Dinner for Two

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Take the guesswork out of cooking for two this Valentine’s Day with these already portioned recipes.

Pappardelle in Saffron Cream


  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 small shallot, minced
  • Pinch of saffron threads
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces dried pappardelle pasta
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest


Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot and saffron and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallot is softened, about 2 minutes. Add the cream, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; increase the heat to medium high and simmer until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and vanilla.

Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook as the label directs. Remove 1/4 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta and transfer to the skillet with the sauce. Add the reserved cooking water, the parmesan and half of the chives and toss to coat. Serve topped with the lemon zest, remaining chives and more cheese.

Roast Chicken and Mushrooms With Red Wine Sauce

Total Time:45 minutes

Prep10 minutes

Cook35 minutes



  • 2 skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts (12 to 14 ounces each)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound mushrooms, trimmed and torn into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Season the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat; add 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil, then add the chicken, skin-side down, and cook until the skin is golden brown, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet, skin-side up; reserve the skillet.

Toss the mushrooms with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper; scatter around the chicken on the baking sheet. Bake until the mushrooms are tender and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken registers 160 degrees F, about 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in the reserved skillet over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer, whisking. Add the wine, sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt and simmer until the sauce is reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Spoon some of the red wine sauce onto each plate; top with the chicken and mushrooms.

Raspberry-Chocolate Parfaits


Toss 1/2 cup raspberries with 1 tablespoon chocolate liqueur; layer with crumbled brownies and chocolate ice cream in 2 glasses. Top with whipped cream and more raspberries.




Recipe Comments

  1. posted by stephen m on Feb 5, 2013

    I need to know how many Euros I need approximately for a dinner for two in restaurant of the tower eiffel?

  2. posted by Willie on Feb 5, 2013

    I got very sick yesterday at school with severe abdominal cramping and diarrhea. I don’t have any fever but I am still wondering if it could be food poisoning. My family and I don’t eat out much (only a rare occasion) but we had Qdoba for dinner two nights ago. I had chips and queso with rice and beans and from the moment I ate that cheese, it had this funny flavour, but I thought it was just the chilli peppers in it. Could it still be food poisoning?

  3. posted by Taylor G on Feb 5, 2013

    I’m not asking for an exact amount. I’m just looking for an estimant.

    Breakfast: One slice of Nature’s Own whole grain wheat bread with peanut butter and a glass of milk

    Lunch: McDonald’s southwest grilled chicken salad without tortilla strips and lowfat Italian dressing

    Dinner: Two pieces of fried chicken (without the skin and breading. A leg and a wing) with grapes.

    I just had water to drink the rest of the day

  4. posted by Brendan O on Feb 5, 2013

    I am planning on making a cosy Christmas Eve dinner for two, something special and different to the main dinner on Christmas day.

    I am hoping for special seasonal ideas, at any skill level, and i am in the UK, so it will be miserable dark winter here, so no beach barbeques or salads thankyou!

    All your ideas and recipes will be very welcome … what do you normally make?


  5. posted by The Dark Knight on Feb 5, 2013

    Breakfast: Honey Nut Cheerios, with some skim milk and a small glass of orange juice

    Lunch: Tofu with with this teriyaki sauce and a glass of water

    Snack: Carrots

    Dinner: Two eggs (scrambled) with salsa and a piece of 100 calorie bread and a glass of skim milk

    Snack: Banana

    Exercise: Burnt 500 calories on the eliptial
    and a series of a bunch of other exercises.

    Was my diet and exercise okay today?

  6. posted by Jonny on Feb 5, 2013

    Morning:special k
    Luch: fruit salad
    Dinner:two pieces of garlic bread and noodles
    i never eat after 6.

  7. posted by nasty1 on Feb 5, 2013

    I ate a bowl of cereal for breakfast
    A bagel for a snack
    Fruit snacks, a banana, peaches, and a small salad for lunch
    200 calorie almonds for a snack
    A salad with crab meat for dinner.
    Two bowls of cereal.
    A bag of popcorn.
    A banana and 2 oysters. 

    Also know that ..
    I’m a Pesco vegetarian..
    And I still wasn’t full.

    Thank in advance

  8. posted by Jermaine J on Feb 5, 2013

    I live in Bakersfield. I am wanting a price check on dinner for two. both with and without dessert.

