20 Romantic Vegan Date Night Recipes

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20 delicious and romantic vegan recipes for two. These tasty and easy vegan and vegetarian recipes will impress any guest!

If you’re looking for romantic vegetarian or vegan dinner recipes, you’ve come to the right place! Here are over 20 outstanding vegan meals, including delicious pasta dishes, hearty bowls, stunning mains, and more.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner or just craving a cozy night in, these recipes will impress both you and your loved ones. Use the table of contents below to jump to your favorite category, or keep scrolling to view all of the delicious options!

Table of Contents
  1. Date Night Pasta Recipes
  2. Asian-Inspired Date Night Recipes
  3. Even More Romantic Vegan Dinners
  4. 20 Romantic Vegan Date Night Recipes: Vegan Vodka Pasta Recipe

Frequently Asked Questions about Romantic Vegan Dinners

What is the most romantic meal to cook?

The most romantic meal is well-planned. Plan to serve drinks, an appetizer, main dish, and dessert to really impress your partner. This post is a great place to start! Don’t forget the ambiance either – some candles and a romantic playlist will go a long way.

What should I cook for my vegan girlfriend or partner?

This depends on your partner! Do they have a favorite food or prefer one type of cuisine over the other? If you’re not sure, go with popular recipes like Penne alla Vodka, Portobello Mushroom Steaks, or Pad Thai.

What food should I serve vegan guests?

Vegan guests will appreciate any effort you make to be accommodating, but my biggest tip would be to plan a filling meal that has a good balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Nobody wants to eat a low-calorie mushroom and be hungry 30 minutes later.

Date Night Pasta Recipes

Most people enjoy Italian food, and this collection of Italian-inspired recipes is cozy, hearty and beginner-friendly! Use gluten-free pasta or noodles if your partner is gluten-free. Most of these recipes will pair nicely with some garlic bread or a simple side salad.

Pro-Tip: If you struggle with presentation, top your dish with some fresh herbs! They add a fresh splash of color and make any recipe look more appetizing. A sprinkle of vegan cheese is usually a good call, too.

Vegan Penne alla Vodka
This Vegan Penne alla Vodka is the ultimate date night pasta coated in a boozy tomato & cashew cream sauce! Gluten-Free Option.
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Vegan chicken piccata topped with lemon caper sauce and next to pasta on a plate
Vegan “Chicken” Piccata | Tofu Piccata Recipe
This Vegan Chicken Piccata is made from pan-seared crispy tofu and served in a creamy vegan butter lemon caper sauce for a cozy main dish.
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vegan cacio e pepe topped with garlicky mushrooms on white speckled plate with glass of wine on marble countertop
Vegan Cacio e Pepe with Garlicky Mushrooms
You only need a few pantry staples to make this plant-based Cacio e Pepe! Spaghetti gets tossed in a peppery, cheesy sauce and then topped with mushrooms. Serve warm and enjoy for a cozy date night!
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Spicy Tomato Basil Pasta
This Spicy Tomato Basil Pasta is creamy, herby, and ready in only 20 mins. The perfect vegan + gluten-free lunch or date-night dinner!
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plate of pesto risotto topped with tomatoes on wood cutting board on marble countertop
Vegan Pesto Risotto with Roasted Tomatoes
This Vegan Pesto Risotto is creamy, cozy, and bursting with bright flavor! Pair it with quick-roasted tomatoes for a decadent but easy main course.
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mushroom risotto with fresh asparagus and roasted mushroom caps on white plate on wood cutting board
Hearty Mushroom Risotto
Hearty and delicious, you won’t believe that this Mushroom Risotto is made with only 8 ingredients, and is completely dairy-free! A cozy and healthy entree.
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Vegan Meatballs
This easy Italian-style vegan meatball recipe is made from simple and wholesome ingredients, but packs a big flavor punch! Gluten-Free & Nut-Free. Serve with spaghetti for a familiar taste or have meatball subs for a more casual date night!
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Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells
These Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells are baked in a rich and creamy vegetable sauce and stuffed with a healthy homemade vegan ricotta filling. Indulge in this classic comfort food made with a seasonal twist! Vegan, Gluten-Free & Oil-Free Option.
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Zucchini Lasagna Roll Ups
These Vegan Zucchini Lasagna Roll Ups combine tender zucchini noodles with a creamy tofu ricotta and tangy marinara sauce. A hearty main dish or side!
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Asian-Inspired Date Night Recipes

Tasty Chinese-American and Thai favorites that everyone will love! Recreate your favorite takeout dish in the comfort of your own kitchen to really impress your date. Serve with this light Ginger Cabbage Slaw or a side dish like this Edamame & Smashed Cucumber Salad for a well-rounded meal.

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Crispy Orange Tofu
This Crispy Orange Tofu is drenched in a sweet & tangy citrus sauce for a cozy meal that’s better than takeout! Vegan & Gluten-Free.
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two plates of pad thai noodles on white plates with dishes of peanuts and lime wedges on the side
Vegan Pad Thai
This Vegan Pad Thai is a perfect weeknight dinner! It’s packed with flavor, loaded with veggies, and only takes 30 minutes to make
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Vegan Cashew “Chicken”
Crispy Tofu gets tossed with nutty cashews and a sweet and savory sauce to make this Vegan Cashew Chicken totally delicious! 
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Kung Pao Tofu stir fry in sauté pan with wooden spoon
Kung Pao Tofu
Crispy Tofu gets tossed with peanuts, veggies, chiles, and a sweet spicy and savory sauce for a plant-based twist on a classic takeout dish!
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Even More Romantic Vegan Dinners

Some of these Vegan Date Night recipes take a bit more time to make, but the flavor payoff is incredible! Pair with an easy appetizer like these Mushroom Puff Pastry Pinwheels or Pesto Star Bread for a full meal.

sliced portobello mushroom steak topped with peppercorn sauce
Portobello Mushroom Steaks with Peppercorn Sauce
These Portobello Mushroom Steaks with Peppercorn Sauce are juicy and meaty, with a creamy black pepper sauce. The ultimate date night main! Vegan & Gluten-Free. Enjoy with Dijon Garlic Potatoes on the side.
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Mushroom Pot Pie
This rich and creamy Mushroom Pot Pie is made flavorful with cremini and oyster mushrooms, a creamy plant-based broth, and a layer of puff pastry. Have this wholesome, satisfying meal prepped and ready in just 20 minutes. Vegan.
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Baked tofu parmesan topped with vegan cheese and marinara sauce on baking sheet
Vegan Tofu Parmesan
This Breaded Tofu Parmesan is pan-fried until crispy then baked until bubbly with a generous layer of marinara and vegan mozzarella. Get ready to dig in! Vegan, Gluten-Free Option.
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spinach and mushroom enchiladas with salsa verde and black beans on plate
Spinach & Mushroom Enchiladas with Salsa Verde
These Spinach & Mushroom Enchiladas are saucy, tangy, and hearty but also refreshing and veggie-packed. Win-win! The perfect gluten-free & nut-free dinner.
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Tempeh Marsala
This Vegan Tempeh Marsala is creamy, satisfying, and filled with mouthwatering flavor! A plant-based take on the Italian-American classic. Gluten-Free.
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white speckled bowl with 2 pieces of tempeh and vegetables from pot roast with bowl of gravy on the side
Vegan Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Tempeh
Cozy and hearty, this vegan slow cooker pot roast with tempeh is the perfect evening meal! Let the slow cooker do the work with only 15 minutes of prep.
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tomato galette on round serving board with fresh basil and tomatoes on the side
Tomato Galette with Dairy-Free Ricotta
This grain-free galette is bursting with flavor, thanks to a buttery crust, juicy tomatoes, and a dairy-free ricotta cheese. Vegan & Gluten-Free.
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Need vegan dessert ideas? Browse all of our Dessert recipes, or just get some nice vegan chocolate 😊

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Vegan penne alla vodka in pot topped with fresh oregano

20 Romantic Vegan Date Night Recipes: Vegan Vodka Pasta

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
20 romantic and delicious vegan dinners for cozy nights in. This Vegan Penne alla Vodka is the ultimate date night pasta coated in a boozy tomato & cashew cream sauce! 


