Navy bean and escarole soup from Bon Appetit

Navy bean and escarole soup from Bon Appetit

Varieties grown: Natacha

Escarole is a heading chicory related to lettuce and radicchio. On the flavor scale, it is somewhere between the sweetness of lettuce and the bitterness of radicchio. It is a traditional green in Mediterranean cooking; its flavor is complemented by acidic and savory ingredients.

How to use it:

  • Cooked with meatballs, broth, and orzo in maritata: traditional Italian Wedding Soup

  • Sauted with olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice; then served alone as a side or over pasta as a main course

  • Halved and grilled lightly, then drizzled with Caesar dressing

  • Chopped and combined with lettuce or other greens for a tossed salad with zing