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Braised Escarole

I understand that once you’ve discovered your favorite green vegetable you might not feel like switching things up very often. However, an optimal diet includes a variety of nutrients that come from different foods.  Escarole is a green vegetable showing up in supermarkets and health food stores right now with a different nutritional profile than your usual fare. You can stick to your go-to greens of kale or spinach most of the time but why not give escarole a try too?

Many people have never heard of escarole and I wonder how many have ever tasted this delightful leafy green?  In the world of Italian-American foods, escarole is almost as popular as tomato sauce.

Braised Escarole  Escarole is a member of the leafy chicory family, widely cultivated in England from at least the 1500’s and is a popular green in Sicilian cuisine.  It is rich in many minerals and vitamins, especially folate.  It is high in fiber and rich in antioxidants that come from Vitamin A.  Eating escarole will help you get glowing skin and healthy hair.

Next time you see escarole in the produce aisle pick it up and give this recipe a try.

Braised Escarole

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Braised Escarole with Garlic

Braised Escarole

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  • Author: Ingrid DeHart
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 2-4 1x


A delicious and simple preparation of a traditional Italian vegetable.


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 head escarole, about 1 pound
  • 1 cup vegetable or chicken broth
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Celtic sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup pine nuts


  1. Wash the escarole leaves in a bowl of water making sure you remove all the soil. The dirt tends to collect at the base of the stems.
  2. Stack the leaves and slice the escarole crosswise into ribbons about 1 ½” wide.
  3. Place a large sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  4. Add garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for 2 minutes until the garlic is lightly brown.
  5. Add the escarole, stock, salt and pepper. Raise heat and stir to wilt the escarole.
  6. Simmer on medium-low for 15-20 minutes until tender. If the pan gets dry add a little more stock.
  7. While the escarole is cooking heat a small sauté pan. Add pine nuts and cook while stirring until lightly brown. Set aside.
  8. Finish with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil to flavor. Taste for salt and pepper.
  9. Serve topped with pine nuts
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Vegetable
  • Cuisine: Italian, Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free


Enjoy the recipe. Have you ever eaten escarole?  What are your favorite greens?

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