53 30-Minute Dinners To Make Any Weeknight Better

Just another hectic weeknight? These yummy recipes can be whipped up in only 30 minutes and are guaranteed to make your Tuesday better.

30 Minute Chicken Noodle Soup

"I just love 30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray even though in my kitchen it's 60 minute meals (to quote my mother). Sauteing all the vegetables before adding the stock made them so sweet and tasty! I used a tablespoon of dried dill which I added with the noodles rather than the fresh."

-Stephanie in Pittsb

Bacon Wrapped Smoked Gouda Stuffed Chicken Breasts

"I made several adaptions to this recipe and it was fantastic. This was a really good supper. Served with fresh brocolli and fresh fruit. It was great."


Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

"Husband LOVES this recipe and told me I could make this for him anytime. I can't believe how easy it was! I liked it also but I think I had a problem with the canned chicken. Next time I'll try it with freshly cooked. A great (and EASY) recipe!"

-La Petisa

Mussels in White Wine & Garlic

"This is my fave way to cook and eat mussels... A great, classic and saucy bowl of steamed mussels with just the right amount of butter, garlic, herbs and wine."

-Liza at Food.com

Student One-Pot Chicken

"Very good because so simple. It was killer, and my boyfriend totally loved it! oh, I used orange peppers for color, but green would have been best probably."


15 Minute Shrimp Scampi

"Delicious and easy. I took others advice and added more garlic, reduced oil to 1/3 cup and 4 tbsp butter. I did add lemon juice and fresh parsley. My husband loved it - definitely a "keeper" he said. Make sure you have plenty of bread to soak up the sauce-you'll want to get every bite of it."


Cordon Bleu Chicken Sandwich

"I actually never had a chicken cordon Bleu sandwich before so I had nothing to compare it to but me and my husband just had this meal for dinner and we both really liked it. I will definitely make this again. It’s easy to make and isn’t time consuming."


Sweet Italian Sausage With Penne Pasta

"Our entire family enjoyed this! I was hesitant that something with so few, simple ingredients could taste so good- but it was! I loved how quickly it came together."

-Food Snob

Tortellini Tomato Spinach Soup

"This was delicious, and I felt like I was doing something nice for myself eating it! Very healthy and simple."


Simple Spaghetti

"This was my first time making spaghetti and i loved it :)"


Shrimp Po Boy

"These shrimp were delicious. Although I added a teaspoon of cornstarch to making the shrimp more crispy. This is the bomb recipe. I will make again with fish and oysters."

-Terrance T.

Smoked Turkey Sausage With Pasta

"I just made this today, and it was very quick to come together, and so full of flavor! The dish was colorful with the fresh spinach against the red of the tomato and sausage, and the browned mushrooms. This recipe is definitely a keeper, and I'll be making it again, for sure!"



"This was just what I was looking for. Super simple. I made it with pre-cooked meatballs, for an easy quick dinner. Definitely will be a staple in our household."

-Panhandle Sam

Vintage Hamburger Goulash

"I have to admit that this was serious comfort food. Everyone ate multiple servings. Perfect recipe for one of those winter evenings when you have very limited ingredients."

-mommy besieged

Pasta with Mushroom Garlic Sauce

"The first time I made this it was great, the second time I used a mixture of different types of mushrooms and it was still great."


Peppered Buffalo Ranch Shrimp Pizza

"This is really good pizza with different flavors then the usual pizza varieties. I made this for our pizza night and it was a HUGE hit with everyone. I will be making this again (soon) as we all loved it."


Spaghetti With Mint & Parsley Pesto

"This was so good. The pesto on bread was good too."


Shrimp Stir Fry

"Made exactly as stated and it tasted great; I think there was a bit too much sauce though as it wasn't like other stir fry dishes I've had, so I would follow other reviewer's advice and reduce the OJ. Other than that it was easy to make and tasty!"


Penne Alla Vodka

"Amazing! It was superb. Definitely adding this one to my favorite recipe binder!"


Linguini With Garlicky Shrimp and Fresh Tomatoes

"Made the recipe as written, with fresh Roma tomatoes from our garden. My husband's reaction from his first bite..."mmmm..." it truly is good; definitely a keeper!"


Burrito Filling

"I searched and searched for the perfect burrito filling...this is it! I love the seasoning recipe too. Perfect!"


Ravioli and Meatball Bake

"Quick and easy. Good recipe for a quick dinner after work."


Lemon Chicken

"So sweet, yummy and easy, made with lemon curd! I also added half a lemons juice, just to give little more zing and cut the sweetness. Absolutely the best lemon chicken ever!"


30-Minute Garlic Chicken With Potatoes

"Made this recently and it was really good! I love the fact I can just throw it together and half an hour later it's done."


30 Minute One Pan Chicken Meal

"This has become my go-to for chicken breasts and/or an easy meal -- so easy, fresh, and flavorful. All of the quantities of ingredients are very adjustable, as are the ingredients themselves."


30 Minute Mini Meatloaves



30 Minute Tuna Casserole

"I really liked this! It's not a heavy meal and it's quick to fix!!"


