Dinnertime: Roasted Vegetables with Orzo and Chicken Sausage

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A while back, my mom gave me a recipe for Roasted Vegetables with Orzo. It looked pretty tasty, so I decided to try it out. I made a few adjustments to the original recipe to make it a more substantial (but less vegetarian-friendly) meal. It makes a ton, so it’s great if you like to cook once and eat for the rest of the week. Also, it’s pretty time-intensive (cooks for an hour, lots of veggie-chopping, etc.), so it was a good one to make on a Sunday when I had some time on my hands. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

  • 1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 3 bell peppers
  • 1 cup cherry (or grape) tomatoes, halved
  • 6 scallions, chopped
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed (I just used jarred minced garlic)
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/8 tsp pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 5 links chicken sausage (I use Archer Farms pre-cooked Italian chicken sausages with no casing)
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 3/4 cup Feta cheese (I did not use this)
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Chop the asparagus, zucchini, and bell peppers into bite-size chunks. Place asparagus, zucchini, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and scallions in a 9×13 baking dish. Add 2 Tbsp olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Toss well. Roast for 30 minutes, or until veggies are tender.
Add remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil to a medium saucepan and heat over medium-high heat. Add the orzo and saute until browned. Add the broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook, covered, until all liquid is absorbed.
Add the orzo and chicken sausage to the roasted veggies and mix well. Top with pine nuts (and 3/4 cup Feta cheese if you like…. The original recipe called for it, but as Paul is not a fan of cheese and I’m not a fan of Feta, I skipped it). Cover the dish with foil and roast for an additional 30 minutes.
Serve hot or room temperature. Makes 10 servings (1 cup per serving); 6 Points Plus per serving
Enjoy!
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