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Italian Chicken Sausage and Orzo

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


  • 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


  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • PrplMonky5
    Apr 9, 2018

    Loved this! I used leftover spinach & feta chicken sausage. Cut it in half for just my husband and I and we got a good 3 servings out of it. I skipped the red pepper due to preference. I also skipped the whole tomatoes and instead did 1 can of drained diced tomatoes. This time I made it with chicken broth but I'm looking forward to trying it again with white wine. It reminded me of a sort of bruschetta. SO GOOD. It was surprisingly light tasting, and the feta and capers really made a nice flavor. I can't wait to make this again.

  • valanddansmith
    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
    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
    Nov 26, 2013

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

  • kel0722
    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.

  • bmy
    Jan 21, 2013

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