Greens and Beans is a classic Italian recipe that's as delicious and healthy as it is comforting. You'll want to make this regional specialty again and again!
Boil the escarole for 5 minutes to par cook. You may need to do it in batches so as not to overload the pot. Drain and set aside. Note: you can also just add the greens raw in later steps but I learned to par cook them first.
While the escarole is boiling, heat the oil over medium high heat.
Add 3 cloves of whole garlic and crushed red pepper flakes to taste (the more you add the spicier it will be- I encourage you to at least add a little). Stir and turn the garlic often until it is golden brown (keep an eye on it, if it burns you'll have to clean the pan and start over again).
Once the garlic cloves have been removed, add the beans, broth and using a garlic press, add the remaining garlic cloves into the pan. Cook for a couple minutes stirring frequently.
Add the escarole and reduce the heat to medium low. Cook for 15-20 minutes uncovered, stirring periodically.
Sprinkle with Romano cheese to taste (this replaces salt) and serve immediately.
This keeps well for a week in the refrigerator and also freezes well.