Fried Sausage & Pepper Orzo

4.97 from 27 votes
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This one-pot Fried Sausage & Pepper Orzo is one of my favourite things to make when I’m short on time and have minimal ingredients in the house. My family has been making fried sausage and peppers for years and I had the idea to add orzo to make the dish a little bit more filling- and I am so glad I did!

I recommend starting with the peppers and onions in the pan to get a really nice char on them, as it will add so much flavour to the dish. The goal is to cook down the peppers as much as you can before adding the sausage to the pan as we want the peppers to be really soft before adding the other ingredients.

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My tips before getting started

I usually use homemade Italian sausage in this recipe because it adds such a delicious flavour to the dish, but sometimes I don’t have homemade on hand, so I pick up these mild or hot Johnsonville Italian sausages and they get the job done. When your peppers are about 90% done that’s when I like to add the chopped sausage into the pan. Turn the heat up to a seven or eight and get a nice brown char on all sides.

Once you add your orzo to the pan don’t forget to fry it for a minute or two before adding your stock. This is going to allow the pasta to absorb a lot of the flavours that you are cooking with, which is going to result in a more flavourful dish! Also, I am really picky with my orzo and the only one I purchase is from the brand Barilla.

Reasons why you’ll love this recipe

Made all in one pot: Yes, one pot! This recipe could not be any easier and the best part about it is you only need to use and clean up one pan!
Filling & satisfying: This dish has it all! It’s comforting, loaded with flavour and has everything you can want in a super quick and easy dinner.
You only need a few ingredients: As I mentioned, I really love making this dish when I have no idea what to make it and I only have a few ingredients in the house. This is such an easy classic!
Makes for great leftovers or meal prep: I love making a big batch of this recipe (sometimes I double it) because the leftovers are honestly just as good. Pop this in the microwave for under 60 seconds or throw it in a pan with a splash or two of stock and give it a reheat (thats what I do!).

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4.97 from 27 votes

Fried Sausage & Pepper Orzo

This might be one of the easiest dinners that we make in our house! My Fried Sausage & Pepper Orzo is a family favourite. It is so comforting, so satisfying, and so easy to whip up during the week. Not to mention, it's all cooked in one pan, so clean up is nice and easy. You definitely need to give this one a go!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 4 italian sausage , hot or mild
  • 1.5 cups orzo
  • 2 large red peppers, sliced
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • handful fresh basil, optional
  • parmesan, for topping


  • Begin by chopping your red peppers and onions into thin slices. Set aside.
  • Remove the casings from your italian sausage and chop into bite sized pieces. Set aside.
  • To a large frying pan add your olive oil. Once hot add your red peppers and onions and cook for 5-7 minutes, just until the veggies begin to soften and brown.
  • Add your garlic and spices and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add your chopped Italian sausage and fry for 3 to 4 minutes on medium heat just until the sausage begins to brown on all sides.
  • Add your orzo and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add your vegetable stock and a handful of fresh basil, cover and let simmer on low heat for about 10-12 minutes, or until the orzo is cooked.
    *TIP: make sure you stir your orzo every few minutes just to avoid it sticking to the bottom of the pan
  • Once your orzo is cooked and all the stock has been absorbed, add your cheese and mix it one last time.
  • Top with fresh basil and a healthy amount of parmesan cheese.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4

About Sammy Montgoms

I am so glad you are here. I am a BIG foodie gal. I am one of those people who lives to eat, rather than eats to live. I love to create nostalgic Italian dishes (especially pasta), but I also love to whip up simple and quick recipes for my family. Hopefully, my page inspires you to do the same. Thank you for being here, and happy eating!

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    1. No need to boil the sausage before, just fry it right in the pan with the veggies. I have never made this dish with rice but I imagine it would work well!

  1. 5 stars
    This was amazing! I made it last night after seeing your post on TikToc. Husband doesn’t like peppers so I substituted what vege I had on hand – zucchini. The flavors were so good. I seasoned with Italian, parsley and basil dry seasonings too. This will definitely be a staple in our monthly rotation!

