Well, i'm obviously in the minority here ... I was NOT impressed with this meal .. probably because I'm not the biggest bean lover. My husband said "well, not EVERYTHING you make can be good." Hmmph. There were no instructions as to how to cut the escarole and so I left the leaves whole ... big mistake! If you're going to make this I would suggest cutting the leaves up in slightly bigger than bite-sized pieces. I also felt the bean to escarole ratio was wrong .. too many beans! I used two large heads of escarole ... maybe if I had chopped the leaves it would have seemed like there was more escarole because the escarole DID seem to lump up in the middle of the pan. DEFINITELY use more garlic. I used 3 cloves AND garlic powder and it could have used more. Also, at the suggestion of relatives who *love* this meal I served it over penne pasta. Apparantly this is the rage in Italian restaurants on the East coast. I don't know, living on the West coast myself (and since I LOVE Italian food I doubt that even if I did live on the East coast I would order beans over yummy cheesy saucy pasta at a restaurant!). All in all, I won't be making this recipe again.
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Well, i'm obviously in the minority here ... I was NOT impressed with this meal .. probably...