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Lemon Garlic Orzo & Broccoli Skillet With Sausage (Vegan & GF-Friendly)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 meals


  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 3 sausage links of your choice meat or veggie, chopped into rounds
  • 1 large head broccoli chopped into florets
  • 1 cup orzo use GF if needed
  • 1 1/2 cups broth or water, you might need more
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes if you like heat (optional)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese sub nutritional yeast (optional)


  • Add the olive oil to a skillet over medium heat. After a minute or two, add the sliced sausage and cook through completely - about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. It's okay if it sticks a little or there are brown bits in the pan.
  • When the sausage is cooked through, add the chopped broccoli, orzo, veggie broth/water, 2-3 squeezes of lemon juice, minced garlic, salt and pepper to taste and crushed red pepper if using. Stir well to combine and bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, take a bite of the pasta. It should be soft and completely cooked. If it's sticking to the pan a lot and isn't totally cooked through, add a few more tablespoons of broth/water. If there's too much water left in the pan, cook uncovered until it evaporates.
  • When the orzo is done cooking, add the remaining lemon juice wedges and stir in the parmesan cheese/nutritional yeast if using.
  • To assemble: divide the mixture into 3 meal prep containers. That's it!