escarole and beans

4-Ingredient Escarole and Beans

This escarole and beans recipe is the perfect side dish. Leafy escarole is sautéed with beans and garlic. The result is a hearty dish that pairs well with red meat, or eggs, or is a filling dish all on its own.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword beans, escarole, escarole and beans, italian side dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 338 kcal


  • 16 cups chopped and washed escarole (cut into bite-size pieces) about 2 heads escarole
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus more to garnish
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/4 cup canned beans, rinsed I suggest to use cannellini beans or red kidney beans
  • 4 tbsp reserved liquid from the canned beans
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • (optional) chili flakes for garnish


  1. Fill a large pot with water (to fit the escarole), and with the lid on, bring it to a boil. 

  2. Add the escarole to the boiling water along with a pinch of salt, and with the lid off, boil escarole until tender. About 6-8 minutes.

  3. Just before the water for the escarole starts to boil, on medium heat, heat the olive oil in a large pan. Once olive oil is hot, add garlic and sauté until fragrant. 

  4. Add beans and liquid from the can of beans and cook beans until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Season the beans with salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Once escarole is cooked, drain it well in a colander. 

  6. Add the escarole to the pan with the beans and garlic, and cook all ingredients together for about 5 minutes. Add more salt and pepper if needed.

  7. Plate, and finish with additional olive oil and chili flakes if desired. 

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
4-Ingredient Escarole and Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 338 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 329mg 14%
Potassium 1256mg 36%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 17g 68%
Sugars 1g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 173.4%
Vitamin C 32.6%
Calcium 28.1%
Iron 32.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.