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Friday, January 8, 2010

Escarole and bean Soup

Winter always inspires me to try out new Soups . The wintry cold, the snow and the shorter days just makes me a couch potato, enjoying the fireplace and watching movies or reading. So Soups are really your best choice, as they are quick, easy, healthy and one pot meals. What more can one ask for. So for those lazy days, this is a good recipe.

Also when I go grocery shopping and if I see a new vegetable or fruit. I'm always excited to try it out. So this escarole was bought by the intention of making soup out of it. It was sitting there in my fridge for couple days feeling sad, and I was feeling guilty that I did not use it sooner. So today was the day since it snowed this morning, and this is the soup we had for lunch.


  • 1 bunch Escarole chopped
  • 2 cups red kidney beans cooked
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic finely sliced
  • 1 cup tomatoes chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp crushed red chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • salt to taste

Preparation :

  1. Heat oil in a thick-bottomed pan and saute onions and garlic, until you no longer get the raw smell of onion/garlic.
  2. Add the tomatoes and fry for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the chopped Escarole and fry until they reduce in size and wilt.

4. Add the precooked red kidney beans and season it with salt and red chilli flakes. Add the vegetable stock and water and bring it to a boil. Let it simmer on medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Soup is ready to serve . Serve with garlic bread or any Italian Bread.


  1. need this so much in this cold winterly weather !!! a bowl of warmth and health

  2. excellent and awesome . Healthy recipe and a nice click

  3. Beautiful looking soup,Very nice recipe and a very healthy one as well

  4. Healthy and perfect for this season

  5. soup looks so tempting, dear...perfect for this season!

  6. hi dolly thanks for hte sharing nice soup after the festivities !!!
    cheers from Paris Pierre

  7. Yum! Love this- so healthy and so warming!!

  8. I love your beans and greens soup. Escarole also makes a nice beans and greens salad. At least this is one thing I do with it at our house. Escarole is classically used in Italian Wedding Soup (or I should say that is how my family made it).

    Thanks for reminding me to use more escarole. I enjoy this particular green and don't buy it as often as I should.


  9. Pass me the bowl, will you dear? I am so depressed at the everywhere-white-outside-window and badly need that bowl to lift my spirits!!
    Jokes apart, the soup looks so appetizing! :)

  10. you are right Linda winter is the besttime to try out soups. this one is very tempting.would definitely try out.

  11. Such a delicious soup, prefect for this winter season, feel like grabbing that whole bowl and finishing rite now.

  12. reading your post I know we have these in common: love for soups, tendency of buying new vegetables, then leaving the vegetables in the fridge for days! my recent post is actually just lamenting about that! This soup looks fantastic and is now in my list of things to try. What is escarole? I have not yet tried this.. is it similar to kale or more on lettuce side? Loved the third photo!

  13. Hey,
    The Soup looks delicious, perfect for the weather:)

  14. Soup looks very appetizing :):) Pic is awesome as usual. Nice welcome dish to share with all of us.


  15. Dear Dolly
    Very nice recipe. But I could not develop a taste for these beans :-(
    Shortly I will be off blog for some time..may get some time to read , but wont be able to post. SOme urgent home work..
    Have a nice week

  16. Look at that piping hot soup... & all those beans ... I love them a lot.... That's my favorite too.... Not only well prepared, but well presented & clicked too..... So all the more yum!


  17. Oh yeah, its awfully cold this year. This soup sounds very delectable...thats an unique combo'...very interesting to me:)

  18. hey this soup luks tempting...perfect to have in chilling cold

  19. What a beautiful bowl of soup! It also sounds so healthy and flavorful, Mmmm! I've never cooked with this kind of veggie before but it does sound great!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and for the lovely comment, I really appreciate your time:)

  20. that's an excellent choice for this winter!!! looks filling, delicious and rich in colours!!!

  21. Hot steaming soup is what I wish to have for lunch today, but I have to finish my leftovers in fridge :)
    perfect for this freezing weather .

  22. That soup looks colourful and comforting!

  23. oh wow!!! that looks fabulously yummy!!!!!!!!!healthy, delicious and perfect for the weather

  24. Slurp...slurp...nice soup..perfect for the chilly winters. I have an award waiting for you on my blog dear,Please accept it..Have a great week ahead :)

  25. wonderful soup...looks filling too!

  26. yummy soup..love it..first time her..u have a very lovely place..following u..


  27. What a beautiful photo. I’ve never made soup with escarole before but this recipe is calling my name. I just love the color and flavors!
    Thats a lovely soup,perfect for weather...Looks so healthy and delicious!Thanks for sharing dolly..will try and let u know.:)

  28. Hi Dolly, came here from Asha's blog!! n m so happy I came here..Your blog is lovely..Gr8 recipe of soup..Perfect for this weather..


  29. Thanks a lot for all the kind words. It means a lot to me. I'm glad that you guys loved this soup.

    @PJ - Escarole is a bit bitter and some of the soups like this one you could use Kale instead of Escarole. Also as my friend Alicia pointed out you cd make a great Beans and greens salad with Escarole as well.

    @ Faiza -thanks a lot for the award. Its so kind and generous of u.

    @Pierre, @Saju Sharfu, @Renuka Bedre-Rao - A warm welcome to you. Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.I'm going visit u all and am very curious and excited to check out more recipes.