This Valentine’s Day, your perfect dish is written in the stars. Let your zodiac sign guide your heart and your stomach as you discover the ideal recipe to help you celebrate the holiday.
Aries (March 21 - April 19): Kung Pao Chicken
Aries are bold and fiery, but also like to keep things simple as much as possible. That’s why Molly Yeh’s easy Kung Pao Chicken recipe is the Valentine’s meal to make this year. It’s saucy and spicy – ideal for a chilly winter day – and goes from prep to table in an hour.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20): Pappardelle Duck Ragu
Luxury and decadence are the hallmarks of this earth sign, so this dish of pasta ribbons in a rich, meaty duck ragu will satisfy the Taurean’s palate and stomach. It’s elevated, hearty comfort food that can even be made ahead of Valentine’s Day festivities.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20): Tiramisu Cream Puffs
Geminis are renowned for their dual nature as well as their playfulness, and this fusion of two classic desserts is sure to please the celestial twins on Valentine’s Day. Delicate coffee-infused choux puffs are filled with a tiramisu-inspired mascarpone cream, and topped with a silky chocolate ganache.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22): Lobster BLT
Surf and turf, but make it comfort food… that sums up Ina Garten’s Lobster BLT, and makes it the must-have dish for this water sign. Cancers are famous for their protective shells, so you’ll likely find them cozied up at home for Valentine’s Day with a good movie and this celebratory sandwich.
Leo (July 23 - August 22): Chocolate Souffles with Salted Caramel Sauce
Any occasion is a reason to roll out the red carpet for Leo, which means an opulent, complex dessert for Valentine’s Day is the only way to go for this fire sign. Chocolate souffles are an indulgent dish that is sure to satisfy Leo’s royal tastes.
Virgo (August 23 - September 22): Custard Toast
Virgo has traditionally been represented by the goddess of wheat and agriculture, so this sweet custard toast seems fitting for a Valentine’s Day treat. Using an air fryer will appeal to Virgo’s practical nature, and the delicate strawberry heart topping will please the perfectionist within the earth sign.
Libra (September 23 - October 22): Turtle Sheet Cake
Libras are all about balance, harmony and symmetry, making the serendipitous combination of chocolate, caramel and pecans a welcome treat for the air sign. Inspired by the ever-popular candy treat, Libra will be sure to leave some of this sheet cake to enjoy after Valentine’s Day, too.
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21): Bulgogi Cabbage Rolls
This meal mash-up will appeal to the adventurous streak in Scorpio. The dynamic combination of Asian and European flavours wraps Korean bulgogi beef in cabbage leaves, and tops them with a spicy gochujang tomato sauce. It’s not only a great Valentine’s Day dish, but a great addition to Scorpio’s winter menu.
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21): Jalisco Hot Chocolate
Sagittarius is always seeking something new and exciting to try, which makes this spiked hot chocolate the beverage of choice for Valentine’s Day. Cayenne, cinnamon and nutmeg add spice to the chocolatey drink, and tequila reposado will ignite the flame within the fire sign.
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19): Rigatoni Pie
While Capricorns are known for their patience and perseverance, they also have an affinity for comfort food. This recipe for rigatoni pie taps into all of the earth sign’s traits. It’s a warm, comforting dish for Valentine’s Day’s colder temperatures, but it also takes time and effort to construct.
Aquarius (January 20 - February 18): Chocolate and Coconut Pots De Crème
Aquarians are creative and innovative, which is why they will adore these gorgeous pots de crème. They’re so rich and chocolatey that you’ll never guess they’re also dairy-free, and the dried rose petals are an elegant topping for the romantic holiday.
Pisces (February 19 - March 20): Strawberry Tarts
Pisces constantly treads the line between fantasy and reality, and a Valentine’s Day dessert really needs to tap into their inner dreamer. Enter Ina Garten’s classic strawberry tarts, made with velvety pastry cream in a tender, flaky shell, and topped with ruby red fruit.