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40 Delicious and Romantic Dinner Ideas Perfect For Date Night

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These recipes are perfect for Valentine’s Day, anniversary dinners, candlelight dinners, or a quick date night dinner for two!

From tender Filet Mignon to delectable lobster tails with butter, as well as chicken, steak, fish, and pasta dishes. You’ll discover why broiling is a great way to cook steaks, and how can you not be curious about “Marry Me Chicken”?

Easy Romantic Dinner Ideas
Easy Romantic Dinner Ideas

WHAT IS A GOOD ROMANTIC DINNER TO MAKE FOR A DATE?

You could have made flowers and decorated the room. All that remains is for you to prepare a delicious and romantic meal for that special someone.

You can share some great dishes with your partner, such as a nice chicken dish with a creamy sauce, lobster, sirloin steak, or penne pasta with vodka sauce!

Whatever you choose, make sure it’s delicious but also simple to prepare.

ROMANTIC DINNER IDEAS FOR TWO AT HOME

1. LOBSTER MAC AND CHEESE

Lobster Mac and Cheese Recipe
Lobster Mac and Cheese Recipe

The ultimate combination of comfort food and luxury is lobster mac and cheese. The creamy mac and cheese will make almost anyone happy, but the lobster is something a little different. Broiling your lobster tails is an excellent way to cook them with a variety of flavors. I like to brush mine liberally with garlic butter!

2. FILET MIGNON WITH GARLIC BUTTER

Filet Mignon with Garlic Butter
Filet Mignon with Garlic Butter

I understand if you usually avoid making steak at home. This filet mignon recipe features a tender steak that has been seared to golden brown perfection and topped with garlic and herb butter. A simple and elegant main course option that is sure to please family and friends.

3. CAPRESE GARLIC BREAD

Best Caprese Garlic Bread Recipe
Best Caprese Garlic Bread Recipe

If you want to impress your significant other, why not go all out with a three-course meal? After all, starters don’t have to be difficult. This garlic bread is insanely delicious, combining crunchy, garlicky bread (who doesn’t love that?) with juicy tomatoes and tangy balsamic vinegar.

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4. SHRIMP SCAMPI

Classic Shrimp Scampi Recipe
Classic Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Shrimp is another one of those high-end ingredients that I save for special occasions. It can be pricey, so I don’t use it in my regular cooking very often. But nothing beats a bowl full of gorgeous pink shrimp for impressing.

5. CAPRESE GRILLED FILET MIGNON

Caprese Grilled Filet Mignon
Caprese Grilled Filet Mignon

The key to cooking steak at home is to begin with room temperature meat that will be cooked in a very hot pan. Cast-iron pans work especially well for this recipe, but any oven-safe pan will suffice.

6. LINGUINE CLAMS

Linguine With Clam Sauce
Linguine With Clam Sauce

Linguine with clams in a garlicky white wine sauce is a simple and elegant Italian pasta dish. Linguine with clams may sound elegant – or at least like something you’d order at an Italian restaurant rather than make at home – but it’s actually one of the simplest and least expensive pasta dishes you can make.

ROMANTIC DINNER IDEAS AT HOME FOR HIM

7. COCONUT CURRY SALMON

Best Coconut Curry Salmon Recipe
Best Coconut Curry Salmon Recipe

The coconut milk and spice complement each other beautifully, resulting in a rich but not heavy sauce that tastes and feels far more complicated than it is.

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8. CAPRESE STEAK

Steak Caprese
Steak Caprese

Because Valentine’s Day is in the winter, roasted red pepper is a great substitute if you can’t find a good tomato.

9. SLOW-COOKER SHORT RIBS

Best Slow Cooker Short Ribs
Best Slow Cooker Short Ribs

These short ribs are a great way to demonstrate your culinary skills, and the Slow-Cooker is ideal when Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday. Thanks to a quick sear before slow cooking and a sauce that would make anything taste good, this version is fall-off-the-bone tender and insanely flavorful.

10. PERFECT FLANK STEAK

Grilled Flank Steak and Scallions
Grilled Flank Steak and Scallions

Because of its leanness, flank steak can be a fairly tough cut of meat. Our four-ingredient marinade is the ideal way to prepare flank steak for the grill. While the acidic citrus juice and salty soy sauce season and tenderize the steak, the olive oil keeps it supple and juicy.

