Escarole Soup with White Beans and Sausage

After an unseasonably warm week, the weather reverted to type for Michigan early spring: grey, damp, and cold. I rely on pantry staples, plus a cold-tolerant bitter green, for this soup. This is very popular at our house, and can be ready in only 20 minutes. Serves 4-6

Escarole Soup in Pot

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 – 1 lb light smoked sausage [optional]
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large head escarole, or other dark green, coarsely chopped (2 to 2.5 quarts, or 8-10 cups) (may also use chard, spinach, romaine, arugula, leaf lettuce)
  • 5-6 c chicken broth (homemade is best)
  • 1 15-oz can cannellini beans, or 2 c cooked white beans
  • grated Parmesan or Romano cheese to taste

Heat oil in a large heavy Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the garlic (and sausage, if using), cook about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until lightly browned. Add the greens, and toss until wilted, 5 min or less. Add the beans (if canned, include the juices, don’t drain) and the chicken broth. Simmer until the flavors blend and the soup thickens slightly – about 20 minutes.

Serve with a small drift of grated Parmesan over the top.

Note: if you’re in more of a pasta mood than a soup mood – omit the chicken broth, and serve it over fresh cooked pasta. Also a great supper dish.

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  3. Sounds so yummy!!! Will try it this week. Also, like the way you describe the parmesan cheese!!! Looking forward to the start of the farm again! 🙂 Tami

  4. This sounds great! Down here in Florida I made a big batch of cream of green from the last of the spring greens. We had to make room in the garden for warm season plants, so a lot of spinach, lettuces, pak choy, etc. went into the soup pot with some potatoes and onions. Now we have vibrant green soup by the quart in the freezer! I never think of beans for a soup like this, but your recipe sounds so good, more soup may be in our future.

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