10 Easy & Romantic Ideas for a Home Cooked Valentine’s Dinner

Don't want to deal with making reservations and packed restaurants this Valentine's Day? Cozy up at home with your sweetheart and a home-cooked meal. Here we've compiled 10 fun, easy, and delicious meals to enjoy. 

  1. Tacos

Tacos are having their moment in the sun, and who can blame them? Everyone loves tacos. Now, we’re not talking about the taco in a box, just add ground beef tacos of days past. We’re saying with a few key ingredients, you can elevate your taco game for that someone special. Check out these 21 easy taco recipes to start planning your perfect evening.

  1. Engagement Chicken Pasta

What could be a more romantic meal with a name like engagement chicken pasta? With 40 minutes, chicken, spaghetti, mushrooms and a few seasonings you’ll be enjoying a tasty, nutritious and cozy meal with your partner.

  1. Hanger Steak With Mushrooms and Red Wine Sauce

For a lighter spin on the classic meat and potatoes, try hanger steak with mushrooms and red wine sauce. This elegant meal is sure to impress any guest at your table, without leaving you too full to skip dessert. For the final touch, pair with your beloved’s favorite red wine.

  1. Shakshuka with Israeli Couscous

For those of you aiming for an international flavor, try Shakshuka. While this dish originated in North Africa, it’s a common breakfast on Israeli tables. Here in the states, you’ll find it’s popping up increasingly on dinner menus. Shakshuka, also known as Eggs in Purgatory, is a spicy tomato sauce for poaching eggs, usually served with bread. In this recipe, the creator substitutes Israeli couscous for a more substantial meal.

  1. Creamy Garlic Scallop Spaghetti with Bacon

For an easy, delicious meal in under 30 minutes, look no further than this recipe for creamy garlic scallop spaghetti with bacon. More than likely, you already have most of the ingredients in your pantry, so just pick up some fresh scallops from your local grocer or fish market and you’ll be well on your way to a meal that combines some of the best of land and sea.

  1. Pineapple and Soy-Glazed Salmon

Try this Asian-inspired spin on a crowd favorite, soy-glazed baked salmon. An hour of your evening and a little prep time will have you and your love enjoying this simple, healthy and delectable Valentine’s dinner. Pair with a cold sake for the ultimate Asian-inspired salmon dish.

  1. Penne with Brussels Sprouts, Chile and Pancetta

Spice up your Valentine’s dinner with this penne pasta featuring pancetta, brussels sprouts and chile. Gather your ingredients, prep, cook, and within 30 minutes you’re savoring a simple pasta with a kick. Want a little something for dessert? Pick up a tiramisu from your local grocer and enjoy a delicious Italian specialty.

  1. Pad Thai

Mark Bittman of the New York Times brings us this easy Pad Thai recipe. This classic entrée, found at any Thai restaurant is nearly as simple to prepare and enjoy at home. However, it may require some advance planning on the chef’s part, as I don’t believe most of us have tamarind paste in our pantries!

  1. Toasted Garlic Butter Ravioli With Spinach

This simple, healthy dish from Delish is a great option, especially for vegetarians. Combine cheese ravioli, baby spinach and a few spices and you’re on your way to a tasty cheese-filled pasta dinner for two. Pair with a nice white wine and you’ll both have a lovely Valentine’s dinner.


Making a fresh pizza at home this Valentine’s Day is a great way to surprise your partner with a fan-favorite, or a fun way to prepare your dinner together. Most grocery stores carry balls of pizza dough. Then all you need is a sauce and your favorite ingredients! But if you need a little more inspiration that than, check out this four cheese pepperoni pizza recipe from Baker By Nature.

Well I don’t know about you, but after this, I’m definitely ready for dinner. What are you making this Valentine’s Day?
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