Deliciously creamy orzo with chicken sausage and spinach. All made simply in one pan!

This orzo is SO quick and easy to make for the perfect family meal (or meal prep)! I could eat this one every week and never get sick of it!

The best part about this recipe is that you cook it all in one pan, including the orzo itself! This makes for minimal prep and minimal clean up- such a win after a busy day!

This dish can also be made gluten free (see recipe for a gluten free option)! It’s also high in protein, incredibly flavorful, and so satisfying. I absolutely love the creamy tomato sauce paired with spicy Italian chicken sausage. SO delicious!!

If you give this orzo recipe a try, let me know what you think in the comments below! Enjoy! xo

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One Pan Creamy Tomato Sauce Orzo and Chicken Sausage

  • Author: Mia Swinehart
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner


Creamy chicken sausage orzo pasta made in one pan. Gluten free option below!


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 (fully cooked) Italian chicken sausage links, sliced
  • 1/2 of a yellow onion, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup (uncooked) orzo (for gluten free, I like this one)
  • 1/3 cup jarred roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth, plus more as needed
  • 1 cup baby spinach, chopped
  • 1/3 cup crushed tomatoes (can sub jarred marinara sauce)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Juice if 1/2 lemon
  • Parmesan, for serving


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat with olive oil. Add chicken sausage and allow to cook in 1 layer, undisturbed, for 5 minutes. Stir and cook another 2 minutes then remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Add onion, garlic, and orzo to pan. Cook for 1 minute. Add red peppers, seasonings, and broth. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid sticking to the pan, until orzo is al dente. If your orzo is absorbing the liquid quickly, add another splash of broth.
  3. Stir in cream, tomatoes, and spinach. Simmer for another 5-10 minutes until more liquid is absorbed. Add lemon juice and serve with Parmesan.

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Feb 14, 2024

One Pan Creamy Tomato Sauce Orzo and Chicken Sausage

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Simple. Attainable. Gathered Nutrition.