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White Bean and Shrimp Stew With Dandelion Greens

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“This lovely slow cooked one pot stew is perfect for the earliest of the dandilion greens when it is still cold & raw. From the Tribune's Food & Drink Weekly Guide.”
3hrs 20mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat 2 Tbsps. olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook, stirring frequently, until it begins to brown and render its fat, about 3 minutes. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add 3 cloves of minced garlic (about 2 Tbsps.) and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the dried beans and water, cover tightly and bring to a simmer. When the water is simmering, stir and place in the oven. Bake for 1 hour before stirring in 1 teaspoon of salt. Cover again and return to the oven to cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours total.
  4. Meanwhile, season the shrimp with the pimentón, ground cumin, the remaining 1 clove minced garlic and one-half teaspoons of salt. Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoons olive oil and, when it is very hot, add the shrimp. Cook, stirring constantly, until the shrimp are bright red on the outside and firm, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and reserve.
  5. When the beans are tender, stir the shrimp and the chopped dandelion greens into the stew. Cook just long enough to wilt the greens, about 5 minutes. Season to taste, adding first salt and then the sherry vinegar, adding it about one-fourth teaspoons at a time. It will take only about 1 teaspoons total. The stew shouldn't taste noticeably sour, just more complex.

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