One Pot Sausage Orzo with Sun-dried tomatoes and Zucchini

This One Pot Sausage Orzo with Sun-dried tomatoes and Zucchini is a healthy weeknight dinner made in one pot and ready in less than 30 minutes.

This one pan meal is filled with Italian sausage, tomatoes, garlic, zucchini squash, orzo pasta, sun-dried tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and parmesan cheese. It’s beyond easy, incredibly flavorful and satisfying!

One pot sausage orzo with sun-dried tomatoes and zucchini Made in a cast iron skillet

Ingredient’s You’ll Need!

  • Italian Sausage. I used mild but sweet or spicy work as well.
  • Cherry tomatoes. I prefer using cherry or grape tomatoes because once they are cooked, they burst in your mouth and are incredibly delicious!
  • Garlic.
  • Sun-dried tomatoes. I always buy the julienne cut sun-dried tomatoes in a jar with oil. They are so flavorful!
  • Zucchini squash.
  • Dried orzo.
  • Broth. Chicken broth or vegetable broth will work great!
  • Balsamic vinegar.
  • Parmesan.
  • Salt and Pepper.
  • Arugula. For serving. optional!
  • Red pepper flakes. for serving. optional!
sausage orzo with vegetables in a cast iron skillet with a wooden spoon and red striped napkin

This is a super quick dinner recipe that requires minimal prep time and minimal dishes! It’s loaded with flavor and a great meal prep option as it re-heats perfectly! I love tossing with arugula just before serving and topping with grated parmesan and red pepper flakes. It’s so easy and SO yummy! I Hope you love it!!!

one pan sausage orzo in a cast iron skillet on the stove with zucchini tomatoes and parmesan

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As always, if you made this recipe, a comment and/or star rating review below is so greatly appreciated! Thank you for the support! -Lindsay

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One Pot Sausage Orzo with Sun-dried tomatoes and Zucchini

One pot sausage orzo with sun-dried tomatoes and zucchini Made in a cast iron skillet
  • Author: Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Healthy
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Italian Sausage (I used mild but sweet or spicy work as well)
  • 1 lb cherry tomatoes
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes plus 2 T oil from jar
  • 2 zucchini squash, ends remove and diced
  • 1 1/2 cups dried orzo
  • 3 1/2 cups broth
  • 1 1/2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Arugula and parmesan, for serving
  • Red pepper flakes would be a delicious addition, I just left out because of my kids!
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Instructions

  1. Heat a few T oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add sausage and cook, breaking up with the back of your spoon until fully cooked through.
  2. Add sun-dried tomatoes, oil from jar, and tomatoes and cook until tomatoes start to burst, stirring frequently, 3-4 minutes.
  3. Next stir in dried orzo, garlic, and zucchini and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Pour in broth, salt, and pepper, and stir to combine.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover for 12-14 minutes, stirring every few minutes, so orzo doesn’t get stuck to the bottom of your pan, until liquid is reduced and orzo is cooked.
  5. Stir in parmesan and balsamic vinegar, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve in bowls with more parmesan, red pepper flakes, and arugula.  Enjoy!!

Keywords: sausage orzo, easy one pan meals, simple dinners, orzo pasta

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