Valentine's Day recipes

Wondering what to cook for Valentine’s Day? From make-ahead dishes to romantic breakfast ideas for two, we have Valentine’s Day recipes covered. Some of our favourites include beef wellington, steak with pesto hollandaise and fish and chips for two – and for dessert, molten-middle chocolate fondants.

Out to impress? Try our lingonberry and orange cheesecake, topped with a pretty swirl of (secretly simple to achieve) jammy hearts, or apple tarts arranged like roses.

Go the Italian route with pasta, such as our slow-cooked duck ragu with pappardelle, followed by coffee pannacotta – which can be made a day ahead.

And for breakfast, cute heart-shaped egg in a hole,served with bacon and avocado, or ricotta pancakes with spiced pear will show them you care.

Need help with planning a special meal? Check out our ultimate Valentine’s menu. Or, if you’d like to bake for a loved one, see our collection of Valentine’s cakes and treats; we love these red velvet cheesecake cupcakes. After all, food is the way to the heart…

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French-style duck pie

Duck recipes

French-style duck pie

Food writer Sam Ellis-Cosgrove shares the duck pie recipe that played a special role in her leap into the food...

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Tagliatelle with lamb meatballs and artichokes

30-minute meal recipes

Tagliatelle with lamb meatballs and artichokes

This easy tagliatelle with lamb meatballs is made extra tender with an olive and garlic paste – the oils in...

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Cauliflower steak diane with potato wedges

Cauliflower recipes

Cauliflower steak diane with potato wedges

Calling a thick slice of cauliflower a ‘steak’ can be a little contentious – but when it’s roasted with butter,...

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Plaice with sparkling wine sauce

30-minute meal recipes

Plaice with sparkling wine sauce

Sparkling wine brings luxury to this simple fish dish, offering up plenty of sweet, complex acidity to contrast with the...

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Peppercorn mushrooms with butter bean mash

Easy vegan recipes

Peppercorn mushrooms with butter bean mash

Step aside steak – these meaty oyster mushrooms provide all the umami, depth and complex savouriness of red meat, helped...

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Steak with lentils, beetroot and pickled shallots

30-minute meal recipes

Steak with lentils, beetroot and pickled shallots

Slicing a steak before you plate it always seems to make it go further. Serve slices of juicy sirloin on...

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Pasta alla Norma

Aubergine recipes

Pasta alla Norma

Aubergine is the star in this celebration of late summer. Sicily’s iconic pasta dish is deliciously simple and requires only...

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Pork piccata with mashed potatoes and roast apples

30-minute meal recipes

Pork piccata with mashed potatoes and roast apples

Piccata is an Italian dish of chicken escalope, dredged in flour then browned and served with a lemon, caper and...

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Flourless chocolate and espresso cakes

Valentine's cakes and treat recipes

Flourless chocolate and espresso cakes

Indulgent enough for a special occasion yet simple enough to make on a weeknight. Share the love with these heart-shaped...

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Coffee and malt biscuit pannacotta

Pannacotta recipes

Coffee and malt biscuit pannacotta

The unlikely ingredient ovaltine adds a malty layer to this rich, coffee and malt biscuit pannacotta. In need of a...

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Gochujang pork ragù

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Gochujang pork ragù

Going beyond Italy’s larder of ingredients when making pasta sauces can produce incredible results. This ragù recipe is completely transformed...

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Cavolo nero linguine with pangrattato

30-minute meal recipes

Cavolo nero linguine with pangrattato

A deep green purée, rich with slow-cooked garlic, really delivers in this simple cavolo nero linguine dish. What takes it...

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Creamy truffle chicken, leek and bean one-pot

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Creamy truffle chicken, leek and bean one-pot

A handful of ingredients come together to create this chicken and bean stew for two, packed with luxurious flavours of...

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Chai hot chocolate with spiced waffle dippers

No-bake desserts

Chai hot chocolate with spiced waffle dippers

For a fun and easy dessert with a difference, serve cups of rich and aromatic chai hot chocolate with golden...

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Truffled mushroom pasta with burrata

Favourite vegetarian recipes

Truffled mushroom pasta with burrata

Impress your date with heavenly truffle mushroom pasta. Finish the dish with burrata and truffle shavings for a divine Valentine’s...

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Cheesy scallop gratin

Valentine's Day recipes

Cheesy scallop gratin

This cheesy scallop gratin makes the perfect romantic starter and cooks in just 15 mins. Serve as part of our...

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