Escarole and Beans, A Skinny Italian Side Dish #Recipe #SundaySupper

Escarole and Beans is my absolute favorite skinny Italian side dish. It’s almost a soup, but, my friend Lucille who first made me this for me says it a side dish so, it’s a side dish! It is so easy, fresh and flavorful. It’s also filling and if you’re anything like me, someone who likes to eat large portions, you will love escarole and beans too!  It’s a no guilt dish with an 80z serving having only about 125 calories and the perfect compliment to any Sunday Supper! 

beans and escarole


1 head of fresh Escarole, chopped  
2  Tbsp  Extra Virgin Olive Oil  
1 clove Garlic, minced  
1 can (14.5 oz) Chicken or Vegetable Stock (I use low sodium) 
1 can (15.5 oz) Cannellini Beans  (undrained)

Heat 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add minced garlic and saute for about half a minute.  Add in the Cannellini beans and saute with garlic for 3-4 minutes. Add the chicken broth. Slowly add in the chopped  escarole and saute until wilted, cover and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

Lucille adds red pepper flakes to hers.  We both top with grated parmesan cheese.


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  1. Yum! I love the veggie and bean combo. lol Soup or side, either way I would curl up with this on a cold day. Thanks for sharing!

  2. sunithi says:

    This sounds and looks fab! I can’t wait to try this. Bet the beans add nice flavor and a boost of fiber to the dish ! Thanks for sharing. On my ” to make ” list !

  3. I don´t eat escarole since I find it too bitter. And I certainly never considered cooking it in broth! But with garlic and beans, it looks so intriguing!

  4. Katie says:

    Sounds like a delish side dish to me!!!

  5. Chris Baccus says:

    Skinny Italian? Being mostly Italian I can see my mom rolling her eyes… That said it is just a side dish so I’m sure we can fatten up the meal with some pasta and cheese. 🙂

  6. Rick Griffin says:

    This looks like something I can eat a lot of without feeling guilty:) #yummy

  7. Great looking dish! I recommended a red Rhone blend, but a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio would probably work too!

  8. Sounds like an easy quick delicious meal for dinner. =) Always need dishes like that, thanks for sharing!

  9. Sarah says:

    It’s a great filling meal for sure

  10. I made something very similar to this last week except it had kale instead of escarole. Dying to try the escarole now!

  11. Wow talk about a simple and quick week day meal idea, thanks for sharing

  12. this dish looks so hearty and healthy, I love it!!!

  13. I’m trying to incorporate more beans into my diet so this recipe is perfect. I love the escaroles and the soupy nature of this side dish. Yum!

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