    Although, once I added the 4 cups of chicken stock it did take about 20-22 minutes for the stock to get absorbed vs the 10-12 minutes in the recipe. I wouldn’t hesitate to add spinach to it as well, but probably when stock is about 2/3rd’s of the way soaked up.

    Can’t wait to try your other recipes!! Thank you for sharing!!

    1. 5 stars
      I had to do the same! Followed recipe to a T but ended up cooking with lid on for about 18 min (stirring occasionally) then taking off lid and letting the rest of the liquid soak up for about 5 min.

      Delish and easy!!

  2. I made this, awesome flavors but cooking covered like the recipe screwed it up for me 😩 it had ton of liquid left after 15+ mins and I realized too late to take lid off to allow liquid to escape and orzo became mushy.. will try again some day with uncovered cooking.

  3. Found you on Tik Tok. I’ve made some of your recipes! Looking forward to making this orzo dish.

    Excited to have found your recipes here.

    Thanks again for great quick meals

    1. Thanks so much for this comment! I am so glad you’ve found my website and it will be helpful for you.
      All the best,

  4. I found your recipes on Tik Tok during your Date Night Series…. Loved, loved, loved what you shared. I have added so many of your recipes into my rotation. My husband’s favorite was the pretzel chicken! You are by far my favorite chef to follow and I love that you bring wine into your meals!!

    1. Well you are the sweetest ever! Thank you for finding me here and trying my recipes! Happy eating. xo

  5. 5 stars
    Loved it!! Even the kids enjoyed it. Well, one gave it 55/5 and the other gave it a 3 because she can’t even handle black pepper and claimed the “mild” Italian sausages were “like fire”. 🔥 But still loved the flavour 🤣🤣. Keep these coming! Delicious 👌🏻

  6. 5 stars
    Made this last night. It turned out Sooo Good!!! Definitely making it again!! Love your videos ❤️❤️❤️

  7. 5 stars
    AMAZING. So delicious. I made this with a yellow and orange pepper. Seriously one of the best recipes I’ve ever tried. To be honest, I actually loved it without the cheese – so silky and flavourful.

  8. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was delicious, will definitely make again! Like some other reviews I had to cook mine a little longer than the recipe stated. I had to make some tweaks based on what I had in the kitchen (yellow and orange pepper instead of red) and I used a blend of Tex Mex cheese instead of mozzarella. Overall, loved it!I haven’t made orzo many times, would it freeze well?

    1. Thanks for this review Megan! I wouldn’t recommend freezing this one, I find orzo doesn’t freeze well. In my opinion it comes out too dry. Thanks again for sharing a review.


  9. 5 stars
    Delicious and came together so easily! I forgot to buy fresh basil so I substituted with dried and added spinach I had on hand for color. I will definitely make this again.

  10. 5 stars
    Thanks for this! My fiancé and I are building our repertoire before our Italy honeymoon – this recipe is a keeper, for sure! We couldn’t find orzo at our grocery store (!?!?), so we used ditalini instead. Paired this dish with a 2021 montepulciano. 🤌🏽

    1. Hi Izzy! OMG YUM! Thanks for this review 🙂 Also – how dare your grocery store not have orzo lol.

  11. 5 stars
    This is my second time making this in two weeks and it’s better than the first time. Definitely recommend!! So good and flavorful.

  12. 5 stars
    I made this last week and holy s*%# it was so good! I had it for lunch and dinner multiple times. I think next time I’ll add spinach just to have one more veggie but definitely staying in my recipe rotation!

  13. This recipe was super fun!

    I ended up with something way soupier than you instructions, so I cooked another cup of orzo separately and added things afterwards.

    There is clearly a mismatch here.

    Everything turned out great afterwards!

