Quick and Healthy Pasta with Escarole

Quick and Healthy Pasta with Escarole

Pasta and greens. It honestly does not get any better. If you are like me, putting vegetables on top of pasta allows you to feel a lot better about eating so many carbs. I think that’s what makes this recipe so great, I can feel good about eating it. 

Escarole has a special place in my heart because I grew up eating “greens and beans” at local Italian restaurants. Greens and beans are basically just sautéed escarole cooked with cannellini beans. Since I have never been a huge fan of beans, I asked for my greens over pasta and I always omitted the beans. As I got older, I realized that paying $15 for a dish of escarole over pasta was extremely expensive and I could easily recreate the dish at home for a fraction of the cost. 

escarole

Escarole is one of my favorite leafy greens because it has a very mild flavor and holds its crunch even when boiled and sautéed. It is also incredibly affordable and loaded with vitamins and nutrients. 

I start the recipe by rapidly boiling the escarole for a few minutes, draining the water, and then sautéing the greens in olive oil and garlic. I serve the greens over pasta and top them with freshly grated parmesan cheese. 

escarole pasta

Last night, I served the pasta with my Easy Pantry Garlic Bread and it was a perfect pairing! 

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Quick and Healthy Pasta with Escarole
Quick and healthy pasta with escarole
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Quick and healthy pasta with escarole
Instructions
  1. Begin by filling a 6 quart pot about half way with water. Bring the water to a boil over medium high heat.
  2. Clean and roughly chop the escarole. Add the escarole and garlic salt to the boiling water and allow the escarole to cook for about 4 minutes.
  3. Using a strainer, drain the water from the escarole. Return the escarole to the warm pot.
  4. Place the escarole on medium low heat and add the garlic, olive oil, and seasonings. Allow the escarole to sauté in the oil for about 5 minutes.
  5. While the escarole is sautéing, cook the pasta until al dente.
  6. Serve the escarole over the cooked pasta and top the dish with grated parmesan. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Note: You can use any variation of pasta that you prefer.

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