Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals Greatest Hits

In honor of Rach's birthday, we're rounding up 30 of her very best 30 Minute Meals. From fake-out take-outs to Italian everything, here are some of her best dishes.
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Brown Butter & Cream Orecchiette with Cremini Mushrooms & Kale

Brown Butter & Cream Orecchiette with Cremini Mushrooms & Kale

Any pasta Rach makes is sure to be delicious, but when brown butter's involved, you'll want to double the recipe. One for you, one for everyone else. 

Recipe: Try Rach's Brown Butter & Cream Orecchiette with Cremini Mushrooms & Kale 

Gambas al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp)

Gambas al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp)

If six cloves of garlic in one dish isn't quintessential Rach, we don't know what is. A shot of brandy doesn't hurt, either.

Recipe: Try Rach's Gambas al Ajillo 

Aglio e Olio with Lemon & Pecorino Breadcrumbs

aglio e olio with lemon and pecorino breadcrumbs

"If there's a heaven, my first meal will be a bowl of aglio e olio with extra anchovies shared with my grandpa Emmanuel."—Rachael Ray

Recipe: Try Rach's Aglio e Olio with Lemon & Pecorino Breadcrumbs 

Not-a-Philly Steak 'n' Egg

Not-a-Philly Steak ’n’ Egg

Steak, veggies, cheese, and eggs—this sammy is an Italian-American winner.

Recipe: Try Rach's Not-a-Philly Steak 'n' Egg 

Tomato-Fennel Soup with Parm-Crusted Grilled-Cheese Soldiers

tomato-fennel soup with parm-crusted grilled-cheese soldiers

Homemade tomato soup is good for the soul. So is grilled cheese cut into sticks for extra-easy dunking.

Recipe: Try Rach's Tomato-Fennel Soup with Parm-Crusted Grilled-Cheese Soldiers 

Baja Beer-Battered Fish Tacos

baja beer battered fish tacos

Rach has made tons of delicious fish tacos over the years. We especially love the ones that include beer.

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

Paillard "Pizzette" with Summer Pesto, Tomatoes & Arugula

paillard pizzette summer pesto tomatoes arugula

"I’ve been making these chicken mini 'pizzas' for years. Parents love the simple tomato-basil-mozzarella (aka margherita style) not only for the kids but for their own waistlines, too. The super-thin cutlets are a high-protein, gluten-free alternative to pizza dough. You can even cook them on the grill."—Rachael Ray

Recipe: Try Rach's Paillard "Pizzette" with Summer Pesto, Tomatoes & Arugula 

Beef 'n' Bean Skillet Macho Nachos

beef 'n' bean skillet macho nachos

Sometimes you just need a big ol' skillet of loaded nachos for dinner.

Recipe: Try Rach's Beef 'n' Bean Skillet Macho Nachos 

Cacio e Pepe Mac 'n' Cheese with Chard

Cacio e Pepe Mac 'n' Cheese with Chard

When Rach says to toss in chard so you don't have to make salad, you toss in chard and don't make salad.

Recipe: Try Rach's Cacio e Pepe Mac 'n' Cheese with Chard 

Ratatouille & Garlic Bread Casserole

ratatouille and garlic bread casserole

"I can't make ratatouille without thinking of Remy, the adorable cartoon rat."—Rachael Ray

Recipe: Try Rach's Ratatouille & Garlic Bread Casserole 

Provolone-Stuffed Meatballs with Kale

Provolone-Stuffed Meatballs with Kale

When you bite in, melted provolone cheese spills out. It's the best surprise ever.

Recipe: Try Rach's Provolone-Stuffed Meatballs with Kale  

Kale Salad with Chorizo, Leeks & Garbanzos

Kale Salad with Chorizo, Leeks & Garbanzos

This hearty salad packed with veggies and mixed with Spanish chorizo can be a main or side any night of the week.

Recipe: Try Rach's Kale Salad with Chorizo, Leeks & Garbanzos 

Swordfish Cutlets with Pepper Sauce

Swordfish Cutlets with Pepper Sauce

"John and I make swordfish cutlets often. This sweet-and-spicy pepper sauce is really addictive, but another go-to is to top the cutlets with a simple raw tomato sauce with basil, red onion, and garlic."—Rachael Ray

Recipe: Try Rach's Swordfish Cutlets with Pepper Sauce 

Salt & Vinegar Potato Chip Fish Fillets

Salt and Vinegar Potato Chip Fish Fillets served with a pickle

Fish fillets "breaded" in salt and vinegar chips might be one of Rach's best moves. Give it a try. You won't regret it.

