Pasta with Escarole

It has been an awful spring for my garden, so cold and rainy.  Only a few things are doing well, among them is the escarole.  I have a nice row of heads growing. They are small but they are healthy.

I have a few very different recipes I want to try with the escarole – soups, salads and this pasta dishes, like this simple variant on olio e aglio. I love pastas with greens, filling, comforting and each dish picking up the flavor of the individual type of green used.

Pasta with Escarole

slightly adapted from Daphne Oz’s Escarole Pasta

1 pound spaghetti or perciatelli

3 cups escarole, chopped (from the Garden)

2 cloves garlic, minced

chili flakes, to taste

Olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground lemon pepper

Parmigiano reggiano, grated, for passing


Bring a large pot of water to boil over medium-high heat. Season generously with salt. Cook the pasta til al dente.

Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the garlic and chili flakes and cook for 1 minute. Add the escarole, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Saute for 2 – 5 minutes, or until the greens are tender. 

Add 1/2 cup of pasta water to the pan, then add the cooked pasta. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Taste and adjust the seasoning. 

Serve topped with the grated cheese.  Enjoy!

Serves 4 – 5

Let me know what you think of this post, and if you try the recipe, please let me know how it was and any suggestions you have. Thanks, Andrea

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