Orzo with Sausage, Peppers and Tomatoes

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
20 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Ingredients
Directions
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Using tongs, place the bell peppers over a gas flame. Cook, turning occasionally, until the skins are charred on all sides, about 5 to 6 minutes. (Alternatively, place the peppers on a baking sheet and broil for 5 to 8 minutes, until charred.) Place the charred peppers in a medium bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the peppers to steam for 20 minutes. Under running water, peel away the charred skin from the peppers. Pat the peppers dry with paper towels. Remove the stem and seeds from the peppers and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken stock, water, and kosher salt to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes.

While the pasta is cooking: In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the turkey sausage and saute 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, and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.

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

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I make this for pot luck all the time and get raves!! I use cilantro instead of parsley and mozarella(fresh) instead of feta or ricotta. I also roast my peppers. Never needed the red pepper flakes either. Comes out fantastic. Tastes as good cold as it does warm. Great for picnics!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quite tasty, without the all the fat and salt that you would get in pork sausage. I decided to roast my peppers and found that to work well in the dish. If you can't find ricotta salata cheese, you might substitute with feta cheese. (although it is not a firm cheese like the ricotta salata but it has the same 'bite' to it.) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe ... I cook for 6 at the fire house. I use about 1 and 3/4 pounds of orzo and 3 pounds of ground Italian sausage ... so lots more meat! I dice a red, yellow and green bell pepper and saute it instead of the flame and peel method. I use lots of minced garlic and put it in at the end of cooking the recipe for intensity. I also use about 6 or 7 diced romas. I grate up mizithra cheese to add on top when they dish it up (had trouble finding what it calls for). When I pour it out in a big stainless steel serving pan and top with parsley it is a beautiful presentation for the firefighters at our house ("The Shark Pit" Station 62! Federal Way, Washington ). It gets top ratings from all ... thanks Giada!! 50 s Flag item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe! The people I work with always ask me to make this whenever we have a potluck lunch. It also holds over well and makes great left overs. My only complaint is that there is no nutritional information with this recipe. In my opinion any website dedicated to cooking and having recipe’s for people, should have at least the basics: Per serving, calories, total fat, sodium, carbs, fiber, sugars and protein. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i made a few changes. Instead of sausages, I used mince chicken. and I forgot to pick up the cheese Giada used in this recipe so I sprinkled Parmesan on top instead. It tastes delicious !!! Giada did it once again!!! Since I was making it for 3 people so I used 3/4 of that 1lb box of orzo. And I practically doubled the amount of meat and veggies (I added tomatoes, green, red and yellow bell peppers. My family couldn't get enough of it. The roasted bell peppers does the trick. A very simple dish. I highly recommend it. Will definitely making it again. Thanks Giada!! : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty dish. I like less pasta and more meat so I used 3/4 lbs of pasta and 3 1/2 links of sausage. I also used a yellow bell pepper in addition to the red and orange, and steamed some fresh spinach and added it with the peppers. Even though it was probably not needed, the spinach added extra flavor and color. I just felt like I needed some more vegetables. Overall I was pleased with the dish and the layers of flavor. Couldn't find the cheese so I added a little feta, which was fine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
For something so simple this was terrific. I served it for a casual Sunday dinner. I broiled and chopped the peppers over coffee in the morning to save a bit of time. I used 3 sausages (instead of 2, and finished with 4 oz. of goat cheese. The goat cheese added a very nice flavor to the final product. Very easy to prepare and A+ results. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I enjoyed this recipe. Something very quick and I had almost all the ingredients on hand. The only thing I didn't have was the ricotta salata cheese, so I substitued parmesan. Next time I will make a point of having the proper cheese. But definitly a must make recipe for family and friends. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make and everyone loves it. The red pepper flakes give it just the right amount of kick. I've used feta cheese instead of the ricotta salata and italian sausage if I can't find the turkey sausage. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Once again Giada provided an outstanding recipe. I was a bit skeptical because I'm not a fan of roasted peppers, but this recipe really was a tasty dish. There were complex flavors in each bite and we loved the mix of tomatoes, peppers, sausage, and cheese. We didn't find the ricotta that is listed (and quite honestly I had never heard of it, so I used goat cheese instead which provided a tangy surprise now and then. You will definitely want to stick with red, yellow or orange peppers in this as I cannot imagine green would provide the right flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is such a great recipe! It's one of my go-to recipes for when I want to make a delicious restaurant quality meal inexpensively and quickly. I actually keep ricotta salata and Italian turkey sausage in my freezer so I can make this on the spur of the moment. It tastes great even when microwaved for lunch a couple days later. And I swear the smell of roasting red peppers filling your house is one of the best smells ever! