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Heart-throbbing dinner ideas for Palentine’s Day

Keep hearts out of it with these beloved recipes perfect for a night in with friends

Heart-throbbing dinner ideas for Palentine’s Day

Once upon a time, Valentine's Day was just for partners, but with the advent of Palentine's Day it is now an opportunity to say 'I love you' to friends too.  

Get everyone together this February 13 and enjoy some delicious food in the process. Whether you think an oozing spaghetti main or a classic pizza party is the best way to celebrate your friendships, these recipes are just the ones for getting the gang back together. 

Pasta time

They'll be no Lady and the Tramp moments with this spaghetti – each of you can take it in turns to drench your spaghetti in the gooey baked Camembert for a fun help-yourself main. Scatter crunchy hazelnuts and shallots across to finish the dish off. Bon appétit!

If pasta isn't your comfort food of choice, don't worry, we've still got your back – try this fish pie that features the chip shop classic, mushy peas or if you're after something of the fast-food variety, may we suggest this Southern Fried Chicken with Waffles and Sriracha Syrup? You're welcome.

Pizza party

Pizza is a classic go-to for any good night in with besties, and there's no reason why Palentine's Day should be any different. Making it yourself will take it up a level and this roasted vegetable number is a crowd-pleaser that's perfect if you have a vegetarian in your midst. 

If you need a gluten-free or lighter option, then you could try a cauliflower base instead – this one with a prosciutto and mozzarella topping would make an impressive offering.

Steak night

Impress your pals with these Coffee-Rubbed Steaks and Matchstick Fries for a fancier dinner in. Coffee might sound unusual but trust us, it really works, acting as a spice to draw out the scrumptious flavours of the steak.

If any of the crew are vegan or vegetarian, they can still join in the steak fun – try these chargrill cauliflower 'steaks' for a hearty alternative, and finish with a punchy chimichurri sauce. 


Cook up a curry

Curries make a great help-yourself option – make a couple and then your pals can pick and choose. This saag 'paneer' with tofu instead of the Indian cheese is an ideal option if you've a vegan or two at the party.

Pop this lamb rogan josh in the slow cooker first thing in the morning and before you know it, it will be good to tuck into! This Dairy-Free Turmeric Chicken Curry is a crowd-pleasing take on a mild chicken curry.

Choc O'clock

No dinner party is complete without a dessert and a chocolate fondue could be just the one to finish the evening off with. After all, sharing is caring and this means it's fuss-free and easy to prepare. Kahlúa Coffee Liqueur elevates the pudding that goes perfectly with fresh fruit such as blackberries and pears. Classic rich tea biscuits and marshmallow will bring the fun to your spread, too. Happy dunking!

Or, if you're after a showstopping pud, go for the nostalgia angle and relive your childhood with this Jumbo Chocolate 'n' Cream Cookie. What could be cuter than that?!

Head to your local Asda store or online to stock up on all the ingredients you'll need to show your friends your true feelings.