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Spaghetti Scampi e Spinaci; The Perfect Date Night Dinner

Updated: Jul 15, 2023


Are you looking for the perfect dinner idea to impress your significant other on date night? Look no further! Our Spaghetti Scampi e Spinaci recipe is not only delicious and easy to make, but it also has that special touch of elegance that will make your evening one to remember. So put on some romantic music, light some candles and get ready for a meal that will have your taste buds singing and your heart fluttering. Let's get cooking!


If you're looking for a romantic dinner to cook for your special someone, look no further than spaghetti scampi e spinaci. This classic Italian dish is the perfect blend of seafood and pasta, and it's sure to impress your date.


Spaghetti Scampi e Spinaci


Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: Servings: 4



Ingredients:

  • 1 lbs spaghetti

  • 1 lbs raw shrimp, peeled and divined

  • 1 pint cherry tomato

  • 4 oz fresh spinach

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 onion

  • 1 head of garlic

  • 2 tbsp green pesto

  • Salt, to taste

  • Black pepper, to taste

  • Parmesan cheese







Instructions:

  • Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package.

  • Wash all your produce.

  • Dice the onion.

  • Mince the garlic.

  • Half the cherry tomatoes.

  • In a large pan, heat olive oil, add diced onions and cook for about 3-5 minutes, or until lightly browned.

  • Then add the minced garlic and cook for another minute, or until fragrant.

  • Add the peeled shrimp and cook for about 5 minutes, or until light pink. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Then add the pesto, stir until well combined.

  • Add the heavy cream, stir, and let simmer for a few more minutes.

  • Then add the diced cherry tomatoes. Let simmer for 2 minutes.

  • Then add the spinach, cook for 3 more minutes, and remove from heat.

  • Mix the cooked spaghetti in the sauce and divide over 4 serving bowls.

  • Top with parmesan cheese.


If you're looking to switch up your date night dinner routine, try making spaghetti scampi e spinaci! This dish is just as romantic and delicious as the classic spaghetti and meatballs, but with a lighter seafood twist. To make it, simply sauté shrimp in garlic and olive oil, then toss with cooked spaghetti and spinach. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and serve with a glass of white wine.


Looking for even more ways to switch up your date night dinner? Try one of these variations on the dish:


-Add diced tomatoes to the shrimp sauté for a pop of color and flavor.

-Substitute lobster for the shrimp for an extra special treat.

-Swap out the spinach for another green vegetable, like kale or Swiss chard.

-For a heartier meal, add some crumbled Italian sausage to the dish.


Tips for Serving and Presentation

-To start, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the spaghetti according to package directions.

-Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat.

-Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant.

-Add the shrimp and cook until pink and opaque.

-Stir in the spinach and cook until wilted.

- Drain the spaghetti and add it to the skillet with the shrimp mixture.

-Toss to combine.

-Season with salt and pepper, to taste.



To serve, divide the pasta among four bowls. Top with Parmesan cheese and freshly ground black pepper, if desired


A glass of crisp white wine is the perfect pairing for this dish, but a light red like a Pinot Noir would also be lovely. For dessert, something simple like a fruit tart or a bowl of fresh berries would be perfect.





Spaghetti scampi e spinaci is the perfect date night dinner. Not only does it look impressive, but it is also full of flavor and ready in just 30 minutes. Plus, you can make a big batch for leftovers - double win! With this delicious Italian-inspired dish as your go-to meal for romantic evenings at home, we guarantee that each date night will be even more special than the last. Bon appetit!

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