Sausage Orzo Soup


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Let’s face it: dinner can get kind of boring. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and only make the same few recipes over and over. Sometimes you’re so busy it seems insurmountable to add something new to the routine. That’s why I love to create recipes with simple, easy-to-find ingredients that you probably already buy anyway. This Sausage Orzo Soup can help you get out of a dinner rut. Pantry staple ingredients with the addition of orzo pasta and Italian sausage create a fantastic, tasty meal that is super simple to make.

Sausage Orzo Soup Ingredients

Pantry staples like onion, pasta, and canned tomatoes are combined with Italian sausage, fresh spinach, and half and half to create a hearty and comforting soup that’s a little different from your normal routine.

  • olive oil
  • minced garlic
  • yellow onion
  • Italian sausage
  • Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • chicken broth
  • canned petite diced tomatoes
  • dry orzo pasta
  • fresh spinach
  • half and half
  • Parmesan cheese

How to Make Sausage Orzo Soup

In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook the garlic, onion, and sausage. I really love to make soup with ground meat because it’s so easy. You just cook it right in the pot with everything else and don’t have to shred anything! I like to use this vegetable chopper to chop everything up super fast and easily.

You can soak up some of the grease from the Italian sausage with a paper towel. I like to cover a spatula with a paper towel and blot at the pot to soak up the grease.

Next, add in the seasonings along with the chicken broth, diced tomatoes, and orzo. Let that simmer until the orzo is tender and stir in the spinach and the half and half. Ladle into bowls and top with some parm. Delish!

Easy Soup Recipes

My family loves soup, especially during the chillier months. I love it because it’s easy, only dirties one pot, and always tastes great. I have a ton of soup recipes on my blog. Here are a few of my favorites:

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

White Chicken Lasagna Soup

sausage orzo soup

Sausage Orzo Soup

Recipe by Julia Pacheco Course: DinnerCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy


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Pantry staple ingredients, orzo, and Italian sausage create a fantastic, tasty Sausage Orzo Soup that is simple to make.


  • 1 tbsp 1 olive oil

  • 1 tbsp 1 minced garlic

  • 1 1 yellow onion, diced

  • 1 lb 1 Italian sausage

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 pepper

  • 2 tsp 2 Italian seasoning

  • 1 tsp 1 salt

  • 4 1/2 cups 4 1/2 chicken broth

  • 2 2 14.5 oz cans petite diced tomatoes

  • 1 cup 1 dry orzo pasta

  • 3 cups 3 fresh spinach, chopped

  • 1/3 cup 1/3 half and half

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 parmesan cheese, for topping


  • To a large pot or Dutch oven, add the oil, garlic, onion, and sausage. Break the sausage up and let it cook through. Once cooked, absorb any excess grease with a paper towel. Add in the pepper, Italian seasoning, salt, chicken broth, and diced tomatoes. Stir well and scrape all of the flavorful bits off the bottom of the pot.
  • Add in the orzo and stir well. Let simmer, covered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, so the orzo doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.
  • Once the orzo is tender, stir in the spinach and put the lid back on top. Let the spinach wilt down for about minutes. Turn the heat off and stir in the half and half.
  • Ladle into bowls and top with parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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  1. I made this for my parents today and it was a hit! My Mom immediately asked for the recipe. It is fantastic and I will be making it again! Thank you Julia!

  2. Do you think this could be made in the crockpot?

  3. As a mom of five year old twins I love a one pot meal, especially from Julia. This meal was sooooo delicious and made a good amount for my family and then leftovers! Another amazing recipe!

  4. YUM!!
    This was easy and delicious. I used ground pork instead of Italian sausage (it’s what I had on hand) so this may not be necessary for others, but I rounded out the flavor with some ground sage & celery salt to add that slight depth and earthiness that really complements soups, and it was the perfect finishing touch. This soup is just so different from anything else I usually make, I’m excited to make this again!

  5. Jenna Mahoney

    Quick and easy! It was delicious!!! My husband loved it.

  6. This is my new wintertime go-to soup. I used regular sausage, and added thyme and rosemary. Also used Italian style petite diced tomatoes. Very flavorful. Thanks so much, Julie.

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