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17 Escarole Recipes (Soup, Salad, and More)

Sometimes, it’s really hard to get enough greens in your diet.

Well, these delicious escarole recipes are here to help you out! 

Homemade Escarole and Bean Soup with Celery
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I’ll be honest, when I first came across escarole, I had to run to Google. And I’m glad I did!

Because if I hadn’t, I would have missed out on this delicious veggie. 

Escarole is a type of chicory, related to endives. It looks like lettuce and has a distinct, slightly bitter taste.

It cooks beautifully and is a flavorful addition to any meal. It’s also seriously good for you!

Loaded with vitamin K, fiber, folate, and other nutrients, it’s a fantastic way to bulk up your meals. 

So, esca-ROLE out to the store and pick up some escarole. Here are 17 delicious escarole recipes for you to enjoy. 

1. Sauteed Escarole

Sauteed escarole is the perfect quick and easy side dish for a healthy meal. It’s done in about 30 minutes, and the flavors are fantastic! 

You start by chopping some escarole and parboiling it. While it’s in the water, start preparing another pan with oil and garlic.

Begin sauteing the garlic with some chili flakes.

After about 5 minutes, remove the escarole and add it to the saute pan. Continue sauteing everything until most of the liquid has evaporated. 

Finally, season everything with salt, pepper, and lemon. 

The result is a delicious cooked green salad, with a hint of heat and fresh citrus. You’ll love it!

2. Escarole and Beans

This is traditional Italian comfort food at its finest. It’s easy to make and absolutely scrumptious.

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Plus, it’s quite healthy and full of fiber, so you win all around. 

This dish stars escarole, cannellini beans, and parsley. Everything is sauteed to perfection with garlic and seasonings.

It’s savory, crunchy, soft, and even a little creamy.

3. Spicy Braised Escarole

If you love southern-cooked collard greens, then you’ll love this spicy braised escarole.

It’s essentially the spicy Italian version of the southern favorite. And it’s a flavor explosion! 

This dish features all of the good things. You start by sauteing garlic and spicy Italian hard salami, which creates an intensely flavorful base. 

Add in the escarole and cook down. Finally, you add in canned tomatoes, herbs, and seasonings.

Let it simmer for 15 minutes and then top it with toasted panko and parmesan. 

The result is a spicy, delicious, and fork-tender side dish everyone will love. 

4. Escarole Soup

Healthy and wholesome are the words I would use to describe this delicious soup.

It’s perfect for occasions when you want something warm and light yet filling. 

Since it’s jam-packed with healthy ingredients like escarole, garlic, and onions, it’s fairly guilt-free.

The broth is rich and savory, the pasta is tender, and the veggies are tantalizing.

Now, this recipe calls for chicken broth. I recommend using a good-quality bone broth because it adds flavor and nutrition. 

Also, this soup is easily adaptable to a vegetarian diet.  Simply use vegetable broth.

If you’re vegan, you have to make a few additional but easy swaps. 

5. Pasta with Two Beans and Escarole

This is a fun twist on the traditional Italian escarole and bean dish.

When you add pasta, sun-dried tomatoes, and another type of beans, you add an extra wow factor. 

This dish is so filling yet surprisingly light. It’s full of fiber, nutrients, and seriously good flavors! 

6. Apple Escarole Salad with Blue Cheese and Hazelnuts

If you’re craving something fresh, fancy, and super tasty, this salad is the way to go.

Every ingredient is bold and flavorful… but combined? They create fireworks of flavor. 

And when everything is topped with a tangy dressing, it’s even better. 

7. Oven-Roasted Escarole

The best dishes are the ones where you get the most flavor with minimal effort. And that’s exactly what you get with this oven-roasted escarole dish. 

Roasting mellows the bitterness of the escarole while deepening its other flavors.

It only takes 30 minutes in the oven, with a little oil and seasonings. It’s insanely good. 

Serve with roasted chicken, braised beef, or any main course that appeals to you. 

8. Crispy Chicken Thighs with Bacon and Wilted Escarole

If you want to impress some guests, make this delicious meal. It’s the literal embodiment of the book and Netflix documentary Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

The chicken thighs are savory and juicy, with a crispy, crackly skin that’s amazing.

The combination of bacon and escarole will knock your socks off. It’s acidic, fatty, and balanced. 

Everyone you make this for will be raving about it for days. 