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So quick...so easy...and soooooooooo good!!!!!@ item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent! I've made this recipe many times, first following the recipe exactly, and then making substitutions based on the contents in my larder. Every version has turned out great. No time to roast peppers? Add sautéed chopped peppers or a jar of roasted red peppers. No sausage? Use leftover, shredded roast chicken or throw the chicken in anyway just before you serve. No ricotta? Substitute grated Parmesan; tastes great. Don't have fresh tomatoes? Use a can of drained chopped tomatoes or stewed tomatoes. My only two constants are red pepper flakes and low-salt chicken broth for the orzo. If the orzo is a bit damp at the end of the cook cycle, I don't drain off the extra moisture. After making this so many different ways, I now just think of this recipe as two dishes that are combined just before serving: 1 orzo and 2 a sauté of anything I have handy. Giada’s recipe can tolerate a lot of fiddling and still turn out tasty. I recommend it highly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was excellent! Used parm instead of ricotta on the top. Other than that it was great! We had my brother over for dinner and we all loved it. Even the kids loved it! Super easy to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Pretty good recipe for a normal dinner, but wouldn't pick it to serve company. When I was cooking the saugage I didn't think it would be enough for the large amount of orzo. I happen to have some meatballs I froze the last time I made them, and added that to the recipes. I'm glad I did because the meat called for isn't nearly enough. Also, I had a green pepper, and a jar of roasted red peppers, which I used and it turned out fine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like this very much. Hard to do everything-char in broiler, boil, saute sausage etc all at once. It kept everything warm and pasta did almost take all the chick broth plus water. Just love using more roasted veg like zucchini, onions (red toadd more veg. Delish! Will try again..thanks Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very simple and straightforward recipe and easy for a weeknight meal. I added 4 stalks of red swiss chard and sauteed them with the garlic for added nutrition. I used chicken sausage for a less fattening meal. I added 3 garlic cloves instead of 1 and I used a handful of cherry tomatoes instead of roma and omitted the cheese. Great recipe and wonderful flavor! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great dish! Substituted vegetarian Italian sausage. Lots of great flavor, with a nice kick from the red pepper flakes item not reviewed by moderator and published
The family loved it! I used ground pork Italian sausage, 3 cloves of garlic and cilantro instead of flat leaf parsley. I also used cojita cheese instead of ricotta. I will definately make this one again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have to give this recipe 5-stars because it was unique, simple ingredients, and best of all...very easy to make. The only challenging part for me was grilling, boiling, and sauteing all at the same time. When I made this recipe, I made three adjustments to Giada's recipe: (1 I used 4 links sweet Italian sausage (2 I grilled the sausage & peppers on my gas grill (3 more garlic and substituted parmesan cheese. This recipe was a hit for our family. It was great to have something a little different, like orzo. The reason I like it so much is that this recipe will allow me many different options to "play with it" in the future. I'm looking forward to substituting the peppers with other vegetables such as asparagus, green & yellow squash, corn, green beans. Maybe even spinach. I'm looking forward to the next time I make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thank you so much Giada for having such amazing recipe's. This is defiantly one of my favorites. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is simple and delicious! I bump up the ingredients a little to make it less carb concentrated. I use 3 peppers (whatever color I have on hand or is cheap!, 6 tomatoes, 2 garlic cloves and 16oz of mild pork sausage. I have no issues using turkey sausage, just my local grocery only has pork without the casing. So far I haven't tried it with the parsley or ricotta yet. Each time I save the pasta water but have not found the need for it. A little extra salt in the end is sometimes necessary. I have made it 3 different times, for my husband & 2yo son, my MIL and my parents. Everyone loved it and took home the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is great. If you are trying to do it on the weeknight, I recommend roasting peppers in advance. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am a big fan of Orzo pasta and this dish has become an instant favorite! I used parmesan cheese instead of Ricotta and hot turkey sausage. The whole family loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish is hit for anyone I make it for young or old. I use Fontina Cheese instead of the Ricotta since it is easier to find and a little cheaper and it works just fine and melts perfectly. Another Giada favorite! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We loved this. My mother, father, and me, the son. I fixed this up and enjoyed every bit of it. Dad said i will fix this up for him again and its been three days now and went and picked up more ingredients. A must try. Thank You. Raymond Colvard := item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty and colorful dish. I substituted the turkey sausage for hot Italian pork sausage since I like more flavor and heat and it was great. It does make a lot, probably 6 very sizable servings. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful! Very easy to make and my carnivore husband really liked the Turkey Sausage (he was very skeptical!). Might be the next dish for a pot luck or casual dinner party. Thanks Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was fabulous! I added some fresh Basil as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
