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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
Course: Main Course
Keyword: orzotto, panko, Sausage, sausage and peppers
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.