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Chicken Sausage, Spinach, and Orzo Skillet

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Have you ever had one of those days when you’re just too tired to go the grocery store and you have to scrounge through the fridge to make something for dinner? That was me a few months back.

We had just started our new homeschooling schedule, I was back in college full-time, and I just didn’t find the time to meal plan. Time to do a little culinary scavenger hunt!

I found onions, chicken sausage, spinach, orzo pasta, and canned tomatoes. And that combination seemed promising enough, so I got to work and made a Chicken Sausage, Spinach, and Orzo Skillet!


Chicken Sausage, Spinach, and Orzo Skillet

I wasn’t truly experimenting with this recipe, because I’ve had all the ingredients separately. So they seemed like a good fit. And I love orzo pasta. It’s so easy for little ones to eat.

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I started by cooking a box of orzo pasta according to the package directions. While the pasta was cooking, I diced a medium onion.

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Then I diced the chicken sausage. I like Johnsonville, because it’s usually affordable. The Apple Chicken Sausage is our favorite variety. It’s got a mild flavor, which works well with lots of dishes, and it’s not too spicy for our smallest diners.

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I sauteed the sausage and onions in a little olive oil until the onions were soft – about 3 to 5 minutes.

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I tossed in about half of a bag of fresh spinach and continued cooking on low until the spinach wilted – about 3 minutes.

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Once the orzo pasta finished cooking, I drained it and added it to the pan. Then I added about 1/2 a stick of butter. You know, just to keep the pasta from sticking. 😉

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I drained a can of diced tomatoes, then added them to the pan and mixed everything together. I used a simple seasoning (Badia Complete Seasoning) and cooked it for another 5 minutes or so on low heat.

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To round out the meal, we made a simple salad with salad greens, croutons, and diced tomatoes.

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All done! The kids loved it! They even ate the salad, which is a rarity in our house.

Get the full recipe below:

Chicken Sausage, Spinach, & Orzo Pasta Skillet

16 ounces orzo pasta

1 medium onion, diced

14 ounces apple chicken sausage, diced

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves

4 ounces butter

14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained

Seasoning, to taste


Cook the pasta according to the package directions. While the pasta is cooking, dice the onion and chicken sausage. Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet and cook the onion and sausage over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the onions are soft.

Drain the pasta and add it to the skillet, along with the butter. Mix in the spinach and cook over low heat for about 3 minutes, or until the spinach is wilted.

Drain the canned tomatoes and add the tomatoes to the skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes more on low heat. Season to taste.

Serve with a green salad.


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