Tuscan-Style Soup with Escarole and White Beans

I remember when I first discovered Giada De Laurentiis.

I would watch her in sheer amazement. “How is she that pretty?” I would ponder. “How can I get my hair to look that incredible while trussing a chicken?” I wondered. “Who is the contractor for her kitchen and can I get his number?” I would ask myself. “Seriously, how many teeth are in her MOUTH?

You guys, she has a lot of teeth in there.

I really like watching Giada. She’s velvety, she’s smiley, she’s polished-y, she’s cheery, and she can rock some serious cleavage.

Oh come on. You were totally thinking it. I just said it for you.

This tuscan-style soup is somewhat of an inspiration from hers. I remember watching her make it YEARS ago, and while I can’t remember her exact recipe, I do vividly remember her popping a single cannellini bean into her mouth, making out with it a brief moment, glancing up at the camera, closing her eyes and breathlessly uttering, “so white and creamy!

Yeah, it was a total, “I’ll have what she’s having” moment.

Tuscan-Style Soup with Escarole and White Beans:

What it took for 2:

* 1 head escarole, rinsed and cut into ribbons
* 1 can white beans (I used northern white this time) drained and rinsed
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 4 cups chicken stock
* 1 pinch crushed red pepper
* 2 sprigs fresh oregano
* parmesan cheese rind
* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 lemon
* pinch of coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* fresh parmesan shavings for garnish

In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high. Add the garlic, crushed red pepper and oregano. Bloom for 45 seconds.

Add the broth and bring to a boil. Add the parmesan rind, escarole and beans. Simmer for 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Remove rind before serving.

Serve soup with freshly grated parmesan and a good spritz of lemon!

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12 Responses to Tuscan-Style Soup with Escarole and White Beans

  1. Mel September 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm #
    Bev - We were at this Taste of the Hills event in Beverly Hills this weekend that Giada was hosting. You would have loved it -- fabulous food and wine as far as the eye could see, and Giada was just as gracious and booby as ever! :) The only thing that struck me was that in person, she is roughly the height of an oompa loompa. Still, she was very sweet - all 3 1/2 feet of her. ;)
    • Bev Weidner September 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm #
      Of course you guys were at that event! ;) I'm so jealous. That's beyond cool. Even if she is the size of a house plant, I still dig her.
  2. FreeSpiritEater September 8, 2011 at 4:08 pm #
    Your photography is absolutely stunning! Giada has always been an inspiration to me, she's one of the many reasons I fell in love with cooking. I love your site and your mini bio on the side about the dinner cereal epiphany. What a long way you've come! Your site is very exciting, I am bookmarking your it and happy to be your newest follower! =]
  3. DessertForTwo September 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm #
    Hah! I agree! Part of her show is boobs. Boobs, good food, boobs again, cute baby, boobs. It's how you get somewhere in life! This is my alltime favorite soup recipe of hers. I can only find escarole at the farmer's market when I get there early-it goes fast in the winter!
  4. Cassie Laemmli September 8, 2011 at 4:55 pm #
    Yes, yes and yes. I love Giada and I always think all those things too. We were meant to be friends, Bev. Your photos are stunning as always and I'll have to give this a try. Sounds amazing, just like Giada!
  5. nicole b. September 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm #
    I was *just* talking about Giada with a girl friend the other day! The ladies love Giada, ha. xo.
  6. Heather E. September 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm #
    These photos kill me. They are too good. They tease me all day, ever day. I drool all over myself. One day Aaron might find me drowning in drool in the computer chair when he comes home from work. I wish I could just reach into my monitor and grab a bite. Can we work on that? :)
  7. Cookin' Canuck September 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm #
    I always have good luck with Giada recipes, though can't seem to look like her while cooking. This definitely looks like a soup to try!
  8. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme September 9, 2011 at 1:12 am #
    Oh goodness I am so in to soup lately I got to put this one on the list plus I love, love, love white beans! I met Giada a few years back in DC, she is a tiny little thing, I mean tiny! Cute as a button. She signed a cookbook and I got my picture with her. If I didn't look like a total idiot (like a deer in headlights) in the pic I'd probably post it on my site. Beautiful pictures!
  9. Tracey September 9, 2011 at 3:14 am #
    love, love Giada too! We are both the same age (her husband and my husband are the same age too..how neat is that!) too bad we can't be friends ..lol! :) Anyway, I have her cookbook with the recipe and it's good. I use spinach instead of escarole and it's delish too! Will look forward to trying your recipe! Photos are fabulous! :)
  10. Tracey September 9, 2011 at 3:19 am #
    Oh - PS about Giada's boobs. :) If you'll notice in her shows before she had her baby her boobs were, well, bigger. I read an article from an interview she did and she said her Boobs got smaller after she had her baby. It's noticeable in her episodes from 2010 & 2011. Just a little fyi on the boobs. ;) Bev, I bet you wish you had not mentioned boobs. :)
  11. Lauren September 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm #
    OMG! Giada is all about the teeth and the boobs! SERIOUSLY!

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