  9. posted by Thomas Lopez on Feb 5, 2013

    Break fast – One wheat Roti (Indian Bread) role with Chicken

    Lunch – Two Roti’s (Indian Bread) with 2 medium pieces of chicken.

    dinner – Two Roti’s(Indian Bread with 2 medium Pieces of chicken.

    The chicken is usually gravy style with minimum use of oil and most of the times it is grilled , can any one please tell me what is my calorie intake.

  10. posted by Samuro on Feb 5, 2013

    I’m on a mega-tight budget and need some ideas for dinners for two. Neither of us are vegetarians or have picky appetites, but we’re pretty poor this week and are about to go grocery shopping. Any ideas would help. Thanks so much!

  11. posted by Scorch Delta-62 on Feb 5, 2013

    who has been to this place?
    im wondering on average how much dinner for two would be… we wouldnt order any wine also is it ok if im 17 and shes 16 or are we too young

  12. posted by The Beatles on Feb 5, 2013

    I want to cook a romantic dinner for two for my boyfriend!

    Having Prawn cocktail for starters, and want to do a main using, chicken, asparagus, noodles or pasta as the main ingredients! Any ideas please?

  13. posted by Roar me R on Feb 5, 2013

    Breakfast – Pure cranberry juice

    Lunch – A medium bowl of school dinner chips (Fries for US)

    Dinner – Two Bacon Bagels with butter.

    How much calories do yolu think i’ve consumed today, thanks. Even if you dont know, please give a estimate.

  14. posted by Flash Funk on Feb 5, 2013

    How much does it cost on average for a dinner for two at Bob’s Steak and Chop House in Fort Worth, TX? I can’t find any prices anywhere.

  15. posted by happyha31 on Feb 5, 2013

    My father gave me a frozen whole chicken. I took it out to defrost for dinner two days from now.
    Looking for a very easy recipe and directions how to cook the chicken!

  16. posted by Alina Elliott on Feb 5, 2013

    I want to make a romantic dinner for two, and am stumped on what I should make. Any suggestions?

  17. posted by sick_mick_101 on Feb 5, 2013

    No alcohol. Just a dinner for two let’s say 1 salad, 2 steaks and lobster, 2 sides and dessert or so?! Their menu online doesn’t show prices!

  18. posted by rashest_hippo on Feb 5, 2013

    How much would a dinner for two cost at Daniel’s Broiler in Seattle? Just want to get a general idea of how much i’ll be spending. Thanks

  19. posted by Dr Hank on Feb 5, 2013

    She is being very nice, but i really don’t want to think about my birthday. It is bothering me a lot and I would prefer to let it just slip by quietly. I don’t feel comfortable making a fuss and it is upsetting me that she is pushing me. I have already told her that she can make me a nice dinner in two weeks, but she is insisting to do it the day before my birthday. Help!

  20. posted by henryshensbcglobalnet on Feb 5, 2013

    How many calories roughly would there be in my roast dinner: two yorkshire puddings, six (probably less) roast potatoes, two boiled potatoes and gravy?

  21. posted by fattiemanny on Feb 5, 2013

    I’ve been with my boyfriend 2 years. Neither of us has ever cheated and we’re generally a happy couple. He thinks it’s okay he went to the dinner as the two girls are friends with one other girl (whose birthday dinner it was)- as he wasn’t going to see the girls he’s slept with, but for the birthday girl. Do I have a right to be upset? I feel a bit silly.

  22. posted by Duke on Feb 5, 2013

    We are taking everyone to dinner the next night after the ceremony so I thought dinner two nights in a row would be a little boring.

  23. posted by Jason M on Feb 5, 2013

    MIL took baby to professional photographer last week and gave the pics to my husband as a ‘surprise’ father’s day gift. We had dinner two nights before she took her and never mentioned anything about taking her to a photographer. She still hasn’t said a word to me about the pics. Do I have a right to be upset?

  24. posted by Malcolm Hudson on Feb 5, 2013

    I had chili and orange juice for dinner. Two words – NEVER AGAIN.

    What is the most explosive food/drink combination you have ever had?

  25. posted by sam N on Feb 5, 2013

    I had roasted red beets last night for dinner. Two hours later, my stool was red. I can’t imagine they would have gotten through my system that quickly. Should I be worried because I’ve been having pain otherwise or is it actually possible that the red is from the beets?

