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
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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
I needed a quickie soup I added a can of mushrooms but cut the chicken broth in half to avoid more salt and added more herbs. Very tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this soup! I like to substitute fresh spinach for the escarole. No need to sautee -- I just put a 10 oz. bag of pre-washed spinach in with the simmering broth until it wilts. I sometimes include cooked ground turkey breast as a healthy, hearty addition. Fresh garlic is too strong for my taste, so I use a teaspoon of garlic juice instead. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and very easy to make. The only things I changed were the following: added Italian sauage meet, added half of a chopped sweet onion, and omitted the cheese. I will definitely make it again soon! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
added whole button mushrooms just for fun. meatless tasty and easy. nice way to keep warm today. waistline friendly too item not reviewed by moderator and published
Was very tasty... based on other reviews, I added some sliced bacon and sweet red onions. I didn't have escarole so I used collard greens. Didn't have the cannellini beans, so I used kidney beans & black beans. Served it with toasted rye bread and my family loved it! Will definitely make this again, but with Giada's original ingredients, because it is diabetic friendly. Thank you!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Was good, but not as good as I remember as a kid when my mom would make it. Seemed to have a very mild flavor. I suppose using the homemade stock and Parm Regiano would make it the best it can be. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have no complaints, but one question. I added grated Parm at the end. The piece of Parmesn never dissolved, but I kept it for myself at serving time and it was tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ultra fast and easy, but I was disappointed in my results, considering the number of reviews and 5 star ratings. Perhaps I did not chop my escarole finely enough, so I used an emerging blender which pureed most of the beans, chopped the cheese, and the escarole. The resulting soup is fabulous. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super simple to make. Hearty and tasty. I sauteed 1 medium chopped onion, 1 medium chopped italian eggplant, and 1 medium chopped italian pepper in the olive oil before adding the escarole. Also make sure you really rinse your escarole, it can be sandy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I modified the recipe just a bit to use some kale I had on hand and added some crispy pancetta to it which made the flavor out of this world! Excellent recipe!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is another one of my favorite recipes....simple...flavorful...and just awesome. You can not forget the hunk of crusty bread of some sort. Its a must to complete the cup! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great recipe to have on hand because it's so quick and very tasty. I have recommended it to other folks who like escarole because it's so hearty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this soup. I was looking for a soup with greens, and the escarole was perfect. It doesn't wilt as much as spinach and it still has a nice bite to it. I don't change a thing-the recipe is simple but fantastic. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious! What an easy recipe to prepare. The parmesan adds such great depth to the soup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fabulous recipe, it is very easy and everyone loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
so good i add hot and sweet sausage browned sliced love it item not reviewed by moderator and published
It is the exact recipe I've been looking for! It is to die for! Simple tasty comfort food. Just what I wanted. THANKS!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great base starter recipe. You can turn this into a altered version of minestroni by just adding a few sliced links of Italian sausage, a small can of tomatoe sauce, some sliced fresh zuchinni, chopped roasted red bell pepper, and a small amount of pasta, some basil, oregano and a bay leaf. Let it cook for about 2 hours with the lid off to really concentrate the flavors. Oh yeah! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was raised with this soup and love it! If you like a little thicker broth, don't drain or rinse the beans and add some cooked ditalini macaroni to the soup. It's wonderful tasting and filling. I like a half of small onion slivered and cut added to the olive oil before adding the garlic to cook. Also a pinch of red pepper seeds and dried oregano gives the soup a wonderful flavor. I like some of the variations reviewers have come up with, especially adding cooked bacon or italian sausage. You could also use Romano cheese in this--Yumm! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so very tasty and moreso it was so easy and used so few ingredients. I did at the end add some pepperoni slices to soup it gave a wonderful flavor. I will definetly make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like to try and find recipes using unusual vegetables to get more of a variety. This was a fast and easy one to use. It was tasty, but could have used more salt. This wasn't a fault of the recipe, however. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe. It is very easy and makes a nice comforting soup on a cold day. I use spinach if I don't have the escarole and it's all good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used kale instead of escarole and used vegetable stock and it was just delicious! I make this soup often. My friends loved it too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy and no need to get hung up on measurements. I added some onions, carrots and cooked chicken so I could use up stuff that I had on hand - great result and I will be making this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a Hearty - Feel Good Soup- I did not have a hunk of Parmesian around so I justed used Store Bought Parmesian. Did the trick. I used Vegtable Stock to keep the fat content down because of the cheese. It came out great! I also for myself had some NY Strip leftover from a previous meal. Added it to the soup and a tbsp of Bacon drippings I keep handy and like emeril BAM! What a dinner! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup is perfect to prepare after a long day at work. It's filling yet not heavy. Definately serve with your favorite bread. Great for a rainy day or as a side dish in the fall. Don't pass it up. