Impress someone special this Valentine’s Day with a homemade feast filled with nutritious, real ingredients. 

Cooking at home for Valentine’s Day beats overpriced, crowded restaurants all day every day. And it doesn’t need to be a whole ordeal. Take advantage of time-saving appliances by making a creamy risotto in your slow cooker, or give the flavors time to develop with rich, make-ahead stews.

Easy Starters

Round disks of baked bacon and apple snacks for an easy Valentines Day Menu

Bacon & Apple Bites

These bacon and apple bites are prepped in a blender before baking in muffin trays. Try them as hors-d’oeuvres with cocktails before dinner. 

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A blue bowl of fennel and lemon soup for an easy Valentines Day Menu

Fennel & Lemon Soup

Comforting but bright and refreshing with flavors of fennel and lemon. Top with gremolata for a rich, savory starter.

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A plate of roast eggplant salad with tahini dressing and pomegranate seeds for an easy Valentines Day Menu.

Roast Eggplant Salad with Tahini Dressing

With colorful, jewel-like pomegranate seeds, fresh mint, and yogurt-tahini dressing. Sprinkle with dukkah for an extra spicy crunch.

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Meat-feast Mains

A dish of linguine and meatballs for an easy Valentines Day Menu.

Rich Tomato Italian Meatballs with Linguine

The heat of the rich, fragrant tomato sauce cooks the meatballs and infuses them with flavor. Toss through linguine for an easy, nostalgic meal for two.

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A dish of steak and ale casserole with vegetables for an easy Valentines Day Menu

Steak & Ale Casserole

This is a classic, comforting casserole that’s packed with tender, slow-cooked beef and root vegetables. It tastes even better the next day, so it’s the perfect make-ahead meal.

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A bowl of braised lamb shanks for an easy Valentines Day Menu

Braised Lamb Shanks & Tapenade

These mouth-wateringly tender lamb shanks just fall off the bone. Serve with plenty of crusty bread to mop up the rich, flavorful sauce.

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Vegetarian & Fish Mains

A sliced ricotta and kale galette for an easy Valentines Day Menu.

Galette with Ricotta, Kale and Roasted Shallots

Easy, rustic galette tart with roast shallots, potatoes and a zesty ricotta-kale mixture. Serve it up to the pie-lover in your life this Valentine’s Day.

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A bowl of slow cooker salmon and asparagus risotto for an easy Valentines Day Menu.

Slow Cooker Salmon & Asparagus Risotto

This slow-cooked salmon and asparagus risotto is creamy, zesty and completely hassle-free.

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A bowl of wild mushroom pappardelle for an easy Valentines Day Menu.

Wild Mushroom Pappardelle

This quick recipe for buttery, citrusy pasta is easy enough to make after work for a midweek Valentine’s but looks like it takes more effort than it does.

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Desserts

Baked figs with honey and pistachios for an easy Valentines Day Menu.

Baked Figs with Honey and Pistachios

A sweet and sticky dessert with crunchy pistachios, the perfect light finish to a heavy meal.

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A bowl of panna cotta topped with fresh berries for an easy Valentines Day Menu.

Buttermilk Panna Cotta

This creamy buttermilk panna cotta can be made in advance and simply topped with fresh berries for a rich, tangy dessert.

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A molten lava cake on a small plate for an easy Valentines Day Menu

Molten Lava Cake

A go-to favorite, this spongey chocolate cake is filled with a rich, gooey center. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

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Apéritifs

A cosmopolitan in a martini glass garnished with lime for an easy Valentines Day Menu.

Cosmopolitan

An appropriately pink cocktail with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed lime juice.

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A negroni in a glass tumblr for an easy Valentines Day Menu.

Negroni

A popular Italian apéritif, made of one part gin, one part vermouth rosso, and one part Campari, garnished with orange peel.

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A blackberry martini in a martini glass garnished with three blackberries on a cocktail stick for an easy Valentines Day Menu.

Blackberry Martini

Sweet blackberry syrup lends a lovely color and flavor to this berry gin martini. Make the syrup first, then mix the cocktail once it’s cool.

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