Bring a large pot of lightly salted water
to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions, about 10 minutes.
Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water.
Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large lidded
skillet over medium-high heat for 8 to 9
minutes until crispy. Remove with a
slotted spoon and reserve 3 tbsp of the
drippings in the pan.
Set drippings over medium heat and add
garlic. Cook 1 minute. Add escarole and
cook, stirring occasionally, partially
covered, for 5 minutes. Uncover and
stir in beans, bacon, salt and pepper.
Heat through, adding reserved pasta
water if dry.
Place pasta on a platter and add
escarole mixture. Top with