking fantastic. I now need to write a letter of apology to edamame for all the awful things I said about it after my hummus fail. Cooking it was absolutely the key to getting the texture smoother.

    • inspiredtaste June 21, 2010, 6:39 am

      Wendi- We are SO happy you enjoyed it!!!

  • Carrie June 19, 2010, 11:28 am

    I can’t wait to try this recipe out. It sounds wonderful and right up my alley! I have a couple of pasta recipes that were born out of what was left over or what we needed to use up. It amazes my how they quickly become my favorites!

    • inspiredtaste June 19, 2010, 11:46 am

      Carrie, thanks so much for the comment 🙂 We totally agree, whenever we are forced to use of leftovers/bit and bobs from our pantry and fridge it forces us to be a bit more creative – sometimes, it fails miserably, but often we find a new favorite!

  • David A. June 18, 2010, 1:06 pm

    Hi Inspired Taste!

    Not only a great recipe, but the picture looks amazing! I work with Seapoint Farms, the largest manufacturer and distributer of edamame in the country. It’s always great to come across recipes like that (that I am passing along:). For posting about edamame you have been entered into our monthly drawing for a case of Dry Roasted Edamame. Cook on!

    • inspiredtaste June 19, 2010, 11:46 am

      David, Thanks!!!

  • Wendi June 18, 2010, 12:17 pm

    Have y’all been peeking in my fridge and freezer or what? Because how else could you have known that I have fresh peas and frozen edamame that need to be used?

    I’m curious to see if cooking the soybeans will help the final texture of the topping? I’ve tried making edamame hummus before and was terribly disappointed with the texture. Maybe a quick cook is the answer.

    • inspiredtaste June 19, 2010, 11:48 am

      Wendi, let us know what you think about the texture – we found cooking the edamame allowed us to incorporate it into the spread a bit easier, but we were careful not to overcook it, which left us with a nice texture (not completely smooth) in the end. Thanks!!


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