5 Fast & Easy Date Night Dinner Ideas

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You don’t have to slave over the stove all day to make a delicious, romantic meal for two. These are my five favorite FAST date night dinner ideas so you can spend your evening bonding instead of chopping and stirring.

Rotini carbonara on a plate with text overlay for 5 date night dinners

Easy Pasta Carbonara

Every one knows classic Italian food screams romance. But instead of a heavy tomato-based sauce, how about the buttery bacony goodness that is pasta carbonara?

Try it with a simple green salad and some garlic bread for a 20 minute meal that is guaranteed to please.

A plate of rotini pasta carbonara sprinkled with parsley

Easy Pasta Carbonara
This easy pasta carbonara recipe takes 20 minutes to prepare, and can be either a quick weeknight meal or an elegant dinner!
Check out this recipe
Easy Pasta Carbonara Recipe on a plate

Sriracha Honey Turkey Meatballs

So THIS is the most popular recipe on my blog for a reason. It’s freaking delicious. These little turkey meatballs are sweet and spicy, just like your relationship ;).

It’s also really quick and easy to pull off, and there’s nothing like spicy food to get your heart racing!

Asian meatballs with honey and sriracha in a bowl over rice noodles and snow peas

Honey Sriracha Meatballs with Rice Noodles
Serve these sweet, sticky, spicy meatballs, glazed with sriracha and honey, over rice or noodles for an easy weeknight dinner, or by themselves for a crowd-pleasing party appetizer.
Asian meatballs with honey and sriracha in a bowl over rice noodles and snow peas

Pasta with Fresh Tomato Cream Sauce

This is one of my back pocket 15 minute meals. Long pasta noodles are coated in the simplest of creamy sauces with fresh tomatoes and then showered in Parmesan and fresh basil.

It’s the perfect intersection of easy and impressive.

Linguine with fresh tomato cream sauce in a bowl

Tomato Alfredo Sauce
This simple 15-minute tomato alfredo sauce is full of traditional Italian flavors. Toss with pasta for a perfect weeknight meal.
Check out this recipe
Overhead view of a pan of pasta with tomato alfredo sauce with pasta swirled around a pair of tongs

Singapore Noodles

If you’re in the mood for something more exotic, look no further than these Singapore noodles.

With plump juicy shrimp, curried noodles, and vegetables, this easy stir fry is bright, colorful, super flavorful, and perfect for a fun date night at home.

Singapore curry noodles in a bowl garnished with a slice of lime and cilantro

Singapore Noodles
Singapore noodles are easy curried noodles with plump shrimp and chicken, great for a weeknight meal!
Singapore curry noodles in a bowl garnished with a slice of lime and cilantro

Creamy Almost No-Stir Butternut Squash Risotto

Risotto can be a bit of a pain, normally requiring 45 minutes of constant stirring and supervision.

But this one is different. A special technique cuts the stirring down to 5 minutes and finishes the cooking in the oven.

With roasted butternut squash and lots of Parmesan, it’s as creamy and delicious as any risotto and won’t eat up your whole evening.

A bowl of roasted butternut squash risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto
You don't need to be chained to the stove to get perfect creamy risotto. This easy version, with roasted butternut squash, requires 5 minutes of stirring, tops! It's a hearty, comforting fall vegetarian dinner that the whole family will love.
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A bowl of roasted butternut squash risotto

Quality time spent bonding over a nice meal is such a great way to keep the spark alive. I hope you found some inspiration with these fast and easy date night dinner ideas!

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