Maybe it’s just us, but somehow “vegetarian” and “romantic” seem like polar opposites when it comes to recipes. However, romantic meals don’t have to be just sirloins and seared scallops. Let’s bring the love back into vegetarian eating too! We’ve compiled a few of our romantic vegetarian Valentine’s Day recipes as ideas for a cooking date. Yes, there’s a lot of pasta and pizza, but the Italians seem to know how to do it right.
Tell us >What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day memory? Mine is from growing up: my mom used to surprise our family by decorating our dining room with balloons and gifting my sister and me with fancy Valentines and little treats.
What’s more fun that heart-shaped foods? This pizza is mighty tasty, heart shaped or not, with silky caramelized onions, gooey cheese, and a bit of shaved Brussels sprouts. Check out our pizza dough video to learn how to make dough.
This Italian cheese and pepper spaghetti couldn’t be simpler; the recipe is from our friend Ashley Rodriguez’s book Date Night In. Alex and I ate a killer cacio e pepe last time we were in Rome. The pasta I originally ordered wasn’t my favorite, so we ordered cacio e pepe as a second pasta course (we joked it was dessert)—the server thought we were a bit crazy!
Something about cherries is romantic, right? These sauteed cherries with fluffy goat cheese and a bit of sage are a delicious starter to a Valentine’s Day meal.
This cozy bowl of polenta with roasted canned tomatoes and a bit of fresh rosemary has a romantic feel. It’s not pasta, but it’s another Italian offering (no surprise).
What’s more Valentine’s Day appropriate than hot pink hummus? Adding a roasted beet to hummus makes it stunning to look at—and it’s tasty too.
Speaking of pink, our new chocolate bark is naturally colored pink with beet root powder: no artificial dyes or flavorings! We’ve also got a video on how to swirl chocolate.
This vegetarian pasta carbonara features smoked mozzarella cheese and a fresh egg yolk that’s stirred into the pasta as an extra creamy sauce. Omit the peas to channel a more wintry vibe.
Hot off the presses, this rustic tart is simple to whip up and tastes incredible. What could be better than cherries and chocolate? The star is our flaky rye pie crust, which our friend’s 7-year-old recently told us was “spectacular” after she tried a piece.
These cakes are made of almonds, a bit of chocolate, and honey, making for a naturally gluten-free treat that’s both wholesome and decadent all at once.
Listen to our love-themed Valentine’s podcast.
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