Linguine with Shrimp (Linguine con Gamberi) can be a weeknight dinner treat or a romantic night in meal for two that is budget friendly. Shrimp is cooked with garlic, wine, lemon and dill and simply served over linguine.

A closeup of the juicy shrimp and linguine garnished with green dill

A shrimp dinner does not have to be pricey. It is if you order it in a restaurant, but to make this dish at home, it is not. Read on, because I’m going to breakdown how much it cost me to make this dish for two.

Up in the ranks with chocolate, seafood is possibly the most popular meal to eat on Valentine’s Day.  Why? Because oysters are considered the number one seafood aphrodisiac, but not everyone likes oyster and shrimp coming in a close second.

Grabbing a bite of pasta and shrimp on a fork

Valentine’s Day is approaching and it is so costly to eat out. Anyone can order from a menu, but what about impressing your date and cooking for them? It doesn’t have to be expensive and they will appreciate it so much more

The cost breakdown of this meal for two 

This is how the recipe breaks down by cost. 

Linguine: $1.25 for a 1 pound package, 2 servings = 74¢

Olive oil: $5.49 for 16 fl oz the cost for 2 tablespoons = 34¢

Shrimp: $8.99lb, the cost for 12 shrimp = $4.49

White wine: $8.49, 1/3 cup = 34¢ (drink the rest with the meal)

Cherry tomatoes: $1.50 for 1 pound, ¾ pound = $1.12

Dill: $1.50 for 1 ounce, ¼ ounce = 37¢

Lemon:  = 59¢

Total grocery cost = $27.81 (your totals will vary depending on each individual cost

Total per 2 servings  = $7.99

*Salt and pepper I have not factored in because everyone has this as a pantry staple. If you have olive oil, then that’s a cost savings too.

An overhead of the pasta dish

$27.81 is not a lot of money for dinner for two, including wine. Plus, you don’t have to tip like you would if you were at a restaurant.

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Yield: 2

Linguine with Shrimp (Linguine con Gamberi)

Meaty shrimp served over linguine with tomatoes and dill in a white bowl

Sweet shrimp is cooked with garlic, wine, lemon, tomatoes and dill, then tossed with linguine.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces linguine
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 large, uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped or grated
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ pound cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Small pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh dill, chopped

Instructions

  1. Fill a large pan with water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add salt so it tastes like the ocean. Add the linguine and cook 2 minutes shy of the recommended time on the package.
  2. While the linguine cooks, add the olive oil to a large sauté pan over medium heat.
  3. Lightly season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Cook the shrimp for 1 minute per side, remove from the pan. 
  4. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, stir in the wine and cook until slightly reduced. Add the lemon zest, juice, tomatoes, salt and pepper.  Cook for a 2 minutes.
  5. Drain the linguine and to the  shrimp and tomatoes. Use tongs to toss and mix well.  Add the dill and mix.  Serve immediately

Nutrition Information

Yield

2

Serving Size

3 ounces

Amount Per Serving Calories 220Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 53mgSodium 802mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 10g