Friday, September 23, 2011

Beans And Escarole

When the weather cools down,
I tend to cook more soups and chili.
Beans and escarole is one of our favorite cool weather meals.
And, it's quick, easy and healthy.
What's better than that?


 Beans and Escarole


2 heads Escarole, wash well and chop
4 cans Small White Beans, drain and rinse
1 can Garbanzo Beans, drain and rinse
1 small can Tomato Paste
4 cups Water
Salt to taste
Garlic Powder to taste
Red Pepper Flakes to taste
Fresh shaved Parmesan

Wash escarole well, sometimes you'll find a bit of sand between the leaves. Once washed, chop and add to a large stock pot. I add 4 cups of water to pot and cook down escarole until wilted. When wilted add drained and rinsed beans to pot.  Add salt, garlic powder and red pepper flakes to taste and add tomato paste. Bring to medium boil, stirring gently. Lower heat to simmer and cook for about 1-2 hours. During this time add more water as the beans thicken. Add according to your preference-thick or more like a soup.  (We like the consistency as shown in the photo above.) Serve and top with fresh shaved parmesan. We also like a nice piece of Italian bread on the side. Enjoy!

-Lynn

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14 comments:

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

This looks so colorful and hearty. I can't wait for it to cool down enough here to make a pot of soup. Have a great weekend!!

Barb and Dell said...

Looks wonderful Lynn. It's cool here enough now to want to try it.
Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.
Barb

Riet said...

Yes when fall starts I begin making soups and chili too. Makes us nice and warm. I love this recipe. MIght try it soon.
Have a lovely weekend.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

This sounds nice and easy! I love beans and I've never cooked with greens (besides spinach) before. I'm giving this a try-thanks:@)

Pat said...

Looks so delicious and easy too - can't beat that combination. Thank you!

mississippi artist said...

I can't wait till it gets a little cooler, I want to make a big pot of soup or chile. I love cooking in the winter-can spend all day in the kitchen puttering. Of course I hate to cook in the summer! LOL!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Thank you for sharing the recipe, cooler weather is perfect for soup! We've had all kinds of soups this past week. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. hugs ~lynne~

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Looks wonderful ! I'll save this for when we (finally) do cool down.
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SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

This sounds so good and I love dishes like this in the fall. What a great way to eat your greens too.

Abby said...

This looks delicious. Supposedly, there's this thing called cold weather (although I'm starting to doubt it's real!), and this would be prefect for when the colder months come along! Thanks for sharing the great recipe.

Cindy said...

That looks wonderful! I would love to try this recipe, thanks for it.
Hugs, Cindy

My Little Home and Garden said...

That looks like a satisfying meal for a cold night, Lynn. I never think to use escarole.
-Karen

Miz Helen said...

Your Beans and Escarole Soup is a perfect way to welcome the fall season. It looks delicious. Hope you are having a great week and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Lynn,

This recipe is perfect for this time of year...Great for fall, after a day of raking leaves...ours are falling today we have a bit of wind and rain clouds!
Have a great weekend!
All the Best,
Christine