Sicilian Chickpeas and Escarole (Minestra di Ceci)

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A hearty, humble, and nutritious dish with the characteristic Sicilian combination of savory and sweet flavors, chickpeas and escarole can be a main dish with polenta or a side dish to poultry or fish, and it can be on the table in 30 minutes.

SERVES 4 to 6 as a main course, or 6 to 8 as a side dish

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

Traditional chickpea and escarole soup recipes start with dried chickpeas, soaking them overnight, then simmering them for hours until tender, but in side-by-side tastings of versions of the dish made with dried and canned chickpeas, we wer...

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