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One-Pot Creamy Orzo with Chicken Sausage

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I can’t tell you how much I adore summer. I’m spoiling myself with the longer days. I can typically cook an entire dish when I get home from work AND photograph it with plenty of time to spare. The sun doesn’t go down until 8pm or so and it’s just SO much less overwhelming. I hate only having weekends to cook for the blog. Why can’t it be like this year round? “I love when it’s dark at 5pm” said no one EVER.

I also love being able to wear sundresses and maxi dresses all the time. You can’t look cute in the winter without freezing or at least I haven’t found that magic outfit yet. I’m always bundled up in a sleeping bag of a jacket. So anyway, sundresses. I practically live in them in the summer. The other day, I was going to the grocery store and was wearing a sundress I got last year. It’s cute – it’s got a grey top and it’s got a purple-y floral bottom. The problem with that dress is, the fabric on the bottom is so light (airy light, not see-through light) that any bit of a breeze can lift that baby right on up. I bet you know where this story is going. I got out of the car, was walking towards the grocery store and then all of a sudden felt…BREEZY. Um yeah, my dress was flying up and being all free and flying into the wind. Good thing I wasn’t in a thong or anything. I was SO EMBARRASSED. The shopping cart guys all saw and I pretty much kept my head down as I walked out of the store later in fear that they would see me again. You bet I was holding on to the bottom of my dress. Ever so tightly.

So, let’s talk orzo! I made this creamy orzo with chicken sausage dish on a whim. I was sent some samples of Bilinski’s Chicken Sausages┬áto try and one of them was called “apple chardonnay.” Sold. It sounded awesome. I had some random veggies in the fridge too and I love orzo, so I thought I’d whip up something quick. It turned out so delicious and we love chicken sausage but don’t have them often enough. We were thrilled to have 6 different flavors of chicken sausages from Bilinski’s :) also: ONE-POT! Yes!

Disclaimer:┬áBilinski’s didn’t require me to make a recipe out of what they sent me and I was not compensated in any way. I was simply sent product to sample and the rest was up to me what I wanted to do with it. I felt compelled to use their apple chardonnay sausage for this creamy orzo dish and it complemented the dish perfectly.

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One-Pot Creamy Orzo with Chicken Sausage
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
This creamy orzo with chicken sausage dish is an easy 30-minute weeknight meal that is fully customizable to your palate!
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 1/2 large zucchini, sliced into round discs then quartered
  • 4 oz white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 3 fully-cooked chicken sausage links, sliced into round discs then quartered, any brand
  • 1 1/2 cup orzo
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken stock or broth
  • 7 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • Splash of heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, over medium high heat, heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil and add in the garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the onions and zucchini. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4-5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sausage. Cook until mushrooms have reduced in size, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the orzo to the pot and toast it for about minute, stirring constantly. Gently add the chicken stock, bring to a boil, then turn down the heat to low and cover and cook for 10 minutes, or until orzo has cooked through. Stir in the diced tomatoes and add the splash of cream (about 1 tbsp). The mixture should still be creamy because of the starch from the orzo. If it is still a bit runny, you can cover and let it cook for another 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve hot.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

 

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Posted on July 12, 2013

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  1. 07/12/2013 at 7:57 am

    lol only you would have that issue at the grocery store. I guess that’s the downfall of dresses and skirts huh? PS pass me a big bowl of this? I’m starving!

  2. 07/12/2013 at 8:23 am

    Lol, so funny, sorry! Been there, done that, but summer is so worth it, isn’t it!

  3. 07/12/2013 at 8:59 am

    Summer is SUCH a gift! Can it just never end please? Love how quickly this comes together–more time outside for us!

  4. 07/12/2013 at 9:18 am

    Lovely dish!

  5. 07/12/2013 at 9:21 am

    I am with you, I am in love with summer! It is the best!! I am also in love with this pasta. I love orzo and the spicy chicken sausages? YUM! What a great quick and easy summer meal!

  6. Mrs. Lucky
    07/12/2013 at 10:37 am

    Finally beautiful weather in Smalltown, IN! Off to farmer’s market tomorrow morning for zucchini and whatever looks like something that might look good on the grill. This is a definite side dish on our table this weekend. I truly love orzo! I need to search this site for a good zucchini bread recipe!

  7. 07/12/2013 at 11:04 am

    i am loving the long days and so much time as well. hope it stays like this forever…funny you mentioned that skirt incident, I saw a lady the other day same situation except that it was by the ice cream truck and little kids were there. I felt so bad for her. I always tie the ends of my flowy dresses. On a different note, i have never had orzo before and the pictures are inviting me to try it.

  8. 07/12/2013 at 11:06 am

    I have been feeling spoiled with summer this year too! In Seattle there is still light in the sky at 10PM! I love it. This pasta looks wonderful and comforting no matter what the weather!

  9. 07/12/2013 at 11:34 am

    so into this for dinner!!

