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Escarole Soup

Escarole Soup

This is a light but satisfying soup that’s quick and easy to prepare.

This is a light but satisfying soup. It may not fill up heavy eaters as a main course, but keep two things in mind. You can serve it with other food. Also, it’s quick and easy. It takes about 45 minutes to get it on the stove, including the time required to clean up prep dishes. The last time I made it that prep time included talking on the speakerphone to my sister and listening intently to one of my favorite CDs, Buena Vista Social Club.

Escarole Soup

  • 1 medium head escarole
  • 3 carrots
  • 1/2 bunch scallions
  • 2 purple top turnips
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 medium potato
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup barley, picked over for debris and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Wash and rinse your kitchen sink very well with soap and hot water.

Fill sink with cold water.

Cut off stem of the escarole.

Immerse escarole, carrots, celery and scallions in the water.

After about 5 minutes, lift veggies out of the water, checking for sand with your fingertips as you proceed to move the veggies to a large pot in no particular order.

Prepare each veggie as follows:

Cut escarole into strips approximately one or two inches wide.

Slice carrots into rounds. Peeling is optional.

Slice scallions and celery thinly.

Peel and cut potatoes and turnips into bite size pieces and add them to the pot.

Resist the temptation to put in extra potatoes or barley until you are familiar with the recipe.

Add chicken broth, barley, salt and pepper to taste. I use store-bought organic chicken broth.

Bring to a boil and simmer covered about 40 minutes, just until turnips, potatoes and barley are done. Adjust for salt and pepper after about 20 minutes.

Do not overcook. You don’t want it thick and mushy.

I have served this with oven-fried chicken cutlets, salad, bread and dipping oil, hard-boiled eggs and Italian sausages. A dish of pasta works well too. Use vegetable broth when cooking for vegetarians. A good choice for vegans.

Best freshly made.

One Response to “Escarole Soup”

  1. nice, thank you so much 😉

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