Imagine candlelight dinner for two in under 30 minutes ... and less than $3.50 per person! Recipe

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30 mins (prep 10, cooking 20)
11 ingredients
2 servings
OK, so now you're intrigued. Is it Burger King or McDonalds. Buzz! Wrong on both accounts. Let's face it, McDonalds and Burger King - and for all you Europeans out there, I include Wimpy's in this list, won't serve you dinner for less than $4.99 per person. Forget about all those fancy restaurants, multiply that by 10. You're probably at home right now, the place where $3.50 will get you an entree and a salad in less than 30 minutes (and you'll even have extra time to light the candles). It doesn't get much more romantic than to serve your special someone Rock Shrimp Linguine in a light cream sauce and a nice tossed salad of greens, all under candlelight. This is such a simple dish to make and there are probably dozens of versions out there, but this one's my favorite. Needing few ingredients, this dish marries the wonderful textures of fresh linguine with the savory flavors of rock shrimp and garlic, tying it all with a delicate cream sauce that will have you coming back for more. As in France, renew the palate with a refreshing crisp bed of green lettuce drizzled with olive oil. Depending on where you live, this really can be had for between $3.50 and $4.00 per person. The West Coast of the U.S. offers these prices for two

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  • 8 oz. of fresh rock shrimp = $3.50 ($6.99 per pound)
  • 12 oz. of fresh linguine = $1.99
  • 1 medium shallot = $0.20
  • 3 cloves of garlic = $0.15
  • 1/4 cup of parsley = $0.08
  • 1/3 cup of half n half = $0.30
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil = $0.15
  • 2 tablespoons of butter = $0.30
  • salt and pepper to taste = (you've got to be kidding, right?)
  • total for the entree = $6.67 (for two)
  • 3 cups of lettuce = $0.45
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil = $0.15
  • total cost = $7.27 for two


Serving Size (615.95 g)
Servings 2
Amount per Serving
Calories 694.56 Calories from Fat 440.37
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 48.93g 150.55%
Saturated Fat 13.87g 138.73%
Trans Fat 0.5g %
Cholesterol 55.61mg 37.08%
Sodium 624.34mg 52.03%
Total Carbohydrate 53.42g 35.61%
Dietary Fiber 17.53 g 140.26%
Sugars 7.29 g %
Protein 23.93g 95.72%
Vitamin A 27231.01IU% Vitamin C 71.03mg%
Calcium 552.98mg% Iron 11.37mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
fresh, shrimp, salt and pepper