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Sausage and Cheese Baked Orzo
with roasted broccoli

Active: 25 minTotal: 45 min
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Rice-shaped orzo pasta bakes in a flavorful sauce for this dish that is super creamy and topped with melted cheese. Thanks to feedback from our members, we made this one-pan meal, featured in January 2018, even simpler.



Oven Roasted Broccoli:
  • Broccoli - 12 oz, florets
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
Sausage and Cheese Baked Orzo:
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Sausage, Italian raw - 8 oz
  • Tomato paste - 3 Tbsp
  • Italian seasoning - 2 tsp
  • Pasta, uncooked orzo - 1 1/2 cups
  • Tomatoes, diced and preferably fire-roasted (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can
  • Stock, any type - 1 cup
  • Cheese, shredded Swiss - 4 oz

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Broccoli / Garlic (for pasta and broccoli) - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating first.) Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)


  1. Heat oven to 400F / 204C degrees.
  2. Toss broccoli and garlic with oil (portions for broccoli) and season with some salt and pepper. Spread out on a sheet pan.
  3. Roast broccoli until tender and starting to brown in spots, shaking the pan halfway through cooking, ~25 minutes.
  4. While broccoli roasts, heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil (portion for pasta) and sausage. Cook sausage, breaking it apart with a spoon, until starting to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain off any excess oil.
  5. Stir in tomato paste, garlic (portion for pasta), and Italian seasoning. Saute for 1 minute.
  6. Add pasta, tomatoes (including liquid), and stock, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Bring to a simmer.
  7. Top pasta with cheese and cover with a lid. Transfer to oven. Bake, covered, until pasta is tender, 13 to 16 minutes.
  8. When broccoli is finished, squeeze lemon juice over top.
  9. Serve pasta with broccoli on the side. (If you have some parsley leftover from earlier in the week, you can sprinkle some on top of the pasta.) Enjoy!

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This meal has 66 reviews

This was a great meal. I used some classic and some vegetarian Italian sausage and cut the oil by half, and it was still great. I didn't have an issue with the the orzo cooking through. I used a dutch oven and kept the oven at 400.

By: Amy
Posted: May 13, 2019
Diet: Original

Used cheddar Added chilli flakes Added 1 teaspoon salt Added brown sugar to tomatoes Added extra 0.5-1cup or stock (but needed longer to cook, didn’t stick then) Used garlic and herb beef sausage

By: Nora
Posted: May 06, 2019
Diet: Original

Very solid meal. Nothing extraordinary, but it'd be hard not to like it.

By: Jenna
Posted: Mar 21, 2019
Diet: Original

Very good! I only took off a star because it took more broth and more time for the orzo to cook. Maybe next time will cook orzo separately first (kinda defeats the purpose of easy one pot meal though).

By: stephanie
Posted: Mar 06, 2019
Diet: Original

We thought this was delicious! We used chicken sausage, diced tomatoes with italian seasoning in them (in addition to the 2 tsp of italian seasoning), and topped with mozzarella and parmesan. No problem with orzo sticking and it was cooked after 13 minutes.

By: Christina
Posted: Mar 04, 2019
Diet: Original

I added an extra 1/2 cup broth, a little frozen spinach, and upped the tomato paste and added salt. Excellent, and very fast!

By: Nicholas
Posted: Mar 01, 2019
Diet: Original