As a newlywed, I had a hard time finding easy dinner ideas for two! I went from being in a big family and cooking for 6 or more people to then having to cook for just the two of us.
It’s funny how sometimes it’s harder to cook an easy dinner for just two people than it is cooking a dinner for a big family!
After a year and a half of being married, I’m finally starting to figure out how to cook dinner for two 🙂
Sometimes, we like to make dinners for two together for a date day/night! It’s so much more budget-friendly and working together in the kitchen can be a fun bonding time for the two of us. There’s something romantic about a yummy pasta dish or a decadent chocolate dessert made at home.
We’ve really been enjoying trying out new recipes for holidays and working on those together. It makes our holidays so much fun!
These easy dinner ideas for two will have you enjoying cooking for the two of you (whether you do it together or just whip up something for a weekday dinner) – from scrumptious entrees to healthy side dishes to decadent desserts, this collection of easy dinner ideas perfectly portioned for two covers all your bases.
Easy Dinner Ideas for Two
A collection of various recipes perfectly portioned for two - from entrees to side dishes to desserts!
Mexican is always a big hit in our household - this is a budget-friendly dinner that you can customize to your liking. Make it 4-layer, 6-layer, or even 10-layer if you really want to go wild with the toppings!
It's like a romantic takeout dinner, but made at home! Delicious pad thai that only takes 15 minutes to make, once you have your ingredients prepped. Serve it up with some egg rolls or dumplings and you have the perfect date night meal.
Start your pork in the crockpot before you leave for work in the morning. Then, when you come home that evening, finish up the ramen soup and ta-da! you have a delicious ramen that everyone is sure to love.
Here's a healthier option for an easy weeknight dinner for two. This recipe makes six patties so cook two of them and freeze the rest for next week! These only take about 15 minutes to come together which is great for your busy week.
Bring home that charming bistro kitchen taste in to your kitchen with this homemade tomato soup bursting with flavor. Serve it up with some crusty bread, a warm crispy grilled cheese, or a fresh garden salad.
Risotto may seem like a dish you can only enjoy at your favorite restaurant but with this recipe, you'll find it's easy to make at home. And just as tasty! This is a creamy and flavorful dish that can stand alone as the main dish or it can be served along side a delicious steak or seafood.
A classic pound cake recipe but only a quarter of the size - a "quarter pound cake" so to speak. It's buttery, tender, and golden, and perfect for two people. Enjoy a slice of this cake with a cup of coffee or tea, or top it with some powdered sugar or fruit and whipped cream!
Cinnamon rolls have become a classic holiday breakfast for me and my husband BUT we definitely don't need a dozen or more cinnamon rolls in our house. This recipe makes four cinnamon rolls - perfect for holiday breakfast and the next day's breakfast!
Where I live, they serve strawberry pretzel salad at every function. It's a staple dessert around here! This is a great recipe for making just two servings of strawberry pretzel salad instead of an entire 9x13 pan.
Lava cake is a classic romantic dish. This recipe can be split between two small ramekins or it can be made in one larger ramekin for you and your special someone to share. It's a delicious chocolate cake with a gooey, fudgy center that spills out when cut into. Serve it dusted with powdered sugar or with ice cream, fruit, whipped cream . . .
Calling all peanut butter lovers - here is a yummy, fudgy brownie (mixed up in one bowl) swirled with a rich peanut butter filling. This is a small batch recipe so it's great for two people, plus a couple leftover brownies.
You might be wondering –
“What can I make for an easy dinner for the two of us that won’t cost too much?”
I know when I first got married and started out with a pretty bare pantry and freezer, I was always on the lookout for recipes that didn’t require too much grocery shopping, since I hadn’t acquired much in the way of basic pantry staples. Some easy budget-friendly meals are pasta and jarred sauce, rice dishes, goulash, simple sandwiches . . . grocery stores offer many cheap and ready-to-cook options nowadays! One of my favorite easy and inexpensive meals to make is a simple veggie fried rice with frozen cauliflower rice and frozen mixed veggies! It comes together quickly and easily and isn’t expensive.
Honestly, one of the best ways you can save money when preparing dinner is to avoid buying pre-made foods at the store. Try making your own bread, growing your own veggies, canning your garden harvest for winter, cooking your own pasta sauce, using dry beans instead of canned, etc. You’ll find you will save money that way and start to enjoy eating homemade dinners more!