delicious! i made the following changes: used 1 red, 1 yellow, and 1 orange pepper and roasted under the broiler. ah-maz-ing. i will never buy jarred roasted peppers again. i used whole wheat fusili instead of orzo, cooked in 1 quart chicken stock and 1 quart water. I diced up (nearly minced 1/2 pound of crimini mushrooms and sauteed them in 2 tbsp evoo and dried italian spices (salt, pepper, thyme, parsley, oregano, chili flakes before adding 1 pound italian chicken sausage. added the roasted peppers, garlic (3 cloves minced, and a 28 oz can of san marzano tomatoes. let the flavors meld then served over the fulsili and topped with shredded parmesan and a small sprinkle of coarse sea salt. I would like to possibly tweak the cheese next time and maybe try a bit of ricotta salata - seemed to lack a little je ne sais quoi with just the parm. overall, amazing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Added olive oil prior to servings which made the pasta less dry, otherwise, fabulous. Went very well with Malbec wine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy! The right blend of flavors and textures to satisfy for such a light and healthy dish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe with a few minor changes and replacing the cheese with mozzarella - it was fabulous. I've never made Orzo before and it reminded me of risotto, but easier. The vegetable combination with the sausage was so yummy. Thanks for such a great recipe Giada :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicous and different with the sausage. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful flavors and easy to make. This reheats really well so you can serve it again later in the week. I substituted feta for the ricotta salada since my grocer didn't carry it. It's one of my husband's favorites and he has already requested it for this weekend. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just bought one of Giada's non-stick skillets and this recipe was on the back. So Easy to make and so delicious. My entire family went back for thirds, but there was none left! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy!!! Very tasty! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is super good. For those of you who are scared to roast your own peppers...don't be. It's pretty simple and you can't beat the flavor of a roasted pepper. The combination of flavors in this one is great. In a pinch, Parmesan or Pecorino are good substitutes for the ricotta salata. This one is going in my list of favorite week night dinner recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasted fantastic and was so easy to make. I used regular ricotta which made it creamier and my little girls loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for dinner last night and it was very good, though I did a little bit of tweaking. I used italian sausage instead, which was great. After I prepared it and mixed it all together, it still seemed a little dry. It is essential that you save about a cup of pasta water, to sauce it up. I also added about a third of a cup of balsamic vinegar, which helped. I used the ricotta ensalada, but think we would prefer feta next time instead. All in all, I would make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just be sure and add the ricotta. It makes the dish. I used a spicy chicken sausage. Easy to make and with a great salad what else would you need, maybe a great bottle of wine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We had this for dinner today and it was good but prefer the parmesan over the ricotta. Gives it more flavor and probably will add basil or oregano next time for even more flavor. We too added more italian sausage. Have never made Orzo but always enjoy it when at restaurants. The orzo was okay. The concept of the recipe is worth every effort though! Thanks Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My Husband and I loved this dish. He actually went back for seconds (a rare occurance). I used a jar of roasted red peppers - but it would have obvioulsy been even better with fresh roasted peppers. I used a spicy italian sausage (a little more than called for in the recipe) so I left out the red pepper flakes. I deglazed my sausage pan with a little red wine that we were drinking with dinner to make a sauce. And finally - I had goat cheese in the fridge - so I used that as my garnishing cheese. Wow - was this a good meal! Served with a side salad, some crusty bread, and the rest of that Red Wine. MMMM mmmm good! Thanks Giada - your recipes never fail!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We just love this easy dish! I make it with little change and it comes out great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am a "newbie" to the Giada fan club and to the Food Network for that matter. Made this dish tonight and loved it. Having read other reviews I knew there would be a lot of pasta so I used a pound of sausage (spicy) and added a half can of artichokes. Very easy and I have a feeling that I will enjoy it hot or cold. I really like that it works with a variety of vegetables so you can use what you have/like and mix it up a bit. Will definitely make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was great and easy to prepare. I love the cheese. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was good but next time - less peppers and more sausage. And I used a can of diced tomatoes instead of roma's. The juice helped create a sauce for the pasta. I will make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was easy to make and full of flavor. I added a whole pound of hot turkey sausage and it was perfect. I look forward to making this again and again!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
