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Braised Escarole & Cannellini Beans


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  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for finishing
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups dried, cooked or canned, drained cannellini beans
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for finishing
  • 24 ounces chicken stock
  • 6 cups coarsely chopped escarole
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sliced country bread, toasted and drizzled with olive oil, for serving


Servings 4
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Step 1

Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Sauté onions, garlic and carrots together until onions become translucent, 3 minutes. Add beans, bay leaf, red pepper, cheese and stock. Bring to a simmer and stir in escarole. Cook, covered, until gravy thickens and flavors meld, about 15 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

To serve, divide escarole and beans evenly among 4 serving bowls. Garnish with freshly grated cheese, drizzle with olive oil and serve with warm, olive-oil-rubbed toast.

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