Shrimp 'n Beans
This dish doesn't exactly have the most sophisticated name, does it? I suppose you could jazz it up by calling it Gamberetti e Fagioli alla Toscana, since evidently this is a classic Tuscan meal. People dig Tuscany -- it's trendy, you know.
Anyway, it's really important to make this dish with dried beans. You can't just start off with canned beans, even though it would cut the cooking time. The reason is that the fresh sage infuses the water that cooks the beans so that the beans themselves taste like sage. Remember to buy U.S. farmed shrimp, not wild-caught or imported. Bottom trawls used to catch most wild shrimp damage sea floor habitat and unintentionally kill unwanted fish and sea turtles. U.S. fisheries are generally well regulated to prevent this kind of damage.
Tuscan Shrimp and Beans
- 2 cups dried white beans (cannellini, navy, pea, Great Northern)
- 20 fresh sage leaves
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 pound shrimp, rinsed, dried, cut into 3-4 pieces each
- 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil