Orzo with sausage, peppers and tomatoes

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time10 mins
  • DifficultyEasy
1 red pepper
1 orange pepper
450g orzo pasta
700ml chicken stock
700ml water
1 tbsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
200g (2 links) mild italian turkey sausage, casings removed
1 clove garlic, minced
2 plum tomatoes, chopped
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, optional
5g chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
125g ricotta salata cheese, crumbled
1) Using tongs, place the peppers over a gas flame. Cook, turning occasionally, until the skins are charred on all sides, about 5 to 6 mins. (Alternatively, place the peppers on a baking sheet and grill for 5 to 8 mins, until charred.) Place the charred peppers in a medium bowl. Cover the bowl with clingfilm and allow the peppers to steam for 20 mins. 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 0.5cm thick slices. Set aside.

2) In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken stock, water, and 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 mins.

3) 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 mins. Add the garlic and cook for 1 min. Add the peppers, tomatoes, and red pepper flakes, if using, and cook until heated through, about 2 mins.

4) Drain the pasta, reserving about 120ml of the cooking liquid, and transfer to a large serving bowl. Add the sausage mixture, 1 tbsp 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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