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Broccolini, Chicken Sausage & Orzo Skillet


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 6 ounces cooked chicken sausage, such as Al Fresco Sweet Italian, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup whole-wheat orzo
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper, plus more for garnish
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound broccolini, trimmed, or 4 cups broccoli florets
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest


  • Step 1

    Heat oil in a 12-inch cast-iron or other large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until the sausage is browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Add orzo and garlic; cook, stirring, for 1 minute more.

  • Step 2

    Stir in broth, crushed red pepper, and salt. Bring to a boil. Stir in broccolini (or broccoli). Reduce heat, cover and simmer until the orzo is tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Uncover and continue cooking until the broth is absorbed.

  • Step 3

    Stir in Parmesan and lemon zest. To serve, top with additional Parmesan and crushed red pepper, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 1/2 Cups

Per Serving:

333 calories; protein 18g; carbohydrates 42g; dietary fiber 10g; sugars 4g; fat 10g; saturated fat 3g; cholesterol 46mg; sodium 557mg.


2 Starch, 2 Vegetable, 1 Medium-Fat Protein, 1/2 Fat