Monday, February 6, 2012

Valentine's Dinner Ideas For Your Sweeties

I happen to love the month of February.  It's a whole month of love for us, not just Valentine's Day but our anniversary happens in February along with a couple of our kiddos birthdays, so, it feels like we celebrate our family the entire month, which I just love.
On Valentine's Day, I like to go all out at dinnertime and make something for my man and kiddos that we don't eat on a regular basis, just to make them feel extra special.  Around our house, that is homemade Fettuccine Alfredo with fresh pasta.  I just don't think there is anything better than a rich creamy pasta dish eaten with those you love on Valentine's Day.  

This recipe is really simple for those that think homemade alfredo sauce is hard to make, like I used to.  It's not.  And it tastes so much better than the jarred variety.  I wouldn't say it's healthier, loaded with heavy cream, cheese and butter, but at least you know what's going into it.  And there is nothing wrong with enjoying a rich dish like this on a special occasion every now and then.

 To make the fresh fettuccine, I followed the same pasta recipe that I use here, then use my Kitchenaid attachment for fettuccine to cut the pasta.  After it's all cut, toss it with a tiny bit of flour and this pile of golden goodness is what you have.
While your pasta rests, put your salted water on to boil and grab a fry pan.  
Throw in 4 TBS of unsalted butter.
Melt completely and add 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream and 1 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese.
Simmer until it begins to bubble, whisking the entire time.  After bubbles appear on top, turn off the heat and continue whisking a minute or so until thick.
It should look like this.  Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper.
Set aside and add your fresh pasta to your boiling water.  Remember that fresh pasta doesn't take as long to cook as dried so it should be ready in a few minutes.  After the fettuccine is done, drain and toss it with the alfredo sauce.
Oh. My. Word.  Look at that creamy goodness!  Traditionally, nutmeg is grated over this dish but we don't like nutmeg in our family so I leave it out, but feel free to add it if you like it.  Oh. Yes.  Dinner is ready.  It's really quick to make if you prepare your pasta ahead of time.  Or you could just buy dried pasta or prepared refrigerated fresh pasta.  It's so good!  Top it with freshly grated parmesan cheese.  I also like to sprinkle a bit of smoked paprika over the top.  It really adds a special flavor to the pasta and I happen to love smoked paprika.
Add a simple leafy green salad with a light vinaigrette, some crusty bread and a nice bottle of wine (for the grown ups) and you have yourself a pretty special Valentine's dinner. 
I thought it would be fun this week before Valentine's Day to share some fun ideas for making a fabulous dinner/evening for the special people in your life.  So stay tuned for some yummy dessert ideas, some cozy decorating ideas, and some fun little goody bags for school parties.

Have a Happy Monday!  And for all those that have emailed asking, I just listed more bread boards, finally!  Enjoy!


13 comments:

  1. Diana,
    So I have read every post of yours this morning and I just wanted to tell you how wonderful your blog is. You are one talented gal with huge style! Your home is beautiful and you take the best pictures. I really enjoyed reading it all.
    This dinner looks fabulous...isn't it the best to make a special dinner for our families. I love to surprise my husband and boys with something special.
    Thanks for all the inspiration ~
    Sarah xo

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    1. Thanks Sarah! This comment made me smile. You are so kind. :-)

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  2. I love the variety in your blog, and this recipe looks so delicious!

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  3. This looks fabulous! I would love to try homemade pasta. Now only if my husband would eat it~he's a bit picky. =/ Beautiful photos too! :)

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  4. Look SO YUMMY!!! I love the color the smoked paprika gives the dish, makes it look even more enticing.

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  5. How perfectly delicious looking. I think I could eat everything on that plate. Your pictures are simply beautiful. I can't wait to see pictures of your shop!! Love to you!!

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  7. This looks amazing! Our Valentine's tradition is for my hubby to pick out a new recipe and make it while I make desert. And what do you know, he's making alfredo! Your recipe looks so scrumptious!

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  8. Made this for last nights dinner and the entire family loved it! Thanks for sharing this delicious and simple recipe!!

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