Cooking together is a seriously underrated activity. When you cook together, it’s a chance to press pause, tune out distractions, and tune into each other with the added benefit of exploring new recipes and ingredients. Plus, you know, you get to eat afterwards. So, we whipped up these fun meals to cook together to help you bond with those you love most, whether it’s with your partner, family, best friend, or your cat, Whiskers (hey, no judgment here).
Treat Yourself to a Date Night In
For your next romantic night out, book a reservation at your own kitchen table. With fun date night recipes like Pasta Pomodoro and Shrimp Fra Diavolo with Linguine, who needs to eat out? Spicy Sausage Gnocchi with Creamy Tomato Sauce and Easy Mexican Lasagna are two more simple yet fun date night recipes for all you pasta lovers out there. If you really want to show off your cooking skills and impress your date, make Lasagna Bolognese. The recipe is a bit more challenging but adding Hunt's San Marzano tomatoes will help create a bright, bold flavor that’s well worth the effort.
Looking for an excuse to break out your wok? Try the Asian-style Sweet & Sour Chicken Stir Fry with vibrant veggies. Save the dicing for another night and add Bird's Eye frozen vegetables to cut out some prep time.
Brunch in Bed
If brunch is more your style, you don't have to fight the weekend crowds. In fact, you don’t even need to change out of your pajamas. Make it a lazy weekend and serve your partner Chocolate Cake Waffles or Heart-Shaped Pancakes right in bed. Sweets for your sweetheart—what more could you ask for? Also, if chocolate cake waffles aren't chocolatey enough, double down with this Red Velvet Donuts recipe. Don't worry, Duncan Hines has your back with its Signature Red Velvet Cake Mix.
No Matter the Meal, Make it a Family Affair
Whether it's the holiday season, a summer reunion, or a special occasion: a big family dinner is always a great way to get everyone together. But instead of dining out, have a potluck. Better yet, plan a meal you can all cook together. Find some fun dinner recipes for the whole family. If you're hosting, opt for something everyone can whip up as a group, like Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza. That way, even picky eaters can customize their dish.
If want your family dinner to be small and stress-free, try a crowd-pleasing casserole or pasta dish that you can pop in the oven while you visit. Caprese Macaroni and Cheese pasta with Slow Cooked Sunday Meat Sauce, and Penne Alla Vodka are family-style dishes that everyone can chip in on. Delegate the duties from chopping fresh herbs to cooking the pasta to mixing drinks. Remember, teamwork makes the dream and dinner work!
Is family breakfast on the menu, instead? We recommend Buttermilk Waffles with Mixed Berry Sauce, covered with a dollop of Reddi-Wip. Add a savory side dish of Hash Brown Casserole, and you're all set for a carefree family event.
But don’t forget everyone's favorite part: dessert. Keep it simple with recipes like Easy Brownie and Cream Sandwich Cookies. Even multiple desserts can be easy if you use ready-to-go mixes from Duncan Hines. So add a little color with Rainbow Cupcakes, too.