Escarole and Beans

By Judi Bushala | December 3, 2020
Makes 4 servings
“SH-GAH-DOLE.” That’s how our Italian Grandma pronounced escarole, and now so do we. This beloved family recipe is actually a Depression dish—it’s inexpensive and fed the whole family! It’s literally greens and beans and we like ours thick, almost like a stew. If you do too, you’ll love this. This meal is delicious and packed with nutrients from the escarole, beans and garlic and so simple to put together. We top it with our Almond Parmesan and it's to die for. It’s hard to believe that this was once considered Depression food!


Almond Parmesan 8 cloves garlic, minced
2 15 oz. cans cannellini beans, 1 drained, 1 undrained
4 cups water
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional, for heat!
6 turns freshly ground black pepper
2 heads escarole, rinsed, stems removed, and torn into pieces


  1. First, make your Almond Parmesan according to the recipe below, and then set that aside for now.

  2. Next, add a splash of water to a large pot, turn the heat to medium-low, and add the garlic. Cook the garlic for about 4 minutes until fragrant, stirring frequently and adding more water if necessary to prevent sticking. You just want the garlic to soften, you don’t need it to brown.

  3. Next, add all of the beans, the 4 cups of water, salt, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Bring it to a simmer over medium heat, and cook for 20 minutes to break the beans down a bit.

  4. Add the escarole and cover the pot with the lid cracked for 5 minutes. Remove the lid, stir and simmer another 10 minutes for the greens to wilt and soften. Add at least ⅓ cup of the Almond Parmesan or more to taste, salt and pepper to taste, and more red pepper flakes if you like it hot!

Recipe Notes

Serve with extra Almond Parmesan on the side and whole grain, crusty bread.

Tip: Make this ahead of time and let it sit in the fridge for a day to let the flavors really blend.

For the Almond Parmesan:


1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon granulated onion
1 teaspoon granulated garlic


  1. Grab a small bowl, and whisk together the almond flour, nutritional yeast, salt, onion and garlic. Be sure to break down any clumps of almond flour. Done!

Recipe Notes

Sprinkle this on anything and everything.

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