Italian Escarole and Beans

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Greens and Beans is Escarole and white beans.

An Italian dish made often during the depression days.

Grandma called it depression food, inexpensive and fed many family members! Sometimes she fed the whole block, no kidding!

Inexpensive and absolutely delicious. Today it's considered a delicacy in most restaurants.

The thickness of this old fashioned classic meal is more like a thick bean stew than a soup.

Scroll down to make this recipe and see why we just love making this often in Grandma's memory.




this is how to make Italian Escarole & Beans is a thick stew like soup that is over Italian day old bread. Also called greens and beans. Also called Scahdal and Beans






What Kind Of Food Is This?



Escarole and beans are like a rich bean stew and poured over Italian bread.


You can eat this plain as it is also, but we grew up serving this meal over stale bread.


Grandma was from Rome, Italy and grew up poor and considered this peasant food.


Not only did it feed a large family it was made often during times that Catholics fasted during Lent.



this is a collage of escarole and beans a thick stew like greens and beans recipe



How Italian Say This



Pronounced (Scadahl and Beans) Escarole and Beans, ( Zuppa Di Scarola E Fagioli )


Greens and Beans poured over bread to sop up the oil and garlic soaked up the bread with delicious


garlic flavors and this became an Italian Specialty for centuries now!




Italian Escarole & Beans is a thick stew like soup that is over Italian day old bread. Also called greens and beans.



Loved It More As An Adult



I look back now and remember I wasn't thrilled when grandma or mom made this.


Now I crave it and the garlic taste of the beans and escarole are a comforting meal.



Italian Escarole & Beans is a thick stew like soup that is over Italian day old bread. Also called greens and beans.



Different Consistencies



This could b thick, or like soup. Just beans, over bread, or both.


Grandma was from Rome, Italy and made thick style escarole greens and beans over crusty Italian bread, just omitting the broth became more like a stew.



this is  dish of greens and beans from Upstate Uitca New York Recipe




My Mom's Was Different



Mom came from Bari, made this like a soup rich with chicken broth and my Dad's mom came from Rome and they liked this plain garlic seasoned.


Whether you like a stew or soup consistency just depends on how much broth you add.



Italian Escarole & Beans is a thick stew like soup that is over Italian day old bread. Also called greens and beans.



Pour Over Day Old Bread



When pouring the escarole and beans over hard crusty bread, normally hard as a rock bread and stale!


So we had our fill of this many ways. I love these prepared, either way, stew style or as a soup.


I am a bread lover and that's my weakness, I don't wait for the bread to get too stale like grandma did I just enjoy this no matter what, as long as it's the hard crust.



Italian Escarole & Beans is a thick stew like soup that is over Italian day old bread. Also called greens and beans.



They Called This Delicacy Depression Food



I very seldom eat a meal without dipping bread into the soup, or stew-like consistency.


It sure does fill you up to make it a whole meal without meat!


The best thing about beans as it's a source of protein and substitute for meat.


Not much to adapt this recipe to pretty basic, and easy to make.


Italian Escarole & Beans is a thick stew like soup that is over Italian day old bread. Also called greens and beans.


A Delicacy



Can you believe this was considered depression food back then?


It was so inexpensive to make and fed a large family.



Italian Escarole & Beans is a thick stew like soup that is over Italian day old bread. Also called greens and beans.



We had this weekly!



This was a staple growing up in an all Italian Household. Escarole and beans were on the table often.


It's easy to make and the best part is its good for you.



This is a pan full of white beans and escarole that was considered depression food back in 1940s and now this Italian food is a delicious pot of rich flavors or garlic, herbs, spices and the greens and beans is the perfect comfort food.



Yes It's Good For You



Full of proteins with the beans and rich greens.


You can also use as much garlic as you like, it's good for you too!


Great comfort food in the winter time for sure!



Italian Escarole & Beans is a thick stew like soup that is over Italian day old bread. Also called greens and beans.



The Beans Were Always Made Fresh



Grandma only used dry beans she soaked them overnight.


I also use dried beans myself and place in the slow cooker overnight until cooked with salt.



Italian Escarole & Beans is a thick stew like soup that is over Italian day old bread. Also called greens and beans.


