It’s February now, guys, so you know what that means – Valentine’s Day is coming! I’m admittedly not one of those people who is anti-commercial holiday, because although I do absolutely agree with the argument that you don’t need to designate one day of the year to be romantic and show your love to your loved one(s), no one’s telling you that you can’t be romantic all year AND celebrate Valentine’s Day. It might not have as deep a historical significance as Christmas and Thanksgiving, but hey, why not have a little fun with it, right? 🙂 The main thing for me though, is to do it your own way. Flowers, hallmark cards, chocolates and grand gestures are nice, but the best Valentines are the ones where you convey your love in a sincere way that’s true to your relationship.
For Dave and I, we’ve almost always celebrated Valentine’s Day with an intimate meal at home to avoid the madness and to keep it laid back. In general, I’m the main (ahem, only) cook in the house, so in previous years Dave has transformed our living room into a little “bistro” and treated me to a fancy dinner that he makes from scratch, which have been so amazing especially considering he rarely ever cooks (he’s just not a huge fan of it!). Since this coming Valentine’s Day is the first time in a long time that me and Dave are actually going to celebrate with a dinner out at a nice restaurant, I wanted to re-make one of my favorite Valentine’s Day dishes he’s made for me for in the past – Shrimp Scampi Linguine.
The actual meal he made that inspired this dish was a traditional Shrimp Scampi Linguine with Baked Zucchini Chips as an appetizer, which were both SO GOOD. In remaking the linguine dish, I decided to mix it up by combining those two dishes to make this Shrimp Scampi Linguine with Zucchini and Parmesan. The big bonus about this dish is that it’s decadent and sophisticated enough for a special dinner, but yet comes together so fast – 15 minutes to be exact! Scampi typically has white wine in it, but since I don’t usually have white wine on hand (that I’m willing to spare for cooking… 😉 ), this recipe does not need it. This would be a perfect dish to serve for Valentine’s Day, or any at-home dinner date with friends or your sweetie!
-1 zucchini, cut into thin half-moons
-1 pound fresh shrimp (about 16 shrimp), peeled and deveined
-3/4 pound of linguine pasta
-3 tablespoons of olive oil
-4 tablespoons of butter
-2 tablespoons minced garlic
-1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
-1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
-1/4 cup shredded parmesan
-salt and pepper to taste
- In a large pot of salted water, cook linguine according to package directions.
- While the pasta is cooking, melt butter and olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and zucchini, season with salt and pepper and sauté for 2 minutes or until garlic is lightly browned and zucchini starts to become translucent.
- Add shrimp, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 3-5 minutes or just until the shrimp starts to turn pink. Turn off the heat and add lemon juice, chopped parsley, shredded parmesan and red pepper flakes, mixing it all together.
- Once the pasta is done, drain and toss it into the pot with the rest of the ingredients. Serve and enjoy!
What are your plans for this Valentine’s Day? Are you going out or celebrating at home?
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