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Best Italian Cook: Shrimp with Cannellini Beans by Carma

by Keith Brunell - Dallas, TX | Written on February 10, 2012

My husband, Paul, and I were vacationing in Rome about 10 years ago. We had engaged in conversation with a local couple and asked them where they liked to eat. They recommended a casual neighborhood restaurant within walking distance of the hotel we were staying at.

We followed their directions to a dark shuttered restaurant that didn’t even seem open. We weren’t sure we had the right place since we spoke little Italian and the nice local couple spoke little English. We stepped inside and found a small warm dining room with perhaps 6 or 8 tables. I felt like I had walked into someone’s home. The owner-waiter (who also spoke little English) approached us so welcomingly; he made us feel as though we were long time customers.

Menus arrived and I ordered bistecca romane (steak) and Paul ordered fagioli bianchi (white beans). I tried to convince Paul to order something a little more exciting than white beans but his decision was made. While the steak was indeed delicious, my dear husband had chosen wisely. The white beans were fantastic; beautiful, creamy, glistening with olive oil and flecked green with fresh herbs. I have been trying to replicate that dish for 10 years and have not quite mastered it. Based on that memory I have come up with this recipe that has become a favorite in our home. I hope you enjoy it too.

For the Shrimp:
1 dozen large shrimp – shelled and deveined, tails left on
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice of ½ small lemon
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary – finely chopped
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for about an hour.

For the Cannellini Beans:
4 oz pancetta –diced
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon butter
1 medium shallot – chopped
4-6 cloves roasted garlic (depending on size of garlic and personal preference) – see note below
1 cup chicken broth
¼ cup white wine
2 – 15 oz. cans cannellini beans – drained and rinsed
¼ cup parsley – chopped, plus 2 teaspoons for garnish
¼ teaspoon salt
5 oz. arugula – roughly chopped
½ cup parmesan cheese – grated, plus 4 Tablespoons for serving

1. In a large non-stick skillet, cook diced pancetta in 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat until crisp, about 5-6 minutes.

2. Remove pancetta from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.

3. Reduce heat to medium-low; add butter to the same pan and sauté chopped shallot until tender, about 1-2 minutes.

4. Add roasted garlic and cook approximately 1 minute stirring and mashing garlic.

5. Stir in chicken broth and white wine and reduce slightly, about 3-4 minutes.

6. Add the cannellini beans and the chopped parsley to the pan, season with salt and simmer until the beans are heated through.

7. Add the arugula, parmesan cheese and 2/3 of the crisp pancetta to the pan, stir and cover until the arugula wilts; keep warm on very low heat.

8. Meanwhile heat a grill or grill pan to medium high heat. Skewer the shrimp and grill for about 2-3 minutes per side.

9. Divide the bean mixture between 4 serving dishes, sprinkle with the remaining parmesan cheese and crisp pancetta. Top with 3 shrimp per serving. Garnish the dish with the remaining chopped parsley.

VOTE NOW!

  • happybaker1

    This would be just as tasty, healthier and accomodate the diets of more customers without the pancetta.

  • Carol

    Sounds great, I’m not a fan of shrimp, so I was thinking I could serve it over Penne or any other kind of pasta. Thanks for the recipe!!

  • Catr4u

    Sounds amazing and I will try this.

  • Catr4u

    Sounds amazing and I will try this.

  • nancy mason

    sounds great an tasty

  • Patanddave2

    I LOVE shrimp and would love to see this on my plate!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=694805829 Colleen Sheehy

    I agree with Happybaker1 – without the pancetta, it would be much healthier, and easier on my heart/diabetic diet. Sounds delicious!  I’m sure the person submitting the recipe had a reason for including the ingredients she did, but omit the pancetta and it’s got my vote for inclusion on Maggiano’s menu!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=694805829 Colleen Sheehy

    I agree with Happybaker1 – without the pancetta, it would be much healthier, and easier on my heart/diabetic diet. Sounds delicious!  I’m sure the person submitting the recipe had a reason for including the ingredients she did, but omit the pancetta and it’s got my vote for inclusion on Maggiano’s menu!

  • Eddie Gonzales

    I enjoy this dish

  • Cindy

    This sounds like a fantastic option for those of us who need to be gluten free!  Tasty gluten free options are few & far between & really causes a lot of frustration for people with a gluten sensitivity.  I vote for this one!

  • Cindy

    This sounds like a fantastic option for those of us who need to be gluten free!  Tasty gluten free options are few & far between & really causes a lot of frustration for people with a gluten sensitivity.  I vote for this one!

  • Greg Liddle

    This works so well, yummy

  • Dapjet45

    This is a nice low carb alternative…..

  • Gfpkjmjacket

    I vote for this wonderful seafood entree

  • Len

    I ‘m with Happy Baker and Coleen, in fact I’ve whipped this one up to try without the pancetta, wonderful!  Will look forward to ordering this when it’s on your menu and comparing it to my amateur efforts.  Definitely has my vote.

  • Scott

    The best.

  • Xlindyx

    Sounds delicious

  • Lashawn Bell1978

    Sounds good.

