Orzo with Tomatoes and Peppers-Improv Cooking Challenge

This month for the Improv Cooking Challenge, our goal was to make something using tomatoes and peppers. These two veggies pair so well together that there was a plethora of recipes to choose from. I wanted to make something totally different than I have ever made before, so I settled on this recipe for Orzo with Tomatoes and Peppers from Cook Like a Champion.

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Orzo is a small pasta. It is really good and goes well with anything basically. Hope you enjoy this recipe. Be sure to check out all the other recipes in the cooking challenge.

Orzo with Tomatoes and Peppers-Improv Cooking Challenge
Recipe type: entree
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Serves: 6
You will love this pasta mixed with tomatoes and peppers
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 pound orzo pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ pound of spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 roasted red peppers, cut in ¼-inch strips
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan
  1. In a large saucepan, bring the chicken broth and water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and sauté, breaking up any large pieces, until cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and continue cooking an additional minute.
  4. Add the peppers, tomatoes and red pepper flakes and continue cooking 2 more minutes.
  5. Drain the pasta, reserving ½ cup of the cooking liquid. Transfer pasta to a large serving bowl, then stir in sausage mixture, 1 tablespoon parsley and salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Toss to combine, adding the cooking liquid as needed to loosen the pasta. Top with remaining parsley, sprinkle with Parmesan and serve.

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