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orzo with sausage and broccoli in large cast iron pot

One Pot Orzo with Sausage & Broccoli

  • Author: Jane
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


a delicious and complete meal with orzo, caramelized sausage and broccoli, flavored with sun-dried tomato and basil!



1 cup orzo

3 cups water

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 lb. (~2 links) sweet or hot Italian sausage, casing removing, crumbled

small head of broccoli, stalk removed

5-7 leaves fresh basil, sliced into ribbons, plus more for garnish

1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup grated Parmesan, grated


  1. Bring a pot to a medium-high heat. Add sausage crumbles and cook undisturbed for 5 minutes, then toss and cook for 5 more minutes, until caramelized and cooked
  2. Remove sausage from the pan and set aside. If there is a lot of extra fat in your pan, pour it out before moving on to the next step
  3. Add garlic and orzo to the hot pan, turn the heat down to medium
  4. Toss the orzo and garlic, allowing to toast for a few minutes. Once the pasta looks glossy, add 3 cups of water (don't add salt yet)
  5. Bring the water to a boil, then turn down the heat to medium-low and cook for ~5 minutes, until half of the liquid has been absorbed
  6. While the pasta cooks, cut the broccoli into florets. Then, roughly chop the florets into tiny pieces. You don't want crumbs but you don't want whole florets either. The pieces should be roughly the size of a pea.
  7. After half of the water has been absorbed, add broccoli and sun-dried tomato. Season with a large pinch of salt. Don't mix. Cover and allow to cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  8. Now, add sausage, basil strips, and 1/4 cup of parmesan. Finally, mix
  9. Your orzo should have absorbed all of the water by now. If it feels too sticky, add another splash or two of water, up to 1/4 cup
  10. Taste and add more salt if necessary, this will depend on your sausage!
  11. Sprinkle the remaining parmesan on top of the pot, plus some extra basil for garnish, and serve
  12. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Pasta, Rice & Grains
  • Method: One Pot/ Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian, American

Keywords: one pot, orzo, one pot pasta, 30 minute meals, pasta dinner, sausage, sausage and broccoli