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20 Minute Sausage & Garden Vegetable Orzo

One of the best things about the fall is the abundance of produce coming out of the garden.  Finally, all the hard work and back breaking labor pays off.  I’m not going to lie, this year my garden was a big challenge.  I’ve never had so many problems getting things to grow and keeping them thriving.  I blame this years challenges on the crazy weather we’ve been having!

A delicious and easy pasta dish, packed with tons of vegetables from the garden. Recipe on Houseful of Handmade.

Luckily I’ve had a few crops that survived the crazy summer and have been having fun making delicious recipes with what I got.  This week I had a huge variety of veggies to be picked.  I was so happy when I took a huge bowl out to the garden and filled it over the top with veggies… finally.   And what makes veggies even better?  Pasta!

A delicious and easy pasta dish, packed with tons of vegetables from the garden. Recipe on Houseful of Handmade.

So I chopped up a bunch of garden vegetables, got the pasta boiling, and dinner was ready in no time.

A delicious and easy pasta dish, packed with tons of vegetables from the garden. Recipe on Houseful of Handmade.

One of my favorite tricks to instantly add flavor to vegetables and pasta, sausage.  If you have a well seasoned sausage, it adds almost all the  flavor you need for a quick and delicious dinner.  You can use any type of meat in the sausage, just make sure it’s not breakfast sausage (unless you are making breakfast).  I love hot Italian sausage, but sometimes my kids can’t handle the heat, so I usually use mild Italian sausage.  You can use bulk or links.  I used links in this recipe (cause that’s what I had) and sliced them up to make cute little sausage disks.

To whip up this 20 minute sausage & garden vegetable orzo, boil some water and cook 8 oz whole wheat orzo.  Meanwhile, brown 12 oz Italian sausage in a large skillet.  All that brown stuff stuck to the bottom of your pan is not delicious flavor for your veggies and pasta.  Yum!

A delicious and easy pasta dish, packed with tons of vegetables from the garden. Recipe on Houseful of Handmade.

Toss in 2 cloves garlic and 1/2 onion, well minced.  Sauté until onions are soft and fragrant, just about a minute.  As the onions release all their juice, it will start to release the browned bits on the bottom of the pan.

A delicious and easy pasta dish, packed with tons of vegetables from the garden. Recipe on Houseful of Handmade.

Add in the 2 medium tomatoes, diced.   Sauté another minute until they are creating a little sauce in the pan.  This will get up the rest of the flavor stuck to the bottom of the pan.

A delicious and easy pasta dish, packed with tons of vegetables from the garden. Recipe on Houseful of Handmade.

Dump in the rest of the vegetables and stir them up.  Add a lid to your skillet and let the vegetables cook for a few minutes.  You only need to let them cook 3-5 minutes, until they are done to your liking.  I like a little crunch so I only cooked a few minutes.

A delicious and easy pasta dish, packed with tons of vegetables from the garden. Recipe on Houseful of Handmade.

Toss the vegetable and cooked orzo pasta together.  Stir in 1/4 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese and squeeze 1/2 a lemon over the top. All done!

A delicious and easy pasta dish, packed with tons of vegetables from the garden. Recipe on Houseful of Handmade.

My kids loved dinner.  It was so nice to have a dinner that they sat down and ate everything without any fuss.  Including all the vegetables!

A delicious and easy pasta dish, packed with tons of vegetables from the garden. Recipe on Houseful of Handmade.

And the leftovers were so delicious too.  I love dinners that make an easy lunch the next day.

A delicious and easy pasta dish, packed with tons of vegetables from the garden. Recipe on Houseful of Handmade.

 

A delicious and easy pasta dish, packed with tons of vegetables from the garden. Recipe on Houseful of Handmade.

Sausage & Garden Vegetable Orzo

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This garden vegetable orzo is a delicious and easy pasta dish. It's packed full of vegetables from the garden and seasoned with sausage. The perfect 20 minute meal.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz whole wheat orzo
  • 12 oz Italian sausage
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 medium summer squash, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, finely shredded
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

Instructions

  1. Cook orzo in a large pot of boiling water.
  2. Meanwhile. brown sausage in a large skillet.
  3. Toss in garlic and onion. Sauté until onions are soft and fragrant, just about a minute.
  4. Add in the tomatoes. Sauté another minute until they are creating a little sauce in the pan.
  5. Dump in the rest of the vegetables and stir them up. Add a lid to your skillet and let the vegetables cook 3-5 minutes, until desired doneness.
  6. Toss the vegetable/sausage and cooked pasta together. Stir in parmesan cheese and squeeze 1/2 a lemon over the top.
  7. Enjoy!

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Lou Lou Girls

Saturday 12th of September 2015

This looks so amazing! I'm drooling right now! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for stopping by and partying with us! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we can pin and tweet your masterpieces! Lou Lou Girls

Kati Farrer

Sunday 13th of September 2015

Thank you for sharing! See you Monday :)

Judith

Friday 11th of September 2015

I am going to clip this to 'Plan to Eat' so I can make it!! I just used Orzo along with some meat the other day. Thanks for sharing this on my blog.

Kati Farrer

Saturday 12th of September 2015

Thanks Judith. I love Orzo pasta because it's not too much pasta in a bite. Just lots of little bits!

Jamie

Friday 11th of September 2015

YUM - that looks delicious, and like one I could make and take with us for a picnic. Love that!! Thanks for sharing with the #HomeMattersParty

Kati Farrer

Saturday 12th of September 2015

It would definitely work as a picnic food. Thanks Jamie!

Maria

Tuesday 8th of September 2015

I love how simple and easy this is! I'm always on the hunt to get recipes that would have my almost 2 year old eat more vegetables for her meals, so this is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing, Kati!

Kati Farrer

Tuesday 8th of September 2015

My kids ate up all the veggies in this. I find pasta with veggies always makes my kids eat them! I'm becoming a tricky mom ;)

Chrissa - Physical Kitchness

Sunday 6th of September 2015

Oooo I wish I didn't kill everything I tried to grow! This dish looks awesome - i also think adding sausage really kicks it up a notch. Need to try this!!

Kati Farrer

Monday 7th of September 2015

I am learning how to not kill things, but only when they are outside in the dirt, pots and inside plants I'm still trying to figure out... If you don't have a garden though, all these veggies are in season and can easily be found for cheap in the store or at a farmer's market.

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