  10. Kathy Gresko
    07/12/2013 at 12:01 pm

    Gaby,
    This is on the menu for tomorrow night. Send the orzo vibes! How about a little salad of arugula with some lemon and olive oil?
    Oh my, I need to eat lunch. Pavlovian response is kicking in.
    Summer rocks!

    • 07/12/2013 at 1:04 pm

      That salad sounds great!!

  11. 07/12/2013 at 12:23 pm

    girl, i know how you feel!
    I only started wearing dresses two years ago. Im a plus size woman so gettin me in a dress required much coaxing. I finally gave in with the condition that I would wear spanx underneath. Now i love dresses and have some really cute ones for hte summer. One dress in particular that I have been wearing flares out quite a bit. I never understood why i felt cold every time I passed the turnstile of the train or the office… until boyfriend told me the bar of hte turnstile flipped my dress up as it was turning revealing my nude spanx covered behind.
    To make matters worse, when he made this discovery I was walking down a flight of stairs to catch a train that was coming into the station. The gust of wind sent my dress above my waist letting all of chinatown see my spanx.
    I might be retiring the dress. lol.

  12. 07/12/2013 at 12:34 pm

    What a tasty sounding dish – I’ve never seen chicken sausage for sale here but I’m definitely going to look out for it!

  13. Jessica
    07/12/2013 at 12:53 pm

    That almost happened to me last week in front of my 9 year old…I would have been mortified! Quick question…what do you think about grilling the sausage first and adding it at the end?

  14. 07/12/2013 at 12:55 pm

    I am adoring the long days, too. I’ll be so sad when they’re over – I love being out walking at 7:30pm in the sunshine.

    This Orzo looks so delicious and super comfort-foody but for summer. That made sense, right? Either way, it looks like a flavour sensation :)

  15. Krista
    07/12/2013 at 1:03 pm

    The recipe looks fantastic, just one question, it looks as if the diced tomatos were drained. Is this correct? Thanks for all the great recipes here!

    • 07/12/2013 at 1:06 pm

      Hi Krista! I actually didn’t drain the diced tomatoes. I used half a regular 14 oz. or 15oz. can (varies by brand) of diced tomatoes and just poured in half of it.

  16. 07/12/2013 at 2:07 pm

    Oooo I am digging the creamyness

  17. 07/12/2013 at 2:09 pm

    Such a great looking meal ~ I always love sausage!

  18. 07/12/2013 at 2:32 pm

    The word “creamy” always pulls me in… and it looks so.. well, creamy! Really yummy!

    Also I’m living in sundresses, it’s all I wear!

  19. 07/12/2013 at 2:49 pm

    I love orzo, this looks mouth-watering!

  20. 07/12/2013 at 3:06 pm

    Paul has been traveling so much and I’ve been pretty much living off of chicken sausage…it’s just so easy to cook with for a small portion. I love how creamy this is and I love all the veggies!

  21. 07/12/2013 at 5:28 pm

    Mmmm…this looks really wonderful! I love how creamy it is. A great filling but light summer dish.

  22. 07/12/2013 at 9:48 pm

    Looks delicious and definitely on the menu for next week. Can I substitute whole milk for the splash of heavy cream? I never have heavy cream but with a 2 year old I always have whole milk…

    • 07/13/2013 at 8:58 am

      Yes, you can absolutely substitute the splash of cream with whole milk! Enjoy!

  23. 07/13/2013 at 4:04 am

    We made this with our own chicken sausage and without cream. Verdict: will definitely make again.

  24. 07/13/2013 at 5:51 pm

    Having time to actually photograph your dinner is such a huge thing! I hate when the time changes in the fall (damn the time change!) and it starts getting dark at 4:30, the worst part about winter.
    This looks fabulous! I love orzo. beautiful job lady.

  25. Beautiful dish, love summer time dinner and maxi dresses too!!

  26. Bridget
    07/16/2013 at 1:40 pm

    I made this for dinner last night and even my picky toddler liked it. I added some parmesan cheese at the end too. Thanks for a wonderful, easy, healthy recipe!

    • 07/16/2013 at 3:32 pm

      So happy to hear this, Bridget!! Thank you for coming back and letting me know!

  27. Rachel
    07/16/2013 at 9:38 pm

    Julie-
    I just recently found your blog. I made this recipe last night and had to let you know how FANTASTIC it was! Thank you! My picky 5 year old and 2 year old both ate their entire bowl and asked for more! Thanks again! And love your blog!

    • 07/16/2013 at 11:04 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that Rachel! Welcome to the blog! I’m glad to have you as a reader :)

  28. Rina
    07/17/2013 at 2:19 pm

    Julie, I have been following your blog for a short bit thanks to my mom turning me on to it. This is the first of your recipes that I have had the chance to try and it was a total hit! I thought about skipping the zucchini as I am not usually a fan but I am glad I didn’t — it was delicious and another chance to get a little veggie in for us. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • 07/17/2013 at 3:00 pm

      Thanks for coming back to let me know how it turned out! So glad you tried it and enjoyed it! :)

  29. 07/18/2013 at 7:42 pm

    I love chicken sausage and am always looking for new ways to dress it up. This orzo looks fantastic!

