Here’s What to Cook Every Night This Week (February 13 – 19)

Valentine’s Day is almost here. In case you haven’t planned a romantic menu for your S.O. (or, you know, your roommate) yet, we rounded up seven dinners that are guaranteed to set the mood, so you can celebrate all week long. From a quick-cooking pasta to a drool-worthy pizza, these ideas are equal parts dreamy and attainable, meaning you’ll be able to impress them without breaking a sweat. Fetch your “Kiss the Cook” apron—you’re about to woo your boo all over again.

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Shopping List

1 sweet onion
13 garlic cloves
3 lemons
1 large yellow onion
3 medium carrots
1 pound slim, multicolored carrots
3 stalks celery
1 pint cremini mushrooms
1 medium potato
2 heads endive
4 bunches thyme
3 bunches flat-leaf parsley
1 bunch scallions
2 bunches rosemary
1 bunch basil
1 bunch dill

4 small or 2 large lobster tails
Two 10- to 12-ounce boneless sirloin or New York strip steaks, 1 to 1½ inches thick
1 rotisserie chicken
1 egg
4 chicken or duck legs (about 2 pounds)

5 sticks unsalted butter
28 ounces milk
8 ounces finely grated pecorino Romano cheese
2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
4 ounces heavy cream
3 ounces shredded white cheddar cheese
8 ounces burrata cheese
2 ounces goat cheese (from a log)

1 pound short-cut pasta (such as medium shells or chiocciole)
5 ounces arborio rice

Canned and Packaged Goods
20 ounces seafood broth
Harissa paste
32 ounces chicken broth
6 ounces frozen peas
3 sheets frozen store-bought puff pastry
½ pound store-bought pizza dough
4 ounces pesto

Pantry Ingredients: kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, extra-virgin olive oil, all-purpose flour, everything bagel spice blend, honey, balsamic vinegar, flaky sea salt, ground allspice, ground coriander, whole-grain mustard

Monday: Cacio e Pepe Mac and Cheese

Even picky kids will gobble this saucy, cheesy pasta up in mere seconds. The key to its decadent texture is a foolproof béchamel, or a white sauce thickened with flour and butter. Don’t skip toasting the black pepper for maximum flavor.

Tuesday: Lobster Risotto

Nothing says “I love you” like succulent lobster tail. The risotto is bursting with salty grated Parm and bright lemon juice, the ultimate foils for rich thyme butter. Bonus points for pairing it with steak or lamb to create an elegant surf-and-turf meal.

Wednesday: Antoni Porowski’s Strip Steak with Harissa Butter and Parsley Salad

Can you believe this stunning, restaurant-caliber steak comes together in 20 minutes flat? The salad will make you wonder why you’ve never given underrated parsley a leading role at dinner.

Thursday: The Ultimate Chicken Potpie

A comforting crowd-pleaser that cooks to golden brown perfection in a single skillet? Sign us up. The frozen store-bought puff pastry will stay our little secret…as will the chopped rotisserie chicken.

Friday: Potato and Burrata Pizza

There are many avenues to the heart, but we find the shortest is lined with spuds and cheese. This seven-ingredient pie boasts pesto, white cheddar cheese, thinly sliced potatoes and gooey burrata. All that’s missing is a bottle of white.

Saturday: Deb Perelman’s Carrot Tarte Tatin

Does it get more gorgeous than this buttery, caramelized work of art? We think not. Beneath the multicolored carrots await tangy goat cheese and crispy puff pastry. Serve each slice with a side salad to make it more filling.

Sunday: Foolproof Cheater’s Confit

For the uninitiated, “confit” refers to cooking a food in fat or oil (or sugar water, in the case of fruit) at a low temperature for a long period of time. Here, duck legs get the royal treatment, sitting overnight in garlic-herb butter and oil, baking for three hours and roasting until the skin turns shatteringly crisp. If you can’t find duck, chicken will do just fine.

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.

taryn pire

Food Editor

Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...