Show your love this week by giving one of these easy recipes a try...
No matter how you choose to celebrate Valentine's Day this year, a delicious meal with that someone special is a non-negotiable. Food is the way to the heart, right?
Sure, you could phone your local takeaway or head to a restaurant and let someone else do the cooking but if you really want to wow your other half - going the homemade route is sure to earn you some major brownie points.
What should you cook? We're glad you asked. We've got plenty of easy-but-impressive dishes to help. All of these Valentine's Day recipes are easy enough for any home chef, whatever the skill level. Some are heavy on the comfort (creamy pasta bakes), others are hearty enough for the carnivore in your life (a flavorful steak dinner), and a few encourage spending all day in bed (cinnamon roll pancakes).
Even if it's not Valentine's Day, these recipes will make any night even more special. So be sure to save this post to your browser because there's going to come a night this week where you're wondering what to cook, and we've got the answers.
Seafood ragu with gnocchi
Whether you go for sweet and juicy prawns, light and flaky fish, or meaty tuna, seafood is the perfect partner for all sorts of different sauces and pasta shapes. This particular medley of prawns, mussels and squid are blended with simple Italian-inspired flavours to make a divine main course for your romantic dinner for two. Be sure to serve it with crusty bread for soaking up the gorgeous sauce. Get the recipe, here.
Steak au poivre
There's a reason steak is a classic love food: it's rich, flavorful, and satisfying. Inspired by the classic French bistro dish, this steak au poivre with a peppercorn-laden creamy pan sauce is an easy yet elegant way to impress your significant other. You can use ribeye, sirloin, New York strips or flat iron steaks. Get the recipe, here.
Hot and spicy njuda chilli pizza
Valentine's Day isn't the only special occasion happening this week. Tomorrow, February 9 is National Pizza Day so why not celebrate by making your very own pizza from scratch? Don't worry, you don't need a pizza oven or pizza stone to get restaurant-quality pizza at home. All you need is this recipe for Hot and spicy njuda chilli pizza from Paulie's. Find it, here.
Give chef Jess Murphy's take on a traditional puttanesca. "It’s a great way to use up all those leftover odds and ends you have lying around. For Valentine’s Day, people think of something spicy, sophisticated and sexy, and this recipe uses normal ingredients to provide just that." You'll find the recipe here.
Cinnamon roll pancakes
If you've already ordered a meal kit for Valentine's Day or are planning on ordering your favourite dish from your local takeaway for dinner, why not start the day in style and treat your partner to a delicious and hearty brunch? These cinnamon roll pancakes adds a gorgeous extra element of flavour and the final result looks absolutely gorgeous. Your Valentine will be very impressed when you serve up these pancakes, but in reality, the recipe is very simple to follow. Try it out, here.
Mini banoffee tarts
Turn just another dinner at home into a special evening by following up your meal with these gorgeous mini banoffee tarts. This recipe comes courtesy of Edward Hayden and a truly the perfect treat to end your meal. Because these mini banoffee tarts are made individually, it means nobody has to argue over whose slice is bigger. Get the recipe, here.
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