Join/Renew for Just $16 A Year
- Discounts on travel and everyday savings
- Subscription to AARP The Magazine
- Free membership for your spouse or partner
Enter an ingredient, course or keyword and get cooking!
Photo by: Michael Potts
There are many variations of soups featuring beans and greens. They are all easy to make (although not quick, if you are using dried beans) and full of nutrients. They are also full of flavor. Such soups are an integral part of the peasant cuisine of Puglia, as beans and greens grow abundantly in this sunny region. Even in modern times, when meat is more affordable than it has ever been, the Puglian diet remains deeply rooted in vegetables and legumes. Escarole is not a very common green, but it’s worth seeking out, as it adds layers of flavor to this simple soup. It is a member of the endive family but is less bitter than many other types of endive and has a complex flavor. Although you can use a different green in this soup (such as dandelion, kale, or even spinach), nothing will give you the same unique flavor that escarole will.
1. Rinse the soaked beans and put them in a pot with the chopped garlic. Add enough water to cover the beans by 2 inches (5 cm). Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook until the beans are tender (about 1½ to 2 hours, depending on how fresh the beans are).
2. When the beans are done, boil the chopped escarole in 1 quart of water until it wilts. Do not drain. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a sauté pan. Add the onions and sauté until they are tender. Add the tomatoes and cook another 2 minutes, until the tomatoes release some of their liquid. Add the red pepper flakes. When the onion mixture is cooked, combine it with the cooked escarole and the reserved cooking liquid and add the entire mixture to the cooked beans. Bring to a boil and cook for about 5 minutes for the flavors to blend. Season with salt and add more red pepper, if necessary.
3. Serve hot with the grated cheese and toasted crusty bread.
Nutrients per serving (% daily value)
Nutritional information is based on 1/8 teaspoon added salt per serving and does not include cheese and bread, for serving.
From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.
Members save 15% every day when dining at participating Denny's restaurants.
Members save 15% Mon-Thurs & during weekend lunch at Outback Steakhouse.
Members save 10% every day when dining at McCormick and Schmick's.
Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change. Join Today