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Easy Italian Sausage and Orzo Skillet Dinner

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Easy Italian sausage orzo skillet recipe with spinach and mushrooms is one of my family’s favorite dinner dishes.

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This sausage orzo skillet recipe is one of my go tos for the midweek question, “What’s for dinner?”

This is seriously simple to whip up for the family and tastes like you’ve been working on it all day.  The browned sausage mixed with healthy handfuls of fresh baby spinach and cremini mushrooms, mixed in with sautéed yellow onion…..yum!

Tips for this yummy Italian sausage orzo skillet dinner:

  1. Be sure to brown the sausage sufficiently in the skillet.  The dish is better with very browned meat.  It adds to the multiple textures in this dish.
  2. For mushrooms, my default is always cremini (I prefer the already sliced packages for a timesaver), but you may use white button mushrooms as well.

I love sausage orzo recipes in general, but this is my favorite.  The slight crunchiness of the  Italian sausage pieces mixed with the smooth orzo pasta is a great combo.

The ingredients in this sausage orzo skillet dinner could also work for a sausage orzo soup.  I will be trying this in a soup version soon and will keep you posted.

I’m writing this close to the beginning of Fall.  This is when I start to dream of warm soups for the cooler temps coming in the winter.

Hopefully, you and your family will be fans of this sausage orzo dinner recipe as well!


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sausage orzo dinner

Easy Italian Sausage and Orzo Skillet Dinner

Easy Italian sausage orzo skillet recipe with spinach is one of our favorite dishes.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 395 kcal


  • 4 tbsp butter, divided
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 14.5 oz chicken broth
  • 1 lb mild italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced cremini or button mushrooms
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 10 oz bag fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In large sauce pan over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter and add the uncooked orzo.  Stir the orzo until lightly browned.  Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Cover the sauce pan and reduce heat.  Simmer for 15 minutes, until the orzo is tender and liquid is absorbed.

  2. Remove the italian sausage from its casings and crumble into bite sized pieces.  

  3. Place the sausage into a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until fully cooked (about 5 minutes).  Add the chopped onions and sliced mushrooms to the sausage and continue to cook until onions and mushrooms are tender.

  4. Add garlic and stir for about 30 seconds, until it becomes fragrant.

  5. Reduce the heat down to low.    Add the spinach and stir into the sausage veggie mixture until wilted.  Set the mixture aside until the orzo is done.

  6. Add the sausage mixture and parmesan cheese to the cooked orzo and mix well.  Serve immediately and Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Easy Italian Sausage and Orzo Skillet Dinner
Amount Per Serving
Calories 395 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 966mg 40%
Potassium 609mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 95.9%
Vitamin C 24.7%
Calcium 16%
Iron 14.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.












Easy Italian sausage orzo skillet recipe with spinach and mushrooms is one of my family's favorite dinner dishes.
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