Italian Chicken Sausage and Orzo Recipe
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Italian Chicken Sausage and Orzo Recipe

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Light, quick and tasty are my kind of recipes. There's a nice blend of Italian seasoning and a hint of heat from the crushed red pepper. If you like it milder, use less or if you like to say, "bring on the heat," use more.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fully cooked Italian chicken sausage links, cut into 3/4-inch slices
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 363 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 838mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, brown the sausages in 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet. Remove and keep warm. In the same pan, saute onion in remaining oil until tender. Add garlic and wine; cook 1 minute longer, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, parsley, capers, oregano, basil, pepper flakes and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Stir in orzo and sausage; heat through. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Italian Chicken Sausage and Orzo in Simple & Delicious December/January 2013, p28

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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valanddansmith User ID: 988113 196531
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2014

"This was really good and super easy to throw together! I used a whole box of small pasta shells instead of the orzo, and Italian style chopped tomatoes along with the juice (left out the broth). We also decided to just throw in the whole little jar of capers since we love them so much, so that was more like 5 tbsp. Also, I don't really think the whole step of boiling the tomatoes, etc. is really necessary - we just tossed all the ingredients together with the hot pasta, and it was heated through just fine for us. Will definitely make this one again!"

lmmanda User ID: 1101093 137045
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2014

"This was very good and very simple. I was unable to find Italian chicken sausage so I just used turkey sausage. I also used some condensed chicken broth I had in the refrigerator from another recipe. I also used a 28 oz can of drained diced tomatoes."

Mstif74 User ID: 7506680 197497
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013

"This dish was unique and a big hit with my family."

kel0722 User ID: 4980777 196525
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2013

"This was so delicious. I used shredded chicken rather than sausage. I doubled the recipe to feed four people well. I only added a 14oz can of tomatoes and doubled the chicken broth. It was so delicious!!!! I even made with gluten free orzo."

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