11. BEEF TENDERLOIN

Beef Tenderloin Recipe
Beef Tenderloin Recipe

Don’t be put off by its beauty (and size). Beef tenderloin is a surprisingly simple dish to prepare, thanks to a marinade made up of ingredients you probably already have on hand and a surprisingly short cook time.

12. STEAK AU POIVRE

Steak au Poivre Recipe
Steak au Poivre Recipe

For good reason, steak au poivre has become a bistro mainstay. The lean, mild-flavored filet mignon may appear to take center stage, but make no mistake: the peppercorns and Cognac cream pan sauce are the stars of this dish.

ROMANTIC DINNER IDEAS AT HOME FOR HER

13. CACIO E PEPE

Cacio e pepe
Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e pepe literally translates to “cheese and pepper,” and while those are the main flavors in this dish, it is so much more. It’s a game changer. And what makes it so ideal? Its straightforwardness.

14. PORK SCHNITZEL

Schnitzel Recipe
Schnitzel Recipe

There isn’t much that compares to a thinly pounded piece of meat, breaded and fried until golden brown. This recipe for pork schnitzel is just that, and it’s the ideal main course for a filling meal.

15. GARLICKY WHITE WINE SPAGHETTI WITH MUSSELS AND CLAMS

Spaghetti with Mussels and Clams
Spaghetti with Mussels and Clams

This dish features garlicky, buttery spaghetti and easy-to-cook clams and mussels, and while it looks and tastes luxurious, it is completely doable by anyone.

16. PARMESAN RISOTTO WITH ROASTED SHRIMP

Parmesan Risotto with Roasted Shrimp
Parmesan Risotto with Roasted Shrimp

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

17. SHRIMP PASTA WITH WHITE WINE SAUCE

Shrimp Pasta and White Wine R
Shrimp Pasta and White Wine R

Succulent shrimp and linguini are tossed in a quick tomato cream sauce infused with aromatic garlic, shallots, and white wine.

18. ARTICHOKE RISOTTO WITH SEARED SCALLOPS

Artichoke Risotto with Seared Scallops
Artichoke Risotto with Seared Scallops

This recipe is a great starting point for experimenting with different ingredients. Swap the artichokes for peas or the scallops for seared shrimp.

ROMANTIC DINNER IDEAS VEGETARIAN

19. THAI RED CURRY COCONUT NOODLES

Thai Red Curry Coconut Noodles Recipe
Thai Red Curry Coconut Noodles Recipe

These vegan noodles are ideal for those late-night cravings when you’re pressed for time. Feel free to substitute your favorite quick-cooking vegetables, and adjust the amount of curry paste to your taste.

20. FRENCH ONION GALETTE

French Onion Galette
French Onion Galette

This rustic savory pie has a simple homemade crust and is brimming with deeply caramelized onions and melty Gruyère cheese.

21. GARLICKY MUSHROOM BOLOGNESE

Garlicky Mushroom Bolognese
Garlicky Mushroom Bolognese

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

22. STUFFED EGGPLANT PARM

Best Stuffed Eggplant Parm Recipe
Best Stuffed Eggplant Parm Recipe

Everything you love about classic eggplant Parm is stuffed into an eggplant shell and topped with melted mozzarella.

23. ONION AND MUSHROOM TART

Onion and Mushroom Tart
Onion and Mushroom Tart

With vinegar-roasted onions, mushrooms, and ricotta cheese, this vegetarian tart makes an excellent appetizer or dinner for two when served with a side salad.

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24. HERBED COUSCOUS & GOAT CHEESE STUFFED TOMATOES

Couscous and Goat Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes
Couscous and Goat Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes

The tangy juices from the tomatoes in this dish permeate the couscous salad. The olives add a salty, umami punch to the dish, and the light sprinkle of panko crumbs on top adds texture.

ROMANTIC DINNER IDEAS CHICKEN

25. MARRY ME CHICKEN

Best Marry Me Chicken
Best Marry Me Chicken

It not only has the cutest name, but it also lives up to the hype. The best thing about this dish is that it doesn’t require much to shine. It only takes garlic, chili flakes, sun-dried tomatoes, and a light dash of cream to bring your chicken to life.