  • 1 28-ounce can whole peeled plum tomatoes in sauce*
  • 1/4 cup good quality olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic 3 cloves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes*
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt divided
  • 1 cup vodka*
  • 1 pound dried penne gluten-free if necessary
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews soaked*
  • 1/2 cup water plus more as necessary
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter optional, for a silkier sauce
  • Serving Suggestions: vegan parmesan, fresh oregano, etc


  • Prep: Drain the tomatoes over a small bowl or measuring cup, reserving the sauce. Use your hands to crush the tomatoes into the small bowl, then set aside. You can also use a potato masher and mash the tomatoes directly in the bowl. Add the remaining sauce from the can to the same bowl with the tomatoes.
  • Aromatics: Warm the oil in a large heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes, until translucent and slightly golden. Add the garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and sauté for an additional minute, until the garlic is fragrant.
  • Deglaze: Deglaze the pan with vodka (Note: if cooking over gas, remove the pan from the flame and carefully pour in to prevent fire) and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, then add the crushed tomatoes and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the pan and stir well. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Cook the Pasta: Bring the a large pot of salted water to a boil while the sauce simmers. Cook the penne until al dente according to the package directions. Drain, but do not rinse.
  • Blend: Transfer the tomato mixture to the blender along with the cashews and water. Blend on high for 60 seconds to form a smooth and silky sauce (See notes for a chunkier version). Return the blended sauce to the sauté pan and simmer for an additional 3 to 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and stir in the extra tablespoon of butter for an extra creamy sauce.
  • Serve: Add the cooked pasta to the pan and toss until evenly coated. Serve warm, topped with vegan parmesan and fresh oregano, or as desired. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

  • Tomatoes: A 28-ounce can of tomatoes makes about 3 cups of “sauce”; if you don’t want to crush your tomatoes by hand, you can also sub it with crushed tomatoes or 3 cups of your favorite marinara! This recipe would also work well with fresh tomatoes – just peel them first, and process in a food processor until chunky.
  • Vodka: This recipe is called vodka sauce for a reason, so it won’t be the same if you leave it out. If you don’t cook with alcohol, my best recommendation would be to use an alcohol-free vodka alternative, like Strykk or Clean Co. Cashews: you can soak your cashews in water overnight in the fridge, or cover with boiling water and let sit for at least 30 minutes before using. If you do not want to use cashews, 3/4 cup of coconut cream or a vegan creamer would be a great substitute! If you use either of these options, omit the extra 1/2 cup of water.
  • Cashews: soak cashews in water and stick in the fridge overnight, or soak them in very hot water for about 30-45 minutes before blending
  • Chunky Sauce: if you’d prefer to have some tomato and onion pieces in the sauce, (1) blend the cashews with the water alone in the blender and pour it in like cream for a super chunky sauce, or (2) blend the cashews and water with 1/2-3/4 of the sauce for a more subtle texture.


Calories: 885kcalCarbohydrates: 104gProtein: 21gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 906mgPotassium: 856mgFiber: 8gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 462IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 126mgIron: 6mg
Keyword: romantic vegan dinners, vegan date night recipes, vegan vodka sauce
Course: Main, Main Course
Method: Stovetop
Cuisine: American, Italian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Hey there, I’m Caitlin! I make easy-to-follow, wholesome, and budget-friendly vegan recipes that are mostly gluten-free and refined sugar-free. I’m also an avid yogi, love the great outdoors, am chocolate-obsessed, and enjoy eating almond butter straight off of the spoon.

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