In honor of Rach's 50th birthday on August 25, we took a trip through the archives to pick out our favorite 30-Minute Meals that Rachael has written for the magazine over the years. There were so many great ones to choose from (10 recipes per issue x 10 issues per year x almost 13 years... you do the math!) but we narrowed it down to the 10 winners we turn to again and again. Make one tonight to celebrate, and let us know YOUR favorite recipe in the comments below! Happy Birthday, Rach!


Milanese-Style Tagliatelle with Mushrooms, Asparagus & Peas

milanese style tagliatelle mushrooms asparagus peas

"I'm going through a major mushroom phase right now (throwing them on everything from tacos to black bean burgers), so this 30-Minute Meal is one of my favorites. I love how buttery and herb-y and delicious it tastes, without being too heavy." —Kendall Wenaas, editorial assistant

Baja Beer-Battered Fish Tacos

baja beer battered fish tacos
Credit: Photography by Tara Donne

"Rach has a way with fried fish, and these tender fish tacos with a crispy beer batter are delicious proof of that. Pro tip: Serve with a cold beer!" – Nina Elder, executive food editor

Recipe: Try Rachael's Baja Beer-Battered Fish Tacos

Black Bean Nachos with Tomato-Tomatillo Salad

black bean nachos with tomato tomatillo salad

"Working with Rach all these years has seriously upped my nacho game. Nachos are one of my absolutely favorite foods (don't tell pizza…). This is nacho-average nacho recipe…they're a great one to make for entertaining because they're vegetarian friendly while still being deliciously crowd pleasing." – Jeanette Donnarumma, culinary producer at the Rachael Ray Show

Pappardelle with Brown Butter, Meat Sauce & Crispy Sage

pappardelle with brown butter meat sauce and crispy sage
Credit: Photography by Armando Rafael

"I love this one because it has everything that is good and beautiful in it." — Lauren Iannotti, editor in chief/content director

Roasted Meatballs in Tomato-Basil Sauce

Roasted Meatballs in Tomato-Basil Sauce
Credit: Photography by Joseph De Leo

"This meatball dish is delicious and so flexible. Eat them on their own with some crusty bread to sop up the sauce, or stuff them into a grinder roll and top with some mozzarella. You can also use them to top a bowl of spaghetti." — Janet McCracken, test kitchen director

Panzanella Salad with Frico Eggs

panzanella salad frico eggs
Credit: Photography by Kate Mathis

"When I saw that Rach was frying an egg on top of a pile of Parm I was suspicious, but I shouldn't have worried. It's an absolutely delicious combo and a super-fun presentation. I served this dish for brunch with friends a few months ago and they're still talking about it!" — Nina Elder, executive food editor

Recipe: Try Rachael's Panzanella Salad with Frico Eggs

Chicken or Pork Schnitzel with Quick Sweet ’n’ Sauer-Kraut & Apple, Onion & Potato Salad

chicken pork schnitzel quick sweet n sauer-kraut apple onion potato salad
Credit: Photography by Joesph De Leo

"Fall is my favorite time of year and this dish screams Oktoberfest, so I make it all year long!" — Charles Grayauskie, test kitchen associate 

Chicken Chili Cowboy Spaghetti

chicken chili cowboy spaghetti

"I'm from Ohio, and this Texas twist on Cincinnati Chili is quick-comfort food that, to me, tastes like home." – Grant Melton, culinary producer at the Rachael Ray Show/Rach's cookie man

Recipe: Try Rachael's Chicken Chili Cowboy Spaghetti

Sea Scallops with Creamed Corn & Tarragon

Sea Scallops with Creamed Corn and Tarragon

"This scallop dish is seriously killer! I still think about it all these years later." — Alexa Weibel, senior food editor

Tagliatelle with Crab

crabby tagliatelle
Credit: Photography by Kate Mathis

"This recipe is one of my new go-tos. It's so easy but super flavorsome when I need a quick weeknight dinner!" – Tara Holland, food editorial assistant

Recipe: Try Rachael's Tagliatelle with Crab

What are your all-time favorite 30-Minute Meals? Tell us in the comments below!