great with canned whole tomatoes diced up and hot italian sausage. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am happy that I tried this recipe it was delicious even my picky eater husband loved it and said that I should make it again. We like it with a few extra pepper flakes, and since I had spicy italian sausage not the turkey that is what I used. Great simple recipe I could not believe that I did it well and it turned out delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
great taste and easy to make. I used spicy sausage and about 10 ounces instead of seven and the final product came out great, everyone in my house loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. For main meal needs more sausage. Our daughter really liked it. We will definitely make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was easy to make and it tasted amazing. I added more sausage (about 1 pound) since I used it as a main dish. Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this recipe is a keeper~ you will make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe - it makes my mouth water to think about it. Not only is it good fresh, but leftovers (if you have any) are great even cold! I sub Parmesan because you can't find ricotta salata in our small town. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Besides it being quick and easy you can mix and match so many different ingredients to make it your own. Feta or pecorino make for a great cheese subsitute. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this recipe, a little different than how it was shown on her show though. I add asparagus, use a whole pound of regular sausage, you can omit the olive oil. I add some onion salt (intead of regular salt) , pepper, and italian seasoning. Use a can of the roasted red peppers, that also adds more oil. It's a lot of food but I just freeze the leftovers and they always get eaten item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband would eat this everyday if he could, I think i make it at least once every couple weeks! Giada never disappoints! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The beauty of this recipe is the time and that I canI vary it depending what I have on hand. Definitely add more sausage for my husband. But have added onion with the the garlic, used jarred roasted red peppers and whatever cheese I have on hand: regular ricotta, fresh mozzerella, parm, etc. I may try roasted the tomatoes in a low oven next time if I have time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i really likes this recipe because it is beautiful and easy to make and my family loves it and it will for sure be a regular at my families table, but i found that it doesnt have the flavor that i wanted it to have, so i would make some tweaks to make the flavor bounce on your tongue more item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked the concept and followed the recipe to the T, but it came up a bit disappointing. I will try this again but with some tweaks. I think it would be better with maybe the juice of 1/2 a lemon and basil instead of the parsley or in addition too it. I ended up using 3 of the Italian turkey sausages which I would recommend. On a positive note, it did feel like a light Italian dish which is a good fit for our family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I substituted jarred roasted red peppers and used feta instead of ricotta salata. I also added extra sausage and used less orzo as recommended in other reviews. Another great recipe from Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great dish. My very picky family loved it. I used 6 links of turkey sausage (and my fiance said he thought it needed more meat) and a package of sliced mushrooms (I added the mushrooms to the pot when I added the garlic). I also used 6 cloves of garlic and canned tomatoes. I skipped the cheese completely as I no longer eat cheese and it was delicious without it. Next time, I think I'll try basil or cilantro instead of the parsley. I can't wait to have the leftovers for dinner tonight! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so simple to make and so delicious to eat! After reading the comments, I decided to use less salt (I used 1 teaspoon and it was plenty - I may even use less next time) and more sausage. I ended up using 4 sausage links, slicing them instead of opening them up. I would suggest using AT LEAST four links, as one box of orzo is quite a lot of pasta. Next time, I'll either make less pasta or add more veggies. I also sauteed two zucchini in some butter and added it in with the tomatoes and peppers at the end. It added great flavor and color. I highly suggest adding zucchini to your mix! Next time, I'm going to add some mushrooms and maybe some artichokes. I love how simple this recipe is, and how it allows you to play with it and make it your own. Definitely going to be a regular meal in our home! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This became an instant hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Gisda I whatch your show every day. I whatch all of the shows . I like yours because you can get everything and it doesn't cost much. My 3 year old daughter loves to whatch the food network, I love to cook. I am having a friend over and i am going to make this recipe. I would like to see Spegtti with calamari made from you. We have it every christmas eve.I am Italian. Thankyou,Jeanna and Shelbey item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this recipe for the first time. Loved it. So quick. You must keep this one in you recipe file box. Great dish for a after work meal, because it's so easy and quick to make. I used roasted pepper in the jar, instead of roasting them myself. I also used Shredded Parmesan Cheese could not find ricotta salata, item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a dish the whole family loved. It has definately become one of our favorites. