Monday, June 17, 2013

Escarole Soup

Posted picture yesterday on Instagram and got several recipe requests for my Healhty Soup - Thank you by the way & here it is.

I adore soups!  - they are filling and a sneaky way to get your veggies. This is such an easy, healthy soup & great anytime of year - I make it often.

1 bunch of Escarole - bottom cut off discarded - rough chop.  Place in a clean sink filled with cold water and rinse 2x's ( Escarole is often sandy and gritty - needs washing )
1/2 Lg chopped onion
4 cloves of garlic finley chopped
1/4 tsp S&P
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
Saute using 1/4 cup EVO and 1Tb Butter until translucent
Add your clean Escarole
Cover 3/4 the way up with bottled water ( I use bottled water in my soups - not tap - but your choice )
Stir and cover the rest of the way with Vegetable Stock - (no MSG - Low sodium is best )
S&P again ( season in layers to build on the flavors)
Bring to a boil - reduce and simmer at least 45 - 60 min

Top with fresh grated Parmesan Cheese & Croutons ( red pepper flakes too - if you like the heat )
Little Extras
  • I take part of the rind from the parmeansean cheese and to toss in when cooking to add great flavor and salt)
  • For added protein - saute chicken thighs cleaned and skin removed with your onions/garlic until brown than add escarole etc.....
  • Depending on my mood - I may add a chicken bouillon cube
Hope you enjoy,
Thanks for stopping by,
xoxo Lori