When it comes to connecting with your significant other, there’s nothing better than a date night at home. Whether you’re in the mood for a completely vegetarian menu, are ready to Lady and Tramp it over pasta recipes, or are craving a fancy seafood date night in, we’ve got you covered.

This collection of romantic dinner ideas includes super fun things to make together for date night – whatever you’re hungry for. Picture it: staying in, turning up the music, pouring a glass of your favorite red, and dancing the night away while chopping, stirring, and taste testing.

Making a romantic date night meal together is sure to heighten your senses and bring the ultimate connection. No more mediocre takeout or frozen pizza nights. Try one (or more!) of these easy and approachable, yet totally impressive recipes instead.

And nothing says “date night” better than sharing a dessert at the end of your meal. Definitely be sure to check out some yummy, indulgent sweet-tooth recipe ideas, too!

Pasta Recipes

Whether you decide to make a quick 30-minute pasta dish for a weeknight date, or a more elaborate homemade pasta dinner that you can linger over for hours, you’ll find it here!

Do note there are several seafood pasta recipes in this category (and not included under seafood).

Bowl of cheese ravioli with basil leaves inside and around.

Homemade Cheese Ravioli with Ricotta

5 (23 ratings)
Make a batch of homemade pasta and fill ravioli pockets with a luxurious, delicate, and bright ricotta cheese filling. This is a super fun "date night project" recipe!
Ingredients: fresh pasta dough, ricotta, parmesan cheese, lemon zest, basil, nutmeg, and sauce for serving
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Or make homemade fresh ravioli together and add your own filling! There are endless options!

Two bowls of shrimp scampi next to board of lemon and parsley.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta for Two

5 (21 ratings)
You'll love this super easy date-night-worthy recipe. It's ready in 20 minutes but feels totally fancy and restaurant-worthy!
Ingredients: fettuccine pasta, shrimp, butter, shallot, garlic, white wine, lemon
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Bowl of creamy red wine spaghetti with serving spoons.

Creamy Red Wine Spaghetti

5 (10 ratings)
What's more romantic than pasta and red wine? Make this creamy pasta in just 20 minutes, yet revel in how luxurious it is!
Ingredients: spaghetti, olive oil, garlic, red wine, butter, parmesan cheese, pine nuts
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Two bowls of garlic pasta with scallops next to blue striped linen.

Creamy Garlic Pasta with Pan Seared Scallops

4.97 (108 ratings)
This luxurious pasta is definitely date-night-worthy. Creamy, cheesy garlic parmesan pasta is topped with perfectly pan-seared scallops. Even better? It's ready in just 20 minutes!
Ingredients: spaghetti, butter, garlic, milk, vegetable stock, parmesan, sea scallops
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White bowl of vegetarian gnocchi with spinach and tomatoes.

One Pot Creamy Tomato Spinach Gnocchi

4.95 (100 ratings)
This restaurant-worthy dinner is ready in just 25 minutes but will make your night extra special!
Ingredients: onion, leek, garlic, tomatoes, gnocchi, parmesan cheese, spinach, half-and-half
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Bowl of pasta with pieces of salmon and lemon wedge.

Salmon Pasta with Lemon Garlic Butter

5 (15 ratings)
You’ll love the light yet luxurious garlic butter sauce with lemon, whole-wheat pasta, and flaky salmon. It’s a wholesome, filling dinner that comes together quickly!
Ingredients: salmon, whole wheat pasta, garlic, butter, lemon
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5 Ingredient Blistered Tomato Pasta

5 (4 ratings)
It's a super easy pasta recipe, and is only made with 5 simple ingredients, and is ready in less than 20 minutes…but you'll feel fancy with this indulgent yet light pasta!
Ingredients: orecchiette pasta, butter, olive oil, cherry tomatoes, garlic, pasta water
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Plate of fettuccine alfredo with fork.

Fettuccine Alfredo for Two

5 (15 ratings)
Italian-inspired date night could not be easier or more romantic than with Fettuccine Alfredo! This recipe is made for 2 and ready in just 15 minutes!
Ingredients: fettuccine noodles, butter, garlic, half-and-half, parmesan cheese
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One bowl of mushroom pea risotto on top of blue linen with fork and cheese grater.

Creamy Mushroom Pea Risotto

5 (12 ratings)
Enjoy the process of making this savory, creamy, rich risotto – be sure to turn up the music and dance away the night in between all that stirring!
Ingredients: vegetable broth, onion, mushrooms, arborio rice, white wine, peas, parmesan cheese, peas, butter
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up close look of salmon pesto pasta with fork in bowl

Salmon Pesto Pasta with Corn

5 (4 ratings)
Bursting with fresh basil pesto, corn, and rich salmon pieces twirled into fettuccine pasta, this pasta is easy and delicious!
Ingredients: fettuccine noodles, pesto, corn, salmon, shallot, garlic, parmesan, milk
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Skillet with romesco pasta topped with burrata cheese.

