Old World Escarole and Beans

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After searching high and low for a soupy escarole and beans recipe, I finally created my own version. It tastes just like the appetizer I order at one of my favorite Italian restaurants in New York. It has a soupy consistency so best served in a bowl with a crusty bread for dipping. My husband asks me to make this every week. I promise you will love this recipe. The cooking technique removes the bitterness from the escarole while maintaining the firmness of the beans.

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Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 slices bacon

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 head escarole, coarsely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed

  • 1 (15 ounce) can chicken broth

  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

  • teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Place bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until crisp, 7 to 8 minutes. Remove the bacon and reserve the drippings in the pan. Add olive oil to the drippings and heat for 1 minute. Add the escarole; cook and stir for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic, and continue cooking and stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour in the chicken broth and beans, and season with red pepper flakes. Simmer for 5 to 7 minutes. Ladle into bowls to serve and top with the crumbled bacon and Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

228 Calories
11g Fat
22g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 228
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 927mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 10g 34%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 12mg 58%
Calcium 153mg 12%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 575mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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