Preparing escarole, bacon, and white beans at home is a straightforward and fulfilling culinary adventure. This hearty dish brings together the bitterness of escarole, the savory goodness of crispy bacon, and the creamy texture of white beans. With just a few ingredients and simple cooking techniques, you can create a comforting and nutritious meal that will satisfy your taste buds. Escarole, known for its leafy green goodness, adds a delightful bite to the dish. Combined with the smoky flavor of bacon and the velvety beans, this recipe is a perfect blend of flavors and textures. Experience the joy of homemade cooking as you savor each mouthwatering bite.

Escarole with Bacon and White Beans

Liz Zack
Branch out by trying escarole, a pleasantly bitter selection that contains more fiber than other common salad greens. It works in both raw and cooked applications; here its earthiness complements the creamy beans and smoky bacon. It's also great in soups--toss a handful of chopped escarole into your favorite recipe during the last 10 to 15 minutes of cooking.
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 slices bacon (chopped)
  • 1 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (thinly sliced)
  • 6 cups escarole (chopped, about two 8oz heads)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 14 oz can chicken broth
  • 1 16 oz can cannellini beans or other white beans (rinsed and drained)


  • Cook bacon in a large saucepan over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon, reserving 2 teaspoons drippings in pan; set bacon aside. 
  • Add onion to drippings in pan; cook 12 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. 
  • Add garlic; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add escarole, and cook for 2 minutes or until escarole wilts, stirring frequently. 
  • Add sugar, salt, pepper, and chicken broth; cook 15 minutes or until escarole is tender, stirring occasionally. 
  • Add beans; cook for 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with bacon.


This recipe is courtesy of Liz Zack at MyRecipes.

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