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.
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)
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
"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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
"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
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
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
"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
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
"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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
"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