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Old World Escarole and Beans Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

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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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    25 mins


  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.
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Oct 21, 2007

I'm happy to be the first to review this recipe. It is delicious! We live in a predominantly Italian area of northeastern Ohio and my husband and I have enjoyed this soup in several area restaurants... this version is very authentic tasting. Just be sure to have warm crusty bread on hand, and if you're like my husband, extra red pepper flakes :) Next time I make it he said be sure to double it!

Nov 29, 2007

This recipe is awesome, i made it for my family a few times. I also used Smoked pork hocks (yea sounds gross lol) but it gave it a really good flavor in stead of the bacon. I also cut small pieces of ham in it. Guess what is for dinner tonight :)

Oct 04, 2008

My grandmother used to make this (using any kind of pork she happened to have on hand, or meatless) all of the time and -- specifically because escarole is too bitter for my taste -- I never liked it and have always "adapted" her recipe by substituting spinach for it. But my husband likes escarole (he orders it every time we go to dinner at a local Italian restaurant), so the other day when escarole was on sale for $0.79 per pound and a bag of spinach was selling for $2.99, I thought I'd give him a thrill. I par-cooked 3 boneless pork chops (instead of the bacon) in a little bit of butter and a splash of olive oil, added a handful of baby carrots and a T. of granulated sugar to my pot and cooked everything together for 45 minutes. My husband loved it, and promised that if I would make this for him at least "sometimes", he'd never ever again spend $6.95 for a bowl of escarole soup (sounds like a plan). As for me? I still don't like escarole, but prepared this way, I had to begrudgingly admit that it was at least "quite edible".

Jan 14, 2009

I substituted the escarole with spinach because I did not want to chance the bitterness of the escarole. The entire family loved the recipe, including my wife and our 11 year old.

Feb 21, 2010

This makes four small servings - fine for a side or a starter, but if you're making this your main meal double the recipe. We added extra hot pepper flakes and a pinch of salt to our bowls.

Feb 06, 2008

I found this receipe to be great. Good to bring to the office for lunch. I added bulgar and it was fantastic. Good with just using vegatable broth and my vegan neice says it's the best.

Feb 16, 2010

Really great flavor from the escarole, Added another can of chicken broth and a chicken bouillon cube at the simmer stage for even more flavor.

Oct 29, 2009

Delicious - a light soup with a nice garlic flavor. Skipped the red pepper because we don't like it and we didn't miss it at all. Did not find the escarole bitter either. Enjoyed it very much.


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  • Calories
  • 228 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 22 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 11.4 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 9.5 g
  • 38%
  • Protein
  • 9.5 g
  • 19%
  • Sodium
  • 927 mg
  • 37%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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