Instant Pot Orzo with Sausage, Kale, and Asparagus

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Servings Number 4 - 6 people
Prep Time 00h 10
Cooking Time 00h 15


 This Instant pot sausage orzo recipe is easy, creamy, and comes together fast for a comforting and delicious weeknight dinner.

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Ingredients and Method


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tsp dried basil
  • One (remove casing and cut into small pieces) Burgers Smokehouse Rope Sausage
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 4 oz fresh or frozen asparagus
  • 1 cup frozen chopped kale
  • 1 lb. orzo pasta
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese plus more for garnish
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish, optional


  1. Set Instant Pot to sauté and add 1 Tbsp olive oil and butter, allow to melt then add onion and cook for about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another minute or until fragrant.
  2. Add an additional 1 Tbsp oil and all seasonings to onions and garlic, stir, then add rope sausage and sauté until fully cooked through about 5 minutes.
  3. Add remaining ingredients except for parmesan cheese, lemon juice, parsley, and stir well.
  4. Set Instant pot to the manual setting for 8 minutes. Once the timer is up the pressure must be manually released or the orzo will burn. Use an oven mitt and a towel to protect from hot steam and carefully release.
  5. Once fully released remove the lid and stir thoroughly. Add lemon juice and parmesan, mix well, and serve.