  • Lja1138

    Garlic, herbs, shrimp and bacon! Can’t go wrong.

  • Zolimark

    delicious and healthy without pancetta.

  • Anonymous

    I think this would be a great dish but without the bacon (pancetta)!  

  • Jeannesag

    Why must you eliminate the pancetta?  Good grief this is a wonderful dish  protein – beans, vegggie-garlic and arugula, shrimp, healthy parmesan cheese, and chicken broth.  When you deny yourself certain foods then you are hung up in the diet syndrome of O I can’t eat it . :-)  ENJOY this sounds great!!!!

  • Janef

    This sounds yummy …and the bacon with the beans …yummy …sounds very American….. in an Italian Kinda way !!

  • power lifter

    When pancetta is in a dish like this, for added flavor, I don’t see why it is unhealthful!  Healthy eating is all about balance. It is not the main ingredient, but more of, shall we say, a spice. I would definitely order this dish and not think twice about the bacon! 

  • JP

    Wonderful premise… love the items and the complainers are 2 judicial…excellent dish

  • Crazymary50

    sounds good to me…except i would eliminate the bacon for sodium reasons

  • Crazymary50

    sounds good to me…except i would eliminate the bacon for sodium reasons

  • Spane2

    I tried it and I loved it!!!!!

  • Lewpotato

    This looks like it would be my favorite.
    Lew

  • JR

    Keep the pancetta in!  Whattya get in a helping of this – the equivalent of about a half-slice of crisp, drained, bacon? Sounds like reasonable moderation, and a very nice balance of flavors! Suggest using low-sodium chicken broth/stock, or even substitute water, to keep the sodium even lower.

  • Herbsophie

    Very very good..

  • Genochef

    Sounds like a great recipe. I would order this for sure. It is something out of the ordinary.

  • P_salerno

    I cant wait to come back and try it. i love shrimp and know I will enjoy it

  • Don’t use my name

    Sounds great and somewhat healthe

  • Dr Norman Smith

    Can’t wait to try it!

  • D Schwartz

    This sounds yummy.  Can’t wait to try it.

  • Judy VanRysselberge

    I wouldn’t change a thing. It sounds wonderful.  Will try it soon
    JVR

  • Judy VanRysselberge

    I wouldn’t change a thing. It sounds wonderful.  Will try it soon
    JVR

  • Mrouse

    M.Rouse likes this sounds amazing

  • Mrouse

    M.Rouse likes this sounds amazing

  • Stephen Brown

    This entree looks very good!

  • ANNIEB

    I am making this for dinner tomorrow night – great combination of flavors and texture! Thanks for sharing!

  • Patah

    sounds delicious!cant wait to try it.yummy

  • Maxine Kane

    sounds Great!

  • Carol A.

    I would love to see this on the menu. I can’t eat too much garlic, so maybe it could be ordered with less. It sounds delicious!!

  • Veena Kapur

    It looks awesome dish, i love shrimp

  • Samaljack

    Sounds yummy and healthy too!! Thanks

  • Trychanel5

    Sounds and looks like a great dish to eat….#amosthave

  • Ycrep

    Well Done!

  • Ashingle

    I like this recipe because it is gluten free.

  • Paulette

    Millie Grazie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This sounds like an award winning meal.  We’ll be making this one together to celebrate our LOVE. Wouldn’t change anything; my Italian grandmother would have said, “bella, bella!”"
    Thank you for sharing…..

  • Cathi Vargas

    Think I will make this for my sweetie on Valentines Day:):):):)

  • TGPNorth

    Leave out the animal products and make this dish Vegan and I’m in!!!  Love cannellini beans :)

  • Laura

    IT’S SOUND DELICIOUS.    IN OUR TRIP TO CHIANTE, GREVE.  WE ORDER BISTECA A LA FLORENTINA AND THEY ACOMPANY WITH WHITE BEANS IN OLIVE OIL AND A LITTLE TOMATO..  IT WAS VERY GOOD.

  • Linn

    Even tho I prefer to eat out I may actually try this recipe at home….and eat all the rest of them at  Maggiano’s.

  • Toporm

    Would definitely try it.

  • Gloria

    GGHFla
    Sounds delish! I will certainly make this at home and would love to see it on the menu! It definately has my vote!

  • Hugo

    only 2 shrimps? and without heads?

  • Annie

    Sounds Great!

  • MAEsnard

    This looks deliciouso

  • Tonymota

    Two things… drop the pancetta and find something more lean… even proscuitto.. and make sure the shrimp aren’t farm raised.. they have to be from the sea

  • Jazzy

    Sounds great! This dish would also be great with salmon instead of shrimp and with the addition of garlic infused spinach. I agree with some other comments, that it would be better without pancetta, so as to appeal to those with more restricted diets.

  • Susie98p

    Looks absolutely delicious and I love shrimp, can’t wait to try it!

  • Carma Stump

    This was my dish that I entered into the “Best Italian Cook” contest and it placed 5th in the contest, however, I have yet to receive my prize of a Maggiano’s gift certificate.

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