26. CHICKEN PICCATA

Chicken Piccata Recipe
Chicken Piccata Recipe

Chicken piccata may appear to be a complicated dish, but it couldn’t be simpler. In fact, you can have it ready in less than 30 minutes. The use of thin chicken cutlets ensures that it cooks quickly, and the sauce is a dreamy combination of white wine, capers, and lemon juice.

27. CREAMY CHICKEN AND GNOCCHI

One-Pan Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi
One-Pan Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi

Everyone benefits when everything cooks together. The chicken will finish cooking in the sauce, making it the most simple and comforting meal. It’s the stuff that weeknight dinner fantasies are made of!

28. SKILLET CREAMY FRENCH MUSTARD CHICKEN

Skillet Creamy French Mustard Chicken
Skillet Creamy French Mustard Chicken

A combination of shallots, white wine, and two types of mustard transforms simple chicken thighs into a French-inspired dinner that’s simple enough to make any night of the week but feels fancy.

29. LEMON-THYME CHICKEN

Lemon Thyme Chicken Recipe
Lemon Thyme Chicken Recipe

This simple but flavorful chicken recipe will please even the pickiest eaters, and it’s one you’ll want to make again and again.

HEALTHY ROMANTIC DINNER

30. THAI-STYLE PEANUT CHICKEN WRAPS

Thai-Style Peanut Chicken Wraps Recipe
Thai-Style Peanut Chicken Wraps Recipe

Prep the insides of these wraps and roll them up with your partner for a romantic dinner that doubles as a date-night activity.

31. SPRING VEGGIE PASTA

Spring vegetable pasta
Spring Vegetable Pasta

This vegetarian recipe has a lot of bold flavors thanks to leeks, lemon, and garlic, and it’s a light dish that won’t leave you feeling sluggish and full after dinner.

32. MUSHROOM AND ARUGULA SALAD PIZZA

Mushroom and Arugula Salad Pizza
Mushroom and Arugula Salad Pizza

If you enjoy pizza but prefer something lighter and brighter than the traditional red-sauce recipe, this arugula-topped version will satisfy your craving for pizza while also providing a burst of freshness.

33. SUMMER SQUASH, MINT, AND PECORINO PASTA

Summer Squash, Mint and Pecorino Pasta
Summer Squash, Mint and Pecorino Pasta

If you’re looking to spice up your relationship, this summer squash, mint, and pecorino pasta is a must-try.

34. VEGETABLE AND THREE-CHEESE STUFFED SHELLS

Cheese- and Vegetable-Stuffed Shells
Cheese- and Vegetable-Stuffed Shells

You can’t go wrong with cheesy shells in a tasty homemade marinara sauce. There’s also broccoli and spinach in there, so you can get your greens as well.

HOMEMADE DINNER DATE IDEAS

35. HOMEMADE BLOODY MARYS

Bloody Mary Mix Recipe
Bloody Mary Mix Recipe

When you want to make a meal special, look for items that can only be found in a restaurant. That also applies to beverages! A good Bloody Mary is super refreshing, with just the right amount of spice and booze kick.

36. THICK AND HEARTY SEAFOOD CHOWDER

Seafood Chowder Recipe
Seafood Chowder Recipe

If lobster isn’t your thing, this seafood chowder is a close second. It has a similar texture and flavor, with a creamy, thick base made from creams, stock, and potatoes.

37. ROASTED BEET SALAD

Roasted Beet Salad Recipe
Roasted Beet Salad Recipe

If you want to make your date night a little more special, incorporating pretty dishes like this is a great way to do so. Would I have combined roasted beets, pears, feta, and walnuts? No way, no how.

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38. ORECCHIETTE WITH BROCCOLI RABE

Best Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe Recipe
Best Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe Recipe

Orecchiette is a type of pasta distinguished by its round shape. Whereas most pasta recipes are weighed down by a thick sauce, this is quite light, with moisture provided by white wine, sun dried tomatoes, lemon juice, and caramelized onions.

39. SEAFOOD PASTA

Seafood Pasta
Seafood Pasta

This is not your mother’s spaghetti, with its shrimp, clams, mussels, and scallops. Because the seafood must be cooked separately, this takes some time. However, if you both have a glass of wine, it will be enjoyable to do it together.

