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White Bean Soup with Escarole Recipe

White Bean Soup with Escarole Recipe

This winter warmer has become a favorite because it uses kitchen staples, it's packed with healthy ingredients and is a cinch to prepare. If I can't find escarole, I sub fresh spinach at the very end of cooking. —Gina Samokar, North Haven, Connecticut
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup uncooked whole wheat orzo pasta
  • 1 bunch escarole or spinach, coarsely chopped (about 8 cups)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until tender. Add broth, tomatoes, Italian seasoning and pepper flakes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes.
  • 2. Stir in orzo and escarole. Return to a boil; cook 12-14 minutes or until orzo is tender. Add beans; heat through, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle servings with cheese.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth if necessary. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup soup with 1-1/2 teaspoons cheese: 174 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 572mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 8g fiber), 9g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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Cookiesnob User ID: 7334271 263803
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2017

"This soup was incredibly good! It was really easy to make, too. Be sure to use the reduced sodium chicken broth, though. I used regular and it was still good, but a bit salty."

gknightowl User ID: 8480529 259844
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2017

"Excellent recipe!! Added a pack of sausages so my meat-eater husband would eat the soup too

Great with and without meat!"

patbus User ID: 8021002 259711
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2017

"Absolutely amazing!!!! The flavor of the broth is to die for. This will be made over and over again! A new family favorite. Thanks for sharing this simple yet most delicious soup!"

LostTime User ID: 761087 247789
Reviewed May. 2, 2016

"I rate this soup five star because of how easy it is to make. Yes, I made some changes, but I used enough of the basic recipe to know that if you make it as written exactly, you will not be disappointed. One, I doubled the ingredients because I wanted left overs. Two, I added some mushrooms to the soup and I used baby spinach instead of escarole and I didn't bother chopping it. I did not use two cups of regular orzo pasta and instead used approximately 1 3/4 cups because I wanted more soup and less pasta. I also added cut up chicken to the soup. I will make it again using these changes."

[email protected] User ID: 7457838 217316
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015

"Made this yesterday Excellent!!!!!! Will make again.Could not find whole wheat Orzo, so I used small shells also added some cubed ham DELICIOUS!!!"

lmmanda User ID: 1101093 120523
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

"Yum! I used spinach an added some chopped cooked chicken, and a little salt to pep it up."

caseaton User ID: 7655548 198876
Reviewed May. 7, 2014

"This soup is absolutely delicious - especially with fresh, chopped spinach and freshly grated parmesan cheese. I've made it 3 times and always get rave reviews."

browniii65 User ID: 2881005 126334
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2014

"this soup was excellent, i used spinach instead of the escarole.. soup did come out a little thick, i might add just a little more broth to the recipe. next time. , soup has alot of garlic flavor but otherwise its perfectly seasoned. i would definetly make this again. i loved it. this soup was very colorful and fancy enough to serve to your guests"

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