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this tonight with a few substitutions...I must have had a HUMONGOUS head of escarole, b/c I used 3/4 of the head and the soup was all escarole. But this was my first time using this veggie and I loved it. I also used a 2 inch piece of parmesan rind, a whole onion, some fennel seeds, and half of a package of turkey kielbasa that I had to use up in the fridge, sliced into half moons and sauteed in the soup pot first. Next time I would add turkey Italian sausage from the farmers' market but it was delicious, even with the kielbasa. I topped it with a drizzle of a nice olive oil, fresh ground black pepper, and a bit of fresh grated parm regg. It really is an easy, delicious soup that I will make again and again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for dinner last night and served it with a salad and some bread. I added some Italian sausage (I rolled the sausage into little balls, kind of like Italian Wedding Soup) to make it a little more filling. I just let the soup boil a little longer to let the sausage cook. However, between the salt from the broth, the cheese and the extra salt you are suppose to add, it was just a little too salty. This soup is great on a cold night! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last night for a dinner party 1st course and it was a hit!!! It was so simple but had the taste of a soup that takes a while to make. I am making another batch tonight. My husband and kids all loved it and asked for it a second night in a row. Thanks!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so delicious and light and satisfying. I added Pancetta to richen the flavor. I added 2 ounces of cubed pancetta to about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and cooked it up for about 5 minutes or until it is getting cripsy. I took out the Pancetta and put aside until the step where you add the beans and stock. FABULOUS. Next time I may try 3 ounces in larger cubes. I also used about 1.5 heads of escarole and a little more stock and water to make enough soup in the soup. SO EASY and SO GOOD!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was looking for a way to use a fresh head of escarole I received from a local farm, and this recipe is a complete winner. Fast and easy to make and perfect for a light meal. Bonus: even better second day! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My "nonni" made this soup for us all the time. It tasted just like hers! Definitely rinse the beans (the sodium is a bit high) and I reduced the amount of broth for a little heartier meal. I also added about a 1/4" of chicken broth when I added the escarole, I felt it cooked the leaves more evenly and quicker. Good modifications: omit beans and add bowtie pasta and sausage or mini meatballs. And I LOVE escarole, so I always add more to this recipe. Skip the "pinch of salt" and use light/ fat free broth to make it even healthier! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We make this soup at twice once a month when we're too tired to make anything complicated. It's so easy. Sometimes we add two sweet Italian turkey sausage links to add more flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make this every week now. I've decided to keep all of the ingredients in my fridge & pantry. I usually only need to purchase the escarole. We're all told to eat more beans and this is a great way to do it. The parm is the secret to the great taste. I make a big pot and take it to work. It's so much healthier than a sandwich and much more filling. Add a crusty loaf of Italian bread and you're all set. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I jazzed it up with shallot, red pepper flakes and some mushroom stock(1cup mushroom and 3 c chicken=4 total cups)and a few chopped mushrooms in the sautee process...it still sucked! I only use very quality/expensive oil and parmesan riggiano, very disappointing, wonder why so many people like this! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is so quick for such good results. I added 1/3 cup of a small tube pasta. It's a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is incredibly tasty and very simple. The first time I made it just as the recipe reads. The second time I added a can of fire roasted organic can tomatoes, and I put a toasted crunchy bread with parmesan cheese on the top. With that, it was "over the top". Very, very good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this many times and have shared the recipe with friends..they all love it! The ease of prep/cook time is outstanding. The only thing I've tinkered with is adding an additional can of beans,and usually double the garlic. The possibilities sre endless... item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was wonderful. A nice, easy recipe that provided nutrition and good, rib sticking comfort! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best soup I have every made and eaten. A huge hit in my house. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a healthy, delicious soup, I added some crispy pancetta on top, and mashed some of the beans before adding to make the soup more consistency...wow, loved it... item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is excellent, made with vegetable broth. I used 2 1-inch pieces of good parmesan, cheese and rind, for maximum cheese flavour. Let the soup simmer a bit longer to melt the cheese and it makes the soup creamy and flavourful. Fast, simple and tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup is excellent! Lots of flavour. It left me wanting more. item not reviewed by moderator and published
very simple, comfort italian soup. my 95 year old father from italy said it was like his mother made it. i was very proud. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this soup three times now and am still amazed that a recipe so simple could taste so wonderful. I've made it with spinach and with escarole and find its a matter of taste. I've also substituted vegetable broth for my vegetarian friends. It always turns out great! Even my picky brother-in-law asked for this recipe!! Way to go, Giada!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this a few times already and I find that it tastes better the next day once the flavors have really had a chance to meld. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was pretty bad. A very strange soup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added fresh basil at the end, sauteed an onion with the garlic & gave it a squeeze of fresh lemon. A little bland as-is, but quickly & easily modified for more flavour. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was delicious and couldn't be easier... item not reviewed by moderator and published
incredibly fast & simple item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavor of this dish is incredible and it was surprisingly filling. I added some precooked asiago cheese and spinach chicken sausage and substituted fresh spinach. I was the envy of my co-workers when I heated the left overs for lunch the next day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great outcome! Full of flavor! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Progresso used to make this soup but no longer. Now that I found this so easy and delicious to make, no more canned soup! Very healthy too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
