30 recipes to make for — or with! — the one you love
Stop trying to get that reservation and stay in
We're all for skipping the V-day restaurant reso and staying in with your partner (or your pals) for a delicious dinner instead. In fact, we're so into an at-home date night, we've curated a list of delicious dishes to convince you of the magic of making a meal this Feb 14. Whether you're cooking to impress a date, or cooking is the date (see our suggestions for recipes to cook together!), we've got ideas that go beyond oysters and chocolate. Bonus: most of these will make enough for leftovers, unless you're feeding your crew.
Meals to make for your (very lucky) Valentine
You earn major points for making a meal for someone on a weeknight. Thankfully, these suggestions come together quickly so your dinner will be on the (candle-lit) table in no time. You can prep some of them in advance and even if they're secretly simple to make, they're sure to impress.
Easy and speedy
Sheet pan show-stoppers
Impressive but secretly simple
Sweets for your sweetheart
Meals to make together
We adore the idea of putting your partner (or your pals) to work in the kitchen. Aside from having them help out in order to get dinner done quickly, cooking together can be a delightful date night inf. If you had an entire day to devote, we'd insist on making this Lasagne Verde Alla Bolognese that calls for prepping your own homemade pasta — but we've also got a list of date-worthy dishes that are fun to make together in an evening. So crown your S.O. sous chef for the night, maybe make a cocktail or two and get cooking.
Better than takeout, and simple to assemble
Perfect for chopping and chatting
When the art of cooking is the date
DIY dessert à deux