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Ok, is it just my town, or has it been impossible to find flat-leaf parsley for everyone else lately?? I have seriously shopped at 3 or 4 different grocery stores this past month, and all I ever come up with is the curly parsley. It still works, but I was just wondering if anyone else has been having the same problem!!

I was going about my day yesterday when I realized that I hadn’t made a recipe from this month’s Cookbook of the Month yet. Luckily, I was able to flip through the pages and find something that would be easy and fast for dinner.

The cookbook – Giada’s Kitchen – has a section called (Not) Just for Kids. Just from looking through the book, this is one of my favorite sections. Easy, kid friendly food that is not pretentious. And it all looks delicious. I do have to admit that I thought this would be just “ok”, but both my husband and I really enjoyed it. It was filling enough for dinner, and was done within half an hour. And I can’t wait for leftovers for lunch today!!

Orzo with Sausage, Peppers and Tomatoes
from Giada’s Kitchen

3 cups chicken broth
1 pound orzo pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 links (7 ounces total) mild Italian turkey sausage, casings removed (we used pork sausage)
1 garlic clove, minced
2 jarred roasted red bell peppers, cut into 1/4-inch strips
2 plum tomatoes, chopped
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In a large saucepan, bring the chicken broth and 3 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes.

While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the turkey sausage and sauté until cooked through, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the bell peppers, tomatoes, and red pepper flakes (if using) to the pan and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.

Drain the pasta, reserving about 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid, and transfer it to a large serving bowl. Add the sausage mixture, 1 tablespoon of the parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss well to combine, adding the reserved cooking liquid if needed to loosen the pasta. Top with the Parmesan and sprinkle with the remaining parsley.

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27 Responses to Cookbook of the Month Recipe – Orzo with Sausage, Peppers and Tomatoes

  1. kat says:

    boy they had tons of flat leaf parsley in my grocery store yesterday & I discovered despite the fact it snowed I still have a ton in the garden

  2. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A scrummy dish! That combo looks really good!



  3. Colleen says:

    I love Giada’s recipes! This looks like a great one!

  4. Erin says:

    This looks so good! What a great dinner idea!

  5. Ingrid says:

    Looks wonderful! I actually just had for the first time orzo and loved it. I haven’t made it at home yet. I think now’s the time. I’m pretty sure my three will love this.

  6. kamailesfood says:

    Sounds yummy! Have you tried Harmons? They’re usually pretty good about stocking a variety of stuff. I can’t remember if there’s one in Utah county though.

  7. Gabi says:

    That sounds delicious. I haven’t had a problem finding it here in SLC.Of course I still have a bit in the garden under the fall leaves until we have a heavy frost.
    Hope you’re feeling well! I feel like we should have Hive baby shower for you!

  8. noble pig says:

    No I haven’t had trouble with parsley, that’s odd?

    This sounds like a perfect Fall meal!

  9. Paula says:

    Love your orzo! That’s such a fun word to say … ORZO! I love pasta prepared in chicken broth. Funny you mentioned the parsley; I couldn’t find any last weekend and settled for the regular stuff.

  10. Mary says:

    This looks delicious! I not only couldn’t find flat leaf parsley, but I couldn’t find a flat leaf parsley plant. I got a cilantro plant too, but that barely lasted 2 weeks before I killed it.

  11. ttfn300 says:

    Mmmm, delish 🙂

  12. LilSis says:

    Thanks for sharing that recipe! It looks like one my family would love. I make one of Giadas’ other Orzo recipes with the tomatoes, peas, and cream and it’s always a big hit. I love cooking with orzo and will definitely give this one a try.

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  13. Patsyk says:

    What a great weeknight recipe! I could totally see serving this as a simple meal on a busy night. Yum!

  14. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    Orzo and sausage with tomatoes? Gee, I can’t see how anyone would hate this dish! That looks awesome!!!!

  15. Psychgrad says:

    I haven’t noticed any difference in the availability of flat leaf parsley. I know that Italian recipes mainly call for flat leaf parsley, but I can’t really tell a difference between the tastes of flat- and curled-leaf parsley.

    I just made orzo the other day and now I want more!

  16. Abby says:

    That looks REALLY good – so good for cold nights!

  17. Mary says:

    What a nice recipe. The combination sounds delicious.

  18. Bellini Valli says:

    My flat leaf parsley is still alive on my patio deck despite no water or sunlight…can you imagine:D Your orzo dish from Giada sounds like something I’d like to try for sure:D

  19. Kelly-Jane says:

    Looks lovely 🙂

    I’ve got this book, but not cooked from it….yet!

  20. Grace says:

    i’m having lots of trouble finding all kinds of fresh herbs and produce these days, and when i do, they’re certainly not reasonably-priced. what a mess. meanwhile, this dish is not a mess–it seems like the perfect combination of ingredients. 🙂

  21. Maria says:

    I am loving giada’s new book! I will have to try this one next.

  22. ashley says:

    this looks really good! i’ve always been pleased with giada’s recipes!

  23. MeetaK says:

    looks great and the best thing is i have all of the ingredients right now. looks like this is going to be dinner!

  24. Megan says:

    My hubby would love this and I have some garlic sausage to use up. Great looking recipe!

  25. Dragon says:

    Giada knows what she’s doing and so do you. Great job!

  26. Mrs. L says:

    I love orzo, I make something with it at least once a month. This recipe sounds great.

  27. Kevin says:

    That pasta sounds so tasty!

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