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Aphrodite’s Angel Hair Pasta

Pastaporn angel hair

Valentine’s Day is a perfect opportunity to show off your skills in the kitchen. Woo your significant other with your culinary moves and be prepared to scream with delight when you move it to the bedroom!

This main dish has FOUR NATURAL APHRODISIACS and paired with the other meal suggestions, there are a total of TEN (guaranteed giggity)! There is an angel theme, so I recommend comparing your love to one throughout the meal….flattery will get you everywhere.

Here are the meal suggestions, with the aphrodisiacs in parenthesis:

Beverage – Pinot Noir (red wine)
Appetizer – Angels on Horseback (oysters, garlic)
Main Course – Aphrodite’s Angel Hair (garlic, asparagus, red pepper flakes, truffle oil)
Side – Arugula Salad with Avocados and Balsamic Vinaigrette (arugula, avocado)
Dessert – Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake with Raspberries (vanilla bean, raspberries)

Aphrodite’s Angel Hair

3 large heads of garlic
4 c asparagus (chopped in 1″ pieces on an angle)
1 lb cherry tomatoes
1 1/2 T olive oil
1 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1/2 t garlic powder
1/8 t red pepper flakes
1/4 c olive oil
9 oz fresh angel hair pasta
shaved parmesan cheese
white truffle oil

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cut off the tops of the garlic heads and place in the middle of a large sheet of foil. Drizzle the inside with a liberal dousing of olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Bring sides of foil up and enclose garlic so no air can escape.
3. Roast garlic until soft, about 35-40 minutes.
4. In a large bowl, combine asparagus, tomatoes, 1 1/2 teaspoons of olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes. Pour onto a rimmed baking sheet.
5. When the garlic has 25 minutes left, place the asparagus and tomatoes in the oven. Bake for 25 minutes until tomatoes start to burst.
6. In the meantime, put a large pot of salted water on to boil for the pasta.
7. In a small saucepan combine 1/4 cup of olive oil and squeeze the garlic from the skins. Turn the stove on to a LOW heat, cook for 15 minutes.
8. Cook pasta and transfer to a large serving dish.
9. Toss in the asparagus, tomatoes, and garlic olive oil mixture.
10. Season to taste with more salt and pepper, if desired. Serve with lots of shaved parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of white truffle oil.

For the other meal suggestions, check out these recipes:

Angels on Horseback – http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/angels_on_horseback/
Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake (add raspberry topping) – http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Vanilla-Bean-Angel-Food-Cake-My-Recipes

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