This recipe is a keeper!
A wonderful mid-week (or any lazy day) meal that is super easy to put together, but is so flavourful and filling. It's full of delicious orzo pasta, spicy Italian sausage, healthy green kale, and rich, melty cheese!
The Italian sausage (we used hot sausages… cause some like it hot, hot, hot) adds amazing savoury flavours and texture to the dish. Of course, you can replace hot sausages with sweet or mild flavours according to your preferences.
Leafy kale is super nutritious; it’s high in vitamin K and A, high in iron, and a good source of fibre. I love the texture of kale too; it gives this meal more body and a nice dark green colour; otherwise, the dish would be shades of brown, which looks a little boring.
This recipe uses one of my most favourite cheeses (and I love cheese!): cheddar. It has a great tangy, rich flavour. So good. I wish I had a wheel of cheddar cheese to snack on right now… It’s found in most supermarkets too and usually less pricey than other cheeses, which is great for the food budget.
In this recipe, the cheese melts beautifully, combining and marrying all the other ingredients together.
Another cheese that works well in this dish if cheddar is not available is Gruyère, which has a slightly salty, creamy, and nutty taste, but as it ages, it becomes more tangy and earthy. Alternatively, Emmental (sometimes called Emmenthaler) melts great and tastes similar to Gruyère. Any melty cheese will do, so pick the one that has the flavour profile you prefer.
Gather and prepare the ingredients.
In a large pot, cook sausages first, then add onions, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add the kale and cook until wilted and then add the chicken broth and orzo.
Bring the broth to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Let the orzo absorb the chicken broth until tender. Add the cheeses and mix ingredients together. Enjoy!
Bowl it up and enjoy this hearty meal!