9. Pasta e Fagioli with Escarole

If you want a bold and flavorful soup to serve to your guests, this is it. This traditional Italian soup is hearty, fresh, and delicious. 

It’s loaded with veggies, legumes, and herbs. Chunks of lasagna noodles add starch, so although the soup is light, it’s also filling. 

10. Garlicky Salmon Pasta with Escarole

Who needs a fancy seafood restaurant when you can make this tasty pasta at home? It’s seriously savory, with fantastic flavors. 

The pasta is cooked to perfection, the salmon is flaky, and the escarole is tender. There’s just the right amount of sauce. It’s amazing. 

11. Salmon with Escarole and Lemon

This meal is simple, elegant, and utterly delicious. And do you want to know what’s even better? It’s made in one pot and done in 35 minutes!

The whole dish is light and bright, bursting with lemon goodness. It doesn’t get much better than that!  

12. Grilled Shrimp and Escarole

Prepare to have your taste buds rocked with this punchy dish.

This recipe takes the traditional Italian beans and escarole dish and sends it soaring to new flavor heights. 

Like the original dish, it features delicious escarole and white beans.

But this one packs in tons of extra flavor with shrimp, chorizo, and roasted peppers. It’s super delicious. 

13. Tilapia with Escarole and Lemon-Pepper Oil

This healthy and delicious dish will nourish you, body and soul.

This dish features sauteed escarole, fragrant garlic, fingerling potatoes, and flaky tilapia. It’s delicious and nutritious. 

14. Escarole and Cannellini Bean Stew

This delicious soup is basically the lower-carb version of pasta e fagioli.

The recipe is very similar as it features delicious escarole, tomatoes, and cannellini beans. 

However, instead of lasagna noodles, this recipe uses salty, fatty pancetta. The result is a super flavorful soup that everyone will love. 

15. Rustic Bake with Escarole

Start your morning off right with this tasty, Italian-inspired rustic bake. It’s the perfect brunch food because it’s seriously filling. 

This dish is loaded with tasty goodies. It features spicy Italian sausage, artisan bread, wild mushrooms, eggs, gouda, herbs, and of course, escarole. 

It’s earthy, savory, and absolutely delectable. 

16. Escarole Soup with Turkey Meatballs 

This light soup is perfectly simple and wonderfully delicious.

It features homemade turkey meatballs in an uncomplicated, yet flavorful broth. The escarole is tender and tasty. 

You could easily turn this into Italian wedding soup by adding a mirepoix and pasta. 

17. Rach’s Butternut and Escarole Lasagna

If you’re looking for a delicious, hearty, veggie-filled dinner dish, try this recipe!

The veggies add some great nutrition, but this is definitely comfort food. 

This lasagna is layers of noodles, artisan cheeses, butternut squash, escarole, and herbs.

It’s buttery, savory, slightly sweet, and super delightful. You’ll love it! 

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, this would be an amazing addition to your table.

Even if you don’t celebrate the holiday, it’s great for any family get-together.

17 Best Ways to Cook Escarole

Try these escarole recipes for healthy, nutritious meals! From soup to salad to lasagna, escarole is versatile, tasty, and good for you!


  • Sauteed Escarole

  • Escarole and Beans

  • Spicy Braised Escarole

  • Escarole Soup

  • Pasta with Two Beans and Escarole

  • Apple Escarole Salad with Blue Cheese and Hazelnuts

  • Oven-Roasted Escarole

  • Crispy Chicken Thighs with Bacon and Wilted Escarole

  • Pasta e Fagioli with Escarole

  • Garlicky Salmon Pasta with Escarole

  • Salmon with Escarole and Lemon

  • Grilled Shrimp and Escarole

  • Tilapia with Escarole and Lemon-Pepper Oil

  • Escarole and Cannellini Bean Stew

  • Rustic Bake with Escarole

  • Escarole Soup with Turkey Meatballs

  • Rach’s Butternut and Escarole Lasagna


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Haley van der Ploeg
Haley van der Ploeg is a food writer and content creator for Insanely Good Recipes, where she authors blog posts, creates recipes, and crafts tantalizing photos.

Haley is passionate about food and its ability to gather people across cultures, languages, and generations. She believes everyone can learn to cook.

Most days, you can find Haley reading, baking elaborate cakes, and hosting get-togethers for friends and family. If Haley isn't home, she’s probably on a plane jetting off to exciting adventures and new cuisines.

She lives with her husband in the Netherlands and has taught him that vegetables *can* taste good.

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