5 Ingredient Italian Sausage and Zucchini Orzo

This 5 Ingredient Italian Sausage and Zucchini Orzo is another super easy weeknight dinner that will be ready and on the table in 30 minutes or less!

A few things I can’t deny loving are orzo, one skillet meals, 5 ingredient meals, anything spicy, and anything extremely easy. This 5 Ingredient Italian Sausage and Zucchini Orzo is all of those things plus it’s incredibly delicious and satisfying!

5 Ingredient Italian Sausage and Zucchini Orzo

We love orzo in our house. It’s one of those things that I always have on hand and if I ever can’t think of what to make, I turn to one skillet orzo!! If you haven’t tried my 5 Ingredient Chicken Sausage and Orzo Skillet, now is the time. Well, after you Make this one of course.

5 Ingredient Italian Sausage and Zucchini Orzo

Here is what you will need to make this easy 5 Ingredient Dinner!

  • 1 lb spicy Italian sausage (you can sub mild or sweet if you don’t like spicy)
  • 2 small zucchini squash, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups dried orzo 
  • 3 cups broth (chicken or vegetable both work!)
  • Grated Parmesan (about 3/4 cup) 
  • Salt + Pepper to taste 
  • 2-3 T olive oil 
  • 2 cloves minced garlic, optional 
  • Spinach or arugula, optional 
5 Ingredient Italian Sausage and Zucchini Orzo

I always like to add a few optional items on the recipe list that may enhance the dish a bit, but aren’t absolutely necessary if you don’t happen to have them on hand. This 5 Ingredient dinner will be ready and on the table in no time and was an absolute hit in our house! I hope you love it.

As always, if you make this recipe, a comment and/or review below is so greatly appreciated! It’s so very helpful for me and other readers. Thank you for the support!! xo, Lindsay

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5 Ingredient Italian Sausage and Zucchini Orzo

5 Ingredient Italian Sausage and Zucchini Orzo
  • Author: Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 12
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

  • 1 lb spicy Italian sausage (you can sub mild or sweet if you don’t like spicy)
  • 2 small zucchini squash, chopped in 1-2 inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups dried orzo 
  • 3 cups broth (chicken or vegetable both work!), more as needed
  • Grated Parmesan (about 3/4 cup) 
  • Salt + Pepper to taste 
  • 23 T olive oil 
  • 2 cloves minced garlic, optional 
  • Spinach or arugula, optional 
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Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add oil.  Add sausage and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon until cooked through and crumbly.  
  2. Add in zucchini and sauté 2-3 minutes.  Then add in orzo (option to add 2 cloves fresh minced garlic at this time too) and toast for 60 seconds.  Pour in broth, bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10-12 minutes, stirring every few minutes until orzo is cooked.  Season to taste with salt and pepper
  3. Stir in parmesan until creamy.  If you want to add spinach or arugula, toss in now. 
  4. Serve in bowls with more parmesan and enjoy!! 
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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Alessandro Cola
    May 2, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    SOOOOO GOOD!

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    Kathleen Male
    June 26, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Love this one! Definitely a keeper! I didn’t have spinach or arugula so I left those out + it was still fabulous! Keep up the fantastic work, girl.

    • Reply
      Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
      June 29, 2022 at 4:12 pm

      Aww thank you so much for the sweet note! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!! Hope all is well! XOXO

  • Reply
    megan
    July 5, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    yum! thank you!!

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    marisa
    July 7, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    One of my new regular things I make! I love it so much!

  • Reply
    Gina P
    July 13, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    made tonight and my husband and kids both devoured. Subbed mild sausage for my kids and then just added red pepper flakes to my husband and I’s. Will be in weekly rotation going forward!

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    Chelsea
    July 31, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    Just made for the first time and it was a hit with everyone! I agree with the comment of making with mild sausage and just adding red pepper flakes for those that want the heat. Adding the spinach gave more depth and it’s something that will be in our regular rotation now!

    • Reply
      Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
      August 9, 2022 at 2:05 pm

      Hi Chelsea! Thanks SO much for sharing!!! I think subbing mild is definitely a good choice, I’ve been doing that recently too! Thanks again for sharing and I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe!

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    Susan kenskow
    September 28, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    Wow! This is very yummy and easy. Thank you

  • Reply
    Charlotte Muennink
    October 5, 2022 at 10:01 am

    Would you recommend freezing this recipe?

    • Reply
      Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
      October 5, 2022 at 10:13 am

      Hi Charlotte! Yes you could certainly freeze it. I have not tried it but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. I would make it then let cool completely before transferring to freezer (in an airtight container). You could then re-heat in the oven, stove top or microwave!

  • Reply
    Robin Fenn
    October 14, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    My household Loved this recipe!! So yummy, easy and fun to make, even on a busy evening! I used the hot sausage and didn’t add the greens this time around b/c it seemed like it was great without it. I will definitely be making this again and try adding the spinach or arugula for variety! Thanks Lindsay for the Awesome recipe and for introducing our family to Orzo!!

    • Reply
      Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
      October 19, 2022 at 12:13 pm

      I love to hear this so so much!! Thank you so much for taking the time to share! Glad everyone enjoyed it 🙂 🙂

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