Sausage & Pepper Orzotto
This is a great comfort food type recipe featuring yummy sausage and peppers and a super tasty cheesy panko crust on top. A crowd pleaser.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 4 People
- 2 Red Bell peppers
- 6 cloves Garlic
- 2 medium Yellow Onions
- 2 Sweet Italian Pork Sausages
- 1/2 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
- 1 cup Shredded Mozzarella
- 2 cups Orzo Pasta
- 2 tbsp Tomato Paste
- 4 tbsp Butter
- 2 tsp Vegetable Oil
- 4 cups Water
Preheat broiler to high.
Wash and dry all produce. Core, deseed, and medium-dice bell peppers into 1/2 inch pieces. Halve, peel, and small dice onions. Peel and finely chop garlic.
Heat a drizzle of oil in a large, oven-proof pan over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and onion and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring until pepper begins to brown and onion is softened, about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, microwave 2 tablespoons of butter in a small microwave-safe bowl until melted, about 30 seconds. Let cool, then stir in mozzarella and panko. Season with salt and pepper.
Add sausage and garlic to the pan with veggies. Cook, breaking up meat into small pieces until browned and cooked through about 5 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons butter and orzo to the pan. Stir until butter melts and everything is well combined.
Add tomato paste, 4 cups of water, and a pinch of salt to pan. Stir to thoroughly combine. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring, until orzo is tender and water is absorbed about 12 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add a splash of water, as necessary, if mixture seems dry before orzo is tender. Stir the orzo as it cooks to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Once orzo is tender, sprinkle with panko mixture and broil until cheese is melted and panko is lightly browned, 2-3 minutes. Watch out for burning! Divide between plates and serve.