One Pot Italian Sausage Orzo Recipe

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6 servings
40 min

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This One Pot Italian Sausage Orzo Recipe is loaded with orzo, italian sausage, spinach, red peppers and more! This easy recipe is ready in about 35 minutes and is sure to become a family favorite.

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Ingredients for One Pot Italian Sausage Orzo

This one pot meal is perfect for busy weeknights since it doesn’t require too much cooking time. Plus, this recipe calls for mostly pantry staples making it easy to make last minute. For this recipe you will need:

  • olive oil
  • red bell pepper
  • onion
  • ground sausage
  • garlic salt
  • black pepper
  • orzo pasta
  • vegetable broth- chicken broth, vegetable stock, chicken stock or beef broth can be used as well
  • pasta sauce
  • fresh baby spinach
  • parmesan cheese

See the FAQ’s below for ingredient substitution suggestions. See the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the full recipe.

How to Make One Pot Italian Sausage Orzo

First, dice the pepper and onion. Over medium heat, in a large pot or skillet, heat the oil. Add and cook the chopped pepper, onion and sausage until sausage is cooked thoroughly. Break up the sausage into smaller pieces as it cooks. Next, add garlic salt and pepper and cook for additional minute.

Italian Sausage Orzo

Next, stir in the orzo, broth and sauce. Increase to medium-high heat and bring it to a simmer and let cook until most of the liquid is absorbed and pasta is cooked until al dente.

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. Serve immediately.

Italian Sausage Orzo
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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of sausage can I use for this recipe?

While we typically stick with pork sausages for this recipe, you can use any kind of ground sausage! Try sweet Italian sausage, spicy Italian sausage or hot Italian sausage. For a leaner option try chicken sausage or turkey sausage.

Is this recipe spicy?

If you use sweet italian sausage this recipe will not be spicy. To make this recipe spicy try a spicy sausage or add some red pepper flakes.

I don’t like spinach, can I use something else for this recipe?

If you want to leave out the spinach you absolutely can and it will not affect the recipe outcome. If you would like to substitute the spinach try fresh kale. Kale also pairs really well with sausage just like spinach.

What is orzo?

Orzo is a small pasta shape that almost looks like rice. It can be bought in all grocery stores in the pasta section.

Italian Sausage Orzo in a white bowl

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One Pot Italian Sausage Orzo Recipe
Recipe details
  • 6  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 40 min
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  • 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

Heat oil in large pan over medium heat.
Add chopped pepper, chopped onion, and sausage to pan. Cook until sausage is browned and vegetables are tender. Approximately 10 minutes.
Add garlic salt and pepper. Stir to coat vegetables and sausage. Cook 1 additional minute.
Add orzo, broth and sauce to pan. Stir to combine.
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.
Once most of the liquid is absorbed, stir in spinach and cheese.
Stir and cook until spinach is wilted. About 2 minutes.
Remove from heat.
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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  • Val Val on Aug 24, 2023

    I really like one pot recipes and this sounds amazing. Do you think it would translate well to a pressure cooker? I only ask because of the orzo pasta. I've never used it before and I'm not sure of the cooking time.