20 Minute Summery Cajun Orzo with Kielbasa
June 22, 2020

20 Minute Summery Cajun Orzo with Kielbasa

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
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This 20 Minute Summery Cajun Orzo with Kielbasa is beyond delicious! Also, did you read the title?! It only takes 20 minutes to make! This recipe is creamy and savory with loads of garlic and yummy Cajun seasoning and kielbasa sausage!

My creativity has been going haywire recently. I feel like I have so many recipes that I want to test! When coming up with this recipe, I did not feel like cooking. I had some kielbasa in the refrigerator, a bottle of Cajun seasoning, and a box of Orzo. This somehow came together and made this recipe a huge hit! 

I took my Mother to New Orleans for her 60th birthday in 2018 and ended up going back for work a few months ago. Every time I visit, I fall more in love with the food scene!

If you've been to New Orleans, you know that the food scene is amazing! In fact, you're for certain going to gain at least 5 pounds from the po'boys, beignets, catfish, and all of the delicious Cajun food! I have such fond memories from my time in New Orleans and I can't wait to go back!

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Let's dig into this 20 Minute Summery Cajun Orzo with Kielbasa! It's a super simple recipe that is both delicious and quick! I love recipes like this because I can mindlessly prepare it without needing ingredients that are difficult to find and are easy to prepare. You've got your carbs, protein, and some veggies that make this one pan recipe a complete meal that's full of flavor! I used a cast iron skillet for this recipe which gives this dish added flavor, but feel free to use a non-stick skillet too!

As always, if you give this recipe a try, let me know! Enjoy!

summery cajun orzo with kielbasa

20 Minute Summery Cajun Orzo with Kielbasa

This 20 Minute Summery Cajun Orzo with Kielbasa is beyond delicious! Also, did you read the title?! It only takes 20 minutes to make! This recipe is creamy and savory with loads of garlic and yummy Cajun seasoning and kielbasa sausage!
Serving: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Calories: 440kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 packs of Kielbasa
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1.5 cups Orzo
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 tbsps Cajun seasoning
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup corn

Directions

  • Slice Kielbasa into ¼ inch slices. Add olive oil to a skillet over medium heat and add Kielbasa once oil warms. Brown on both sides and remove.
  • In the same skillet, add diced garlic and saute for about 2 minutes. Add orzo and chicken broth and stir. Bring to a boil for about 8 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add heavy cream and Cajun seasoning and continue to stir. Add corn and spinach.
  • When spinach has cooked down, add the Kielbasa back in and stir. If orzo begins sticking to the pan, add ¼ cup of water.
  • Eat!

Nutrition

Calories: 440kcal
Course: Cajun, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Cajun

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  1. 5 stars
    My family loved this dish! I didn’t have Cajun seasoning, but I had Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning, so I used that instead, using 1 tablespoon of it. I probably could have gotten away with two teaspoons. I also had to make it dairy free for one of my kiddos, and subbed canned coconut milk for the heavy cream with no problems. This is definitely going on repeat this summer! Great recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    I stumbled upon your site only recently and this recipe is the first one I've tried, so I wanted to let you know it is a hit! I loved it, but more importantly, my boyfriend couldn't stop eating it & saying how it's so tasty. Looking at the other reviews, I gradually increased the Cajun seasoning instead of adding it all at once. I don't think I quite hit 3 tbsps, but I'm sure I could have and the flavor would have been great. The one thing I've learned w/ that seasoning (and I'm very new to actual cooking), is that not all "Cajun seasonings" are the same. The salt-based ones can and will ruin any meal. The spice-based ones are what to look for! Thanks for such a tasty meal. Can't wait to try more!

    • Hi Courtney! Thank you so much for your review, I'm so glad that you and your family enjoyed it! 🙂 And it's so true, not all cajun seasonings are created equally! The salt based seasonings should be used more sparingly!

  3. 5 stars
    This is a favorite in our house! We’ve made this recipe numerous time and took the suggestion of others to reduce the amount of Cajun seasoning. We start with 1/2 and then work our way up from there until we reach the perfect taste. Super quick and comforting meal! My fiancé and I crave it often! Thanks Brittany ????

  4. 5 stars
    Super simple and really tasty! I have a habit of making alterations based on what I have/not measuring much...so I used a mix of kielbasa and Italian chicken sausage, almond milk instead of heavy cream, and seasoned with individual seasonings that would be in a Cajun seasoning to our taste. Excited to eat this all week!

  5. This recipe was a hit all around. We admittedly adjusted the Cajun seasoning down, but I intend to bring it up slowly until it hits a spot that's right for us. Will definitely be making it again!

  6. So delicious! Love quick, easy one pan meals. My family thought 3T of Cajun seasoning was way too much. Next time I would use less. I would definitely make this again.

  7. You must have made a serious error when you put 3 TABLESPOONS of Cajun seasoning in this recipe.
    It was inedible

  8. Isn't New Orleans the best?! One of my favorite cities in the world!! I don't normally associate corn with cajun food, but it worked great in this recipe. And I love a quick dinner that doesn't dirty a million dishes! We will be making this again for sure.