Escarole and Bean Soup

Total Time:
22 min
Prep:
12 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 pound escarole, chopped
  • Salt
  • 4 cups low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (1-ounce) piece Parmesan
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Serving suggestion: crusty bread
Directions

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy large pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Add the escarole and saute until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add a pinch of salt. Add the chicken broth, beans, and Parmesan cheese. Cover and simmer until the beans are heated through, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Ladle the soup into 6 bowls. Drizzle 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil over each. Serve with crusty bread.


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Delicious. Made it exactly as instructed. Will certainly make more often. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome soup, only thing I did was too add dilanti pasta, made it a nice hearty dinner, yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I modified this dish by sautéing 4 spicy Italian sausages removed from their casing in a little olive oil, added a whole chopped onion, then 5 cloves garlic, then 3 cans of the beans, and the 4 cups chicken broth. I used kale, herbs de Provence, basil, oregano, salt and pepper, and two lemons juiced. The dish was more substantial than she wanted it but I wanted more of a thick soup. No need for more crushed peppers because the sausage adds plenty of heat. Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/escarole-and-bean-soup-recipe.html#comments?oc=linkback item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super easy, super delicious, and also super flexible! I've skipped both the garlic and the Parmesan cheese and the soup was still scrumptious. I've also added some things -- variously, orzo (about 1 c. of dried) and/or some canned pumpkin and/or some chopped onion instead of garlic, all of which worked great (I thought!). item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the Italian version of 'beans and greens' so any changes deviates from what is Italian. Just FYI. My parents used to call it 'depression food'. It is so wonderful. If I want to deviate I will add tiny browned meatballs (smaller than golf balls) near the end made with gr beef/veal, garlic, bread crumbs and parm as primary ingredients. So good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added some bacon bits, a pinch or two of crushed reed pepper flakes, and a teaspoon of Italian seasoning (when sauteing the garlic) -- I mixed red beans with the cannellini beans.. added a bit of fresh chopped basil at the time of serving! and wow! I had 2 bell jars left over for gifting! Thanks for this recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added some chopped cilantro which added to the flavor profile item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good and healthy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So healthy, delicious and super easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
came out very good,simple i just added some carrots and potatoe Gnocchi.and the parm. cheese was an extra added taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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