Creamy Romesco Sauce Pasta with Burrata

5 (5 ratings)
Nothing says "I love you" quite like pasta and burrata cheese.
Ingredients: bucatini pasta, romesco sauce, burrata cheese
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up close bowl of orecchiette pasta with spoon

The Easiest One-Pan Orecchiette Pasta Recipe

5 (8 ratings)
It's a quick one-pan recipe that's savory and hearty!
Ingredients: orecchiette pasta, broccolini, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, onion, parmesan cheese
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Homemade Vegetarian Lasagna with Spinach Ricotta

5 (23 ratings)
Have fun assembling lasagna together. Make it even more fun by rolling out homemade pasta sheets for it, too!
Ingredients: dried or homemade noodles, tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, mozzarella, spinach
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Seafood Recipes

There’s just something about seafood recipes that feels extra elegant for a romantic date night. Take note that there are several seafood pasta recipes above in the pasta recipes section.

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Seared Scallops on Warm Corn Salad

5 (4 ratings)
A light, seasonal dinner for two that comes together in less than 15 minutes.
Ingredients: corn, red bell pepper, jalapeno, large sea scallops
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Guajillo Chili Mussels | Fork in the Kitchen - An easy, flavorful, elegant dinner for two!

Guajillo Chili Mussels

5 (1 rating)
The mildly spicy, yet complex, tomato and chili broth is irresistible. Enjoy lingering over this dish with warm crusty bread or french fries!
Ingredients: dried guajillo chilis, fire-roasted tomatoes, ginger, garlic, white wine, fresh mussels in the shell, saffron
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parmesan rosemary crusted cod on arugula with fork

Parmesan Rosemary Crusted Fish

5 (15 ratings)
Lightly fried white fish with a parmesan rosemary panko crust – this recipe is perfect for a quick, yet elegant, dinner.
Ingredients: white fish (like cod, haddock, or walleye), panko, fresh rosemary, parmesan cheese
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The most tender, flaky, luxurious salmon you'll ever have - the ultimate summer recipe that's incredibly easy!

Rosemary Salmon Foil Packet

5 (1 rating)
The most tender, flaky, luxurious salmon you’ll ever have! An easy main dish with endless side dish options.
Ingredients: rosemary, red pepper flakes, salmon
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Bowl with rice, green onions, teriyaki salmon, and fresh green beans next to blue linen.

Easy Baked Teriyaki Salmon

5 (10 ratings)
Make this baked teriyaki salmon for an easy, quick dinner that's full of flavor!
Ingredients: teriyaki sauce, salmon
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Scallops on top of pineapple salsa and rice on blue plate.

Seared Scallops with Coconut Rice and Pineapple Salsa

5 (7 ratings)
Transport you and your love to the tropics with this beach-vibe dinner! Creamy coconut rice, fresh and bright pineapple salsa, and rich sea scallops make a fantastic combination!
Ingredients: rice, coconut milk, pineapple salsa, sea scallops
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Up close shrimp on white plate.

Shrimp with Romesco Sauce

5 (1 rating)
Marinade shrimp in bold, flavorful, and easy-to-make Romesco Sauce then sautee on the stove for a flavorful dinner! Serve it with rice and veggies for a satisfying meal.
Ingredients: romesco sauce, shrimp
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side view of shrimp picatta with pasta

20-Minute Easy Shrimp Piccata

5 (9 ratings)
Juicy shrimp in a briny caper and lemon wine sauce is an irresistible combination! Serve it with bread, pasta, or some veggie sides.
Ingredients: shallot, garlic, shrimp, white wine, vegetable stock, lemon, capers
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Firecracker Shrimp

5 (1 rating)
Spice up date night with these firecracker shrimp skewers!
Ingredients: raw shrimp, olive oil, red pepper flakes, ginger, garlic
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Date Night Desserts

Cooking for a date has got to include dessert! Make it as romantic as you want with classic options like creme brulee (or add Nutella) or keep it comforting with a fresh out-of-the-oven, warm brownie skillet.

All desesrt ideas lead to something sweet that you can easily share with two spoons. Oh the fun!

Sauteed plums in bowl with ice cream and spoon.

Sautéed Plums in Wine Sauce with Ice Cream

This indulgent dessert is so easy to make in just 10 minutes!
Ingredients: butter, brown sugar, plums, red wine, vanilla ice cream for serving
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Creme brulee in white ramekin with spoon.

Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée

The most luxurious and indulgent creme brulee around is made with real vanilla beans and has that perfect sugar topping.
Ingredients: heavy cream, vanilla beans, egg yolks, sugar
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Bowl of raspberry sorbet next to chambord.

Chambord Raspberry Sorbet

5 (4 ratings)
Not only is the color perfect for date night, this bright sorbet is the ultimate dessert when you need a light, refreshing bite.
Ingredients: Chambord, frozen raspberries, sugar, lemon juice
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Irish Cream Chocolate Mousse

5 (3 ratings)
An easy, make-ahead option so you can enjoy dessert without worry and focus on each other.
Ingredients: heavy cream, bittersweet dark chocolate, Irish Cream Liqueur, powdered sugar, espresso powder, vanilla
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Small Batch Peanut Butter Brownie Skillet

5 (3 ratings)
All you'll need is two spoons to share this warm brownie skillet!
Ingredients: egg, sugar, cocoa powder, peanut butter chips, chocolate chips
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Chocolate syrup pouring into jar.

