This recipe for Shrimp Scampi with Tomatoes and Artichokes is the perfect easy, yet romantic, pasta dinner for Valentine’s Day.
Do you usually go out for Valentine’s Day or do you cook a romantic dinner at home?
For us, we almost always stay in.
It’s so crowded to go out for a date on Valentine’s Day and the food often isn’t that special.
Celebrating Valentine’s Day at home requires a little bit of organization and careful planning on our part.
With two children that need to be tucked in bed (forget going out on a regular basis…), it can be hard to have a romantic evening.
I plan a simple, yet thoughtful dinner and prepare it while my husband works on getting ready for bed and we eat after they are fast asleep.
You don’t need a 5-course meal to treat your Valentine to a special evening.
Not only will planning an evening in for Valentine’s Day ensure a romantic evening for two, it’ll save you a few bucks as well.
Prepare something that’s a little bit more special than your typical evening meal.
Or if you know of a favorite dish that your significant other has, consider preparing that to dine on.
We like Italian pasta dishes with lots of flavor and ingredients that are maybe a little bit fancier.
Not to say that the recipe is fussy, this Shrimp Scampi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Artichokes is actually quite simple to prepare, it is the ingredients that give it flair.
If you and your significant other both love spending time in the kitchen, consider preparing a special meal together.
A little quiet, romantic music is always a nice touch.
I don’t even remember what I used last year, but I selected 4 or 5 songs and actually had them on repeat playing on the iPod docking speakers.
I think one of the songs was Rob Pattison Never Think from the Twilight Soundtrack.
Love that guitar.
Harsh, bright light isn’t very romantic.
Turn a few lights off and warm up the room with candles.
If you are able and it’s not to warm an evening, light up your fireplace to cozy up the room.
What are you doing to make your Valentine’s Day special?
- 1/2 pound Linguini, cooked according to package instructions
- 2 tablespoon Butter
- 1 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus more for drizzling
- 2 Shallots, finely diced
- 3 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1/2 pound frozen pre-cooked Shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 5 tablespoons Dry White Wine
- 6 ounces frozen Artichoke Hears, thawed (or canned)
- 1/3 cup thinly sliced Sun-Dried Tomatoes
- /4 teaspoon fresh Black Pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt plus more to taste if desired
- One large Lemon
- 1/4 cup finely chopped Flat Leaf Parsley
- 1/4 cup Grated Fresh Parmesan
- Set shrimp aside in a bowl to thaw while you prepare all of the ingredients. To speed thawing you can rinse in warm water.
- Juice half of the lemon, reserving the other half to garnish the plate.
- Prepare the pasta according to package instructions so it is ready when you need it.
- Measure the butter and olive oil into a large saute or cast iron pan over medium heat.
- When butter has melted, swirl to combine with the oil.
- Add the shallots to the pan and saute over medium heat for 3 minutes.
- Then, add the garlic and saute for another 1-2 minutes or until the garlic becomes fragrant and the shallots are tender and translucent.
- Next, add the shrimp, salt, and pepper.
- Stir to combine and cook for 3-5 minutes over medium-high heat. Add the wine and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
- Stir the artichoke hearts sun-dried tomatoes into the shrimp mixture.
- Cook until heated through. Stir in the lemon juice and half of the parsley.
- Add the hot pasta to the pan, stir until evenly distributed.
- Taste for seasonings and adjust salt and pepper if desired. Sprinkle with the remaining parsley.
- Serve topped freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a wedge of lemon.
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 345Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCarbohydrates 35gFiber 6gSugar 5gProtein 21g
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