Recipe: Try Rach's Salt & Vinegar Potato Chip Fish Filets 

Quick Chicken Posole

quick chicken posole

"John and I love this dish because it's a fast alternative to enchiladas Suizas (chicken enchiladas in creamy tomatillo sauce), a fave of John's."—Rachael Ray

Recipe: Try Rach's Quick Chicken Posole 

Pasta e Piselli

pasta e piselli

Thick, ribbon-like tagliatelle with pancetta, fresh peas, garlic, white wine, and butter make for one tasty bowl of pasta.

Recipe: Try Rach's Pasta e Piselli 

Mom's Cold Peanut Butter Noodles with Chicken

moms cold peanut butter noddles chicken dinner

If the Ray clan likes it, so do we. And no worries if you can't find udon noodles; just replace them with spaghetti like Rach's mom used to.

Recipe: Try Rach's Mom's Cold Peanut Butter Noodles with Chicken 

Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps

bulgogi lettuce wraps

Sample traditional Korean cuisine without leaving the kitchen—in just 30 minutes! 

Recipe: Try Rach's Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps 

Steaks with Garlic-Herb Butter & Green Tomato-Fennel Salad

Steaks with Garlic Herb Butter & Green Tomato-Fennel Salad

"I would serve this for brunch, lunch, or dinner. It's a no-brainer, quick high-protein meal."–Rachael Ray

Recipe: Try Rach's Steaks with Garlic-Herb Butter & Green Tomato-Fennel Salad 

Four-Slice BLTs with Blue Cheese & Steak Sauce

4-Slice BLT with Blue Cheese & Steak Sauce

This classic sammy gets a simple upgrade with rich blue cheese and steak sauce. So good you'll want to eat it all year long!

Recipe: Try Rach's Four-Slice BLT with Blue Cheese & Steak Sauce 

Grilled Flatbread Pizza with Greens, Ricotta & Eggs

grilled flatbread pizza with greens, ricotta and eggs

Breakfast? Brunch? Dinner? Late-night snack? This pizza will satisfy at all hours.

Recipe: Try Rach's Grilled Flatbread Pizza with Greens, Ricotta & Eggs 

Tournedos Pizzaiola on Charred Ciabatta

Tournedos Pizzaiola on Charred Ciabatta

Beef tenderloin steaks (tournedos) get pizza-fied and sandwiched between two buns for a Italian burger-sandwich hybrid.

Recipe: Try Rach's Tournedos Pizzaiola on Charred Ciabatta 

Chipotle Stroganoff

Chipotle Stroganoff

"One of my fave hot kickers? Chipotles in adobo sauce. These canned chiles are dried, smoked jalapenos in chile-vinegar paste."—Rachael Ray

Recipe: Try Rach's Chipotle Stroganoff

Carbonara with Saffron & Shrimp

carbonara with saffron and shrimp

It would be sacrilege to omit carbonara from a Rach recipe roundup. This one combines the carb-y, cheesy, egg-y goodness with saffron and shrimp—perfect for Rach's carbonara-loving husband. 

Recipe: Try Rach's Carbonara with Saffron & Shrimp 

Espresso Chili with Beef & Black Beans

Espresso Chili with Beef & Black Beans

A savory chili loaded with seasonings and toppings is exactly what we want on a fall game day. Espresso powder gives it even deeper flavor. 

Recipe: Try Rach's Espresso Chili with Beef & Black Beans 

Sloppy Moussakas

sloppy moussakas

A culinary mash-up, this sandwich is part sloppy joe, part Greek moussaka, all homey comfort food. The lamb base and cheese sauce make it just the right amount of messy and plenty flavorful.

Recipe: Try Rach's Sloppy Moussakas 

Chicken Teriyaki

Chicken Teriyaki

Why order in chicken teriyaki when you can make your own in 30 minutes?

Recipe: Try Rach's Chicken Teriyaki 

Easiest Meatballs Ever on Italian Hoagie Rolls

easiest meatballs ever on italian hoagie rolls

"On the first frosty nights, John wants a meatball sub. We serve an arugula or romaine salad on the side to feel less guilty. John melts deli-sliced provolone on his, but I like just the meatballs and sauce on fresh hoagie rolls."—Rachael Ray

Recipe: Try Rach's Easiest Meatballs Ever on Italian Hoagie Rolls 

Chicken A La King with Egg Noodles & Tarragon

chicken a la king with egg noodles & tarragon

Rach is always treating us to new, tasty ways to use the best weeknight hero, rotisserie chicken. This dish mixes it with veggies, noodles, and a creamy sauce for a dinner so delicious you won't believe it only took 30 minutes.

Recipe: Try Rach's Chicken A La King with Egg Noodles & Tarragon 

Italian Chef Salad

Italian Chef Salad

"Main dish salads make great weeknight suppers or additions to a family-style menu with pasta, bread, and meats."—Rachael Ray

Recipe: Try Rach's Italian Chef Salad