8 Indulgent Date-Night Dishes That Won’t Break the Bank

date night dishesWhen you hear "date night," you probably picture a romantic, candlelit dinner out with your honey. The two of you are sitting at a table tucked away in the corner of a fancy bistro, savoring a delicious meal complete with appetizers and decadent desserts ...

... only to have your reverie interrupted when you're handed the pricey and decidedly unromantic check.

Because that's the thing about a night out: It adds up quickly.

Now that autumn has arrived and the weather's getting cooler, why not create a cozy (and affordable!) date night in? Instead of blowing your budget on a four-course meal at a four-star restaurant, cook up a deceptively indulgent dish at home, courtesy of chef and Food Network star Aida Mollenkamp.

Mollenkamp shares eight, easy-to-make recipes that are sure to upgrade your usual dinnertime fare, including everything from a roasted red-pepper pesto pasta with toasted walnuts and goat cheese to a cardamom-coffee vanilla crème brûlée. "These recipes are relatively quick and affordable," she says, "yet a bit more adventurous than what you make every day."

Want to learn more about delicious, budget-friendly cuisine? Meet Aida (and more of our favorite experts!) at LearnVest LIVE Los Angeles, Tuesday, September 24. Get your tickets here.

All recipes and photos courtesy of Aida Mollenkamp.

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