30-Minute Meal Comfort Foods

This month, whip up a hearty dinner that you'll totally fall for, like Rachael Ray's soups, sausages and rustic veggie pastas. It's time to get cozy in the kitchen!
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This month, whip up a hearty dinner that you'll totally fall for, like Rachael Ray's soups, sausages and rustic veggie pastas. It's time to get cozy in the kitchen!

Butternut and Parsley Penne

Talk about a mouth-watering meatless main. This pasta dish is full of hearty squash, spicy peppers and tons of fresh herbs and spices.

Butternut & Parsley Penne

Butternut & Parsley Penne

Break It Down

The following is a step-by-step guide to this hearty meal. First up: Roast squash until just tender and brown at the edges.

Butternut and Parsley Penne Step 1

Step 2

Heat up the EVOO, parsley stems, garlic, ginger, chile and scallion whites in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Butternut and Parsley Penne Step 2

Step 3

Add half a ladleful of the pasta cooking water to the sauce, and then add the pasta.

Butternut and Parsley Penne Step 3

Step 4

Add the parsley leaves, scallion greens, squash and cheese to the skillet and stir it all together to combine.

Butternut and Parsley Penne Step 4

Quick Homemade Sausage & Lentil Soup

You'll never believe how easy it is to make sausage from scratch. Just combine ground meat with some herbs and spices, and you may never buy premade links again!

Quick Homemade Sausage & Lentil Soup

Quick Homemade Sausage & Lentil Soup

Wursts with Apple, Potato & Onion Hash

A true ode to Oktoberfest, this 30-Minute Meal will take your taste buds all the way to Germany.

Wursts with Apple, Potato and Onion Hash

Wursts with Apple, Potato & Onion Hash

Schnitzel Cordon Bleu

Schnitzel is another traditional German dish. Rachael's version only gets better when piled high with ham and melted cheese!

Schnitzel Cordon Bleu

Schnitzel Cordon Bleu

Warm Pearled Barley & Mushroom Salad with Sliced Flank Steak

This savory steak salad gets even meatier with the addition of hearty sautéed mushrooms.

Warm Pearled Barley & Mushroom Salad with Sliced Flank Steak

Warm Pearled Barley & Mushroom Salad with Sliced Flank Steak

Garlicky Beef Skewers with Potato Hash & Spiked Ketchup

This dish gives "meat and potatoes" the ultimate 30-minute makeover!

Garlicky Beef Skewers with Potato Hash & Spiked Ketchup

Garlicky Beef Skewers with Potato Hash & Spiked Ketchup

Break It Down

Thread as many pieces of 1 1/2-inch cubes of beef sirloin as will fit on skewers.

Garlicky Beef Skewers with Potato Hash: Step 1

Step 2

Cook the potatoes in a large skillet over medium-high, stirring occasionally until browned.

Garlicky Beef Skewers with Potato Hash: Step 2

Step 3

To make the spiked ketchup, stir the ketchup with the Worcestershire, horseradish, Tabasco and a pinch of course pepper.

Garlicky Beef Skewers with Potato Hash: Step 3

Step 4

Finish it up with a squeeze of lemon over the beef and serve with the greens, crispy potatoes and spiked ketchup.

Garlicky Beef Skewers with Potato Hash: Step 4

Red Chicken Marsala

This one-pot wonder will warm you up from the inside out.

Red Chicken Marsala

Red Chicken Marsala

Break If Down

Cook the dried mushrooms in a small saucepan in the stock at a low, rolling boil until the mushrooms soften and the liquid reduces slightly.

Red Chicken Marsala: Step 1

Step 2

Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, cook the chicken, turning once, until browned on both sides, 6 to 8 minutes.

Red Chicken Marsala: Step 2

Step 3

Add the butter and sliced fresh mushrooms to the skillet and cook until lightly browned, then add the shallows, garlic, thyme and parsley stems and season.

Red Chicken Marsala: Step 3

Step 4

Stir in the tomato paste and cook 1 minute more. Add the tomatoes and the Marsala and bring to a simmer.

Red Chicken Marsala: Step 4

Lamb Sausages with Harissa Sweet Potatoes

Harissa is a Tunisian hot sauce made with peppers, spices and herbs such as garlic, coriander and chili powder. It adds a rich, sweet, spiciness to any dish.

Lamb Sausage with Harissa Sweet Potatoes

Lamb Sausage with Harissa Sweet Potatoes

Spaghetti with Cauliflower & Tuna

Although this pasta is light, it packs a ton of flavor in each bite.

Spaghetti with Cauliflower & Tuna

Zucchini & Fennel Soup with Garlic Croutons

Just as comfort food season emerges, so does fall produce such as zucchini and fennel.

Zucchini & Fennel Soup with Garlic Croutons

Zucchini & Fennel Soup with Garlic Croutons

Break It Down

Turn on the broiler and toast the bread until golden; rub with the cut sides of the garlic, and then cut into cubes and place on a baking sheet.

Step 2

In a medium soup pot, cook the zucchini, fennel, onion and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables soften, 10 to 12 minutes.

Zucchini & Fennel Soup with Garlic CroutonsL Step 2

Step 3

Add the stock and a mug of water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook until ready to serve. Stir in the herbs.

Step 4

Divide the croutons among 4 bowls and top with the soup.

Zucchini & Fennel Soup with Garlic CroutonsL Step 4

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