February is the Month of Love. You know how I love Date Nights! Not only every Wednesday, but we got an extra one this month with Valentine's Day! But, we are not talking about Valentine's Day, we are talking Date Night. My favorite day of the week. I'm always rambling on to you about taking time out once a week, to enjoy a great dinner and catch up with the one you love. Life gets hectic. Work, kids, sports, DJ events, and just everyday life can get you nuts! Good food, wine and a movie, at home? Perfect! Great way to unwind and realize why you do all the craziness that life brings to you all week long. Now for a meal that will surely satisfy my husband's stomach and heart.
I visited my favorite store, Healthy Living Market. I'm starting to become a little addicted. Besides strolling through a Wine Store, which I love to do, strolling through the vegetables at Healthy Living Market is another love! It's my favorite part of the store. As I ventured towards another department, I came across a great Basil Pesto. Meditalia Bail Pesto. It was delicious. I could always make pesto, but when the day gets away from you, this is the best alternative. You can also use it as a marinade, too. Delish! I knew exactly where I was headed with this dish. Elicoidali with Basil Pesto, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Pancetta. I picked up a loaf of crusty Baguette and a block of Fresh Parmesan. Simple and elegant. I left Healthy Living Mart with all my ingredients needed for a fantastic meal. Next stop, wine! Then home to cook a fabulous Date Night Dinner.
I'm always excited to cook for my family, especially for my Husband. He works hard for us to make sure we have everything we need. Watching him succeed in just about anything he does, shows me I can succeed in my dreams and Cooking Wright with Donna. He supports me in everything I want to do and my goals. It's easy to tell someone you love them, but it's best to show it through food. The dinner turned out fabulous. He loved the pasta and the night was just as I expected. Wonderful.
Elicoidale Pasta 1 lb.
Meditalia Basil Pesto
1 pint Cherry Tomatoes
1 loaf Baguette
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tbsp. Italian Seasonings
Preheat your oven at 450. Toss and coat the cherry tomatoes with EVOO and Salt and pepper. Place the Pancetta on a baking sheet, in slices. I usually buy the pre-packed and pre-sliced Pancetta. Cook the tomatoes until they start to pop and the Pancetta until crispy.
Slice the Baguette in half. Drizzle with EVOO and sprinkle Italian Seasoning over the bread. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 8-10 minutes.
Meanwhile boil your pasta and drain. Add in your Pesto, roasted tomatoes and Pancetta. Toss and grate Fresh Parmesan over the pasta and serve.
|Roasted Cherry Tomatoes|