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

Bacon and 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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Fennel and 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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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

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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Steak and 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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Braised Lamb Shanks and 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

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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Slow Cooker Salmon and Asparagus Risotto

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

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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

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

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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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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

Cosmopolitan

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

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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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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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