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A luxurious, classy dinner date sounds like a wonderfully romantic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but an expensive night out on an extremely busy night isn’t everyone’s ideal way to spend an evening.
For those looking to stay on a budget or avoid the crazy crowds, Valentine’s Day is far from impossible to enjoy in a well-equipped home kitchen. Here are four romantic home dinner recipes for two that you can try this Valentine’s Day.
Sausage Ragù over Creamy Polenta. We think this red, creamy dish from The Kitchn neatly matches the aesthetic of Valentine’s Day. The recipe calls mostly for ingredients you’re likely to have at home already, and it relies on the deep flavors of Italian sausage and texture of polenta to create a memorable, couple-pleasing meal.
Classic Baked Macaroni & Cheese. What says love better than comfort food? Mac ‘n’ cheese is a longstanding comfort food classic, and it’s surprisingly easy to make — no blue box dinner here! Such a timeless dish is sure to make its way into a loved one’s heart (and stomach, too).
Shrimp, Spinach & Feta Orzo. This tomato-based recipe from Country Living is a savory, relaxing delight. It’s comprised mostly of kitchen staples and is super simple to prepare. Packed with vegetables and protein, this dish is equal parts comforting and good for you.
Chicken with Lemon and Potatoes. Lemon zest, butter, garlic, and scallions combine to soak this whole roasted chicken with intense flavor. The potatoes pair perfectly with the garlicky, buttery flavor profile, allowing the chicken to shine bright as the true star of this dish.
These recipes are certain to help you look forward to a Valentine’s Day dinner that’s as romantic as it is affordable, accessible, and way less stressful. Let us know in the comments which recipes you’ll use to enjoy this lovely holiday in the comforts of your own home!