Whether it’s a Valentine’s Day celebration, or if you’re looking to just spoil your S.O, this romantic dinner for two is for you! A beautiful bucatini all’Amatriciana and chocolate meringue nests it’s all you need for a great celebration!
Happy almost Valentine’s Day! I must admit, I’m not one to celebrate Valentine’s Day BUT I am however one to host a kick ass romantic dinner for two for hubby and I when I’m feeling like spoiling him!
I’ve always found having the best date night’s we’ve had were when we have cooked for each other at home. There’s something so special about taking that extra time and effort to cook your own food from scratch, in the comfort of your own home! Winter, it’s a cozy pasta dish, red wine, movie and fire. Summer it’s all about having backyard dinner with a crisp glass of white wine, watching the sunset and listening to some chill tunes.
Making dinner for my husband is one of my favorite things to do, and plays a huge part in our lives, so that’s why today I’d thought I’d share that with you!
This romantic dinner for two is epic. It consists of my two favorite things – carbs and chocolate, and for a romantic date you can’t really go wrong!
BUT, not only do I have two beautiful recipes for you, but also a really fun way of jazzing up date night, AND a spotify playlist to bring your night together!
I am SO excited about today’s post and you know what, it’s not just for you and your hubby or wifey, you can enjoy this romantic dinner for two with anyone, any day! Celebrate and spread the love!!!
ROMANTIC DINNER FOR TWO
For main course, I’ve decided to go with a favorite of mine – simple bucatini all’Amatriciana. This amatriciana is to die for!!! It is not only so, so easy to make, but I’ve perfected the recipe to make it the perfect amount for two people. It’s light, fresh and has so much flavor for such a simple recipe! It is honestly, but favorite pasta of all time and I always save this dish for a special occasion.
I’m not sure I can contain my excitement for dessert though. Wait for it…
CHOCOLATE MERIGNUE NESTS!!!!!!
OMG, but…. OMG. These chocolate meringue nests are no joke, THE BEST dessert I think I’ve ever made. I wish I could teleport a sample for you guys because you will absolutely LOVE it!
These chocolate meringue nests are so decadent, without being overly sweet and are just the cutest! Nothing goes better together than crunchy chocolate meringue, whipped cream and fresh berries! These meringues are nice and crisp on the outside and gooey and chocolatey in the middle. I couldn’t stop at one!
I gave one to Adam to try, he took one bite and looked over me with a goofy grin on his face – you know that face when you make something you know is amazing!
They are just so gorgeous, and so delicate and personally, I think, really romantic!
For main course, I’d suggest serving the bucatini all’Amatriciana with a soft red, like an Oregon or Tasmanian Pinot Noir, French red or a crisp white wine like a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. This pasta is perfect for winter or summer and both wines pair really well with the dish.
I’d suggest also serving the pasta with a really nice loaf of crusty warmed bread. Nothing beats mopping up a pasta sauce with bread and in the meantime, adding to your carb overload!
For dessert – fresh cream, fresh berries, a few sprigs of mint and just a dusting of cocoa or grating of chocolate is all this recipe needs! The dessert speaks for itself!
Looking to Jazz Up Your Date Night?
As well as giving you two delicious recipes, I also thought I’d make this post a little fun and give you some awesome date ideas!!!
I’m making a conscious effort to have more exciting and creative dates this year, so I’ve put together 25 of my favorite date ideas! I love this idea, because these date ideas don’t have to be fancy or expensive, they’re just some fun ways of trying new things together!
Date Night Ideas:
- Rock climbing
- Pack a picnic
- Watch a sunset/sunrise
- Build a fort and camp inside
- Ramen date
- Go get ice cream
- Go for a hike
- Jump on a bike and go for a ride
- Brewery/bar hop
- Wine tasting
- Do a DIY craft project
- Make pasta from scratch
- Make homemade pizza
- Visit a new city
- Take a weekend away camping
- See a music/comedy gig
- Get a couples massage
- Have an indoor picnic
- Visit a farmers market
- Go to the coast/lake
- Go berry picking
- Have a coffee date
- Take an art class together
- Take a cooking class
Wrap up your date night ideas in an easy DIY jar!
