You LOVE EASY 30 minutes dinners, right? This Smoked Sausage and Cheesy Orzo is so simple that you can whip it up in a few minutes after you arrive home from work AND you can make it nearly entirely in one dish as long as you have the orzo cooked ahead of time!
Creamy and cheesy and OH SO comforting, this cheesy orzo is wonderful in so many ways. Besides, it is AFFORDABLE too!!
Especially coming into the fall months. You need meals that are hot, delicious, creamy simple and ready in minutes. Creamy Smoked Sausage and Cheesy Orzo is for you!
WHAT IS Cheesy ORZO?
Orzo is a type of pasta that is shaped roughly like a grain of rice. The biggest consideration when cooking orzo is that it cooks much more quickly than a larger noodle like a ziti, spaghetti or rollatini.
HOW DO YOU MAKE Creamy ORZO?
You might be asking yourself, just how do you make orzo anyway? It is SIMPLE! It sounds hard but is actually simple.
Orzo is just a tiny pasta and I know, it looks like a rice, but it is a pasta. All you do is boil it like you would ANY OTHER PASTA!
Have you ever made macaroni noodles? How about spaghetti noodles? It is that simple! Just follow the package instructions – simple!
HOW MUCH WATER DO YOU USE TO COOK Cheesy ORZO?
Is orzo like rice, do you have to be SO CAREFUL with how much water to put in? The answer is no. You want to follow the package instructions.
Please give it enough water so that it can freely fly around in there, dance, swim, do the back stroke or whatever it is that pasta needs to do in the water but just use enough, and you will be fine. The water is poured off anyway!
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COOK Creamy ORZO PASTA?
Like most other pasta’s you will find it ready in about 10 minutes or less. The package will tell you exactly.
If you aren’t sure and you threw your package away, just like a spaghetti noodle, dip some out, blow on it until it is cool and then taste it.
The Orzo is done when it is no longer crunchy but still has a little spring to it when you bite into it.
It might also taste good with…
Although I made this dish with orzo, I think it would be equally as tasty with rice or even with some other form of pasta (orzo is just a tiny pasta). You could use your left-over rice from some previous dinner even. SHhhh….. I won’t tell anyone!
As an aside, you could also add some other veggies and I can hardly think of any veggie that wouldn’t be good with this dish. I might try some carrots, cauliflower, peas or even green beans in the future. I used cheddar but a Mexican blend would be good too. Just adjust to your tastes!
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TIPS AND TRICKS FOR Creamy ORZO
- Cook the broccoli in the pasta water while the pasta is cooking.
- Feel free to add a few more veggies to this dish for added flavor!
- The type of cheese makes all the difference! Use a good sharp cheese for the best flavor!
- Top with Parmesan for added flavor!
- Save a cup of the cooking water and add to the finished dish by 1 Tbs at a time for a more Creamy creamy orzo.
The Recipe for Creamy Orzo
Smoked Sausage and Cheesy Orzo
- 1 ½ Cups uncooked Orzo about 3 cups if already cooked
- 2 tbs vegetable or olive oil
- 1 small onion
- 1 clove garlic
- ½ green bell pepper
- 1 cup bite sized broccoli florets
- 1 package of Smoked Sausage about 16 oz, typically
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
- In a large sauce pot, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil and cook the orzo per the package instructions. Don’t forget to salt the water. If you want to do something unconventional and be like me, drop the broccoli florets into the boiling pasta water for about 3 minutes while the pasta is cooking. This precooks the broccoli to just the right softness for the dish – and then you don’t have to wait for them to cook in the frying pan later. Dip them out with a slotted spoon when they turn bright green and set them aside.
- While the pasta and broccoli are cooking, dice up the onion, bell pepper and mince the garlic. Cut the sausage into disks – about ½ inch thick. Heat a large skillet with the oil on medium heat on the stove top. When the oil is hot, add the onion and bell pepper and cook until the onion is translucent. Add the garlic and the sausage. While this cooks, the orzo should be about ready. Drain the orzo per package instructions and set aside until the sausage is browned.
- When the sausage is browned, add the orzo and the pre-cooked broccoli to the skilled and cut the heat to medium low. Add the cheese and the milk. Salt and pepper to taste. You can then serve from the frying pan or turn out into a baking dish to serve.
A VERSE TO SHARE
Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. ~ Jeremiah 17:14