My love language is food. I love cooking for my family but more than that, I love cooking with my family and there's no one I like to be in the kitchen with more than my husband. Before we were married we spent hours together in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes - opting for those moments chopping and stirring over more traditional dates like going to the movies. Some of our fondest memories together are of those times spent in the kitchen.
Fast forward several years, and creating those magical moments in the kitchen together can be difficult, especially with two little ones, which is why we try to set aside time to cook together after the kids go to sleep. We play music, dance, chop and dice, and we're transported right back to our college dating days.
The first meal my husband ever made for me was Shrimp Spaghetti and for Valentine's Day this year we're using Barilla® Classic Blue Box Spaghetti from Kroger to help us take a step back in time and recreate that special memory - music, wine, and no kids - since they will be tucked into their beds sleeping quietly.
1/2 Box Barilla Classic Blue Box Spaghetti
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter
1 head of garlic, peeled and minced
2 cups broccoli florets
2 tsp red pepper flakes - more or less depending on your preferred taste
1.25 lbs. shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 cup of shaved Parmesan cheese
Prepare the Barilla Classic Blue Box Spaghetti according to the package instructions. While you're cooking the spaghetti steam the broccoli florets. We use a bamboo steamer that fits right over the pot used for cooking the spaghetti. Remove the broccoli from steam once the florets turn bright green, about 5 minutes. Once the spaghetti has finished cooking, drain it and set it aside.
In a hot pan add the olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add the red pepper flakes and garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes. Next add the shrimp to the pan stirring them so that they are coated in the garlic mixture. Cook for an additional 2 minutes, until the shrimp just start to turn pink. Add the broccoli to the pan and stir. Continue cooking for 1 minute.
Immediately remove the pan from heat and pour the entire content of the pan over top of the Barilla Classic Blue Box Spaghetti. Add the shaved parmesan cheese and stir to combine. Serve hot and enjoy.
It's so easy to create meaningful dates, any time of year, if you just plan ahead and make them a priority. Whenever we have at-home-date nights we make sure we plan recipes that we love and use high-quality ingredients that we trust, like Barilla Classic Blue Box Pastas.
You can find the Barilla Classic Blue Box Spaghetti at Kroger in the pasta aisle.
If you're looking to cook up something special this Valentine's Day learn more about Barilla and get more Wonderful Your Way meal inspiration here.