This recipe is a keeper!
This is a wonderful mid-week (or any lazy day) meal that is super easy to put together, but is so flavourful and filling. This recipe uses two types of salty, melty cheese, delicious Italian sausage (we used hot, but mild is great too), and lots of super nutritious kale. The orzo pasta, which looks like long-grain rice, absorbs the chicken broth! So yummy!
Now onto the recipe.
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!
Orzo Pasta with Italian Sausage and Kale
Active time: 12 minutes Total time: 24 minutes Servings: 4
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3 hot Italian sausages, casings removed
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 1 bunch (5-6 leaves) of kale, stems removed and chopped
- 2 cups uncooked orzo pasta
- 3 cups chicken broth (no salt added preferred)
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- ½ cup parmesan cheese, shredded
- In a large saucepan, under medium-high heat, add the olive oil and sausages. Crumble the sausages using a wooden spoon, letting the meat brown slightly. Then add in the onions, garlic, salt, and pepper. Stir occasionally until the onions begin to soften, 4-5 minutes.
- Add the kale and sauté until it begins to wilt, about 3 minutes. Pour in the chicken broth and orzo and mix the ingredients together. Bring the broth to a boil and then reduce the heat down to a simmer. Cook with a lid on for 12-15 minutes until the broth is absorbed into the orzo and the orzo is tender.
- Add the cheese and stir to coat the orzo and vegetables. Taste for additional salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
- Substitute any melty cheese that you have on hand.
- We used hot Italian sausages, which had red pepper flakes and other seasonings in it. If you use mild Italian sausages, add red pepper flakes if you like a little more heat!