Valentine's Day Recipe

Valentine’s Day is a memorable day for many people, and a great opportunity to show your appreciation for a loved one. Whether it’s a partner, best friend or family member, this Valentine’s Day recipe for Tomato & Mascarpone Risotto for dinner and Red Velvet Cookies for desert is enough to make your close ones feel special.

Tomato and Mascarpone Risotto


2 tbsp olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

1 large garlic clove, finely chopped

175g risotto rice

400g can chopped tomatoes

600ml vegetable stock

30g parmesan

30g mascarpone

Small bunch of basil, chopped


1. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and fry for 10 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and fry for 1 minute. Stir in the rice and cook for 2 minutes.
2. Add the tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Add half the stock. Once the stock has been absorbed, add the other half gradually and cook until the rice is al dente, while stirring constantly.
3. Stir the parmesan, mascarpone and basil and season before serving.

Red Velvet Cookies


175g soft salted butter

200g light brown soft sugar

100g caster sugar

1 large egg

2tsp vanilla extract

½-1 tbsp red food colouring

225g plain flour

25g cocoa powder

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

150g white chocolate chips

For the drizzle

2 tbsp soft cheese

6 tbsp icing sugar


1. Beat the butter and sugars together until pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract and food colouring until the batter is consistently red. Place the flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda in a sieve and sprinkle over the batter. Fold everything together before also folding in the white chocolate chips.
2. Place the dough on a baking parchment sheet and mould into a sausage shape (roughly 6cm wide), folding the parchment over the dough and chilling in the fridge until ready to bake.
3. Heat the oven to 190*C/170*C fan/gas 5. Arrange the cookie dough on a baking tray lined with baking parchment, well-spaced. Bake for 13-15 minutes.
4. Leave to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to fully cool. Beat the soft cheese to a loose consistency and stir in the icing sugar. Drizzle the icing over the cookies using a piping bag or spoon.

We hope you enjoy your Valentine’s Day and we would love to see photos of you trying out these recipes! Don’t forget that we offer kitchen appliances to make your kitchen experience one to remember, such as NEFF and Miele. Visit one of our showrooms to see these appliances in action!

The above article was published on 10th February 2022, and is subject to change and further guidance.