Monday, February 14, 2011

Meal Plan Monday: Valentine's Day Dinner!

I hope everyone is having a very romantic day so far, although it's a Monday so don't feel bad if you're not :)
I had a very Romantic morning I can't wait to share with you my Valentine's Day gift. Lee out did himself this year. Although every year he seems to do something romantic, But this year I truly thought he had forgot.

With it being Meal Plan Monday I wanted to share with you our Meal Plan for Valentine's Day.

First last night I made cupcakes for Lee and some extras to take to work with him (he secretly buys work friends with cupcakes).
They are chocolate cupcakes, with pink vanilla icing. And just for Valentine's Day I bake a batch of brownies and use a small heart shaped cookie cutter, to cut out little brownie hearts for on top.

I am meeting Lee for lunch at the little sandwich shop near his work and then hitting the grocery store.
For dinner I am making something new. I typed in Valentine's Day Pasta (because Lee loves Pasta) and this recipe came up:
It's Rachael Ray's most romantic meal. They "You Won't be single for Long Vodka Cream Pasta" seeing as I haven't been single for a long time, I'm changing it to "I don't want to be single again Vodka Cream Pasta".
This recipe got rave reviews on the food network site, 472 rave reviews to be specific, I can't wait to try it.

Here's the recipe:
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, once around the pan in a slow stream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (32 ounces)
  • Coarse salt and pepper
  • 16 ounces pasta, such as penne rigate
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 20 leaves fresh basil, shredded or torn
  • Crusty bread, for passing


Heat a large skillet over moderate heat. Add oil, butter, garlic, and shallots. Gently saute shallots for 3 to 5 minutes to develop their sweetness. Add vodka to the pan, 3 turns around the pan in a steady stream will equal about 1 cup. Reduce vodka by half, this will take 2 or 3 minutes. Add chicken stock, tomatoes. Bring sauce to a bubble and reduce heat to simmer. Season with salt and pepper.
While sauce simmers, cook pasta in salted boiling water until cooked to al dente (with a bite to it). While pasta cooks, prepare your salad or other side dishes.
Stir cream into sauce. When sauce returns to a bubble, remove it from heat. Drain pasta. Toss hot pasta with sauce and basil leaves. Pass pasta with crusty bread.

I'm planning on serving it with a Salad, the crusty bread and for desert, Leftover Brownies from the cupcake hearts with ice cream and whipped cream on top :) YUM
I'll also be taking pictures of my Valentine's Surprise to share with you tomorrow!
Wishing everyone A super HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! Filled with lots of Love and CHOCOLATE :)


  1. Can't wait to see what he got you!! I saw Rachel Ray prepare that on her show...yummo!! Happy Valentine's Day!

  2. That sounds really good! I love pasta too. =)

    I'm looking forward to making our V-day meal tonight as well. I kinda made it a tradition that I cook every V-day and since it's our first married Valentine's Day I'm really excited to make it a special one!

  3. This is my favorite vodka sauce ever!! You are going to love love love it! I actually just made it on Thursday. Make sure to add just a little red pepper for some kick and sometimes if I'm in the mood I add some yummy shrimp. Can't wait to hear what you think about it!!!
    Happy Valentines day!

  4. I love that recipe! I did find the sauce a little watery for our taste, so I drained the crushed tomato a little bit before adding . . . turned out even better the second time around.
    Hope it is a wonderfully romantic evening!

  5. It sounds delicious! I can't wait to see what Lee did for you! Happy Valentines' Day to you!

  6. Vodka in pasta? Now I've heard it all! My man made me a creamy chicken, mushroom & bacon pasta last night with a splash of white wine and I didn't complaint at all. Hope you had a lovely V Day

  7. That's so funny . . . I almost made that exact same meal on Saturday, but instead opted for another RR meal of Lamb Chops with Balsamic Reduction and some Gemelli Pasta with a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. That was delish. But I'm still gonna make the Vodka Cream Pasta sometime! Maybe for our anniversary? Maybe next week? How bout tomorrow? LOL.

  8. Vodka Cream Pasta= AMAZING! It was really, really good!
    Thank you so much for the tips from those of you who have made it before, It was not at all runny, I drained the tomatos a bit, and it had plenty of KICK from the extra red pepper flakes I added :)
    thanks so much, It was a lovely Valentine's Day!

  9. I made this last night for dinner! It was a-mazing and simple to prepare! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I'm so glad you tried it and Loved it too:)
    thanks for letting me know Amber :)



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