10 Easy Dinner Ideas for Two

These easy dinner ideas for two are perfect as everyday meals that don’t end in leftovers for days, or for romantic date nights in!

Dinner ideas for two

Let’s face it: sometimes you’re just looking for dinner for two! Maybe it’s a romantic date night. Or maybe it’s for everyday cooking, because you’re not into eating leftovers for days! Whatever the case, Alex and I have been there. As a couple who cooks together, we’ve cooked for two for years! (And now we cook for a two plus a toddler, which isn’t even so different.)

Here’s a list of our top easy dinner ideas for two. Some of the recipes are designed for two servings. Others are recipes that are easy to cut in half, or don’t make many leftovers. Whatever the case, we hope that you (and your number two!) will enjoy them as much as we do.

Our top dinner idea? This Easy Risotto for Two recipe below! And here’s 10 more ideas to get you cooking.

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Risotto for two

Risotto for Two

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 23 Servings 1x


This Parmesan risotto for two is easy to put together and makes for a stunning dish. Serve with Roasted Broccoli for a complete meal. 


  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • ¾ cup white wine
  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese, plus additional for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper


  1. Place broth in a medium saucepan and heat to a simmer; reduce heat and keep warm.
  2. Mince the shallot.
  3. In a large heavy-bottomed skillet, pot or Dutch oven, heat the butter over medium high heat. Add the shallot, reduce heat to medium, and cook until the shallot is translucent, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Add the rice and stir to combine; cook for 2 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and add the white wine. Cook, stirring, until liquid is almost evaporated, a few minutes.
  4. At this point, you’re ready to start adding the broth. Add ½ cup warmed broth to skillet. Cook, stirring frequently, until broth is almost absorbed. Repeat, gradually adding broth ½ cup at a time and stirring, until rice is tender but still al dente and sauce is creamy (you may not need all the broth). The process should take about 12 to 15 minutes.
  5. Stir in the Parmesan or Pecorino cheese. Continue to stir until combined. Remove from heat and stir in the salt. Taste, and adjust seasonings as desired (if using Parmesan, it may require more salt than with Pecorino). Serve immediately, garnished with additional cheese and fresh ground pepper.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Risotto for Two, Easy Dinner Ideas for Two

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    October 9, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    We made this! We didn’t have shallots so I used a white onion. I made a bit extra.. a little more butter and rice. A cup of wine. And I did add broccoli. I split the batch in two, one as is- for my husband and he loved it! And the other half for me, I drizzled black truffle oil on it, also delicious! (I’m a truffle fan) great recipe! 5 of 5

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      October 9, 2020 at 7:53 pm

      So glad you enjoyed!

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