Tuscan Shrimp with White Beans

Tuscan Shrimp with White Beans
Adapted from Michael Chiarello

My friend Tanya is in Italy right now and I'm so jealous. I hope she remembers to bring me back a present. Something shiny! I can't be there with her right now so, I thought I would visit Italy through my kitchen. This recipe blew me away.

Serves: 4

3 cups canned white kidney beans
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
16 large shrimp, peeled (tail left on) and deveined 4 cloves garlic, sliced
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
1 cup peeled, seeded and diced fresh tomato, canned or fresh
1 cup whole basil leaves
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons Italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Best-quality extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

1. Drain the beans over a bowl and reserve the liquid. Put the white beans in a large skillet with just enough of their liquid to moisten them.

2. Add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and bring the beans to a low simmer. Keep them warm while you prepare the shrimp.

3. Heat 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the shrimp, season with salt and cook for about 1 minute, tossing frequently. Remove the shrimp with tongs to a bowl.

4. Add the garlic to the pan and saute until the garlic browns. Add chili flakes and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomato and basil and stir briefly, then add the lemon juice.

5. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 1 minute, and then stir in the shrimp. Toss well and cook briefly to reheat the shrimp. Remove the shrimp mixture to a plate and sprinkle with parsley.

6. Spoon the white beans on a platter or individual plates. Drizzle them with the best olive oil you have, and then top with the shrimp. Serve warm.


Hyperion said...

I'm not a fan of shrimp, but the recipe looks very appealing. Would this work with chicken or beef or pork, and if so, which would you recommend?

Anonymous said...

I was just in Italy last May. I didn't go to Tuscany but I can tell you the food was amazing anywhere we ate. Those shrimp are huge!

Deborah said...

Wow - that looks amazing! There's nothing like having a little bit of Italy in your own kitchen!

♥ mesa para 4 said...

All Mediterrean tastes are great... beautiful shrimp...I`ve been to Italy several times...Abra├žo

Bunny said...

This dish is so pretty and I bet it tastes as good as it looks!

vb said...

It looks great! A great combo of flavors.

test it comm said...

The shrimp and beans sound really tasty!

eatingclubvancouver_js said...

I knew I forgot to pick up something, namely, the shrimp! When I saw this, I wanted to make it. This looks just simply delicious, and the very best of Tuscan cooking.

Unknown said...

loving the juicy shrimps! i can imagine how succulent! :)

Anonymous said...

wow this looks fantastic. like tht is has some heat to it.

Anonymous said...

I've just tried this dish and its amazing! Just the right balance of very different flavours!

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I bet this is as much as beautiful as tuscany's landscape, shrimps are my favorite :)

Dragon said...

hyperion: I think chicken would work well.

jordana: Lucky you!

deborah: It's amazing where you can go just in your kitchen. Italy, India,......

mesa: I've only been to Italy once and it was enough to fall in love with it.

bunny: It does!

vb: Thanks!

kevin: Thanks!

js: I hope you ran back to pick some up.

rita: They were big and juicy. :)

diva: It has just the right amount of heat

ben: I'm glad you liked it!

zita: It's pretty close. :)

Laura Paterson said...

Mmmm - this presses all my buttons, lovely!

Jewelry Rockstar said...

Nice, very nice.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I've never had beans and shrimp before! Just chikcpeas and shrimp once. it's a very interesting combo and your dish looks just gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Thank you from the bottom of my heart! This was wonderful!!! Quick, easy and fabulous. You are my new best friend.

Anonymous said...

Looks better than actually being there. Lots cheaper, too.

Dragon said...

kittie: Press away! :)

rockstar: Thanks!

clumbsy: The flavour and texture really works well.

anonymous: I'm always glad to have a new friend but you need to at least tell my your name. :)

jude: A lot cheaper!

Anonymous said...

This looks splendid! And beans accompany all the juicy prawns so well!

Donna-FFW said...

Just wanted to let you know my sister tried this dish and LOVED it. I so have to try it soon. She thanks you!

indiejen said...

I finally made this after salivating over the photo for months... INCREDIBLE! Five minutes to pure magic.

Thank you for this amazing recipe! I will be passing it along.

Anonymous said...

This looks divine!
I took a look through a few other recipes and your cooking style is very much like mine, simple everyday ingredients that make great meals. Thank you for sharing!!

Kay Johnson

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