Escarole and Bean Soup with Meatballs

Escarole and Bean Soup with Meatballs Recipe. A full-flavored simple soup to warm your belly. Also known as White Bean and Escarole Soup. 

Escarole and Bean Soup

Nothing like a hot bowl of soup on a cold day.  When a cold front moves in there is one thing to do and that is to make soup.

We are expecting 6 to 10 inches of snow and everyone has raided the grocery store for milk, bread and toilet paper.

I am over here like, I need bourbon and soup ingredients. 

Ingredients for Escarole and Bean Soup

Escarole and Bean Soup Ingredients

Have all your vegetable chopped and ready to go before you start the soup. Once you start the recipe ingredients get thrown in the pot pretty quickly.

I used frozen meatballs for this recipe. If you are in the frozen section looking at the bags of meatballs they all have different weights by about 1 to 2 ounces. You don’t have to find the exact size. One to two ounces of meatballs won’t make a difference. 

You may also feel like that is too many meatballs. It is a lot! We really love our soups to be like a meal. The heartier the better.

If you want to hold back on how many meatballs you add to the soup that is OK! You can always add more later if you decide. 

Ingredients for Escarole and Bean Soup:

  • Meatballs (frozen)
  • Olive Oils
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Escarole
  • Garlic
  • Chicken Broth
  • Cannellini Beans
  • Ditalini Pasta
  • Lemon Juice
  • Parsley
  • Shallot
  • Salt & Pepper

 

Escarole and Bean Soup Ingredient Substitutions

Can’t find escarole at the store? No problem here is a list of easy recipe substitutions:

  • Escarole – Spinach or Kale
  • Shallot – Onion
  • Lemon juice – just omit
  • Ditalini pasta – Orzo
  • Italian meatballs – Turkey Meatballs

Escarole and White Bean Soup

Is White Bean and Escarole Soup good as Leftovers?

Honestly, this White Bean and Escarole Soup is not good leftover.

The reason why is because the pasta continues to absorb the broth and swells.

Here are some ideas to make it Leftover Worthy:

  • If you are making this for just two people and will have leftovers. Double up on the beans and omit the pasta.
  • Or cook the pasta separately as directed on the box and add it to your bowl, not the pot! 

Escarole and Bean Soup

Be sure to add fresh bread to your shopping list. I head over to the bakery section to find a nice French loaf or Italian loaf.

Cut it into slices, butter, then toast in the oven. Toasty bread and soup! YUM!

Warm breadsticks are also fabulous with this soup. 

More Soup Recipes on Daily Appetite

If you love this soup you will also LOVE my Sausage Kale Bean Soup. It has beef smoked sausage, kale, and white beans. 

Another comforting soup I make is with cheese tortellini. It is my Creamy Tortellini Tomato Soup

Escarole and Bean Soup

FAQs

  • Can you make this Escarole and Bean Soup in a Crock-Pot

No. This is not a dump and go recipe. Nearly every ingredient is added at a different time. 

  • How many calories in Escarole and Bean soup per serving? 

Roughly 360 calories per 8 ounces (1 cup). However, this depends on how many meatballs you add to your serving. Check the calories and serving size on your package of meatballs. 

  • Can you freeze Escarole and Bean Soup?

Like I mentioned above this does not save well. The pasta absorbs the liquid and swells. Above I mention a couple of recipe changes that would make this soup worth saving. 

Escarole and Bean Soup with Meatballs Recipe

Escarole and Bean Soup
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Escarole and Bean Soup with Meatballs

Escarole and Bean Soup with Meatballs. Serve with toasted French Bread. 

Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Escarole and Bean Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 360 kcal
Author Stephanie Jackson

Ingredients

  • 1.5 (26 ounces) pounds frozen Italian style meatballs thawed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 head escarole chopped
  • 48 oz chicken broth
  • 1 can (15.5 oz) Cannellini beans drained and rinsed.
  • 1/2 cup Ditalini pasta uncooked
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat in your soup pot. 

  2. Add Italian seasoning and onion and cook, stirring occasionally for 2 minutes. 

  3. Add garlic, stir for 1 minute.

  4. Add escarole, stir for 2 minutes or until wilted. 

  5. Add chicken broth, beans, and meatballs. 

  6. Increase heat to Medium High and bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. 

  8. Add pasta and simmer for another 10 minutes. 

  9. Add parsley, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. 

  10. Serve with toasted French Bread. 

Recipe Notes

Have all ingredients prepped before starting the recipe. Once you start the ingredients get added pretty quickly. 

If you can't find escarole you can substitute with chopped kale. 

For the meatballs I used Johnsonville Italian Meatballs. 

Nutrition Facts
Escarole and Bean Soup with Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 360
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe inspired by Wegman’s Escarole & Bean Soup