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Escarole Casserole with Walnuts


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Escarole Casserole with Walnuts

I am not really an escarole fan. I love greens like kale and I have come to love chard, but for some reason escarole has evaded me. So when my husband bought two big heads of it on sale I had to get creative. I knew that just sauteeing with garlic and oil would not work for me. I am hoping to try a nice soup, maybe something with white beans, but last night I didn't have the time or ingredients for that, so I made this dish that was a surprisingly big hit. Perfect to make ahead, reheat and serve too, so that is an added bonus. You can also add white beans to this dish if desired.


  • Prep Time : 15 min
  • Cook Time : 25 min
  • Ready Time : 40 min




  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 leek, sliced and cleaned well
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 head escarole, cleaned and chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup grated Paremsan
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped


Preheat oven to 375ºF.

Heat oil in a large saute pan.  Add leek and garlic; sauté until leek is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add escarole and sauté, stirring constantly, until escarole is limp, about 1 minute; stir in water. Cook over high heat, stirring frequently, until escarole is tender and broth evaporates, about 3 minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon escarole-mixture into a 1 1/2-quart glass baking dish. Sprinkle cheese, bread crumbs and walnuts over top.  Bake about 15 minutes.  Enjoy.


Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving

  • Calories: 160
  • Total Fat: 7g
  • Sodium: 200mg
  • Total Carbs: 18g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 7g


About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




One Response to Escarole Casserole with Walnuts

  1. I love escarole! Can’t eat walnuts. I do something similar though and sometimes stirfry escarole with ginger.

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