How to Make Homemade Chocolate Syrup

5 (56 ratings)
A date night with chocolate syrup? Of course! But really, make it ahead of time and have it on hand to drizzle on ice cream over your chocolate brownie and more!
Ingredients: cocoa powder, water, sugar, vanilla extract
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Drink Recipes

Enjoy a fun and creative adult beverage to start the evening, or enjoy as a nightcap. Either way, one of these cocktail recipes will be just the thing date night needs!

glass of chocolate white russian with chocolate swirls as garnish on white tray

Chocolate White Russian with Chocolate Syrup

5 (2 ratings)
Why not have dessert in cocktail form? This Chocolate White Russian is creamy, chocolatey, and irresistible!
Ingredients: sweetened condensed milk, coffee liqueur, vodka, chocolate syrup
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Cranberry ginger cocktail with sugared cranberry, rosemary, and orange garnish.

Cranberry Ginger Cocktail

5 (2 ratings)
It’s punchy, not-too-sweet, and a perfectly festive beverage.
Ingredients: gin, cranberry juice, ginger syrup, and ginger beer or club soda
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three glasses of cranberry rosemary prosecco on marble tray with sugar coated cranberries around

Festive Cranberry Rosemary Prosecco Cocktail

5 (6 ratings)
An easy, celebratory cocktail — your love is worth celebrating, after all!
Ingredients: prosecco or champagne, rosemary syrup, cranberry juice
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Sangria in coupe glasses on marble tray.

Blackberry Sangria

5 (4 ratings)
Make it ahead of time and sip this luxurious drink throughout the night!
Ingredients: red wine, blackberry syrup, Chambord, apple, orange, blackberries
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champagne flute with lavender flowers and french 75 with lemon twist

Lavender Infused French 75

5 (2 ratings)
Enjoy this floral, elegant cocktail for a fancy night in!
Ingredients: gin or vodka, lavender syrup, lemon juice, prosecco
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How to Have the Best Date Night at Home

Here are a few of my favorite tips for making sure you and your partner have a super fun, stress-free, and totally romantic date night at home!

  • Plan a Theme. While not essential, it’s fun to have a theme for date night. It helps you plan the menu and cocktails, and you can take it a step further with on-theme outfits, too! Think: date night on the beach, sidewalk cafe in Paris, hibernating in the cold (ok, that one just might be real in MN).
  • Handle the Prep Work Together. The best part about date night dinner at home is enjoying the entire process of cooking together. Have fun chopping, stirring, and preparing the meal together.
  • Turn up the music! Keep it as part of the theme, find a classic kitchen mix, or shuffle your favorite play.
  • Set the mood ahead of time. Set the table and include candles for the ultimate romantic setting. Arranging plates, tableware, and the ambiance before you start cooking means you can quickly transition into savoring.
  • Will you need activities? One of my most favorite things to do is linger around the table after having had enjoyed a delightful dinner and talk. It’s helpful to have some activities on hand to keep the date night going. I really like these question cards to encourage conversation you might not otherwise have, or a deck of playing cards for simple games.

Having a movie date night? Make a big batch of homemade popcorn together and enjoy it with a variety of popcorn seasonings!

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Plate of fettuccine alfredo with fork.
5 (1 rating)

Get the Recipe 32+ Date Night Recipe Ideas: Fettuccine Alfredo for Two

Plan your next date night dinner at home with these easy-to-make, yet impressive recipes. You'll find a collection of pasta date night recipes, seafood recipes, vegetarian recipes, and a few drinks and desserts to complete your feast!




  • Fill a large stockpot with water and a generous pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and add fettuccine noodles, cooking a few minutes under package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter on low heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant, stirring frequently so it doesn't burn. Keep the heat low!
  • Increase the heat to medium and whisk in the half-and-half; add half of the salt and pepper. Simmer for 1-2 minutes, then add 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes until slightly reduced.
  • Add the grated parmesan cheese and the remaining butter, whisking until smooth and combined. Test the sauce for salt levels, adding more as needed.
  • Add the pasta into the sauce and toss to combine. Let the pasta simmer for 1-2 minutes until al dente. If the sauce is too thick (which may be the case especially if you used heavy cream), add additional pasta water 1-2 tablespoons at a time to loosen, stirring between each addition.
  • Serve immediately. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley as desired. 


  • Forgot to take your half-and-half out of the fridge when you started cooking? Put it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds. You want it to be lukewarm/room temperature so it doesn’t shock up when you put it in the skillet.
  • Reheating? I don’t recommend it, but if you need to, I recommend reserving a bit of the pasta water and reheating it with 2-4 tablespoons of the pasta water on the stove over low-medium heat until heated through and the sauce has loosened. 
  • Possible add-ins: chicken, shrimp, or broccoli. See the blog post for more ideas!
Calories: 884kcal, Carbohydrates: 90g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 47g, Saturated Fat: 27g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 12g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 213mg, Sodium: 1085mg, Potassium: 447mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 1376IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 350mg, Iron: 2mg
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