(Recipe) Escarole Soup with Tomato and Pasta

If a mug or bowl of hot soup hits the spot for you on a cool day, try this dish featuring escarole — a broad-leaf, pale green, mild-flavored endive. Endives are part of the chicory family. They have a crisp texture and a sweet, nutty flavor with a pleasantly mild bitterness.

Escarole is often eaten raw or briefly cooked. It’s sometimes known as Batavian endive.

In your grocery store, look for heads of escarole with a fresh, crisp texture. Avoid heads that are discolored or show other damage. Escarole is available in most areas year round.

Serving Size: 12 (Leftover soup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days in a tightly wrapped container.)


¼ cup olive oil

1 chopped onion

3 cloves minced garlic

1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes

1 head escarole – sliced in strips

12 cups fat-free chicken broth or vegetable broth

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup uncooked pasta – tiny shape such as orzo

¾ cup Parmesan cheese for garnish


  1. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Sauté the onion and garlic until translucent — about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes with their juice and the escarole. Sauté for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the broth, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
  5. Add the pasta and cook for 5 minutes more or until pasta is tender.
  6. Serve garnished with Parmesan.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Calories — 125

Fat — 6 g (35.4% calories from fat)

Protein — 14 g

Dietary Fiber — 1 g

Cholesterol — 4 mg

Sodium — 598 mg

1 serving of carbohydrates for 11 gm.

Exchanges: 1/2 Grain (Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat (unless real chicken broth with chicken in it is used); 1/2 Vegetable; 1 Fat.

Meet the Author

Krista Wennerstrom, RD is a registered dietitian and the food services manager at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI 

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