  14. 5 stars
    Another winner! My kids are 15 and I’m trying to teach them to cook. Gave them this one, but the prep time took almost double. But who cares! I was relaxing on the couch so they can take all the time they want!
    I had them brown the meat first so they could drain some of the grease.

    1. Hi Nicole! Thats so great how the kids cooked this one, even if it took them 2 hours….they STILL COOKED! Thats a win win in my books. So glad you all enjoyed it.

  15. 5 stars
    This was so great and simple! I have been wanting to try and cook orzo for a while. So j was excited when j say this recipe on insta. I personally am not a huge fan of sausage so I definitely would use less than what is in the recipe. But overall I will be making this recipe again!

    1. Hi Jade! Thanks for this feedback! Yes totally use more/less of things you like and don’t like. I am glad you enjoyed the recipe and will be making again! Have a great day.

  16. 5 stars
    OMG! I just made this for dinner for the first time and it was incredibly delicious! Perfect as a last weekend of summer dish. I did tweak it a bit: replaced one of the four cups of broth (I used chicken broth) with a cup of white wine and let it reduce. May used 4 ounces of the mozzarella (because they’re all I had) and added a couple of cloves of extra garlic (because I love it). But it was such an easy yet very delicious one pot dish. My family loved it! Thank you so much for sharing your recipes and for helping us cook delicious meals without a lot of hassle. Buon apetito! ❤️🍝🍷

  17. This is an embarrassing question, but do you think I could I substitute frozen chicken & roasted pepper meatballs? I have all the other ingredients and my husband isn’t a fan of pork sausage. Maybe if I cook the meatballs first and crumble them up into the recipe?

  18. 5 stars
    This will be added to the rotation in our house. Super easy! The flavors were perfect. I used spicy sausage for a kick. 10/10 would recommend!

  19. 5 stars
    So tasty! After following Sammy on instagram for several months, I finally gave one of her recipes a try. and let me tell you what, it won’t be the last! This recipe was simple and delicious. This will now be in my rotation of meals to make that will give me leftovers, which is super important for me. Keep the recipes coming!

    1. Hi Mikayla! Thank you so much for taking the time to reach out. This is so sweet of you and I am so happy you enjoyed the recipe!

  20. 5 stars
    Fantastic! We were out of Italian sausage (the horror!) so I made this with a Cajun-inspired twist – Andouille sausage, Cajun seasoning, fresh thyme sprigs instead of basil and a healthy dash of Frank’s hot sauce at the end. Topped it with fresh parsley and sliced green onions. It took probably 3x longer to cook, but the end result was delicious and reminded me of a cross between jambalaya and risotto. I look forward to making the recipe as written next time and trying other flavor combos in the future (Mexican, Greek, etc.). 😀

    1. Hi Nicole! Thank you so much for sharing. I am so happy you enjoyed the muffins.They are one of my favs too 🙂

  21. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was sooo good. Real wintery stick to your ribs dish. Can’t wait to try the leftover.😋

  22. 5 stars
    I found that slicing the peppers super thin allowed it to be flavorful without overpowering the other ingredients.
    First time using orzo and now I’m hooked!
    Thank you!

  23. 5 stars
    Great idea for a twist on sausage and peppers! Thank you! I threw in some spinach at the end! 🙂

    Love me a ONE-PAN dinner!!! Merry Christmas 🙂


  24. 4 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight and it’s delicious! My only issue, like a few other comments, was the amount of liquid. I ended up taking the lid off and also spooning a little liquid out because I didn’t have time to wait for it all to absorb with the lid on. I think I’ll add a bit less broth the next time I make it. Otherwise it’s great! And super easy too

  25. 5 stars
    This was so delicious! I did change a few things, added broccoli because we don’t all like peppers, and I didn’t have mozzarella so subbed with cheddar cheese. It was a hit and so delicious! And it was pretty easy!

  26. Sammy you KILLED it with this one. I think about this dish weekly. Adding to the monthly rotation for sure!