Spicy Shrimp and White Bean Stew: Dinner in a Flash!

Being the good Scandinavians and Germans that we are, we grew up eating meals typically composed of a meat, a starch, and a vegetable. Although the flavors varied (we didn’t eat chicken and potatoes every night), our plates on Friday night usually resembled our plates from Tuesday and Wednesday night. The food was always delicious, but now that we have graduated from college we have taken it upon ourselves to spice up our weekly dinners, without sacrificing ease, simplicity and our monthly paycheck.

Who says dinner can’t be eaten with a spoon and still be satisfying? We made this flavor packed spicy shrimp and white bean stew using ingredients we had on hand and in just 20 minutes! Perfect for working corporate young women on the go. We simply combined canned diced tomatoes, along with a few fresh diced tomatoes, canned cannellini beans (we used Progresso), frozen shrimp, spinach, fresh basil, garlic, a little white wine (to make it a party!), and red pepper flakes in a saute pan and let it stew for 10 minutes. We hit a home run, maybe even a grand slam, with this dinner. For all you young people starting out on your own, this recipe is for you. Happy double dipping!

Recipe: Adapted from www.doitdelicious.com 

Serves 3


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 c. dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 lb. frozen shrimp with tails peeled
  • 1 15 oz. cannellini beans (also known as white beans), drained and rinsed
  • 2 c. spinach
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh basil (or 1/2 tsp. crushed, dried basil)
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes


  1. Drain tomatoes.
  2. Drain and rinse cannellini beans.
  3. Finely chop garlic cloves.
  4. In a large skillet heat 2 tbsp. olive oil on medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant (for about 30 seconds).
  5. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally for 2 minutes.
  6. Pour in wine and bring to a simmer.
  7. Add shrimp and cook until tender (about 3-5 minutes).
  8. Stir in beans, spinach, basil, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook until beans are heat through and spinach is wilted (about 2-3 minutes).
  9. Serve with grilled avocado and roasted radish crostinis (see crostini post for recipe). Enjoy!

Nutrition per serving

Calories: 267   Carbs: 35g   Fat: 1g   Protein: 26g   Sugar: 6g   Sodium: 1051mg


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