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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 (47)
Gluten-free (4)
Paleo (3)
Vegetarian (12)

Most 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
1 Helpful

36 reviews

This was super simple, and my family loved it. I sautéed onions after the sausage. Will make again.

By: Mary Beth
Posted: Apr 08, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I liked it but my spouse did not care for the olives so much. Next time I’d make this more of a garnish than a sauce for the pork chop.

By: Elizabeth
Posted: Apr 04, 2021
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Very tasty! The orzo got left out of my grocery order so I used some fusilli I had on hand and parboiled it for 4 minutes as another commenter suggested before baking. Turned out great! Delicious and cheesy.

By: Lisa
Posted: Feb 15, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Everyone loved it. Could have used more sauce though - just a tiny bit dry. Made SO much! I always forget that the CS pasta meals tend to be huge.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Dec 17, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I had the timing way off, next time I will be sure the sausage is cooking before the broccoli goes in. It was done before I put the main part in the oven. Then by the time the orzo was cook enough to eat the broccoli was cold.

By: Teresa
Posted: Dec 12, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Great easy meal!! Sending this with my son for college!

By: Wendy
Posted: Dec 11, 2020
Diet: Original
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