40 Romantic Recipes to Make for Someone You Love (Including Yourself)

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London Broil (a beef dish made by broiling marinated beef, then cutting it across the grain into thin strips) sliced on a wooden cutting board with melted butter and herbs on top.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and this year it’s all about cozying up with an extra-special dinner at home, whether it’s with your spouse, significant other, best friend, or just yourself. Cooking a romantic dinner doesn’t have to be an all day affair. We like to keep it simple and uncomplicated, but opt for something that feels a little more indulgent and luxurious than usual. Steak is a classic, but you also can’t go wrong with a bowl of creamy risotto, tender braised lamb shanks, roast chicken, or even a home-cooked pizza. Whatever you choose, just don’t forget dessert. Here are 40 romantic dinner ideas to inspire your Valentine’s Day menu.

Romantic Vegetarian Dinner Ideas

French Onion Galette

This rustic savory pie features an easy homemade crust and is filled to the brim with deeply caramelized onions and melty Gruyère cheese.

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Garlicky Mushroom Bolognese

It’s everything you love about a classic, slow-cooked Bolognese — without the meat (and in a little less time, too).

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Stuffed Eggplant Parm

Everything you love about classic eggplant Parm, stuffed into a hollowed-out eggplant shell and topped with melted mozzarella.

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Onion and Mushroom Tart

This vegetarian tart has vinegar-roasted onions, mushrooms, and ricotta cheese, making it a great appetizer for a group, or a dinner for two when served with a side salad.

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Herbed Couscous & Goat Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes

The tomatoes in this dish release their tangy juices into the couscous salad. The olives provide a salty, umami hit, and the light sprinkle of panko crumbs over top adds texture to this dish.

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Romantic Chicken Dinner Ideas

Chicken Vesuvio

Braised chicken and bursting-with-flavor potatoes are the stars of this impossibly easy and delicious recipe.

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Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Bursting with flavor, this oh-so-creamy pasta dish is an easy weeknight meal.

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Zuni Roast Chicken

There may be a million ways to roast a chicken, but there is one in particular that truly stands head and shoulders above the rest: the Zuni chicken.

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Weeknight Coq au Vin

This version of Coq au Vin takes a whole lot of the legwork out of the equation and transforms it into a weeknight dinner that couldn’t be easier to pull off

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Chicken Tagine with Apricots, Almonds & Chickpeas

The dish has so much going on—the fragrant and heavily-spiced sauce, the jammy apricots, the crunchy almonds—and yet it totally works. There’s good reason why this Moroccan dish is a classic.

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Skillet Creamy French Mustard Chicken

A mix of shallots, white wine, and two kinds of mustard turn basic chicken thighs into a French-inspired dinner that’s easy enough to pull off any night of the week and feels fancy.

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Romantic Seafood Dinner Ideas

Parmesan Risotto with Roasted Shrimp

Stirred meditatively, cooked slowly, with a glass of wine in one hand and the music turned up, this risotto is as enjoyable to make as it is to eat.

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Classic Steamed Mussels

Whether we’re talking about a dinner party or a quick weeknight meal, it doesn’t get much better than a giant bowl of steamed mussels.

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Grilled Oysters at Home

A quick shuck, a little dab of chili-butter, and a brief spell in the sauna of the grill. Smoky, tender, and a little spicy: they’re perfect every time.

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Shrimp Pasta with White Wine Sauce

Succulent shrimp and linguini are tossed with a super-quick tomato cream sauce — one that’s fragrant with aromatic garlic, shallots, and white wine.

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Artichoke Risotto with Seared Scallops

This recipe is the perfect blueprint for switching up the ingredients. Try swapping the artichokes with peas or the scallops with seared shrimp.

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Nobu’s Miso-Marinated Black Cod

This cod recipe makes a very light yet filling meal that is elegant and looks like it took a lot of work, but it really doesn’t. The miso marinade adds a sweetness to the silky and buttery black cod.

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Other Easy Romantic Dinner Ideas

Steak au Poivre

Steak au poivre has become a bistro mainstay for good reason. Lean, mild-flavored filet mignon might appear to be center stage, but make no mistake: This dish is all about the peppercorns and Cognac cream pan sauce.

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London Broil

This steak dish is prepared by marinating and then broiling flank or top round.

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Sausage Ragù over Creamy Polenta

This ultra-comforting weeknight dinner skips the pasta in favor of a cheesy, creamy bowl of polenta as the base for a blanket of hearty sausage ragù.

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Slow-Cooked Boeuf Bourguignon

Boeuf bourguignon is so much more than just another beef stew. This classic French dish, made so popular by a certain Ms. Julia Child, is the kind of stew that moves you from one level of home cooking to the next

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Pork Chops in Port Wine Sauce

Warning: You’re going to want to drink this sauce. Instead, serve the pork over rice or quick-cooking polenta to soak up every last drop of the sauce.

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Veal Meatballs in Red Wine Sauce

A recipe for tender, velvety meatballs that are guaranteed to make whoever you cook them for feel extra special, yourself included.

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Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza

Topped with a layer of chewy, crisp-edged prosciutto and finished with a couple of handfuls of fresh, peppery arugula, this pizza comes together in a flash — no chopping or precooking necessary.

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Kristin Appenbrink

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Kristin is the co-founder of Part Time Vegan and Silent Book Club. As a former editor at Real Simple, she is compulsively organized and loves solving people’s problems. She has a weakness for desserts, especially ice cream.

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