We knew Valentine’s Day was drawing near when both Rite Aids on campus began displaying their heart-shaped boxes of chocolate right after Christmas. Okay maybe not that early but we new this week was coming and we wanted to cook up a special meal for our lovely readers. No, we didn’t make anything for you! We wanted to post a romantic recipe for you to make with your loved one this Valentine’s day. Yes we said with not for your loved one. Cooking together is a creative activity that helps to strengthen your relationship – look at us we love to cook together and we’re getting married!
Alright enough about us. Just kidding here is another engagement picture:
Now we are moving on. Today’s recipe is a simple shrimp pasta dish that requires some team work. Also, we posted a bonus no bake mini cheesecake recipe for you to make for dessert!
What’s more romantic than underwater bottom feeding bugs tossed in pasta? Happy Valentine’s Day!
- Servings – 2 large plates
- Prep time – 5 minutes
- Cook time – 15 minutes
- 1/2 lb cooked frozen shrimp
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 4 fresh basil leaves coarsely chopped
- 1/2 lemon
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated or shredded
- 1/2 lb fettuccine (we used a garlic basil pasta we found at TJ’s)
1. Rinse your shrimp in a colander under cool water to thaw for about two minutes. Set aside to drain.
2. Begin boiling water for pasta. Once water is a rolling boil, add pasta and begin step 3.
3. Melt a tablespoon of butter in a large non-stick pan over medium heat and sauté shrimp for 1 minute if they are completely thawed or 2 minutes if they are semi-thawed.
4. Remove shrimp from pan and drain liquid (the liquid makes the sauce too runny, we’ve made that mistake before).
5. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat and sauté garlic.
6. Add in half and half and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes until it begins to thicken up, continue to stir so it doesn’t burn.
7. During this time your pasta might be done cooking (depending on the type of pasta you have cooking times will vary on the box), if so drain pasta and set aside.
8. Add the shrimp back into the pan and turn down the heat to low.
9. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, add the rest of the butter (2 tablespoons) and squeeze in a half a lemon’s worth of juice into the pan.
10. Toss in your pasta. If the pasta is too sticky, add in a little half and half to help separate it.
11. Serve and top with fresh basil (or parsley or whatever herb you want!) and salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!
But the fun continues…
No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake
This is not an original recipe, Erica found this recipe on Pintrest.
- Servings – 2
- Prep time – 10 minutes
- Chill time – 2 hours
- 6 Oreo Cookies, crushed into crumbs
- 1 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For the Filling:
- 4 ounces (half of regular package) cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup Nutella
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 4 ounces (half a tub) frozen whipped topping, thawed
For the Garnish:
- Whipped topping, optional
- Chocolate chips, optional
- Mint leaves, optional
1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together with a hand mixer cream cheese, nutella, and vanilla.
2. Using a spatula, fold in the whipped topping until even consistency.
3. Cover and chill this in the fridge for about an hour.
4. In a small, bowl melt butter and mix in Oreo crumbs. Line the bottom of two glasses with this mixture.
5. Spoon mixture into a large freezer bag and cut off one corner to turn into a piping bag.
6. Pipe in mixture in circular motions into the glasses.
7. Top with any of the optional toppings, cover in plastic wrap and chill for another hour.
8. Enjoy with a loved one!