10 Sweet & Savory Valentine’s Day Recipes
Hope you all had a great weekend!
I thought I’d pop in with a few fun Valentines Day recipes for the week. I have to admit, Connor and I don’t really formally celebrate the holiday, but it’s a great excuse to whip up something special for a loved one or just yourself (just as important, if I do say so!),
We prefer to keep things casual, make an effort to disconnect, and just enjoy a nice quiet dinner together at home. I’ve rounded up some of my all-time favorites – everything from Valentines Day dinner recipes to dessert recipes – for inspiration below.
While a few of these recipes require a bit more work and time, most of the dinner recipes can be prepared in less than 45 minutes and nearly all of the desserts can be prepped ahead.
If you’re looking for more inspiration, be sure to check out these other main course recipes for additional ideas!
Making pasta from scratch sounds complicated and time-consuming, but whenever I spend the extra effort to do so, I never regret it. Homemade pasta is far simpler to make than you might realize, and this pasta recipe walks you through each step of the process. The texture and flavor is unparalleled!
Reader Review: “I made this without a pasta roller and it still came out great!” – Meryl
Quite possibly one of the cutest desserts to ever grace my kitchen, these chocolate heart meringue cups could not be more special for Valentine’s Day! They require a touch of piping skill, but once prepared are filled with a simple homemade sweetened whipped cream and fresh berries. Bound to impress!
Reader Review: “These meringue hearts are SO beautiful!” – Thalia
One of my favorite indulgent pasta recipes, this creamy leek and pancetta pappardelle pasta recipe is a long-time reader favorite with over 20 five-star reviews and counting! The recipe is scaled down (generously, seconds are inevitable!) too, making it a great choice for an easy Valentine’s Day dinner.
Reader Review: “Made this tonight; my husband likes to tease me about my cooking but he was gobbling it up before I could even get it on his plate! This recipe is a keeper!” – Jo
This small batch of almond raspberry cakes makes just four little muffin-sized cakes! They are topped with a zesty citrus glaze, and taste great any time of day. If you’re looking for a low maintenance dessert, this is a great choice.
Reader Review: “Gorgeous little cakes! Love that it is a small batch!” – Claudia
One of my favorite dinner recipes, this seared salmon with Chile adobo sauce is elegant, far easier to make than it looks, and packed with flavor. A definite showstopper of a dinner that can be prepared in less than 45 minutes. You’ll want to serve that Chile adobe sauce with everything.
Reader Review: “OMG. This was amazing. Great recipe! Thanks!” – Ruthie
Can you melt chocolate? Toast slivered almonds? If so (and trust me, anyone can do that!), these almond clusters are 15 minutes out of reach! A surprisingly delicious, easy chocolate treat to wrap up in a box or snack on after dinner. If you’re not feeling the homemade caramel sugar sprinkle, simply top them with a flaky sea salt, such as Maldon.
Reader Review: “I may never use regular sprinkles again.” – Joanne
I don’t know why, but pasta is my go-to choice for any Valentine’s Day dinner. Cozy, delicious, and romantic. This classic spaghetti amatriciana, which comes together so quickly, is based on a family recipe and a guaranteed hit.
Reader Review: “Thank you for this recipe! I made this for my husband and he said it was even better than the version that our favorite Italian restaurant makes (which is super amazing!)” – Maddy
If you’re a fan of chocolate peanut butter cups, then you’ll love these chocolate cups filled with spiced almond butter. These couldn’t be easier to prepare!
Reader Review: “These sound absolutely perfect! I love almond butter, so I can’t wait to try this recipe!” – Dani
Made with just two ingredients (heavy cream and semisweet chocolate chips), this easy chocolate mousse takes almost no effort at all to make, and can be prepped ahead. Just remember to set aside about an hour for chilling! If looking to make it even easier, feel free to substitute the toasted homemade meringue topping with simple berries, sliced almonds, and whipped cream. Delish!
Reader Review: “I love this next-level mousse with the meringue topping. Looks so delicious!!” – Cindy
I’m a sucker for any dessert that combines chocolate and fresh orange. This chocolate bark takes this combo to the next level by combining dark chocolate, candied blood orange pieces, and sliced almonds. Such a fun edible gift to show someone you care! Or ya know, just hoard them for yourself. No judgement.
Reader Review: “What a fantastic bark combo!! I love blood oranges!” – Rebecca