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One Pot Creamy Tomato Orzo

  • Author: Lovely Little Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pound Italian turkey sausage (casings removed)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 14.5 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto*
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups chopped baby spinach
  • 1 cup whole wheat orzo ( I used DeLallo)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large heavy bottomed pot, melt butter over medium high heat. Add sausage and crumble as it browns. When the sausage is browned add red peppers and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute.
  2. Add fire roasted tomatoes, basil pesto, chicken broth, heavy cream and sugar. Bring to a boil, and then add spinach and orzo. Stir. Turn heat down to medium low, cover and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. When orzo is just tender, uncover and simmer a few more minutes to thicken the sauce. Stir in the cheese and let stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Serve with extra Parmesan cheese on top if desired!

Notes

*I used a pre-made pesto from Trader Joe’s


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Serving
  • Calories: 673
  • Sugar: 22g
  • Sodium: 2451mg
  • Fat: 37g
  • Saturated Fat: 13g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 18.2g
  • Trans Fat: 1.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 48g
  • Fiber: 15g
  • Protein: 43g
  • Cholesterol: 153mg