40. HOMEMADE GNOCCHI

Best Homemade Gnocchi
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Cooking together is one of my favorite ways to spend a date night. Instead of rushing through and serving the same old dinner, it’s so much fun to chat and laugh over a hot stove and a table full of ingredients. And making gnocchi is the ideal way to extend the magic a little longer.

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Homemade Gnocchi (Romantic Dinner Ideas)


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  • Author: Hazel Roddy
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

Super light, pillowy, and fluffy, and made with only 5 ingredients! You’ll never go back to store-bought gnocchi again.


Ingredients

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  • 2 medium russet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 large egg
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Pierce the potatoes with a fork and lay them on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour, or until the potatoes are soft. Allow to cool completely.
  3. Cut in half and mash the flesh in a medium dish. 1 1/2 cups of the mixture should be transferred to a large mixing bowl; toss in the flour, ricotta, Parmesan, egg, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  4. Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces on a lightly floured surface. Roll each piece into an 18-inch-long, 1-inch-diameter rope, dusting with additional flour as needed to keep it from sticking. Cut each rope into 3/4-inch bite-size pieces with a sharp knife; place on a baking sheet.
  5. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil; cook gnocchi in three batches until soft, about 4-6 minutes, turning occasionally. Drain thoroughly and place on a clean rimmed baking sheet.

Notes

To freeze, place uncooked gnocchi in a single layer on a heavily floured parchment-lined baking sheet and allow to air dry at room temperature for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 1 hour, or until solid. Place in freezer bags.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: None
  • Cuisine: Italian

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 6 servings
  • Calories: 148kcal
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 616mg
  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 31mg

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need for a romantic dinner at home?

A romantic dinner at home with sautéed chicken and vegetables is a good option. Just make sure to wash, marinate, and bread the chicken ahead of time to save time. Another delicious option for a home-cooked meal is baked salmon with rice and brussels sprouts.

What is a romantic dinner?

8 Quick and Easy Romantic Dinner Ideas for Two:
Chicken, Marry Me
Macaroni and Cheese with Lobster
Piccata de Pollo (Easy Recipe)
Garlic Butter Filet Mignon
Bread with Caprese and Garlic
Scampi with Shrimp
Filet Mignon Caprese Grilled
Recipe for Easy Crab Cakes

What should I make for dinner for my husband?

Man-Appealing Meals:
Foil Packs of Garlic Butter Herb Steak.
BBQ Ribs in the Slow Cooker.
Ramen with Skillet Beef and Broccoli.
Meatballs with Bacon and Bourbon.
Chili Mac with Cheesy Tofu.
Colorado, Chile
The very best burgers.
Chicken Wings with Honey Lime Sriracha Sauce

Is breakfast in bed romantic?

The most important meal of the day is breakfast. It can also be the most romantic! Impress your partner with an unexpected breakfast in bed on the morning of your first relationship sleepover (hooray), wedding anniversary, or just a simple Sunday.

What’s the most romantic vegetable?

Celery is high in calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Iron and vitamins are particularly abundant in the seeds. Many people believe that celery boosts pheromones, which are olfactory messengers that promote attraction.

Is it romantic to cook together?

And it turns out that people place a high value on cooking. According to the study, 87 percent of those polled believe that cooking is one of the best activities for couples to do to strengthen their relationship. Learn more about this research.

What is the most romantic fruit?

Top Aphrodisiac and Romantic Fruits:
Apples
Mangos
Bananas
Papayas
Strawberries
Pineapples
Pomegranates
Cherries

What are some romantic snacks?

Top 6 Romantic Snacks to Share with Your Spouse:
Strawberries covered in dark chocolate
Roses made from sweet potatoes
Red wine-sauced meatballs
Cucumbers in the shape of hearts in a vegetable salad
Cherry cheesecake with reduced fat
Pumpkin seeds with a kick

What are men’s favorite foods?

Steak with potatoes
Burritos
Chili
fried fish and chips
Roast in a pot

How do I be romantic?

7 Creative Ways to Be More Romantic:
First and foremost, put in the effort—for yourself.
Schedule a fun activity once a week.
Celebrate even the smallest accomplishments.
Revisit — or start writing — those vows.
Make friends with other couples.
Tell your partner what you appreciate about them on a regular basis.

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