Cannellini Bean and Escarole Soup
- ACTIVE: 35 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 2 HRS 30 MIN PLUS SOAKING
- SERVINGS: 4
The Good News Soup preserves almost all of the water-soluble vitamins in beans like folic acid and niacin.
- 1 1/4 cups dried cannellini beans ( 1/2 pound), soaked overnight or quick-soaked and drained
- 1 head of escarole (1 pound), cored
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 small celery rib, finely chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- One 16-ounce can whole tomatoes, chopped, juices reserved
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon chopped marjoram
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- Grilled peasant bread, for serving
- In a medium saucepan, cover the beans with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 2 hours. Keep adding water as necessary so the beans are always submerged in 1 inch of water. Remove them from the heat and season with salt.
- Meanwhile, in a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the escarole for 3 minutes. Drain and coarsely chop.
- Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the celery and bay leaf and cook over low heat until the celery is softened, about 5 minutes. Add the beans, their cooking liquid, tomatoes and their juices and simmer over moderate heat for 3 minutes. Add the escarole and simmer for 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaf. Season with salt and stir in the parsley, garlic, marjoram and crushed red pepper. Add a piece of grilled bread to each bowl, ladle in the soup and serve.
Quick-Soaking for Dried Beans Rinse the beans, then transfer to a saucepan and cover with water. Boil for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour; drain.
One Serving 451 cal, 22.1 gm fat, 3.1 gm saturated fat, 49 gm carb, 18 gm fiber.