19 Valentines Day Recipes That Feel Seriously Fancy (2024)

There's still time to make these.

Hannah LoewentheilPublished on February 12, 2018

1. Creamy Garlic Herb and Mushroom Spaghetti

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Nothing says "I love you" like a big bowl of pasta, especially when they're smothered in savory mushrooms and cream sauce. Get the recipe.

2. Mozzarella Chicken in Tomato Sauce

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The key to this recipe is the homemade tomato sauce made with onions, crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, dried basil, and pesto. Get the recipe.

3. Pan-Seared Fillet Mignon

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Sautéed in beef broth, red wine, butter, garlic, thyme, and mushrooms, this is a seriously decadent dish that takes very little effort. Get the recipe.

4. Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Asparagus

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Life tip: Always keep some frozen shrimp on hand. That way, you can work with the ingredients you already have in your pantry and whip up a fancy meal like this in no time. Get the recipe.

5. One-Pan Pork Chops With Apples and Onions

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Don't even think about dirtying all the dishes. Cook your main dish and sides together in a single pan. Get the recipe.

6. One-Pan Baked Tortellini

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You can leave out the ground turkey to make this dish vegetarian, or you can opt for another meat you prefer. Get the recipe.

7. Chicken Piccata with Chickpeas

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Sautéed chickpeas and perfectly cooked chicken all served in a lemon caper sauce, this protein-packed meal tastes (and looks) restaurant-quality. Get the recipe.

8. Thai Butternut Squash Bisque

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Make this creamy bisque as an appetizer or serve it with crusty French bread and a dollop of crème fraiche as the main event. Get the recipe.

9. Cheater's "Risotto" with Wild Mushrooms, Chestnuts, Spinach and Parmesan

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Risotto is great...but it also takes a while to make. This recipe calls for couscous instead of arborio rice. The resulting dish tastes just as creamy and delicious. Get the recipe.

10. Halibut Ceviche

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You can use whatever white, fleshy fish you prefer like halibut, cod, or or sea bass to make this zesty ceviche. Serve it on tostadas with some sliced avocado pico de gallo for an appetizer worthy of a special occasion. Get the recipe.

11. Grilled Moroccan Chicken

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You wouldn't believe that a chicken dish with so much flavor can be made with only a few basic ingredients. In fact, besides for pomegranate and za'atar, the remainder are probably sitting in your kitchen. Get the recipe.

12. Grilled Lobster Tails with Coriander and Chilli Butter Sauce

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It's a holiday. Treat yourself. Get the recipe.

13. Chicken Pad Thai

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This sweet-and-savory Thai-inspired sauce is made with brown sugar, soy sauce, fish sauce, peanut butter, and chili paste. Make some extra because you'll want to eat it on everything. Get the recipe.

14. Baked Honey Lime Cilantro Salmon

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Bake these salmon fillets in foil packets: Not only does the aluminum foil eliminate any mess, but it pretty much guarantees your fish will be cooked to perfection. Get the recipe.

15. Grilled Flank Steak with Avocado Chimichurri

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This avocado chimichurri — made with cilantro, oregano, garlic, red wine vinegar, olive oil, lime juice, and red pepper flakes — takes your everyday flank steak to a brand new level. Get the recipe.

16. Mussels Bucatini in White Wine Sauce

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Cooking mussels at home seems fancy AF, but the truth is they're insanely simple.

Just sauté them with shallots, garlic, thyme, lemon, and white wine for about 8 minutes, and voilà. Get the recipe.

17. Brussel Sprouts and Bacon Flatbread

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Start with store bought flatbread or naan to whip up these impressive-looking pizzas in no time. Get the recipe.

18. Shawarma Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

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Whether you're avoiding meat or you just want to try something different, these smokey, spicy cauliflower steaks won't disappoint. Get the recipe.

19. Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Florentine Pasta

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Creamy, comforting, and seriously flavorful, you might be tempted to make this pasta your Valentine. Get the recipe.

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