My husband and I are not the most romantic of couples. I don’t really go for the hearts, flowers, and fancy jewelry on Valentine’s Day. We have no desire to fight the crowds of Valentine’s Day restaurant goers when we are happy to cook from scratch in the comfort of our own kitchen. I read a study years ago in a popular woman’s magazine that stated that couples that cook together rate their marriage as happier than average and have a lower divorce rate. Cooking together is a great way to spend a romantic evening at home with your significant other. Cooking from scratch instead of eating out is also a lot cheaper and healthier! I like creating my own recipes so that I know exactly what is in my food. For my husband and I’s dinner experience this weekend I enlisted his help in creating Pasta Pomodoro with Grilled Shrimp using Classico tomatoes and an assortment of other fresh and healthy ingredients. Classico tomatoes are 100% all-natural and always packed fresh with no preservatives so I feel confident adding them to my recipe.
Cooking with Classico Tomatoes
What I really love about cooking with my husband is that we have learned to work as a team and to compromise. There are some chores that I detest doing in the kitchen. Peeling shrimp is one of them! So, my husband will happily peel the shrimp for me…then I thread them on the skewers and he grills them. Teamwork gets the job done, right? We have also learned to compromise on the sort of recipes we create. We adjust recipe ingredients depending on each others tastes and take turns picking out what meals we create. I think these are lessons that go far beyond the kitchen and are helpful in many other aspects of marriage as well. Sometimes our cooking is fun, other times things go slightly wrong but the most important thing is that we are doing it together.
Couples the Cook Together, Stay Together!
So, for this Pasta Pomodoro with Grilled Shrimp I chose a few very simple ingredients. I headed over to my local Walmart to grab the Classico tomatoes, angel hair pasta and fresh herbs and veggies that I needed. I always have shrimp in the freezer because it is a quick and easy protein source that doesn’t require a lot of preparation. There were three different varieties of the Classico tomatoes at Walmart: the Crushed Tomatoes, Whole Peeled Pear Tomatoes with Fresh Basil, and Tomato Sauce. They also make a Heavy Tomato Puree but I didn’t see that one at my store. They were very reasonably priced so I picked up one of each variety I found for future recipes. For my Pasta Pomodoro, I just needed the crushed tomatoes.
Heinz Classico Tomatoes
This is a very quick recipe to make. You can even grill the shrimp up ahead of time and that cuts the actual cooking time to only about 15 minutes. Great for a quick weeknight meal as well as a romantic dinner. The benefit of using the Classico crushed tomatoes in this recipe and only cooking for 5 or 10 minutes is that you retain a TON of fresh tomato flavor. The addition of the onions, garlic and fresh herbs really adds a zestiness to the recipe, too. Here is the recipe if you would like to try it for yourself:
Pasta Pomodoro With Grilled Shrimp
- ¾ pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- ½ tsp garlic salt (divided)
- bamboo skewers for grilling
- ¼ cup olive oil (divided)
- ¾ pound angel hair pasta
- 1 28 ounce can Classico Crushed tomotoes
- ½ onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup fresh basil (chopped)
- ¼ cup fresh oregano (chopped)
- 1 tsp dried red pepper flakes
- Parmesan cheese
- Prepare the shrimp: Thread raw shrimp onto bamboo skewers. Brush with 2 to 3 TBSP of olive oil and season with Italian seasoning and garlic salt. Grill over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes per side or until pink.
- Cook the angel hair pasta according to package directions
- In a large saute pan, heat 3 to 4 TBSP olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until just starting to wilt.
- Add in the minced garlic and cook 2 to 3 more minutes.
- Pour in the Classico crushed tomatoes and dried red pepper flakes and simmer 5 to 10 minutes. Stir gently every few minutes.
- After draining the pasta, add it directly into the saute pan and remove from heat. Add the fresh oregano,basil (reserving a small amount for garnish) and toss gently to mix.
- Place a heaping pile of pasta on a plate, Top with a few grilled shrimp and sprinkle with remaining fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese.
I had a wonderful evening with my husband creating a healthy meal for us to enjoy. I encourage everyone to drag their significant other into the kitchen the next time you are making dinner and make it a joint activity. If you would like to find more great recipes using Heinz Classico Tomatoes, check out the Classico Website for inspiration. If you would like to try out the Classico tomatoes in your own kitchen, just head over to Walmart and pic some up.
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