Elegant, upscale recipes for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at home for two that are shockingly easy to prepare.
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Wondering how to make a romantic dinner for two this Valentine’s Day? It’s easier than you might think! With these 11 easy recipes for Valentine’s Day dinner, you can easily impress your date with a romantic meal at home – no matter what your skill level.
These date night recipes range from elegant and upscale to fun and unique, so you can pick the dish that best suits your relationship. Love to cook with your partner and want an interactive recipe you can make together? Try homemade pizza! Want to surprise your date with a classy Italian dinner at home? Try our restaurant style spaghetti carbonara or goat cheese and tomato gnocchi.
Add some candles, roses, and a bottle of wine, and you’ll be grateful you chose to cook at home instead of going out to a restaurant this Valentine’s Day.
1. Goat Cheese & Tomato Gnocchi
For a deliciously creamy and decadent Valentine’s Day dinner, try this 10-minute goat cheese and tomato gnocchi. There’s nothing more romantic than a classy, upscale pasta dish for your at-home date night. Plus, even the least experienced cooks can make this recipe without fail, so impressing your date will be a breeze.
2. Open Faced Brie Sandwich with Balsamic Caramelized Apples & Onions
If you have a little extra time on your hands, these elegant open faced brie sandwiches make a delicious lighter dinner or shared appetizer before your main course. The sweet and savory contrast of caramelized onion and green apple paired with balsamic vinegar and salty brie cheese will blow away any cheese-lover on date night.
3. Burrata Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes
Instead of spaghetti and meatballs, try a fresh twist on pasta with blistered tomatoes cooked in white wine. Paired with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, creamy burrata cheese, and fresh basil, each bite of this dish is bursting with flavor that’ll definitely impress your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Plus, it cooks in under 20 minutes!
4. Grilled Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken
Grilled balsamic bruschetta chicken is a great easy Valentine’s Day dinner for two (or for the whole family!). This juicy chicken recipe topped with a sweet balsamic vinegar and balanced with an acidic and bright bruschetta has all the necessary parts for an easy, delicious, and healthy Valentine’s Day dinner. Add in your favorite side dish such as oven roasted parmesan green beans or strawberry spinach goat cheese salad for a complete meal.
5. Deconstructed Basil Pesto Risotto
While a pesto risotto may be delicious, it doesn’t exactly scream “fancy dinner.” But taking all the components of pesto – fresh basil, grated parmesan cheese, slivered almonds, and extra-virgin olive oil – and breaking it down into the risotto? Now that’s an elevated romantic Valentine’s Day dinner for two at home. If you’re worried about making risotto for an important dinner, fear not! Check out our helpful guide on how to make risotto from scratch hereand you’ll be serving up perfectly creamy risotto in no time.
6. Blueberry Lemon Goat Cheese Burger
Who says burgers can’t be romantic? Dress one up with a brioche bun and high-quality toppings like blueberry preserves, lemon zest, and goat cheese for a fun Valentine’s Day date night at home. This unique recipe plays with sweet and savory flavors for a delectable burger that just melts in your mouth.
7. Creamy Gochujang Pasta
If you’re hoping for a spicy Valentine’s Day, this creamy gochujang pasta will be sure to please. With a little twist on a traditional tomato sauce inspired by penne alla vodka, gochujang brings this dish to life with just the right amount of spice and a ton of flavor. Coming together in just 15 minutes, this is one of the easiest (and most unique) recipes for you to try for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.
8. Spinach & Artichoke Neapolitan Style Pizza
If you’re looking for more of a hands-on date night dinner idea, try making this homemade pizza with your significant other. You’ll spend quality time preparing and shaping the dough, adding toppings, and laughing together if it doesn’t turn out quite like you hoped. (Just make sure to buy some store-bought pizza dough and extra toppings for backup!).
9. Easy Baked Gnocchi
Gnocchi is one of the best date night dinners out there – but did you know you can bake it in the oven, for even easier hands-off cooking and the same delicious, pillowy results? This easy oven baked gnocchi recipe for two cooks in a tomato basil and garlic sauce with red pepper flakes and mozzarella cheese for classic Italian flavor with minimal effort. The best part is, the two of you can enjoy this straight out of the baking dish for a cozy and romantic dinner side-by-side.
10. Spaghetti Carbonara
If carbonara has your heart but you’re afraid to try making it at home, this easy eggless spaghetti carbonara recipe is for you! Featuring creamy parmesan cheese and crispy bacon for a simple, approachable take on this classic, this recipe is perfect for pasta lovers who want to enjoy their favorite Italian meal at home on Valentine’s Day.
11. Carne Asada with Rice and Beans
If you love a good steak dinner on Valentine’s Day but want something a little more special, give this homemade carne asada a try. This traditional Mexican dish features steak as the main course, but with a uniquely spicy and citrusy flavor. Served with a side of Mexican rice, black beans, and topped with cilantro lime cremaand a touch of queso fresco, this romantic dinner for two will please any steak lover.