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26 Date-Night Dinner Ideas For Anyone Whose Love Language Is Cooking

The key to the heart is through the stomach.

Maybe you're looking for a Valentine's Day dinner to make at home, or perhaps you're just trying to spice up a future date. These extra-special recipes call for fairly simple and accessible ingredients, and they're manageable regardless of your cooking skills. But best of all: They look and taste worthy of a special occasion.

1. Roasted Honeynut Squash Risotto

2. Lightened-Up "Marry Me" Chicken

Chicken over rice

3. Whipped Ricotta Toast With Marinated Tomatoes

Toasted bread with whipped ricotta, tomatoes, thyme, and honey

4. Garlic Butter White Wine Shrimp Linguine

Linguine with creamy garlic shrimp

5. Pork Chops With Creamy Mustard Sauce

Skillet pork chops in creamy mustard sauce

6. Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice

7. Slow Cooker Pork Ramen Bowls

Spicy pork ramen noodle bowls

8. Easy Linguine With Clams

9. Pasta Pomodoro With Chicken and Goat Cheese

Pasta with tomatoes, goat cheese, and basil

11. Fish Puttanesca

White fish in tomato sauce with olives

12. 30-Minute Shrimp Orzo

One-pot shrimp and orzo

14. Flounder Piccata

Flounder piccata with capers and lemon

15. Miso Marinated Steak Bowls

Miso marinated steak bowl with bok choy and rice

17. Red Thai Curry Mussels

Red Thai curry mussels

18. Baked Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

19. Garlic Butter Creamed Spinach Salmon

Salmon in creamy spinach sauce

20. Slow-Cooked Shredded Beef Ragù Pasta

21. Chimichurri Skirt Steak

Sliced steak with green herb sauce

22. Ina Garten’s Cioppino Seafood Stew

Tomato stew with different seafood

23. Lamb Kofta

24. Orzo Carbonara With Crispy Prosciutto and Burrata

Orzo carbonara

25. 6-Ingredient Baked Eggplant Parmesan

26. Easy Salmon “Sushi” Bowls

Salmon sushi bowl with rice and avocado