Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Dinner - Cupid of the Sea!

    If you are lucky enough to be with the one you love today, why not show them your affection by cooking this fabulous meal?  If you happen to be a swingin' single, this recipe is perfect as any leftovers make for the perfect lunch tomorrow.  This is an adaptation from Gino D'Acampo's Italian dishes recipe , and not only is it delicious, it's heart healthy!  The Babe loves the fact that it is good for his heart, and that makes it good for my soul.  

     I made a couple of additions as noted below.   The preparation time is minimal, allowing you the opportunity to share a glass of wine or a great make-out session with your partner while the shrimp sizzle...

Linguine with garlic, shrimp and spinach

Gino D'Acampo
  • 10 ounces linguine
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • I added 1 medium Vidalia onion, chopped
  • 5 ounces spinach leaves
  • 14 ounces uncooked shrimp, peeled
  • 4 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • I added 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • Grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered
Cook the pasta in a large saucepan in plenty of boiling salted water until al dente.
Meanwhile, in a large frying pan, heat the oil over medium heat and fry the garlic for 1 minute until golden. Add the spinach and cook for another 2 minutes.
Add the shrimp with the parsley and season with salt and pepper.  Add in vegetable broth.  Stir well and continue to cook for 2 minutes.
Once the pasta is cooked, drain and add to the frying pan, then lower the heat.
Add the lemon zest and cherry tomatoes and stir everything together for 30 seconds. Serve immediately.
Serving Size
Serves 4

Happy Valentine's Day!

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