Friday, October 12, 2012

Escarole and Beans

Many of you probably have never tried or maybe never even heard of Escarole. It's another one of those greens that most Americans pass right over in the food store or on a menu, but I'm hoping I can change your mind. I had never heard of it either until we enrolled in the Fresh Box program at Alan's Orchard. We've gotten Escarole in our box a few times and each time we do I make this dish. It's rich and creamy and I love pushing my bread around the bowl, it makes me feel like an honorary Italian. If you are looking to serve it as dinner add a little cooked sausage and it can become a complete meal.

1 Large Head of Escarole
1 Clove of Garlic - Minced
16oz Can of Cannellini Beans - Un-drained
1/4 Tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
3 Tbsp Olive Oil

Adapted from: Alan's Orchard Fresh Box Flyer May 2012

In a medium sized pan heat up 1 Tbsp of olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, cook about 1 minute. Next, add the can of beans to the pan with the liquid. Cook until creamy about 10 minutes stirring frequently.
While the beans are cooking, wash and take a part the head of escarole leaf by leaf. In a large pan heat up the remaining 2 Tbsp of olive oil over medium heat. Add the greens to the pan, tossing with tongs to coat all of the leaves with oil. Let cook until wilted about 4-5 minutes tossing occasionally. Sprinkle the crushed red pepper flakes over the greens. Season with S&P.
When the beans are ready pour them into the pan with the escarole and let them cook on low heat together another 10 minutes. If you are adding sausage to make this more of a dinner I would cook it separately and add it in at this time so the flavors can form together. Serve with warm crusty Italian bread.
Enjoy!! - Nicole
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  1. Escarole and Bean soup is my FAVORITE! Makes me feel like an honorary Italian too haha.

  2. I grew up eating bean soup, but I never had it with escarole. I will have to try your recipe next time I'm in the mood for some. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This dish looks so delicious! I am very happy I found your blog at a link party!

  4. Sounds so good! Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday!

  5. I love greens and beans! I usually make mine with the addition of onion and banana peppers. Sometimes we even add a little sausage. Some Italian restaurants in our area use escarole. Others use spinach, while others use a mixture. Thanks for sharing!

  6. What a nice hearty dish for this time of year. Thank you for sharing it.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. That looks just lovely. Simple and flavorful and healthful. Yum.

  9. Nicole,
    Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. This dish look yummy. I love using Cannellini beans in my dishes for a hearty addition. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.


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