Sometimes We Had Fresh Escarole From Dad's Garden



Dad was pretty successful with having a vegetable garden.


We were lucky enough in the summer to get our escarole fresh.


Mom would always boil it first to get all the dirt out of it and it was always so fresh and tender.


Italian Escarole & Beans is a thick stew like soup that is over Italian day old bread. Also called greens and beans.



Mom's Soup Style Version



Mom used some chicken broth in hers, we loved this either way.


I prefer the thick beans with greens over the soup style myself.




Italian Escarole & Beans is a thick stew like soup that is over Italian day old bread. Also called greens and beans.


Always a Whole Loaf



We always had a whole loaf of bread and each one of us would rip a big piece off for our meal.


Grandma always said the best to use was stale bread to get rid of it.


Dad worked in a bakery and we had many loaves of bread get stale to use up.


No one ever complained as we would have this great meal often to use up that bread.


Grandma and mom also made homemade breadcrumbs with stale bread.



Italian Escarole & Beans is a thick stew like soup that is over Italian day old bread. Also called greens and beans.



Escarole



If you can't find escarole in your part of the world you can substitute radicchio, spinach, or arugula. Other members of the chicory family can be substituted, such as curly endive. You may also consider mustard greens


Escarole is one of my favorite greens in many great recipes and one favorite of our is Traditional Wedding Soup and it's wonderful flavors.





Watch My Quick Video On Making This Delicious Escarole and Bean Dish!

(note not much oil is used as this may look)






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Tips



  • Use only fresh garlic to sautee
  • Always have freshly grated cheese on hand
  • Boil the Escarole to make sure the dirt and bugs are no longer lurking in the leaves (this also removes pesticides)
  • Let the bread be at least one day old
  • Substitute the Escarole if you can't find any with another chicory leafy vegetable like endive
  • You can freeze this if you make way too much in freezer containers





Youtube Video to Show the Thickness of Greens and Beans!







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This is a classic Italian food made in Italy and considered peasant food called Escarole and Beans or the Italian term is scahdal and beans





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Yield: 8

Escarole and Beans

prep time: 25 min cook time: 35 mins total time: 60 mins
Pronounced ( Scadahl) and Beans Escarole and Beans, ( Zuppa Di Scarola E Fagioli )
Greens and Beans poured over bread, the oil and garlic soaked up the bread and this became a delicious Italian Specialty for centuries now!

ingredients:

  • 1- 8 oz can of chicken broth or 1 cup freshly homemade chicken broth if it drys out you can also use water however the broth makes a tastier soup/stew
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (first cold pressed) more to drizzle on top when serving
  • 2 large heads escarole
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon of each oregano, basil, parsley, we used all fresh ingredients when possible
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 lbs of fresh cannellini or cooked dried northern beans highly recommended or 2 (16 ounces) cans cannellini beans, drained
  • plenty of pecorino romano cheese
  • If using fresh beans reserve 1/2 of the bean water
  • 3 sprigs fresh parsley, chopped,
  • pinch of cayenne pepper

instructions:

  1. Boil the escarole in a pan with a little salt ( see note at the end) separately until tender about 35 minutes, drain.
  2. Tip:
  3. Take a shortcut for cooking the, dried beans. Add water to a one crock pot on high for 8 hours or all day and even do them overnight. You can do the escarole in another crock pot filled with water., adding salt to both.
  4. To cook, just simply sautee the escarole drained and beans drained in garlic and olive oil.
  5. Add some broth, simmer for around 30 minutes.
  6. Pour over the stale crusty Italian bread and enjoy!
  7. You can add red pepper flakes, black cracked pepper and salt to taste.
  8. For using canned beans method. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat saute garlic till brown, add boiled escarole and coat with oil and fresh cloves of garlic for flavor. Add some of the broth. Season with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes and other seasonings. Stir in cooked beans, at this point.
  9. Heat thoroughly and serve over bread with grated cheese and more hot pepper flakes if you like the heat.
  10. For soup style shown, add 16 oz can of Chicken broth, you can also add boiled chicken and ditalini to make a hearty meal out of this. Boil until mixture gets thicker and looks creamy. Serve with plenty of grated cheese on top and thick chunks of crusty bread and a few drizzles of olive oil.
  11. Note: the reason grandma always boiled the Escarole first was to get the dirt out and kill any hidden bugs that many have been in the lettuce. Also, this is a great way to remove any pesticides these days. 
299
Fat (grams)
8
Sat. Fat (grams)
4
Carbs (grams)
18
Fiber (grams)
20
Net carbs
14
Protein (grams)
8
Sodium (milligrams)
12
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Italian Escarole & Beans is a thick stew like soup that is over Italian day old bread. Also called greens and beans.



