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Five-Ingredient Orzo with Sausage, Zucchini & Baby Kale

Total Time
30 min
10 min
20 min
Bursting with vegetables and full of savory flavor, this easy dish is one to keep in your back pocket. Italian sausage permeates the entire dish, while Parmesan cheese lends creaminess. Choose the sausage that best suits your family’s preferences; go with hot if you want more kick or sweet if you need to keep things mild.


Cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Uncooked sweet Italian turkey sausage

8 oz, or spicy sausage

Uncooked zucchini

2 medium, chopped

Uncooked orzo

1 cup(s)

Kosher salt

½ tsp

Black pepper

½ tsp


5 cup(s), baby variety

Grated Parmesan cheese

½ cup(s), divided


  1. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high. Add the sausage to the pan and cook until browned, 3 to 4 minutes, stirring to crumble. Add the zucchini; sauté 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in 2 cups water, orzo, salt, and black pepper. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer until the orzo is tender and the liquid is absorbed, 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Uncover the pan. Gradually add the kale, stirring until it wilts. Stir in ¼ cup cheese; sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
  3. Serving size: 1 ⅛ cups