Willie Nelson’s Texas Stew

A Johnny Ciao submission, that was first created for Willie at his Annual Picnic. This Inventive Dish is a new version of the traditional Pasta Fagiola. It was a big hit with Willie, Waylon, Linda Rondstadt and other country legends. Hearty and Healthy! The key ingredient (of course) is Symphonic Seasonings Funky Wasabi and Bar B Q Blues which you can purchase by clicking here.


  • 1/8 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Jalapeno (minced)v
  • 2 Carrots (small dice)
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper (finely chopped)
  • 2 cups of Water, Wine, Beer or Fish Stock
  • 1 cup of crushed Tomatoes (Imported Brand)
  • 2 cans of Cannellini Beans (pureed)
  • 1 teaspoons of my Funky Wasabi
  • 1 teaspoon of my BBQ Blues
  • 1/4 cup of chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 pounds of cleaned Shrimp (large dice)
  • 2 cups of Basmati Rice (optional)


  • In a Medium Stock Pot Saute Garlic, Jalapenos, Carrots, Bell Peppers in Olive Oil for about 4-5 minutes on medium flame
  • Add Water, Fish Stock or Beer–(Only 1 of these is necessary)
  • Add Crushed tomatoes–Stir and Cook on low to medium flame for about 10 minutes
  • Add Cannellini Beans and Symphonic Seasonings–Lower flame and cook for another 10-15 minutes–continue stirring so beans do not stick
  • Add shrimp and cilantro–then turn it off and let sit for about 5 minutes.

Pour over Rice or just eat it as is. We recommend using Basmati but feel free to use your favorite