30-Minute Valentine’s Day Meals

Hit your sweet spot on Valentine's Day with these fun foods that are all ready in under 30 minutes.
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Chocolate Pasta

Dinner:
For dinner, I serve chocolate in the main course! Dark chocolate is terrific with meat, especially pork. Cooking with the sweet adds a rich deep flavor to food, just like wine does. But, I only use Italian chocolate – Italy is strict about their ingredients and by law, their chocolate cannot have anything but pure coco butter in it.

To add some chocolate to your pasta dish, melt a square or two in meat sauce or add some to pasta that’s been tossed with butter, sage and Parmesan cheese. Here’s a great recipe (pictured above):

Chocolate Pasta
-Courtesy of G.B. Martelli, Venchi Chocolates

This dish always gets a “Wow” from anyone who tries it. The Chocaviar glistens on the pasta and doesn’t melt until its twirled onto the fork, then it releases lovely mahogany colors.

Makes 6 Servings

Ingredients:

1 pound spaghetti or fettuccine

8 tablespoons butter, 1 stick

20 fresh sage leaves, plus more as garnish or 1 tablespoon dry sage

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Venchi Chocaviar or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely grated

Preparation:

1. Prepare the pasta according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat and about 8 minutes until the butter is golden brown. Toss in the sage.

3. Toss the pasta with the sage-shallot butter and about a 1/4 cup of the pasta’s cooking water.

4. Serve topped with the Parmesan cheese and a generous sprinkling of Chocaviar or grated chocolate. Garnish with small sage leaves.

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Chocolate Ice Cream Panettone

Dessert:
Why, chocolate, of course! I make adorable panettone chocolate ice cream cake. Just scoop out the center of a store-bought Italian panettone and fill with chocolate ice cream. Pop it into the freezer for a few minutes, then slice and enjoy.

Need some more Valentine’s Day dessert ideas? Try these Spicy Valentine’s Day Heart Cookies or one of these Fail-Proof Valentine’s Day Desserts.

Francine Segan is food editor at BettyConfidential.


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2 thoughts on “30-Minute Valentine’s Day Meals

  1. FBNYC says:

    Chocolate in pasta? Wow.. I’ve never tried, but maybe I will.

  2. linda says:

    meeem I've never tried, but maybe I will.

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