Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Ricchi e Poveri Pasta

When I was grocery shopping this week, I had an idea that I'd like to make something along the lines of a recipe from one of my culinary goddesses, Nigella Lawson, called ricchi e poveri. Shrimp represent the rich, and beans the poor. I knew that I had shrimp and pasta in the kitchen already, and I picked up some fresh rosemary and cannellini beans to round out the recipe. Add in a few things that I always have on hand--baby spinach, bacon, marsala wine--and dinner was made. And delicious.


  • 1 can white kidney (cannellini) beans
  • Frozen tiger shrimp, uncooked
  • Baby spinach
  • 1 pkg. whole wheat spaghetti
  • Marsala wine
  • Bacon
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Garlic
  • Salt & pepper
  • Thaw shrimp under running water & shell; drain beans into colander & rinse as well
  • Cut 6 pieces of bacon into bite sized pieces; cook over medium heat until crisp
  • Add in 1 clove of chopped garlic and saute
  • When the garlic and bacon are cooked, pour in 3/4 cup of Marsala and deglaze (scrape the bits off of the bottom of the pan)
  • Add in 1 tsp. of finely chopped fresh rosemary & black pepper; simmer to reduce
  • While the sauce is reducing, cook the pasta
  • When the pasta is almost cooked, add the shrimp and beans to the sauce; cook until the shrimp are pink
  • Drain the pasta, reserving some of the pasta water
  • Put a few big handfuls of spinach into a big bowl; pour over the pasta, and toss to wilt the spinach
  • Add the sauce/shrimp mixture; toss to coat, adding some of the reserved pasta water if necessary