You’ll fall in love with this easy Valentine’s Day dinner idea
Valentine’s Day is coming in HOT, with only four days left to finish planning for the big day. If you’re still scrambling to decide what you and your sweetie should do to celebrate your love, especially in the middle of a pandemic, don’t you worry, we’ve got you!
Last week, we suggested Café Poêtes as the perfect place to take your girls for Valentine’s Day, and that would definitely be a great option for a date night as well. But if you’re more the “I haven’t left the couch in three days and I don’t plan on changing that anytime soon” type, you’ll find no judgement here. This post is for you. Picking a gift is hard enough, why not keep the celebration part sweet and simple with this easy-to-follow dinner recipe?
This recipe is one we cooked up, literally and figuratively, ourselves. So today you get the recipe directly from us:
- Shrimp (However much you want)
- 1 pack of pre-packaged lobster ravioli from Costco
- ½ yellow onion
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- ¼ cup dry white wine
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp basil
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
- If the shrimp are frozen, start off by defrosting them. Place them in a bowl of warm water and they should be ready to go in about 10 minutes. After they are thawed, drain the water from the bowl and pat the shrimp dry.
- Next, finely chop 1/2 onion. Yellow is preferred, but we used a red one here and it turned out lovely as well. (We personally like to julienne our onions, but that’s mostly because it makes us feel fancy.) While you’re here at the chopping board, go ahead and mince the garlic.
- Heat 2 tbsps of olive oil in the pan, along with 1 clove of garlic. Cook over medium-high heat until fragrant, then add the onion. Cook until tender and caramelized. Next, add the shrimp and season with salt and pepper (here is where you add the optional red pepper flakes for a bit of kick). Cook until the shrimp isn’t translucent and has a pink coloring. Transfer to a plate!
- Fill up a pot of water and heavily salt it. Bring it to a boil.
- While you are heating the water up, start on the sauce. In the same pan you cooked the shrimp and onion in, add 1 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tbsp of unsalted butter, and 2 cloves of garlic to the pan. Cook until the garlic is nice and fragrant, about 2 minutes.
- Turn the heat down to medium-low and add 1/4 cup of white wine, cooking until halfway reduced. Then add in 3/4 cup of heavy cream. Mix together and bring to a simmer.
- By now, your water should be boiling. Add in the lobster ravioli and cook on high for 4 minutes.
- Return to the sauce and add in however much Parmesan makes you happy–I’d say about 1/2 cup. Take a whisk and mix it all together, working out the clumps and making it smooth and creamy. Add in 1 tsp of basil or any other herb of choice at this time.
- Drain the pasta, then add both that and the shrimp into the saucepan. Mix and cook for about 3 minutes, just long enough to heat the shrimp back up.
Once the dish is complete, you are certainly more than able to serve. If you want to add some pizzazz, though, while also getting in your greens, we suggest roasting some asparagus to serve as a bed for the pasta dish. This can easily be done in the oven on a roasting rack while you work on the pasta. Once everything is complete, throw some additional parmesan on top, ladle onto a plate, and pour a glass of wine. The final step? A toast–to love and Costco ravioli!
What should you know before you make this Shrimp & Lobster Ravioli dish?
- The amount of shrimp required for this recipe is variable depending on how much you enjoy shrimp, but an easy rule of thumb is to have about ¼ pound per person eating.
- The Costco lobster ravioli is divine. It just is. But this recipe would work with any pre-assembled lobster ravioli you can find…probably.
- We suggest buying frozen shrimp that’s already peeled and de-veined. It significantly speeds up the process and keeps you from getting too messy.
- Make sure the parmesan cheese you buy is finely shredded and not the shaky stuff! It a.) won’t have the same taste and b.) won’t melt correctly.
When should you make shrimp and lobster ravioli?
Valentine’s Day, duh. That’s why we’re here, isn’t it? But honestly, this seafood dish would be perfect for anytime you want to make your dinner just a little bit ✨special✨ even if it’s just for you!
What team are you–Valentine’s at home or Galentine’s out on the town? Let us know in the comments!