Beans and Escarole

• 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
• 1 large head escarole
• salt and pepper to taste
• 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 1 (16 ounce) cans cannellini beans, undrained
• 3 sprigs fresh parsley, chopped

1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Toss in escarole, turning to coat with oil. Season with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes, or until tender.
2. In a separate skillet, heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Stir in garlic. Pour in beans with juices, and simmer until creamy, about 10 minutes. Stir in escarole and parsley; simmer 10 minutes more.

Reviewers Suggestions:
• Use more garlic (I use a whole head when I double this recipe)
• Turn the dish into a soup by adding a couple of cups of chicken broth
• Top with grated Italian cheese
• Serve with Italian bread
• You can make it in one pot by cooking the escarole with the garlic and then just adding the beans
• Add browned Italian sausage for a heartier meal

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