Get some popsicle sticks from your nearest Dollar store, write out your date ideas on the popsicles and place in a Mason jar. When you’re ready for a date, pull out a stick and see where you’re off to!
But wait! What about some chill vibes to set the mood for the night?
As well as food and wine, (among other things), music is a HUGE passion of mine. Adam and I have so many good memories revolving around music – date nights, road trips, music festivals etc and I really think music makes a huge difference in setting the mood for your night!
So, I thought I’d compile a Spotify playlist together of all my favorite tunes that set the mood for a perfect date night. You’ll find a collection of some of my alltime favorite tunes that are positive and upbeat, but chill at the same time!
This playlist is perfect to have playing in the background as you get your conversation rolling! And in general, actually makes a damn good playlist! I’ve had it on repeat since making it!
So there you have it – a romantic dinner for two, complete with two kick ass recipes, a fun date night jar idea and some key tunes to set the mood. Date night has never been easier and I really hope you guys enjoy it! Whether you’re looking for a dinner for two, a Galentine’s Day get together, or just want to cook up a beautiful feast for your bestie, these recipes are perfect for you!
Simple, flavorful and fancy enough without being too difficult to make a good impression!
Georgie x x
The perfect main course for a romantic dinner for two! This simple bucatini all'Amatriciana is absolutely gorgeous! A light and fresh pasta, meaning there is more time for dessert!!
- 1 brown onion 1 small, or half a medium size
- 4 oz proscuitto
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes note 1
- 14.5 oz tomatoes canned
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 6 oz bucatini fresh is best
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
Place brown onion, proscuitto, garlic and red pepper flakes in a blender, and blend until well combined (it will look mushy)
Heat 1 tsp of olive oil in a dutch oven or skillet over medium to high heat.
Add proscuitto mix and stir 3-5 minutes, until proscuitto starts to cook.
Add tomatoes and chicken stock. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes until sauce thickens
Meanwhile, make pasta according to packet instructions. Note 2
Serve pasta on a plate, top with amatriciana sauce. Serve with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese.
note 1 - if you can find it, half a red chili (seeds removed) is preferable to red pepper flakes!
note 2 - fresh pasta is better if you can find it. Cooking time will be around 4 to 5 minutes for fresh pasta.
Chocolate Meringue Nests
These chocolate meringue nests are a perfect way to end your night! A soft fluffy chocolate meringue, topped with fresh berries and whipped cream! A great ending for your romantic dinner for two!
- 2 egg whites
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 tbsp cocoa sifted
- 1 oz dark cooking chocolate finely grated (note 1)
Preheat oven to 200F/100C
In a large, clean bowl, whisk egg whites together until firm peaks appear.
Gradually add sugar, beating after each addition
When the last of the sugar has been added, whisk for 3 minutes until meringue is thick and glossy.
Fold through sifted cocoa and grated chocolate.
Fit a X in star nozzle piping tip into a piping bag and fill with meringue.
Place down a silicone baking mat onto a baking tray.
Carefully start piping. Start by piping a 5inch/12cm circle. Then carefully, without lifting the piping bag, build up the sides of your meringue to make a nest.
Place in oven and bake 1 hour and 45 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Turn off the oven and leave meringues in, door closed until they are fully cooled down (about 1 hour to 1.5 hours)
Cooking time includes resting time. Meringues cool in oven for around 1 hours after cooking.
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- Use a hand held mixer, or a stand mixer – a stand mixer is easier as the meringue gets thick!
- Use a fine grater (I love my Microplane ) to grate the chocolate – the finer the better!
- Here is a tutorial for piping meringue nests – I still need some practice!
- I love this silicone baking mat – I find the meringues don’t stick as much to the bottom as they do to parchmant paper. Parchmant paper is fine though.
- Make sure you leave the meringues in the oven to fully cool with the oven door closed to avoid cracking!
- If the meringues come out sticky, you can easily dry them out again by preheating the oven to 250F, turning if off, then putting the meringues back in.
- Use whatever berries are in season – my favorite arre blueberries, strawberries and raspberries.
This recipe was adapted from Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen.
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He wasn’t overly in the mood for some loving! But he does have a girlfriend!!!