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Italian Sausage Orzo

This Italian Sausage Orzo dish is so delicious, packed with vegetables, easy to make and it is a one pot dish! One pot recipes are the best! I love when there aren’t many dishes left to clean and the whole meal is made in one pot!

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How to make Italian Sausage Orzo

First, dice your pepper and onion. Over medium heat, heat your oil. Add and cook your pepper, onion and sausage until sausage is cooked thoroughly. Then, add garlic salt and pepper and cook for additional minute.

Italian Sausage Orzo

Next, stir in the orzo, broth and sauce. Bring it to a simmer and let cook until most of the liquid is absorbed.

Italian Sausage Orzo

Once most of the liquid is gone, add your chopped spinach and parmesan cheese. Stir and cook a minute or two until the spinach is wilted.

Italian Sausage Orzo

Serve and enjoy!

Italian Sausage Orzo

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Italian Sausage Orzo in a white bowl

Italian Sausage Orzo

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Italian Sausage Orzo is loaded with spinach, peppers, sausage and is a comforting meal that can be made in one pot!


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/3 cups orzo pasta
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup pasta sauce (your favorite)
  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat oil in large pan over medium heat.
  2. Add chopped pepper, chopped onion, and sausage to pan. Cook until sausage is browned and vegetables are tender. Approximately 10 minutes.
  3. Add garlic salt and pepper. Stir to coat vegetables and sausage. Cook 1 additional minute.
  4. Add orzo, broth and sauce to pan. Stir to combine.
  5. Bring to a simmer and cook until most of the liquid is absorbed. Stir frequently. The liquid should absorb in around 15 minutes depending on the heat of your stove. Don't cook over high heat otherwise orzo will not fully cook.
  6. Once most of the liquid is absorbed, stir in spinach and cheese.
  7. Stir and cook until spinach is wilted. About 2 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. Serve and enjoy!


Be sure to have all ingredients prepped before starting to cook. This dish does require a lot of attention while cooking so chopping or preparing ingredients as you go is hard to do.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 464Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 1871mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 19g

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This recipe was originally published on November 28, 2018 and was republished and updated on March 23, 2020.

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