Greens, Beans, and Pecorino

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Cook Time: 30 Mins
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Serves 4-6

Ingredients

3 bunches escarole, cleaned, stems removed & chopped, leaves cut into chunks 

3 tbsps extra virgin olive oil 

5-6 garlic cloves, pressed 

⅛ - ¼ tsp crushed red pepper 

½ cup fresh basil leaves, loosely packed & roughly torn

2 14.5-oz cans of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

2 to 4 cups of chicken broth (depending on how brothy you want it) 

Freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese to taste

 | 
Cook Time: 30 Mins
 | 
Serves 4-6

Ingredients

3 bunches escarole, cleaned, stems removed & chopped, leaves cut into chunks 

3 tbsps extra virgin olive oil 

5-6 garlic cloves, pressed 

⅛ - ¼ tsp crushed red pepper 

½ cup fresh basil leaves, loosely packed & roughly torn

2 14.5-oz cans of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

2 to 4 cups of chicken broth (depending on how brothy you want it) 

Freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese to taste

Ingredients

3 bunches escarole, cleaned, stems removed & chopped, leaves cut into chunks 

3 tbsps extra virgin olive oil 

5-6 garlic cloves, pressed 

⅛ - ¼ tsp crushed red pepper 

½ cup fresh basil leaves, loosely packed & roughly torn

2 14.5-oz cans of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

2 to 4 cups of chicken broth (depending on how brothy you want it) 

Freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese to taste

Directions

1. Boil escarole for 5 minutes to precook. Do not overload the pot: you might need to boil in batches. Drain/squeeze out excess water with paper towels

2. Heat olive oil over medium low in a large frying pan or deep skillet.

3. Add garlic and crushed red pepper. Gently fry until the garlic is a light golden brown Do not overly brown or burn the garlic, as the oil will become too bitter. 

4. Add the beans and two cups of broth. Cook for several minutes, stirring frequently, until the beans start to soften and split and the broth has reduced by about half.

5. Add the escarole and additional broth, if using, cooking for 15-20 minutes uncovered. Stir periodically.  

6. Fold in freshly grated Romano cheese (optional), taste for seasoning, and serve immediately with additional cheese on the side.