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Italian Escarole & Beans is a thick stew like soup that is over Italian day old bread. Also called greens and beans.


26 comments

  1. I love escarole too, I make chicken escarole enchiladas! Your soup looks delicious ;]

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  2. this is so much to my liking - I make something very similar, never thought of it as being from the past, I add slices of sausage to it and serve it over hard bread...I have cooked beans overnight in a slow cooker but like soaking them for 24 hours, makes them creamier without becoming mushy...am I doing something wrong?

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  3. @bcgw thanks one of our fav's
    @drick I doubt your doing anything wrong, never had them get mushy and I freeze my beans after they come out of the crock since there are so many..Maybe its too long, over 8 hours is enough and I never soak first. Thanks Drick.

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  4. Escarole & beans sound so good on a crusty bread and I love the soup too! Definitely a must try!

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  5. I love escarole and beans. Their mix on a crusty bread is very very good. Bye bye
    Fede

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  6. @5starfoodie thanks, very tasty :)
    @federica thanks, I visited your site, was looking for an English translator..couldnt find it but very lovely pictures love the foods you post :)

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  7. Thank you for your visit to my blog, dear! If you need a translator, you can click on one of the flag you find at the top right ^_^
    Bye bye, I hope see you soon :)

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  8. The escarole and bean combination with some crusty Italian bread really looks and sounds great.

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  9. WOW Claudia, this looks superb! My mom used to make it the same as yours. I haven't made this in forever, shame on me! I prefer cannelloni beans but have used the northern beans too. Sometimes my mom added chunks of peperoni to this.... Yummy

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  10. I did an escarole and chickpea soup last night. It is the most fabulous combination!Yours looks perfect! Perfectly scrumptious.

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  11. Now you're talking! I usually make this as a soup, but occasionally make it with pasta and once made it with shrimp. Like you, I adore bread (and it loves my hips, so don't get it often enough).

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  12. You are TOTALLY speaking my language here! Beans + greens = heaven, I can't get enough. I want this for dinner.

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  13. I love this - soup style! It's one of my favorites and you sure worked up a good craving in me now! Delicious!

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  14. Hhhmm..mm...yumm! This is such delicious bite.

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  15. Claudia, I think I would really enjoy dinner at your place :D Good thing we're on different continents or you'd never get rid of me!

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  16. That's my kind of dish! beans and escarole, love it! Beautiful combo, well depression brought some healthy and hearty dishes!

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  17. I have never eaten escarole. I am not much of a greens kinda gal but this looks really good to me for some reason. Maybe you should make it, freeze it and ship it my way. ;)

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  18. Beans and greens--always one of my favorite classic family style Italian dishes!

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  19. Beans and greens--always one of my favorite classic family style Italian dishes!

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  20. Looks delicious. I love beans especially if it's creamy.

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  21. How did I miss this, hmmm? It's exactly the sort of thing I love!!!

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  22. My grandmother (from Italy) also made this, the thicker version, but she added big chunks of Pepperoni. I loved it! Thanks for the memories, I'm gonna make a batch this weekend.

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  23. My grandmother (from Italy) used to make us this, the thicker version, but she added big chunks of pepperoni. Yum! Thanks for bringing up some fond memories. I'm gonna make a batch this weekend.

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  24. Tried this today absolutely delicious, I was hoping to find a recipe that came close to the escarole dish from a gourmet Italian restaurant in town, this is it! I loved every spoonful. Thank you for sharing.

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  25. thanks for the kind words @MissCelticGirl

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  26. Love the family history of this delicious dish---I'd love this with a crusty loaf of bread!

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