30 Minute Bacon Spaghetti for 2

"Amazing! Ended up with 3 adult and 2 toddler serves but no complaints. I think we've found a new pasta go-to dish!"


30-Minute Chicken, Vegetables and Rice

“This is a very healthy, easy meal to make, and you can easily change it around to suit your own needs and taste.”


30 Minute Beef Pot Pie for 2

"My family loves this meal. I have made exactly as the recipe is written and will recommend it often. So easy."


30 Minute Almond Chicken

"This was super simple and really enjoyed by my family. I will definitely be saving this for nights that I need something quick and easy."


Crab Corn Chowder in Less Than 30 Minutes

"This tasty crab chowder is ready in about half hour, and does not require a lot of seasonings."

-luvin spoonful

Chicken Ala King in 30 Minutes

"Nice week night meal. I really thought the fresh ingredients and the wine were a nice touch. Definitely worth trying it again!"

-Mamas Kitchen Hope

Pork Chow Mein in 30 Minutes

"I was surprised at how nice the simple sauce was. Excellent quick meal idea."


Garlic Rosemary Pork Chops Under 30 Minutes

"Very good recipe. The sauce is really good, make sure to use low sodium chicken broth. The flavors came together well and it was very quick and easy to make. I have added this to my keepers."


Steakhouse Shepherd's Pie - 30 Minute Meal

"I just got done eating this and I am STUFFED! It's so filling. I've seen Rachael Ray make this a couple times on TV now and I've been wanting to try it. Boy, I'm glad I did."


Salsa Stoup - Rachael Ray 30 Minute Meals

"This has become one of our favorite Rachel recipes. The only thing I add is some chicken. If I have time I roast it or poach it myself. If not, in true Rachel style, I let the grocery store do it for me and just buy a roasted chicken which I shred into the stoup. Delicious!"


Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

"This was delicious, with just a few tweaks. For convenience, I used a rotisserie chicken. I added some frozen broccoli and carrots, used crescent roll dough instead of biscuits, and used shredded Swiss. I also added just a touch of Dijon mustard to the sauce- it gave it a little flavor boost. It was a hit at dinner!"


Easy Shepherd's Pie

"This was a very yummy supper. I used instant potatoes and gravy out of a jar because I was feeling lazy. This is something that I will probably make again. Delish. The cream cheese and cheddar cheese in the potatoes was a very nice touch."

-Shelby Jo

Chicken Taco Pasta

"Husband asked for this recipe again, after only 1 bite. So simple, I couldn't even believe it?!"


Ginger Peanut Chicken Pasta

"I have made this twice now and been very impressed with the mix of flavors. This looks set to become part of my regular rotation of quick weekday dinner recipes. This is a firm favorite in our house."

-Rachel Savage

Italian "Hamburger Helper"

"Very tasty and easy to make. I added some fresh chopped fresh basil and a pinch of dried oregano at the end of the heating, just before mixing with the pasta and cheese."


Shrimp and Scallops With Pesto Pasta

"Delicious! My entire family (including the 3yr old) devoured this. Totally LOVELY!!"

-Marg CaymanDesigns

Macaroni With Fontina and Gorgonzola Cheeses

"I'm giving this 5 stars based on ease of cooking and ingredients."

-Montana Ma

Idaho Tacos

"This is a simple idea that had never occurred to me to try. The whole family loved these, and were done in under 20 minutes, as we microwaved the potatoes. We'll be having these again soon."

-Robin R.

French Onion Burgers

"This is so easy and so tasty - We loved it! I didn't add the mushrooms to the meat but fried fresh sliced ones along side the burger. Mmm... enjoyed my Saturday night burger."


Szechuan Noodles With Spicy Beef Sauce

"The flavor was fantastic and it was super easy to throw together. Next time I will add some vegetables like cabbage and snowpeas."


Sausage Cheese Quesadillas

"I made this with turkey sausage patties and it was delicious! Very easy! I didn't have any sour cream or salsa on hand but I'm sure this would of made it even more tasty!"


Maple Mustard Pork Burgers

"Wow! These are mighty good burgers! We followed the directions to a "t" and were very impressed with the the flavorful, juicy results we experienced. I typically really enjoy bread, but liked the burger itself enough to toss the bun aside and concentrate on it."


Chicken Breasts Diane

"This was soooo good! I used apple juice with a drop of vanilla instead of the brandy, but kept to the ingredients. We had it with broccoli and rice, I'll try it with mashed potatoes next time."

-Angela Sara

Corn Chowder With Shrimp

"This chowder is excellent! It is easy to make & rich, but still low-fat & low-cal. The # of servings is right-on & it is very hearty & filling."


Caribbean Shrimp Salad

"Easy salad with light flavors. Great for a light summer time meal."

-Mamas Kitchen Hope

Seafood Chowder

"I made this recipe tonight for my family. They loved it! It was so easy and simple - and I loved that I had most of the ingredients on hand. I added fresh mushrooms and corn to my batch to make it a little heartier. Will definitely make it again."