Valentine’s Day is a fun day to celebrate with those you love, whether it be your significant other or dear friends and family. Because dining out can be frustratingly crowded and expensive, we’ve rounded up a collection of easy yet delicious recipes and paired them with wine for Valentine’s Day so that you can prepare and enjoy a special meal at home.
Love pizza? This recipe from Climbing Grier Mountain for White Chicken Naan Pizza with Sauteed Pears and Gorgonzola is a winner. With Gorgonzola and caramelized pears, it feels fancy, but by using naan as your pizza base, you significantly cut down on the prep time. With the pears, this would be lovely with a full bodied Chardonnay, but with the mix of Gorgonzola and sausage, it is even more amazing when paired with a bold fruity red like Zinfandel or a Bordeaux Red Blend.
Wine Pairing: Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel ~ $20
If you’re looking for an elegant pasta to serve, try this Shrimp Scampi with Sundried Tomatoes from A Cedar Spoon. It comes together in just about 30 minutes with a delicious lemon garlic butter sauce that is enhanced with white wine. Use the same white wine that you plan to serve — a Sauvignon Blanc would work beautifully.
Wine Pairing: Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc ~ $16
Sausage & Chicken: Jambalaya Pasta with Sausage and Chicken from Good Cheap Eats: Dinner in 30 Minutes (or Less) Cookbook
If you want your pasta with a bit of a kick, this Jambalaya Pasta with Sausage and Chicken from Good Cheap Eats is for you. The Cajun spice in the sauce and the hot Italian sausage turn up the heat. Riesling is an excellent choice to tame the heat and enhance the flavors.
Wine Pairing: Hermann J. Wiemer Semi-Dry Riesling ~ $18
Soup: Salmon Chowder
This cozy Salmon Chowder from Gluten-Free Homemaker comes together very quickly on the stovetop. Typical chowder recipes can be thick and rich, but this one is toned down a bit, made with chicken broth and just a cup of coconut milk (instead of heavy cream). Chardonnay is usually a standard match for chowders, and it certainly is in this example too, but you can also try it with aromatic whites like Riesling or herbal Grüner Veltliner as well.
Wine Pairing: Weingut Fred Loimer Grüner Veltliner ~ $16
We adore meals that look and taste amazing but don’t take nearly as long to prepare as they appear. This Chili Rubbed Flank Steak with Chimichurri on a Parsnip Puree from Joyful Healthy Eats is one of those. It’s hard to believe that this recipe only takes about 30 minutes to prepare! This steak with Chimichurri sauce, a traditional Argentine sauce, just screams for a glass of Malbec from Argentina.
Wine Pairing: Luca Malbec ~ $28
Vegetarian: Baked Manicotti
Italian food (and wine) = comfort food. This Baked Manicotti with Spinach from Spiced is the ultimate in comfort food. The ingredients are simple, and you can prepare the dish ahead of time and then put it in the oven closer to serving time. As for wine, Italian wine and Italian food are a match made in heaven. Try a Chianti Red Blend or Sangiovese with this cheesy spinach manicotti.
Wine Pairing: Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva ~ $20