Friends & Family Friday: Grandma Nita’s 20-Minute Soup

Recipe: Grandma Nita’s 20-Minute Soup

  • 3 peeled & chopped potatoes
  • 2 heads of escarole, chopped
  • 1 (14oz can) cannellini beans, drained
  • 2 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt

Put potatoes, garlic & salt in a large soup pot and cover 2 inches over the tops of vegetables with water.

Bring to a boil and cook for a few minutes until potatoes are beginning to get soft.

Add the chopped escarole and stir into potatoes. Cover and cook for 5-10 minutes until all is soft. Add drained beans, stir through until all hot, and shut fire off. Drizzle a swirl of olive oil into finished soup in pot.

When the soup is done cooking, you can drain some of the water out if you like it thicker, or leave it if you like it soupier.

Ladle into bowl, finish with more olive oil if you wish. I like mine with hot chili pepper flakes!

Escarole, potatoes, beans, garlic, salt and water. Easy peasy!


Renata makes house calls to open butternut squash…but only to select customers!

Grandma Nita is in the house, and she makes the best escarole, potato & white bean soup on earth. Today’s recipe only took 20 minutes to make, and is so healthy I was able to eat a half of an Enzo’s beef & sausage combo on the side.

My mom, Nita Tribo, is the best cook in the world. I have tasted food made by 5-star chefs, and restaurants all over creation, and nobody comes close to capturing her flavorful foods.

Of course I am biased, but Mom has a pretty strong following of people who would not deny her Top Mamma rating. I’m sure you feel the same about your mom or grandma!

When Mom saw that I made butternut squash bowls on Renata’s Kitchen, she said she was happy someone taught her how to cut squash open and roast it. I was happy to visit her and give her a demo, since she usually can’t be stopped from cooking up something fabulous while I am there. Today was no different.

While the squash was roasting, Grandma Nita whipped us up some of her fabulous 20-Minute White Bean, Potato & Escarole Soup, a.k.a. Zuppa di Mamma.

While Mom was cooking, my sister came in the kitchen from our family’s Enzo’s Restaurant, where my nephew Kyle whipped me up my favorite sandwich just the way I like it. Check him out on Enzo’s Facebook page here!

Kyle made me a beef and sausage combo with hot sauce, sweet peppers, hot giardinera and juicy (which means that it will have a lot of juice on it, but not dipped). I like it cut in half so I can get that lovely center of the sandwich taste on the magical Marconi bread.

If you go to Chicago Heights, go to Enzo’s Restaurant and tell ’em Renata sent you. Ask for my nephew Kyle! He will set you up. If you don’t get to Chicago Heights, don’t worry. You can order Enzo’s menu online and have it delivered from DoorDash. They deliver Carmelcorn Shop too!

Though I don’t eat meat often, when I do it’s Enzo’s! I ate a half a combo and a bowl of Grandma Nita’s escarole, white bean and potato soup. What a wonderful “Combo Combo”!

You may not be able to eat at Grandma Nita’s kitchen, but you can definitely whip up her soup in 20 minutes or less. Plenty of time to call Door Dash and order your Enzo’s sandwiches! If you have friends in the house, Enzo’s caters parties too.

Enzo’s Combo Beef and Sausage Sandwich on Marconi Bread


I believe the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.

Joyce Meyer

You know you want mezza-mezza! You can order the sandwiches, but you’ll have to cook my mom’s soup yourself!

Grandma Nita’s in the HOUSE!!!!

I sliced open her squash, and she cooked me escarole soup!
Escarole, white beans, garlic, potatoes & olive oil. That’s it!
Zuppa di Mamma: Escarole, Bean & Potato Soup

Please “LIKE” Enzo’s Restaurant on Facebook here!



  1. Hey, I could make that soup

  2. I have to admit I’m a combo girl! But, maybe both! They both look yummy!!!!

    • Gayle, I went for both too! The soup certainly made me feel healthier on my body, and regulated my immune system and digestion. But the combo fed my soul! I guess I am the daughter of a sausage maker when all is said and done. But I just feel sooo good when I eat vegetables, and I am so in love with their colors, textures and natural flavors. Mmmmm!

  3. I love all the pictures!!!!!

  4. Love the photos

    • Thank you, Gayle! I love taking them. I am still trying to work out the best way to edit and upload quickly and easily. It’s a process similar to learning how to cook and eat more vegetables. Progress not perfection!

  5. Nita Tribo

    Thanks for coming over to visit with me. I Always enjoy your company. And you know i love to cook. Mom ♥️♥️🤗

    • Hi Mom! Your “shows” are always so popular on Renata’s Kitchen. Can’t wait to see what else you cook up for us! Next time I come, would you like to take me on a tour of some of the staples of your kitchen?


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