Friday, September 14, 2012

Carmela Soprano's Escarole and Beans Soup - Zuppa di Scarola e Fagioli

Paulie Walnuts also wrote a chapter for The Sopranos Family Cookbook.  
The chapter, about his Mom, is called My Nucci.

No, Nucci is not Italian for Mom.
Nucci is from Marianuccia which means Little Marian.
Paulie had a thing for his Mom.
Well, he did until he found out Nucci wasn't his Mom.
Long story.

Back to the food...  Paulie likes to cook.
He used to prepare meals for his Mom.
He also took her shopping every Saturday.
Paulie was the perfect son.

When Paulie was at the shop on a cold day he likes to cook soup.
He thought it improved morale.
Zuppa di Scarola e Fagioli is a very good recipe. 
And it uses escarole.

About calling this Carmela Soprano's Escarole and Beans Soup...
I don't think anyone will google for Paulie's recipes.
So, I'm posting this under Carmela's name.
Another disappointment for Paulie.
So it goes.

                        Zuppa di Scarola e Fagioli

Serves 4

Trim off and discard bruised leaves of
1 head escarole (about 1 pound)
Cut off the stem end and separate the leaves.
Wash well in cool water.
Stack the leaves and cut in 1 inch strips.

In a large pot place
1/3 Cup olive oil
Cook over medium heat
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Cook until the garlic is golden.
the escarole strips
2 medium ripe tomatoes, chopped (or 1 Cup canned Italian tomatoes, chopped)
Cover the pot and simmer 20 minutes.

4 Cups beef or chicken broth (or water)
3 Cups cooked or canned cannellini or Great Northern beans
Cook for 20 minutes.

Stir in
1 Cup elbow macaroni or small shells
salt and pepper to taste
Cook for 10 minutes. 

Serve hot with grated parmesan or romano.

Would I make Zuppa di Scarola e Fagioli again?
Who can't use another escarole soup recipe?

One recipe down.  Seventy-eight more to go.  

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