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64 Easy Dinner Recipes for Two

Updated August 25, 2017

If you think cooking for two requires halving a larger recipe, then you're in for a treat with these great dinners for two! These easy recipes for two are all tailor-made for you and your companion, so whether you're looking for quick dinners for two, healthy dinners for two, or easy meals for two on a budget, you'll find the perfect recipes in this collection. Finding just the right dinner for two has never been so easy, because we have tons of options!

We've got a delicious selection of recipes for you, including seafood and chicken dinners for two; beef, pork, and veal dishes; pasta for two; side dishes; and even desserts for two! Why go out for a fancy meal when you can make restaurant-quality recipes for two at home? You'll never be disappointed with these delicious dishes, and you'll never have to struggle with cutting down a larger recipe or storing too many leftovers again. Just pick out your favorite recipe for two from the list below and you'll have a perfectly-portioned meal on the dinner table in no time!

Chicken Dinners for Two

Winner, winner! We've got some great chicken dinners for two! Below, you'll find some of our chicken recipes, including everything from simple chicken dinners for busy weeknights to fancier recipes for your weekend sit-down dinners. Both of you are going to love these easy recipes, and we're sure you'll come back to them again and again. (Our Chicken Marsala for Two is one of our most popular recipes, so you might want to try that one first!)

Beef Dinners for Two

Looking for beef dinner ideas for two? We've got you covered! When those cravings for something really hearty set in, there's nothing like a beef dinner to really make you feel satisfied. Plus, instead of going out to an expensive steakhouse and spending a fortune for just the two of you, why not just make one of our romantic steak dinners for two? We've got nothing but the best for you and your loved one in this list, from easy to fancy and everything in between!

Pork Dinners for Two

Want to cook up a juicy pork dinner tonight? Check out these easy pork recipes for two! Whether you're cooking for a summer barbecue or for a cozy night in, these pork recipes are sure to put a smile on both of your faces. Because who doesn't love biting into a hot, juicy piece of pork when your belly is rumblin'? We sure do!

Seafood Dinners for Two

There's no need to spend the extra money at a fancy restaurant just to eat a nice seafood dinner. You can easily whip up any of these seafood recipes for two on any night of the week, or enjoy these on a relaxed weekend evening with your sweetie. Whether you're a fan of fish or shellfish (or both!), we've got plenty of options for you to check out below. (The Potato-Crusted Salmon is one of our favorites, so we recommend making that recipe first!)

Veal, Lamb, & Turkey Dinners for Two

If neither of you can decide whether you want chicken, beef, pork, or seafood for dinner, then we've got another idea...how about something totally different? Below, you'll find some great dinners for two that are made with lamb, veal, or turkey. Give these easy dinner recipes a try whenever you're looking to change things up, and maybe even get a little fancy! These dinner ideas for two are a perfect break from the norm and are packed with flavor, so they're a guaranteed hit. 

Pasta for Two

Pasta is always a favorite quick and easy dinner idea because it's so versatile and simple to make. We've got some fancy pasta dishes, for those nights when you want to step it up a notch for a special occasion, along with some basic weeknight pasta recipes that are good for any evening. Whenever you're in search of cooking for two ideas, just take a look at these easy pasta recipes. You'll never go wrong when you put pasta on the table!

Side Dishes for Two

Every good cook knows that your meal isn't complete without just the right side dish. But when you're cooking for two, finding a side dish recipe that won't leave you with tons of leftovers can be challenging. But not anymore! Serve up one of these tasty side dishes for two paired with any of the recipes above. They're perfectly-portioned and ideal for splitting; they'll bring the finishing touch to your meal. Packed with veggies and potatoes, these flavorful sides are the perfect accompaniment to tonight's dinner for two!

Drinks & Desserts for Two

The perfect way to end the perfect evening is over drinks & desserts for two! There's nothing better than an after-dinner coffee paired with a rich dessert to finish off your meal and satisfy every craving. Whether your sweet tooth craves chocolate, ice cream, cake, or milkshakes, we've got a decadent dessert you'll love — just be sure you've got two spoons so you can split these finishers with your sweetie!

Healthy Dinner Recipes for Two

Healthy dinner for two ideas used to be hard to come by, but not anymore! From lemony chicken to stuffed peppers and lightened-up pizza, these healthy dinner recipes for two cook up quick and extra delicious. And don't worry: these recipes are still plenty tasty, even though they're healthy. Each recipe splits into two generous helpings of good-for-you food that you're sure to devour, without sacrificing any flavor. For even more healthy recipes be sure to visit everydaydiabeticrecipes.com

Check out our blog post, "3 Print-Outs You Need in Your Kitchen," for a guide on how to cut a recipe in half or thirds. It's perfect since many of the Mr. Food Test Kitchen recipes serve four or six. Have this print-out on hand and you can make an unlimited collection of dinner recipes for two! Plus, don't forget to check out our Leftover Storage Tips to maximize your meals!

Since you're looking for recipes for two, you might enjoy these holiday-inspired collection pages: 24 Romantic Recipes for Valentine's Day and Thanksgiving Dinner Menu for Two.

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Since it's just me and my boyfriend at home, I could really use these recipes for two. I like that these recipes all look easy, and I love that there are some healthier options too!

Love these. These are great if you're cooking for one, too - it means you've got leftovers for tomorrow!

Yum! Hubby will definitely be happy when I tell him about the Irish Coffee for Two. We love the Mashed Potatoes for Two recipe, it's the perfect size!!

As empty nesters, it's not always easy to find recipes that won't leave us with lots of leftovers. I've tried the Chicken Parmesan for Two, which was really good, and look forward to trying more recipes for two. Thanks!

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Thank you for putting together this list of recipes for smaller households. I'm not a fan of leftovers and it's hard to find recipes for two. I tried the Turkey Stuffed Peppers and the Apple Crisp For Two and both were very tasty!

Going to try it THANK YOU

Everything looks yummy

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