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this many times, the fresh flat leaf parsley is a must the flavors are so much more with it. I dont know if its me...but each time ive made this the pasta has a little crunch to it unless i put it in my large pasta bowl & cover it with plastic wrap and let the steam finish off the pasta as it cools. This is great hot or cold! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Whole family including 2 teens loved it. Couldn't find ricotta salata so I substituted fresh grated parmesean. The only change I would suggest is starting with only 1/2 Tbs. of salt, and then check and adjust seasonings right before serving. A bit too salty for my family as the recipe is written, but we loved the dish. Enjoy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a must add to your recipe file. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was so tasty and delicious. I did use Hot Italian Sausage instead of Mild Turkey Italian Sausage and used the entire package instead of only two links. I omitted the red pepper flakes because I used the hot sausage. It was amazing. My husband and my parents are still raving about the taste and can't wait for me to make this one again! Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was excellent!!! Whole family loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was a real winner with my family. My husband has requested that this become a staple dinner, especially on nights when we aren't sure what to make. I agree with the reviewer below who said that it does make LOTS of orzo. I like dishes like this to be a bit more substantial so I would recommend that you either make less pasta or increase the sausage and roasted peppers. Oh, and this was my first time ever trying ricotta salata and it is AMAZING. I highly recommend you seek our this type of cheese as it really complimented the dish very well. Although I am a big feta person I would recommend queso fresco as a second cheese option before choosing feta. The lighter flavor just makes this dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last night to winning reviews from my husband. I added two zucchini to the pan under the broiler once the peppers had begun to blacken. Sprinkled a little homemade garlic infused olive oil on the zucchini to give it some extra flavor. Upped the red pepper flakes since we like it spicy. Makes ALOT of orzo, so you may want to use only half or 3/4 box to the liquid. I also used one extra link of sausage. Ricotta Salata is the perfect addition. Will add to my easy recipe file! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am a novice at cooking and was easily able to follow this recipe. I thought that it was flavorful and wonderful. I did substitue mozzarella cheese and really enjoyed it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was inspired to search for a recipe like this after getting a whole bunch of peppers from our vegetable co-op last week. Man, did I hit the jackpot finding this recipe! Roasting the peppers was super-easy, and the flavor was amazing! Since the peppers weren't that large, I used about six or seven, two of which were cubanelles which added a little heat (I omitted the red pepper flakes.) I reduced orzo to about 1/2 - 2/3 lb (didn't measure) and sliced 12oz of sausage on a diagonal. Totally excited to find our local grocery store had package of organic chicken & turkey sweet italian sausage. Score! The flavor was absolutely perfect. I completely forgot to buy the cheese, so I'm not sure how this can be even better. My five year old announced "YUM! What smells so great?" immediately upon walking in to the house. Overall, a crowd-pleaser all around in our house. Will make again for sure! Husband said he'd like to try the flavors with a short pasta (penne or fusilli) next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This meal was excellent! My husband even loved it and he is a meat and potatoes type of guy. I just made a few changes. Since there is a lot of orzo compared to the other ingredients, I added another sausage, a zucchini, five mushrooms, 3 cloves of garlic, and 3 tablespoons basil (instead of the parsley). I also used freshly grated parmesan cheese instead of the other kind of cheese it called for because I really didn't know what it was. I know I will be making this again really soon! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I rated this a 5 even though I haven't tried it yet just so I could post this question. What is ricotta salata cheese? Is it similar to just plain ricotta? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent recipe! I made a couple of minor substitutions... a yellow pepper for the orange and basil for parsley. This was easy to make and tasted just as good the next day (well, the sausage was a little dry). Next time I think I might buy a jar of roasted peppers, just to save myself the step. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this quick and easy meal for a dinner party. It turned out so wonderful that people went back to seconds and THIRDS! I had never had ricotta salata before but it made the dish. It was like a sharper queso fresco...delicious! My partner is making me make it again tonight. Next time I am adding zucchini and summer squash! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so easy to make and was absolutely delicious! I am a garlic person so I chopped 3-4 cloves and also added one more tomato. It was perfect! Great to make for a quick weeknight meal. I will be making this again very soon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for dinner last night and used mini penne and one extra turkey sausage link to make it more substantial. It was so flavorful and satisfying. I didn't have the ricotta, but will try it next time. I substituted pecorino romano and mozzarella and loved it. YUM! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I HAVE MADE THIS DISH FOR SEVERAL DIFFERENT GUESTS, THEY ALL LOVE IT. I USE LOW FAT SMOKED TURKEY SAUSAGE INSTEAD. THE RICOTTA SALATA IS A MUST. THANKS GIADA. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this dish for my family when they came to visit and they all loved it. I loved the broiled peppers so much that I use them in many other dishes now. If you are not a fan of Italian sausage, try regular beef sausage, it tastes just as good!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
