Easy Valentine’s Day recipes for two

Discover easy recipes for two below, then check out our main collection of Valentine’s Day recipes. For simple tipples to serve with your food, see our easy cocktail recipes. If you’re looking for a gift for your favourite foodie, see our top picks in our Valentine’s Day gift guide.

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Starter: Cheese grazing board

Set the tone for the evening with a comfort-forward cheese grazing board. To make it suitable for two, choose from one of three baked cheeses: lemony baked goat’s cheese, baked camembert in a cob or baked feta with chipotle. Serve with plenty of crackers, crudités and chutneys.

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A spread of different baked cheeses with crudites on the side

Main: Spatchcock chicken traybake

This simple one-tin dinner promises big flavour, thanks to harissa-coated roast chicken, crispy chorizo and caramelised orange. This recipe cuts corners by using pre-cooked basmati rice. It serves up to four, so it’s great for leftovers the following day.

A roasting tray filled with roast chicken, rice and orange slices

Dessert: Raspberry chocolate pots

You need just three ingredients to whip up this silky, decadent pudding: dark chocolate, double cream and raspberries. This is guaranteed to be the easiest restaurant-level chocolate dessert you’ve ever made.

Tall glasses filled with chocolate mousse and topped with raspberries on a grey background

Cocktail: Espresso martini

Round off your Valentine’s meal with the ultimate coffee cocktail, blending fresh espresso with vodka and coffee liqueur for a sweet, velvety drink.

Find more inspiration see our easy cocktail recipes.

A martini glass filled with espresso martini on a grey background

Starter: Fig salad

Kick-start your Italian-inspired menu with a simple fresh fig salad served with a punchy pink peppercorn dressing. It’s a quick starter, with finely grated Grana Padano providing a creamy but piquant contrast to the sweet figs.

Halved figs and salad leaves on a plate

Main: Effortless dill butter prawn linguine with chilli crisp fried eggs

Cook a special seafood pasta main without the hassle, with the help of potted brown shrimp. Good-quality linguine elevates this dish to new heights, while the fried egg adds extra richness to the sauce.

Plate of linguine topped with potted prawns and dill, next to a fried egg with chilli crisp

Dessert: Affogato chocolate mousse

Your date will never guess this espresso-infused pud takes just 15 minutes to make. It’s best left overnight to chill, so it’s a winner if you’re looking for a dessert you can make ahead, then whip out when ready to serve. Dust with cocoa and serve with shots of hot espresso on the side.

Chocolate Mousse Recipe with Affogato

Cocktail: Negroni sbagliato

A negroni sbagliato feels celebratory, so it’s a fitting tipple to accompany your Italian-inspired menu. Swapping gin for prosecco makes a lighter negroni and softens the bitterness.

Negroni Sbagliato Cocktail Recipe

Aperitif: Gildas

Anchovies, guindilla peppers and olives – that’s all you need to rustle up this effortless Spanish-style snack. Serve on a tray as an appetiser while you prepare your main.

A selection of olives, peppers and anchovies on cocktail sticks with a bowl of almonds and three glasses of vermouth

Main: Prawns pil pil

Your date is bound to enjoy this Spanish-style main, where plump prawns sit in a pool of garlicky, spicy oil. It makes use of cheap, familiar ingredients, but the end result is impressive – just don’t forget the crusty bread for mopping up all of those wonderful juices.

Two grey bowls filled with prawns in a red chilli garlic sauce and topped with chopped parsley

Dessert: Tinto de verano granita

To finish, transport yourself to sunnier climes with this Spanish-style granita. Load the icy mixture into two chilled glasses and serve with a wheel of lemon or lime for a sophisticated garnish.

Tinto de verano granita in three separate cups with spoons

Cocktail: Winter sangria

For a winter twist on everyone’s favourite Spanish tipple, turn your hand to this winter sangria. It’s a great way to use up any left-over port from Christmas, but it also works well with red wine.


More effortless desserts

Effortless madeleine ‘baba’

Try this cheat on a rum baba for a dessert that’s classy yet hassle-free. It’s very simple – use their favourite rum to make it more special.

Two glass bowls with two madeleines and a dollop of cream next to a jug of syrup

Grapefruit and mint syllabub

Floral rosé wine and sharp, refreshing grapefruit takes this syllabub to new heights – it may take just 10 minutes to make, but it will end your Valentine’s meal on a high note.

A creamy dessert in stemmed glasses topped with lemon peel and mint leaves on a white plate with a pink background

10-minute berry dessert

This quick berry pud is deceptively easy to make: simply heat frozen berries in a pan to make a purée, add to a glass, then layer with double cream mixed with Greek yogurt. Serve with ginger biscuits for dunking et voilà.

Four glasses filled with berry coulis and topped with yogurt and double cream on plates next to halved ginger biscuits.

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