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8 Delicious Ways to Cook Escarole

Escarole is a terribly under-appreciated green. Want to know how to cook amazing escarole? Try it in soups or braised as a side with garlic and other fantastic flavors. These paleo escarole recipes range from soups to yummy side dishes, and you’re sure to find something you love.

Every time I make one of these escarole recipes my friends ask me what’s in it. If you’ve never tried it, it’s time to give it a go.



1. Sautéed Escarole with Mushrooms
This simple side dish turns escarole from bitter to buttery and slightly sweet, with an earthy punch from the mushrooms. You’ll need a bunch of escarole, coconut oil (or another paleo cooking oil), onion, mushrooms, garlic, salt, and pepper.


Braised Escarole With Onions
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2. Braised Escarole with Onions
This easy braised escarole recipe uses onions, butter, garlic, salt, pepper, and a vinegar of your choice. You could really play with the flavor of this side dish depending on whether you use white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, etc. Have fun with it!


3. Sausage and Escarole Soup
This nourishing soup will fill your belly with heat and love. It’s made with hot Italian sausage, sweet potatoes, escarole, sea salt, black pepper, garlic, olive oil, chicken broth (homemade bone broth is healthiest and best), lemon, and crushed red pepper, which you can adjust depending on how much heat you can handle.


4. Spicy Escarole With Sausage and Tomatoes
This dish makes an excellent side, but I could also see myself enjoying it for a weekend breakfast, too! You’ll need olive oil, chorizo, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, escarole, diced tomatoes, oregano, kosher salt, cracked black pepper, and apple cider vinegar.


5. Escarole and Herbed Chicken Paleo Wrap
You’ll need pre-made paleo wraps for this recipe, which makes an awesome lunch, especially if you need to pack something to take to the office. You’ll add rosemary, oregano, thyme, tarragon, sage, garlic, scallions, and other ingredients to make a fabulous, portable lunch.


Garlic Escarole Sweet Potato Noodles With Sweet Italian Sausage
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6. Garlic Escarole Sweet Potato Noodles With Sweet Italian Sausage
This simple meal is made with beef broth, Italian sausage, garlic, and other delicious ingredients. It’s got a bit of heat, a bit of savory flavor, and lots of whole-food goodness. It’s even better if you’re able to use homemade bone broth as the beef broth.


7. Sausage “Meatball” and Escarole Soup
This easy soup is made with pastured pork Italian sausage rolled into small meatballs. Yum! You’ll also need ghee, yellow onion, carrots, celery, homemade stock, dried rosemary, and escarole. This soup is extra nourishing, and I’d make a giant batch to save leftovers.


8. Chicken Saltimbocca With Braised Escarole
This date night meal is elegant and sophisticated with boneless chicken breasts, sage leaves, thinly sliced prosciutto, and a sauce made from dry white wine and chicken broth. The escarole is perfect with crisp pine nuts and slightly sweet, chewy raisins.

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