im 15 and i love to cook. giada has the best food and i love cooking it all the time! tonight i made this recipe, and used italian mild sausage, skipped the pepper flakes, and added no ricotta. instead, i used grated parmesan cheese. it was fabulous!! it was fine to begin with, but i added about 1/2 a cup of white wine in with the sausage, peppers, and tomato mixture and cooked the alcohol out for about 3 minutes on high. it was amazing! definitely will try this one again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I taped the video during the day and replayed it while I was cooking this dish. Im only cooking for 2 so when I made it for dinner we ate it for lunch the next day. This is a great recipe for any occasion. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was excellent! It was very easy to prepare on a weeknight, and it was so flavorful! I used parmesan because i didn't have any ricotta, but it turned out great! This will now be on the regular dinner rotation! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a delicious recipe... It was my first time using orzo and the combination of the vegetables and sausage were really good. I couldn't find Ricotta Salata cheese, so I used parmesan instead which worked just as well. Quite spicy though! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great meal. However, I will note a couple of things. I used about twice as much sausage, and I think that it needed it, especially if this is a meal. If used as a side dish, then 7 oz would be fine. But most importantly, the recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of salt - this is way too much. I almost think it might be a typo. I would use about 1 teaspoon instead. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a wonderful, easy recipe and is great for a summer night!!! I use mild Italian Sausage instead of Turkey. I find it adds more flavor. I also use extra tomatoes and use parmesean cheese. WONDERFUL!!! Really easy and fast and makes a lot. Great to bring to church dinners, too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a very good dinner. I made it for me and my hubby last night. I'm a vegetarian so I made it with vegetable broth and cooked chicken sausage on the side for my husband. I found that the ricotta salata was a little too dry for this dish, and a little on the pricey side too! Next time we are going to use fresh mozzarella instead. We are also going to double the veggies as the pasta was a little underwhelmed by them. The flavor was awesome, and I can't wait to make it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My 10 year old son watched this episode with me and he wanted me to make this dish. So we went out bought the recipes and I made the diah. Both the 10 year old and his 12 year old brother rave about this recipe. They ask for it constantly. This is a hit in our household! item not reviewed by moderator and published
What a great dinner for a warm summer evening! I made this dish about 2 hrs. before serving and it was great at room temperature (albeit an air conditioned room!). I couldn't find ricotta salata cheese and my daughter and I really don't like feta cheese which was suggested as a substitute. We used parmesan grated on the large Microplane which yielded bigger cheese shreds--worked just fine. We will definitely be eating this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simply delicious!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had to try this one almost immediately. I made it for my husband on Father's day, and it's fabulously easy and tastes great! I used a jar of smoky fire-roasted peppers instead of roasting them myself, and added lots of home-grown parsley. All I can say is this is a WINNER! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Liked this recipe very much. I plan on adding a few more veggies to it the next time I make it, but we are heavy duty veggie lovers. It's really excellent exactly as it is. However, make sure you get those peppers roasted completely around to make it easier to slip their skins off. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Had this at a friend's house last night and then had to make it at home tonight! I made several changes (added white wine, no bell peppers, hot sauce instead of pepper flakes, canned tomatos instead of fresh) to suit our tastes, and it was perfect! It's a beautiful dish too, very summery and fresh with the parsley. The ricotta at the end increases the creaminess and overall flavor. I can imagine this will become an every week dinner at our house, esp in the summer when orzo is a nice alternative to heavier pastas. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasty dish. Whole Foods was out of the mild Italian turkey sausage but had the hot version which I would recommend if you like things a little spicy! Served with a piece of grilled chicken and a salad, fantastic! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for myself and a dinner guest. It was very tasty. I'm sure I'll make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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