25 Delicious Dinners for Two

Making dinner for two can be tricky sometimes, especially if you don’t like eating leftovers. With these perfectly portioned recipes you won’t be left with extras — so you can cook something different every night of the week.

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Healthy Air Fryer Parmesan Chicken with Broccoli

This chicken gets incredibly crunchy, thanks to a light coating of panko and Parmesan and a quick cook in the air fryer! Serve it with charred broccoli and a tangy yogurt sauce for a healthy and complete meal you can throw together any day of the week.

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Risotto with Lemon and Shrimp

This risotto with lemon and shrimp has simple yet elegant flavors. Traditionally, risotto is made in large batches to feed a crowd, but this recipe breaks that tradition and makes just enough for exactly two people!

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Roasted Vegetable and Chicken Quinoa Bowls

Overflowing with sauteed chicken and sweet roasted veggies like butternut squash and carrots, these bowls are chock-full of protein-chicken and quinoa-to keep you full. (You will be surprised at how satiated you feel after eating a bowl of this!)

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Hot Honey Tofu

This vegetarian twist on the famous Nashville hot chicken is much quicker, and similarly tasty. The key to getting the tofu nice and crispy is to resist the urge to move it around while it cooks. Allow it to form a crust before flipping, then let it cook undisturbed again until the other side is browned. Drizzle the finished tofu with homemade hot honey and serve with a refreshing salad. To make this a vegan dish, replace the honey with agave syrup.

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Steakhouse Sheet Pan Dinner

Dinner just got a lot easier. Here's a traditional surf-and-turf dinner with all the sides, but without the complicated prep. Using just one sheet pan makes it a quick cleanup, too.

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Cacio e Pepe Mushroom Gnocchi

Store-bought gnocchi is pretty much the perfect food because it goes so well with any cooked vegetables and can be made in one saucepan — no waiting for a separate pot of water to come to a boil. The Parmesan, butter and olive oil come together into a rich and creamy sauce — all in less than 15 minutes.

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Chicken Under a Brick

This roasted chicken takes a little bit of extra work and planning — but it's sure to impress. The bones are removed from a small chicken to flatten it and help it cook evenly. It's then air-chilled overnight to ensure the skin gets golden and crispy. Cooking it doesn't take a ton of babysitting — just check it every once in a while and adjust your heat as necessary.

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Kung Pao Cauliflower

Why order takeout when you can make Ree’s spicy cauliflower for two in just 16 minutes?

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Healthy Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs with Zoodles

You can have fork-tender turkey meatballs that are golden yet moist, thanks to the air fryer! Pair with fun zoodles, your favorite jarred tomato sauce and an extra pinch of Parmesan for a delicious and wholesome meal.

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Apple Sage Cornbread-Stuffed Pork Chops

These pork chops are going to be a favorite in your household this fall. It's a warm, hearty meal that features tart Granny Smith apple and subtly sweet cornbread. What's not to love?!

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One-Pot Cheesy White Rigatoni with Peas

There is nothing better than having very little to clean up after a good, home-cooked meal. With this one-pot pasta, the pasta and sauce are cooked in the same vessel. Even better, this dish comes together in just 30 minutes. The sauce is bright and tangy, thanks to lemon and white wine, and the fresh herbs and cheese make it delectably savory.

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Grilled Mahi-Mahi with Mojo

Fish cooks up in a flash which makes it the perfect choice for dinner. Best of all, this mahi features a simple sauce that will make your quick, homemade meal taste like a restaurant-worthy dinner.

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Pasta Pomodoro

You won't believe how much flavor this quick and easy pasta dish has. The secret is a few special ingredients: sweet Italian San Marzano tomatoes, spicy red pepper flakes and a chiffonade of fresh, aromatic basil.

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Steakhouse Steaks

Ina always makes the best meals for Jeffrey so you know you can trust her with your dinner plans. Case in point? This decadent filet mignon for two.

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Lemon and Herb Chicken with Asparagus and Roasted Red Potatoes

This lemon-and-herb chicken dish is a trifecta of everything you and your other half need for a well-balanced meal. The best part of all? It really does come together in no time. While you have the potatoes roasting, you work on the chicken and asparagus. The dish is practically done by the time the potatoes are ready, and you can sit down to a fulfilling meal that doesn't suck the energy out of you.

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Ultimate Mac 'n' Cheese Casserole

Ooey-gooey, cheesy and bacon-y pasta: It's all here, and it will surely tempt you. The orecchiette pasta is the perfect shape for this dish because the cheese and bacon nestle into the pasta's earlike grooves to give you the ultimate mac 'n' cheese experience.

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Pan-Roasted Chicken with Mushrooms and Rosemary

Double up on ingredients and you'll have enough of this rich, savory chicken dinner for two. Serve simply with your favorite grain or sautéed string beans and you've got a meal worth adding to your regular rotation.

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Heart-Shaped Pizza

With a few little tricks, you can transform a regular pepperoni pizza into a special heart-shaped treat. We take a few shortcuts, like store-bought pizza dough and sauce, so that it comes together quickly, but don't worry, we won't tell anyone it wasn't a labor of love.

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Pancetta and Leek Risotto for Two

You can't improve upon the classic stovetop risotto technique for a perfect hearty meal for two. We loaded this dish with tender leeks, crispy pancetta and baby spinach, giving this bowl a familiar flavor yet extra special appeal.

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Shrimp, White Bean and Feta Skillet

Keep it simple on weeknights. This meal is ready in just under 30 minutes — and there's only one pan to clean up afterwards.

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Roasted Veggie Grain Bowl

Healthy vegetables and spiced chickpeas get roasted on the same baking sheet, making dinner a breeze to put together and clean up. Quinoa and avocado round out this nutritional meal.

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Chicken Piccata

A quick lemon-butter sauce and a sprinkle of fresh parsley turn simple breaded chicken cutlets into an impressive dinner for two — in just 30 minutes!

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Sheet Pan Eggplant Panzanella

A little bit panzanella and a little bit caponata, this vegetarian dinner for two boasts all the best Mediterranean flavors. Ciabatta, eggplant and red peppers roast at high heat until crispy and caramelized. In the meantime, you can whip up the tangy vinaigrette that ties the dish together. Bright herbs finish it all off with a fresh note.

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Grilled Lamb Burgers with Grilled Feta Pasta Salad

Change up your weeknight dinner game with these flavorful lamb burgers. Prep the meat and cook the pasta ahead, so everything comes together quickly once you get to the grill.

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Turkey Shepherd's Pie

This recipe is great if you happen to have lots of holiday dinner leftovers — but you can make it anytime of the year with rotisserie chicken instead of turkey.

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