Sweet and Savoury Sausage Orzo

Sweet and Savoury Sausage Orzo

Coins of sweet and garlic sausage, orzo pasta and some fresh Sicilian flavours make this weeknight dinner something completely out of the ordinary.




20 Mins

Cook Time

20 Mins



1-1/2 cups dry orzo pasta

Pinch saffron

2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

½ bulb fennel, sliced

4 Schneiders Honey Garlic Smokies, sliced into coins

¼ cup pine nuts

2 cloves garlic, minced

¼ tsp each salt and red pepper flakes

½ tsp orange zest

3 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

3 tbsp dried currants

1 tbsp chopped fresh dill

¼ cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese


In large pot boiling, salted water, cook orzo and saffron until orzo is tender, but firm, about 7 minutes; drain and return to pot.

Meanwhile, heat oil in large, deep skillet over medium heat. Cook fennel, stirring, occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add sausage, pine nuts, garlic and red pepper flakes to pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until pine nuts are lightly toasted and sausage is starting to brown, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Add sausage mixture to orzo. Add orange zest and juice, currants, dill and half of the cheese, tossing to coat. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.


You can substitute the Romano cheese with Parmesan, if desired.

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