  26. posted by forahobby on Feb 5, 2013

    Dinner for two, and we want to get dressed up formally.

  27. posted by Kristian on Feb 5, 2013

    Please give me some advice. I want to impress this guy that i’m dating and of course given that it’s going to be crazy on St. Patricks Day, We just decided to stay home and cook dinner. Dinner for two. Thanks for any suggestions.

  28. posted by Bryant B on Feb 5, 2013

    Breakfast; 60g of Oats, Five egg whites, two tea spoons of sugar.. blended it all up into porridge,

    Dinner; Two peices of medium grilled chicken with the skin left on, 5 mushrooms, four small peices of carrot,

    How many calories roughly? I don’t want an exact amount (If that’s even possible from the information i’ve given)

    Anyways, Roughly..


  29. posted by Ryan Z on Feb 5, 2013

    I am making rack of lamb for Christmas. Does anybody have any good suggestions that will go with that? It’s only dinner for two so I don’t want to make too much. Maybe two sides and that’s it. Thanks!

  30. posted by toysruslover on Feb 5, 2013

    Dont criticize the diet, just answer the question…

    Breakfast: 8 ounces of V8 blended vegetable/fruit juice and a banana.

    Lunch: One grilled chicken breast. 8 0z of v8 juice again

    Dinner: Two grilled chicken breasts. 8 oz of v8 juice.

    cutting out all other juice, sweets, carbs, soda, etc…

    Also, I would walk for 2 miles everyday.
    Gosh, this is spambotlandia here…damnnn

  31. posted by Malcolm Hudson on Feb 5, 2013

    HE currently has this in a day : 7 oz formula in a.m. , two hours later cereal mixed w/formula, for lunch two number 2 jars of food, three hours later another 7 oz bottle, for dinner two more jars (number 2) and a bottle before bed. It seems like alot compared to other kids his age. Is it too much?

  32. posted by kevindiking67verizonnet on Feb 5, 2013

    If it’s a dinner for TWO persons. The restaurant doesn’t have to be high class or anything but still a nice restaurant where you would consider bringing a date with you.

    How much would it cost approximately? I want to get a picture of how expensive it can get.

  33. posted by uberfailz on Feb 5, 2013

    Smiths and Petersons went out to dinner.
    Two couples randomly chose a round table and their places.

  34. posted by homerliveshere on Feb 5, 2013

    I want to find a great, quiet, and not to high place to eat dinner for two.

  35. posted by Andrew S on Feb 5, 2013

    I have been throwing up yellow bile since yesterday I have been eating light things such as toast and drinking water and sprite, but I keep throwing up. I thought my stomach was hungry because I didn’t eat dinner two nights ago. I throw up every time after I eat. What can I do to feel better and stop vomiting?

  36. posted by kerrin marz on Feb 5, 2013

    I’d like to cook dinner for two on a budget but I only have access to a pan. What can I cook?

  37. posted by Michael K on Feb 5, 2013

    I have three adult dogs and I have been feeding breakfast and dinner two times a day but other dog people say they feed once and some other say twice so I confused.

  38. posted by Spider Pc on Feb 5, 2013

    We had a five and a half quart crock pot before. I only used it once because it made us enough food for a week!

    So which size crock pot is a good size for dinner for two with just a little left over? Thanks!! (We don’t mind eating the same meal once or twice but all week, it gets a bit old!)

  39. posted by everythingisgonnabefine on Feb 5, 2013

    Believe me, I tried Googling it. I want a number. None of this “sweets metabolize quickly, meats take longer” crap. How many hours or days?

    I’m wondering because I’ve always been trained to eat a high-carb dinner the night before a big swim meet, but I’ve recently been told to have said dinner TWO nights before the meet as to allow the carbs to be fully digested or whatever and not be sitting in my stomach during races.

  40. posted by Shay H on Mar 18, 2013

    So I’m hosting a thanksgiving dinner in two days for our college lacrosse team. What would be the best way on going about cooking a turkey? Would it be best to get a few smaller ones, or a couple larger?

  41. posted by Jeracoo L on Mar 22, 2013

    How much (approx.) would a dinner for two cost? I’m planning our ann. dinner, (this is where we had our first date) and I just want to get an estimate before I decide on everything else we will do. Is it expensive? (obviously you can tell I didn’t pay for the first date :) ) Thanks :)

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