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Recipe for shrimp, kale and cannellini bean casserole


Officially, I might not be the absolutely last person on the planet to fall in love with kale, but I have fallen, and fallen hard. Raw kale salad with a warm vinaigrette remains a favorite, and I'm glad I froze some barley and kale soup. My pantry, well stocked in case of the winter snowstorm that never seems to materialize, inspired this shrimp, kale and cannellini bean casserole; all of the ingredients, except the kale, came straight from the cupboard, fridge and freezer. A rustic Tuscan-style dish that comes together in minutes and bakes for just half an hour, this casserole needs only a glass of white wine, and a bit of crusty bread to mop up the juices.


Shrimp, kale and cannellini bean casserole

From the pantry, you'll need: cannellini beans, garlic, panko, frozen shrimp, white wine, thyme leaves, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, extra virgin olive oil.

Serves 4-6.


15-oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 lb large (21-25 per lb) size raw shrimp, (defrosted, if frozen) peeled and deveined
2 cups chopped kale
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp dried thyme leaves
1/2 tsp fresh black pepper
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil + (optional) 1 tsp for drizzling


Preheat oven to 400°F.

In a large bowl, combine the beans, shrimp, kale, wine, garlic, thyme and black pepper. Mash a few of the beans with a wooden spoon (to help thicken the juices), and stir the mixture well.

In a smaller bowl, stir together the panko and grated cheese.

Coat a casserole dish with 2 teaspoons of olive oil, and pour in the beans and shrimp mixture. Top with the panko and cheese mixture. If you wish, drizzle the top with 1 teaspoon of olive oil.

Cover the pan with aluminum foil, and cook for 15 minutes at 400F in the lower-middle of the oven. Remove the foil, and continue cooking for 10-15 minutes, until the topping is browned but not burned.

Remove from the oven, cover with foil, and let the casserole sit for 5 minutes. Serve with crusty bread to mop up the pan juices.

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White chili with turkey and cannellini beans, from Andrea Meyers
Shrimp and white beans, from The Gastronomist
Shrimp and white bean stew with braised broccoli rabe, from Feeding Groom

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LOL on falling hard for kale, Lydia! I haven't fallen hard yet, but I am amazed that I love it in smoothies and more. I haven't had it in a casserole yet, but yours looks like the first one I should try it in for sure. ;-) Easy to make this one gluten free, too, by using the gf Panko bread crumbs or making one's own using gf waffles.


THis looks awesome. AND adding a power food like Kale. I will definitely have to try this.

Shirley, I don't know why, all of a sudden, I'm loving kale when I never did before. This casserole is full of all kinds of goodness, like shrimp and garlic, that work really well with the kale. Thanks, as always, for your gluten-free adaptations.

Sheri, awesome, and easy. A great combination!

Hi, I was reading your post on commenting on a blog then before I knew it I was reading about kale. Kale was one of those things I thought I would die before I ate. I must be dead...no, no I'm not. Anyway, Hi! just wanted you to know I liked the 2009 post on comments, so I'm leaving one. Next I'm going to the store for kale. :)

Renee, I'm one of those people who thought I would die before I ate kale. But it turns out that, having given it a fair chance, I love it! I hope that happens to you, too. (Please come back and let us know -- I have lots more kale recipes coming up.)

Could be made with any hearty greens I bet - I am thinking swiss chard...
And what a bout a topping of medium ground pinenuts and cheese? hmmmmm

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