Italian Sausage Orzo

Orzo Pasta with Turkey Sausage
Orzo Pasta with Turkey Sausage
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8 cups Water
3 tsp Chicken bouillon granules reduced-sodium
1½ cup Orzo pasta uncooked, (about 8 ounces)
1 package (19½ ounces) Italian sausage turkey sausage links, , casings removed
½ cup Sweet onions chopped
2 cloves Garlic minced
6 Cherry tomatoes halved
½ cup roasted sweet Red pepper chopped
⅛ tsp Salt
⅛ tsp Black pepper
⅛ tsp Red pepper flakes crushed
⅓ cup Basil fresh, chopped
¼ cup Parmesan cheese grated
Cooking spray

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Italian Sausage Orzo


The Italian Sausage Orzo is another one of my one pot wonder, delicious dinners! Crumbled, Italian turkey sausages added to orzo pasta and dressed up with sweet onions, minced garlic, plum tomatoes, roasted sweet red pepper, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. This dish has spice and flavor that when garnished with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese achieves an Italian’s delight!

To make Italian Sausage Orzo, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Italian Sausage Orzo

Steps to make Italian Sausage Orzo


Combine orzo mix

In a large saucepan, bring 8 cups of water and 3 teaspoons of bouillon to a boil and stir in 1½ cup of uncooked orzo.


Cook orzo

Cook over boiling heat for about 8-10 minutes until al dente then drain and reserve ¾ cup of the cooking liquid.


Cook sausage mix

Lightly spray a large skillet with cooking spray and over medium heat, add 1 package of Italian sausages, crumbling into pieces as you add, along with ½ cup of chopped sweet onion and 2 cloves of minced garlic. Cook for about 6-8 minutes until sausage is no longer pink.


Add vegetables and seasoning

Add 6 tomatoes, ½ cup of roasted and chopped sweet red pepper, ⅛ teaspoon of salt, ⅛ teaspoon of pepper, ⅛ teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes and cooked orzo. Stir to mix through the cook on medium-low heat until heated through. If needed, add some of the reserved cooking liquid to moisten.



Stir in ⅓ cup of freshly chopped basil and ¼ cup of grated Parmesan cheese.

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Recipe Reviews

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Total Reviews: 12
Anneliese Feigelson

I'd recommend having this with a side of cheesy garlic bread or plain garlic bread, it goes really well together.

Sally Bridewell

Love healthy and delicious meals like this, ebst orzo with sausage Italian lunch I've ever made.

Izabelle Callanan

Not too filling but it's great for a light meal if you're not too hungry.

Miyah Finkley

I added a few grape tomatos to make the dish more colorful and it was sooo yummy!

Estefania Possemato

Delicious I adore anything Italian and this was just perfection a plate!

Nahla Mastropolo

Had this along with some red wine for me and my hubbys anniversary and we both enjoyed it tysm.

Jenesis Muhammed

Great recipe thanks for sharing it I will be making it for spaghetti Monday from here on out!

Lillyanna Carawan

Careful with the red pepper flakes, I put half of what's stated and it was still kinda spicy so beware.

Ailani Zenker

Never have I managed to make a meal like this and nail it on the first try!! My family and I loved it so much.

Abbie Stinchfield

Added a bunch of extra parmesan cheese to this orzo sausage DELICIOUS.

Elodie Buechele

5 Stars all the way since it's such a simple recipe to recreate and taste the BOMB!


I love it! Thanks for sharing recipe!

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