so easy and soooo good!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My Mom made this soup practically every Friday in the wintertime all through my childhood. Enjoyed it everytime and look forward to making it now. I haven't even tried this recipe yet but I know it's exactly the same. My Mom called it by it's Italian name for greens and beans. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this many times and each time it has come out GREAT! I also use baby spinach leaves and add shredded chicken from a roasted chicken instead of just escarole and beans. I have had rave reviews from friends every time I make it! And one reviewer was right - the leftovers are excellent! IF there are any! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I enjoyed this soup as it was light but full of flavor. Easy to make item not reviewed by moderator and published
I only had 30 minutes to prepare an entire meal for four last night and made this without a problem. I also substituted kale, added some bowtie pasta and also some italian sausage. I loved it so much I'm making it again later this week. item not reviewed by moderator and published
What a wonderful soup!! I only had chick peas on hand and regular chicken broth (omitted salt) so it was a bit salty but still had great flavor. Escarole was very colorful. Can't beat the prep/cook time, will make this often. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved that it was so easy and quick. I used a 1/2 lb. of regular kale instead of escarole as that's what my local store had. Still worked out great. I added a small touch of nutmeg to complement the greens, this added a nice flavor. This is an easy, healthy, and inexpensive dish to make that will be a staple for my family this winter! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love how easy it is and YUMMY!! and my fiance said, "Even I can make it!" item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty and very easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think I spelled that wrong, oh well. This soup tastes really good and was very quick to make. The broth, cheese, salt and pepper really came together for a nice full flavor. Toast some multi grain bread and I was more then full! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So simple, quick and full of flavor! Love this soup! item not reviewed by moderator and published
great recipe so easy snd so delicious keep them coming. anothr way for me to eat vegetable and your recipe are knotting the pounds off item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love Italian food and anytime I can find a healthy and delicious and time-saving meal, I'm ecstatic! Great dish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was really yummy once I added a few things to it. When I finished making it by what the directions said, I didn't like it. It was bland and just tasted like chicken broth. Not good! I decided to add 1 tsp each of oregano, basil, and parsley. I also added half of a chopped onion and a 1/4 of a cup of cream. I used an extra can of beans and extra garlic and it turned out really delicious! My husband who is mostly a meat eater really liked it. It is definately a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe with spinach instead of escarole because that's what I had on hand, and it was really good! The only thing I would do is add maybe another clove of garlic because mine was a tad bland. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I regularly make a version of this but with swiss chard or spinach and usually sauteed onion. For a main dish meal I add italian sausage. I tried this as is but used fresh spinach because that is what I had. It made a nice light quick meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
TO DIE FOR ! Hearty soup for the entire family.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thi soup was super easy and super tasty! My family really loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and healthy and great tasting soup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A very good soup when you don't have a lot of time. Because of its simplicity the most important part of this soup is the broth. If you have the time to make a homemade btoth rather than using store bought broth it makes this soup twice as good item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is truly quick and easy and delicious. I make it according the recipe and am completely satisfied with the result. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The simple, healthy stuff tastes the best! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I couldn't find the canellini beans, so I substituted Gorgonzola beans (chick peas) instead. Great soup for a cold day. Very delicious distinct flavors. Took about 5 min to make. Try this!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the easiest soup recipe, very healthy and light but ideal for winter and cold days - i've made this numerous times and crave it quite often - soooo good! I switch the recipe up a bit and add block of parmesan cheese, with your own chicken broth, it tastes even better and super home-made! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this with spinach--no escarole at my local store. I agree with the reviewer who said it tasted better leftover--I liked the original a lot, but really enjoyed it when I reheated it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I could have cut this w/a butter knife. Its flavors just melted together and the aroma was great. My whole family enjoy it, even the non-port eaters!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
a delicious simple and very italian soup. loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My Italian mother use to make this soup but without the beans. This version is tasty, but I did substitute the escarole with fresh spinach, less bitter taste. I Also used extra beans and pureed them in a blender and added to the soup. I think this made it much better. Mom would approve! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has a wonderful flavor. I love escrole and this is a great way to use it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe doesn't tell you to cut off the tough ends of the leafs, but Giada says so on the show. You should do it because those ends are a little bitter. Next time, I will try spinach. Other than that, the soup was very good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
easy to make! I couldn't find escarole at the supermarket, so substituted a pound of frozen spinach. Came out very good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great item not reviewed by moderator and published
We usually love Giada's recipes. Followed this one to the letter, but upon tasting, found it to have no depth of flavor. I would agree with others who commented before me that adding sauted onions/celery with garlic would be an improvement. Also, some spicey sausage or proscuitto would help. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for dinner last night and it was a 100% hit. Even with the kids,m lol! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My title just about says it all, but I forgot healthy! Perfect to throw together and then enjoy over the next day or so! item not reviewed by moderator and published
my version is a lot tastier IMHO. I put a can of chopped italian tomatoes and saute an onion with the garlic. makes all the difference in the world! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think you may have to grate the parm, or use a vegetable peeler to shave parm slices over the top of the soup after you serve it in the bowl item not reviewed by moderator and published

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