They say the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. And it’s true that one of the best expressions of love is to cook something special, just for your loved one. So instead of agonizing over dining at a restaurant (and letting strangers feed you) this Valentine’s Day, why not turn on a rom-com on Netflix and treat your partner to a romantic dinner for two at the dining room table, instead? We’ve got plenty of easy-to-make but impressive dishes to help you craft the ideal Valentine’s Day dinner menu. These recipes cover a wide range of special, decadent dishes that will make the night even more special. (We’re imagining you don’t whip up homemade potato gnocchi with pork ragù just any old weeknight!) There’s something for everyone to enjoy here, since this list includes pork, chicken, steak, fish, and even elegant vegetarian dinner ideas.
Whether you’re looking for something extravagant, like the beef tenderloin with roasted cauliflower, or something more casual, like the creamy shrimp and grits, there are dishes that will suit any date night vibe. Of course, there are several options for steaks, including herb and garlic crusted flank steak and a strip steak served with lemon mashed potatoes. While these meals are guaranteed to be satisfying, be sure to save room for a few Valentine’s Day desserts, Valentine’s Day treats, and Valentine’s Day cocktails too. Make this February 14 stand out from the rest by showing your other half how much they mean to you with a Valentine’s Day dinner made from the heart.
Impressively elegant, but oh-so-simple, this dish cooks up in under an hour. Pair it with horseradish mashed potatoes for a lovely, simple meal.
Got a special someone with cowboy-sized appetites? Serve them a fancy, bone-in grilled ribeye.
This is no ordinary spaghetti night dish. The canned pumpkin and heavy cream give this pasta dish a smooth, unbeatable richness, and the pine nuts and sage add a burst of flavor.
As this rich stew simmers it will make the whole house smell amazing. Serve it with a good crusty baguette.
This lovely shrimp-and-couscous dish gets a huge burst of flavor from the floral combination of thyme, rosemary, tarragon, and lavender.
Make these potato gnocchi from scratch for an extra-special addition to your Valentine’s Day dinner.
These chops are delicious — and special-occasion worthy. But they also cook quickly, meaning less time in the kitchen, and more time with your partner.