17 Date Night Pasta Recipes For Valentines Day

Updated: Feb 13th, 2021 · By Bethany Kramer
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Looking for a date night pasta recipe to make at home? Try one of these comforting and cheesy pasta dishes. Whether you’re looking for a vegan, vegetarian, or meat dish – there is something for everyone!

images of pasta dishes arranged in a collage.

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” – Federico Fellini

I truly believe there is no better way to say “I love you” than with a bowl of pasta!

If you are looking to make a fancy meal at home for Valentines Day this year, I got you covered. I rounded up some seriously delicious pasta dishes that are perfect for a date night at home or for treating your family to a special meal!

You’ll find some of these recipes to be fancy and elevated, and some that are super approachable and attainable for any home-cook! A little something for everyone.

And don’t forget – always save room for dessert!

1. Three Cheese Baked Rigatoni with Roasted Vegetables

Impress your loved ones with this healthier baked rigatoni that is filled with sweet roasted vegetables and fresh herbs. It is filling, easy to prepare, and rich in flavor!

Pink ceramic bowl with rigatoni pasta in it on wooden background with gray napkin.

2. Lobster Ravioli with Vodka Cream Sauce

If you’re looking for something extra special and elegant to serve up for date night, then this Lobster Ravioli by Inside the Rustic Kitchen is exactly what you need!

fork in ceramic bowl with lobster raviolis.

3. Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

This creamy pasta by Platings and Pairings is incredibly easy and takes just 20 minutes to put on the table! And if you’re looking for the perfect pasta & wine pairing – she’s the gal to go to.

creamy pasta in a gray bowl with herbs and sun-dried tomatoes in it.

4. Vegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta

This plant-based pasta dish by Choosing Chia is filled with fresh lemon flavor and a creamy cashew sauce! An elegant, easy to prepare dinner that is done in just 30 minutes.

white bowl with pasta noodles and asparagus in it.

5. 6 Ingredient Roasted Eggplant Pasta

This plant-based pasta dish requires just 6 ingredients and consists of roasted eggplant and rich marinara. The perfect recipe if you only have a couple items on hand!

a light pink bowl with eggplant pasta in it on a grey plate with napkin next to it.

6. Baked Chicken Meatballs with Broccoli Pesto

Pair up some pesto pasta noodles with juicy chicken meatballs by The Modern Proper. A fancy feast that is easy to prepare!

chicken meat balls in a bowl with pesto and noodles.

7. Pasta with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Try this meatless mushroom pasta by Family Style Food. You’ll find each bite is packed with flavor and the whole dish takes a total of 25 minutes to make!

mushrooms and pasta noodles in a ceramic bowl with black fork in it.

8. Spicy Italian Sausage and Peppers Pasta

Serve up this satisfying sausage and pepper pasta by Plays Well With Butter. You’ll need only 20 minutes to cook up this simply flavorful dish!

white bowl with rigatoni noodles in red Italian sausage and peppers sauce.

9. Lentil Bolognese with Pappardelle Pasta

A meatless version of an original bolognese sauce! It is hearty, packed with vegetables, and uses lentils as the protein. Each bite is filled with rich marinara, small bites of veggies, and thick pappardelle pasta noodles!

Ceramic bowl with fork twisted with pasta noodles with red lentil sauce over top of noodles.

10. Cauliflower Gnocchi with Crispy Prosciutto & Brown Butter Sage Sauce

Elevate your store-bought cauliflower gnocchi with this tasty recipe by I Heart Umami. This meal is super quick to make, rich in flavor, and is GF and paleo-friendly!

ceramic bowl with gnocchi, spinach, and prosciutto in it.

11. Spicy Pesto Pasta Alla Vodka

This creamy vodka pasta by Half Baked Harvest is the ultimate comfort food! And you’ll need only 30 minutes to prepare this decadent dish.

white bowl with orange vodka sauce and pasta noodles on brown wooden board.

12. Lemon Pepper Shrimp with Pappardelle

Juicy shrimp and pasta noodles in a light citrus sauce! This elegant dish by Nourish and Fete is simple but full of impressive flavor.

skillet pan with pappardelle noodles, shrimp, and lemon slices.

13. 15-Minute Roasted Red Pepper Chickpea Pasta

You’ll find so much impressive flavor packed into this simple vegan pasta dish! The creamy, velvety sauce is made from cashews and takes only 15 minutes to prepare.

Ceramic bowl with chickpea pasta in red pepper sauce.

14. Sun Dried Tomato Pasta with Kale

Every bite of this healthy pasta from Love and Lemons is filled with texture and flavor! It takes 30 minutes to make and has so much fresh flavor.

white pot with noodles, kale, and sun-dried tomatoes

15. Rosemary Butter Mushroom and Cheese Raviolis

This mushroom ravioli recipe by Half Baked Harvest is full of restaurant quality flavor. Use homemade raviolis or store-bought to save time!

mushrooms and raviolis on a speckled ceramic dish.

16. Garlic & White Wine Pasta with Brussels Sprouts

This plant-based pasta dish by Minimalist Baker is rich and satisfying! If you are looking for a vegan rendition of Alfredo, you have found your match.

white plate with creamy pasta noodles and sliced brussels sprouts on it.

17. Cheesy Rotini Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

If you love a cheesy pasta, this one is light and involves no cream. What makes it delicious is the blend of several different cheeses, rich marinara, and perfectly roasted vegetables!

A white ceramic bowl with rotini pasta and roasted vegetables on a white counter with a blue napkin next to it.

Make This For Dessert!

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Finish off your meal with this incredibly rich & delicious FLOURLESS cake by Also The Crumbs Please. You’ll need only 7 ingredients to make it – no flour or gluten needed.

If you are new to baking, Sabine provides a recipe video and step-by-step photos to ensure your cake is a success!

flourless cake cut into slices on gray background.

Chocolate Mousse Cake

This Impressive cake by Also The Crumbs Please is layered with creamy chocolate mousse and soft chocolate ganache. A rich dessert that will “wow” your loved ones in looks and in taste!

A slice of chocolate mousse cake with berries on top.

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