White Bean and Escarole Soup is a hearty homemade vegetarian soup that's perfect for a plant based lifestyle and meatless Monday dinner option. Bursting with the flavors of fresh escarole, pesto and white beans, our Escarole Soup is a versatile recipe that can be either vegetarian, when prepared as is, or can be turned into a hearty chicken soup when made with chicken broth and shredded rotisserie chicken!
Escarole and Bean Soup Recipe
Who would have thought that in mid-August, the dog days of summer, we would be having cool days and chilly nights? So I usually wouldn't be simmering a pot of soup on the stove this time of year, but today I am! Crazy weather!
Actually it’s a perfect use for my beautiful deep green bunch of escarole from the farmers market! I just love this leafy green vegetable and cook with it whenever I get the chance. Are you familiar with escarole?
What kind of vegetable is escarole?
I just love this leafy green vegetable and cook with it whenever I get the chance. Escarole is a member of the chicory family and is a dark leafy green. It is also known as the cousin of curly endive.
What does escarole taste like?
Escarole has a slightly bitter taste to it and it mellows somewhat as it cooks. Escarole is related to other bitter greens such as endive and radicchio.
Is escarole healthy for you?
Not only is this leafy green vegetable tasty, it’s also healthy for you and provides:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
- A low calorie option with one cup of escarole containing just 10 calories
What is a good substitute for escarole?
Good substitutes for escarole include:
- dandelion greens
- young mustard greens
I think I'll have a cup of White Bean & Escarole Soup and take the chill off of today. The ideal recipe for a vegan lifestyle or Meatless Monday, our homemade soup can also be transformed into a hearty chicken soup recipe.
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How to make a vegetarian soup into a hearty chicken soup?
Yes, that’s right, you can turn this vegetarian soup into a hearty chicken soup! With these two simple changes you'll have yourself another homemade chicken soup to add to your lineup:
- replace vegetable broth with chicken broth
- stir in 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
Ingredients you will need to make this recipe
- olive oil
- dried basil
- kosher salt
- vegetable broth
- cannellini beans
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Heat oil in saucepot over medium-high heat.
Cook onion, garlic, basil, kosher salt and pepper until onion begins to soften, about 3 minutes.
Stir in escarole and cook until just wilted, stirring occasionally.
Add broth and beans. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until greens are tender and soup is heated through, about 15 minutes.
Top each serving with 1 Tablespoon pesto.
Makes 6 servings/6 cups.
*Prefer a hearty chicken soup? Just replace vegetable broth with chicken broth and stir in 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken and you've got yourself another homemade chicken soup to add to your lineup!