Some people say the way to a man’s heart, is through his stomach. I would argue that you could get pretty close to my heart with a good meal, too. Food just has a way of bringing out the happy in people. This Valentine’s Day, save some money by not eating out and treat yourself and your loved ones to a delicious home cooked meal.
Earlier this week, I headed over to Grocery Outlet to check out their specials. I found some great deals. I bought a variety of organic pastas, organic cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, lemon, garlic, shrimp, butter, tons of wine and few other items. I don’t know what you are thinking, but I am thinking pasta. Shrimp pasta with mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes in garlic lemon butter sauce to be exact. Spoiler alert, this pasta is superb and I saved a ton of money at Grocery Outlet. This dish would have cost me at least a third more if I went to another store. Did I also mention I bought tons of wine? Yeah, four bottles. Normally, those four bottles would have cost me around $80, but instead I paid less than $25. Anyway, my point and case is, you can have a delicious meal for Valentine’s Day (or any day for that matter) and not break the bank. Check out my recipe below.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- ½ cup dry white wine
- 16 ounces linguine pasta
- 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled, deveined
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 lemon, wedged
In a large pot boil 4 quarts of water for the pasta. Add 2 tbsp. of salt to pasta water (optional). Do not add pasta yet. In a sauté pan, add two tablespoons of butter, minced garlic and 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms. Sauté on medium for 5 minutes, stirring every so often to keep the garlic from burning. Next add 1 pint of cherry tomatoes and ½ cup white wine. Set to medium low heat and cover with a lid. This will allow the tomatoes to heat up and burst, releasing their juices into the sauce. While you are waiting for your sauce to come together, add the linguine to the boiling water and cook for 8-10 minutes. Once the tomatoes begin to burst (about 6-7 minutes), add your shrimp directly to the sauce and sauté. The shrimp will cook fast. Once they turn pink, they are done. By this time, your linguine should be done. Using tongs, pull your pasta out of the water and add directly to your sauce. The starchy water from the pasta will help your sauce bind to your noodles. NEVER rinse your noodles. Next two cups of spinach, ½ cup of parmesan cheese, 2 tbsp. melted butter and the juice from the lemon wedge. Toss together and serve.
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