  30. Kate W
    07/30/2013 at 10:30 am

    I made this last night and it turned out great! Can’t wait to have it for dinner again tonight!

    • 07/30/2013 at 11:55 am

      It’s one of my favorites!!

  31. 08/04/2013 at 8:12 am

    this orzo is sooo good! i changed up the veggies based on what i happened to have on hand and it still turned out wonderful. thank you for such a great recipe!!!

    • 08/04/2013 at 8:37 am

      So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the feedback!

  32. 08/10/2013 at 3:07 pm

    I feel like as a woman, a dress/skirt flying up because of the wind is always bound to happen at least once. LOL.

    This orzo looks delicious and simple, too. I would love to try this out. :)

  33. R.
    09/06/2013 at 3:26 pm

    I made this recipe a few nights ago. I don’t blog or normally post on any, but this was so good that I had to let you know! Thanks for sharing! I will definitely be making this again.

    • 09/06/2013 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks so much R! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and came back to tell me so!! :)

  34. Jillia
    10/06/2014 at 1:40 pm

    Just made this last night and this recipe totally rocks! But you didn’t mention one of the best parts: it’s a one-pot meal! That’s a biggie for me because when I cook, I’m known to turn the kitchen into a disaster area. Anyway, this tasted great and I’m betting it would freeze well. It’s so versatile too. I made a double batch for me and my boyfriend to take to work. I like having something I can just pop in the microwave at work rather than having something to fiddle around with and assemble. Will definitely be making this again!

    • Julie
      10/06/2014 at 2:15 pm

      Ahh, I can’t believe I didn’t mention it was one-pot! I usually strive to mention those things because I adore one-pot meals! I’m glad you enjoyed this so much :) it’s one of my absolute favorites!!

  35. 05/04/2015 at 6:26 pm

    used basil and garlic diced tomatoes and finished it off with a splash of balsamic vinegar…this was delicious!!!

  36. Stephanie S.
    06/14/2015 at 3:28 pm

    Made this for dinner this week and my husband is already requesting it for a dinner in the near future. Thanks for the great recipe!

  37. Sara
    07/06/2015 at 6:42 am

    This sounds like a dish I will definitely make soon! I’m going to go rogue and try it in the slow cooker. As a mom who works full time, I’m always turning to my slow cooker to help get meals ready!!

  38. Alia
    09/05/2015 at 6:11 pm

    Just made this for dinner tonight! I didn’t use zucchini, and added broccoli, kale, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes and andouille chicken sausage. I also added some parmesan cheese at the end. Very delicious! My only problem is that it took about an hour to cook, and I had to take some chicken stock out of the freezer (which I warmed up before I added it in) because 2 cups was not nearly enough to cook the rice. Any thoughts? Thanks for all the great recipes!

  39. Alia
    09/05/2015 at 6:15 pm

    I JUST REALIZED I USED RISOTTO!!! lol!!! Thats why it took so long. I thought when I read the recipe that it had sounded like a really short time to cook risotto!!! I guess I heard orzo, thought risotto? Well I’m glad the mystery has been solved. And let me say, it is DELICIOUS with risotto!!! Next time I will brown the sausage in a pan first! But I will be making this again!

    • Julie
      09/06/2015 at 9:36 am

      Haha oh no! Orzo is a type of pasta :) next time it won’t take you that long but I’m glad you enjoyed it either way!

  40. Diana McGhin
    02/02/2016 at 7:33 pm

    I’m just curious. Have you ever made this in the crockpot? Would you change anything, other than the time?

    • Julie
      02/04/2016 at 8:17 am

      Hi Diana, no, I haven’t made this in the crockpot before. I don’t know if I can give advice on this because I don’t think this is a dish that you should make in a slow cooker, however, if you do try it and it is a success, please do come back and let me know how it turned out!

  41. Stephanie
    04/10/2016 at 8:54 pm

    Made this tonight and it was fantastic!! My only concern is you might want to add that the sausage you used was already fully cooked. I bought (fresh) chicken sausage links and wasn’t sure if the recipe would cook them as written, so I cooked it in the pot and then set it aside before cooking the garlic/zucchini/onions. Just wanted to post so others could be aware. Thanks for a great recipe, it was delicious and I’m already looking forward to leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

    • Julie
      04/11/2016 at 8:02 am

      Thanks for the tip! I’ll modify the recipe to note that.

  42. Inna L
    08/03/2016 at 11:06 pm

    Love love this dish! Really yummy!

    • Inna L
      08/03/2016 at 11:07 pm

      Thought the orzo was a rice not a pasta but eventually figured it out! From one of these comments actually!

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