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Pasta Alfredo with Lemon and Asparagus
Credit: Ngoc Minh Ngo

The Lady and the Tramp had it right all along: Pasta is one of the most romantic foods you can serve to your sweetheart on Valentine's Day. And with one of these recipes in your back pocket, it will also be one of the simplest dinners to make. From a make-ahead friendly ragu to a spur of the moment linguine, these pasta recipes make it easy to cook up something deliciously shareable in honor of Cupid's favorite holiday.

Pasta Alfredo with Lemon and Asparagus

If one of the most romantic things to come home to for you or your partner is a clean kitchen, then you'll want to make the one-pot wonder that is our Pasta Alfredo with Lemon and Asparagus, pictured above, this Valentine's Day. Linguine and asparagus are brought together in this simple but elegant meal, with a silky egg-yolk-enriched cream sauce that coats every strand.

ricotta raviolo with garlicky greens
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Ricotta Raviolo with Garlicky Greens

If you have a little extra time on your hands and want to pull out all the stops, try making our Ricotta Raviolo with Garlicky Greens. Serving this giant raviolio to your beloved will certainly make a good impression. If a homemade stuffed pasta sounds a little intimidating, go for this easier version of ravioli that calls for store-bought dumpling wrappers—it will be our little secret!

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Slow Cooker Short Rib Ragu

Valentine's Day is on a Monday this year, so juggling work with making a romantic dinner at home can be tricky. This Slow-Cooker Short Rib Ragu recipe makes it easy and doable for a weeknight—just put the short ribs in the crockpot in the morning and you'll come home to a positively luscious sauce that will only require a light hand to finish up and then spoon over your favorite pasta shape.

Red Wine Pasta
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Red Wine Pasta

Did we save the best for last? Maybe! Red Wine Pasta is known as spaghetti all'ubriaco or "drunken" pasta in Italy because it combines thin strands of spaghetti with a reduced red wine sauce. Studded with bits of salty pancetta and sprinkled with Pecorino Romano cheese, this is a thirty-minute meal that will be perfectly on-theme with a romantic Valentine's Day dinner.

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