Date nights are important for any relationship. Whether it’s the first date or you’ve been together for months, years, or decades, having a romantic night complete with a thoughtfully cooked meal never gets old. That’s why we’ve put together four simple date night pasta ideas that are as equally delicious as they are easy to prepare.

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Our favorite time-saving hack for date night planning is using pre-made pasta sauce. Take a look at these simple recipes that take advantage of Tantillo Foods Pasta Sauces! 

Creamy Pomodoro with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

This dish is packed with flavor, bringing together Tantillo Foods Pomodoro Pasta Sauce, rich cream, Italian sausage, and garlic broccoli rabe for a mouth-watering meal.

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You can roast, grill, or sauté the sausage and the broccoli rabe. Simply toss the remaining ingredients together before serving! It’s that easy.

Seafood Arrabbiata

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Seafood can make date night feel extra special. Splurge a little on your next dinner and try out this Seafood Arrabbiata recipe.

Serves 2

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You can steam or sauté the seafood ahead of time, or simmer it in the Arrabbiata sauce before tossing with the noodles, garlic, and olive oil. 

Classic Chicken Parmesan

This is a traditional date night dish that’s sure to blow your loved one away. To cut down on prep even further, we suggest purchasing pre-made breaded chicken cutlets from the “prepared food” section of your grocery store.

Serves 2

  • l lb. breaded chicken cutlets (Approximately 5oz each)
  • 1 cup of Tantillo Foods Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce (1/2 cup per person)
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella or 3oz of fresh mozzarella
  • 3 cups cooked pasta noodles (best for this recipe would be any long, thin noodles, such as linguine, spaghetti, or fettuccini)

This dish really could not come together faster! Heat your cutlets in the oven and top them with mozzarella. While the cutlets are warming, toss the noodles with the Tomato Basil Sauce. Then, place your cooked cutlets on top of the pasta.

Pasta ‘a la Vodka with Vegetables

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This is a fabulous recipe for those looking to amp up the romance while boosting their veggie quotient. The vegetable combinations are endless, but our favorite includes Tantillo Foods California Diced Tomatoes, Tantillo Foods Porcini Mushrooms, spinach, and asparagus.

Serves 2

Porcini Mushrooms

First, toss your vegetables with the olive oil and garlic to give them a boost of flavor. Then, you can grill, roast, steam, or sauté them. When you’re ready to assemble the dish, simply toss the cooked veggies with the Vodka Sauce and noodles. 

Tantillo Foods Pasta Sauces

All of the sauces listed in these four simple date night pasta ideas are available at Tantillo Foods. These artisan imported pasta sauces offer a quick and easy way to make any traditional, modern, or simple take on Italian cuisine. Learn more about them below, and purchase a jar today!


Pomodoro is a fresh-tasting sauce that is versatile enough to use in all kinds of dishes. Parma tomatoes are slowly simmered with fresh basil, garlic, onions, flaky sea salt, and olive oil to create this sauce. Pasta Pomodoro is perfect for a quick-fix meal for your evening in.

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This zesty, spicy Arrabbiata Sauce is the perfect companion to any seafood-forward pasta dish. A peppery blend of hot chilies and cracked black pepper round out the slow-simmered tomatoes, which are seasoned with a touch of fresh basil, garlic, and flaky sea salt.

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Tomato Basil

Tomato Basil is one of the most flavorful and adaptable pasta sauces. It can be paired with anything from chicken parmesan to homemade meatballs. To create this sauce, fresh Parma tomatoes are slowly simmered with basil, garlic, onions, and olive oil, then seasoned with flaky sea salt.

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Vodka Sauce

This rich, flavorful Vodka Sauce is the perfect combination of sun-ripened tomatoes and vodka, creating a creamy mouthfeel that’s perfect for a hearty noodle dish. When you include the lightness of fresh vegetables in a vodka sauce dish, it provides the perfect balance to this heavy sauce.

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More From Tantillo Foods


Tantillo Foods offers a full range of delicious Italian food products that are sure to enhance all of your favorite dishes for date night and beyond. Enjoy our collection of high-quality cooking oils, imported pasta sauces, and more!


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