Spaghetti carbonara on plate

Budget Valentine’s Day recipes

There's no need to spend a fortune on a special meal this Valentine's Day with our romantic, budget-friendly recipes for two. Make storecupboard spaghetti or marvellous mussels.

493 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Discover how to make superb spaghetti carbonara. This cheesy pasta dish is an Italian favourite and with the right technique, you can make it perfect every time

35 mins
Easy
52 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Cook up this classic sauce in one pan, then toss with spaghetti for a simple midweek meal. It's budget-friendly too, making it a great meal for the family 

35 mins
Easy
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17 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Blend leeks and butter beans to make this filling winter soup. Top with crispy chorizo and rosemary for a final flourish and serve with crusty bread

40 mins
Easy
4 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Make the family this ragu with celeriac mash and it will soon become part of your repertoire. This easy, budget recipe also counts as three of your 5-a-day

50 mins
Easy
9 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Add chorizo and kale to hummus for a dish that's packed with protein and flavour. Drizzle over olive oil and serve with flatbread to make lunch for one

15 mins
Easy
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This lemon pepper steak recipe is a real treat for two and won't break the bank. Serve with seasonal celeriac chips and crunchy toasted hazelnuts

50 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
8 ratings 3.5 out of 5 star rating

This impressive looking salted caramel dessert is fit for a dinner party table, uses storecupboard ingredients and is ready in under half an hour

25 mins
Easy
10 ratings 3.6 out of 5 star rating

Using much overlooked swede, you can create a budget-friendly, restaurant worthy gnocchi main course. Top with butter-fried herbs for a simple veggie dish

1 hr and 40 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
5 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

This easy vegetarian one-pan dish is quick to prepare and will help you to get your 5-a-day. Treat yourself to whole ricotta cheeses and seasonal veg

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
18 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Ready in no time, this simple budget sundae will satisfy any midweek sweet cravings. If you're looking for a pudding you can whip up in a flash, this is it

20 mins
Easy
147 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

Soft, creamy goat's cheese or a deliciously strong blue cheese both work well in this easy veggie supper that's on the table in just 20 minutes

20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
6 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This dreamy dessert is ready in under 10 minutes. Use milk chocolate if you're feeding young children

7 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
6 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

The slight spice of mild curry powder enhances rather than overpowers the mussels in this pasta dish - great budget treat for two

25 mins
Easy
30 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Need to make a celebration cake at short notice? This foolproof, showstopping caramel cake uses storecupboard ingredients and is quick to whip up

1 hr
Easy
Vegetarian
18 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Bake this super easy chocolate cake with just a handful of storecupboard ingredients. Use marmalade (or jam if you prefer) to keep it moist and fruity

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
3 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

A handful of basic ingredients combined with storecupboard artichokes and you've got a speedy supper with a touch of lux 

25 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
10 ratings 3.6 out of 5 star rating

This thrifty dinner party leek and potato soup recipe has an attractive pale colour from using the bottom end of the allium and a bouquet garni

35 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
34 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Bake our easy jam tarts and they'll instantly become a family favourite – plus, you can make them in less than half-an-hour if you use ready-made pastry.

43 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
8 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

American-style pancakes make a special weekend breakfast. You can even make the batter the night before

1 hr and 25 mins
Easy
9 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

British mussels are cheap, sustainable and surprisingly simple to cook. Follow Mary Cadogan’s step-by-step guide to preparing mussels

20 mins
Easy
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