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Sausage and Cheese Baked Orzo
with roasted broccoli

Active: 25 min Total: 45 min

Baked orzo is a fun (and easy) dish because it all comes together in one pan. No need to drain the pasta - its natural starches create a thick, rich, tomato and meat sauce as the pasta cooks. This meal was last featured in 2019, but we increased the amount of stock and the recommended cooking time in response to community members' feedback.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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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 and raw - 8 oz
  • Tomato paste - 3 Tbsp
  • Thyme leaves - 2 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 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 1/2 cups
  • Cheese, shredded mozzarella - 4 oz

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  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)

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Make

  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), thyme leaves, and dried oregano. 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, 18 to 20 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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Reviews

Ratings

Original (32)
Gluten-free (3)
Paleo (2)
Vegetarian (6)

26 reviews

Always one of my favs!

By: Holly
Posted: Nov 23, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Added mushrooms and pancetta because they needed to be used up - otherwise stuck to the recipe. In a house with five children, silence is golden. After everyone sat down to dinner, there was a solid 10 minutes of silence as we devoured this meal. Thanks Cook Smarts Team, another home run!!!

By: Mackenzie
Posted: Nov 22, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Loved how easy and cozy this meal was! I made the orzo on the stove top and it took about 30 minutes from start to finish. I’m going to add more veggies and use vegan sausage next time to cut down on some of the carbs.

By: Delaney
Posted: Nov 21, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Very easy, good taste. I’ll probably try adding some veggies next time, also.

By: Margaret
Posted: Nov 21, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Made this with chickpea pasta, no modifications needed to cooking time from "regular" recipe. I do feel the thyme and fire roasted tomatoes competed with one another, or maybe I was hoping for a more traditional marinara sweetness. Broccoli was amazing! I would definitely recommend making more than the recipe calls for, as it was hardly enough for 2 servings.

By: Megan
Posted: Nov 21, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
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This meal was perfect. My orzo cooked perfectly with the allotted amount of broth/tomato juice. I forgot the garlic in the broccoli and using 2 crowns was only enough for two servings (though I cooked for 4). I put a mozzarella/provolone blend on top after baking and broiled for about 5 minutes and we will *definitely* be making this again.

By: Kait
Posted: Nov 20, 2020
Diet: Original
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