One pan, 5 minutes of hands-on time, and a delicious and healthy dinner. What’s not to like about sheet pan sausage and gnocchi?
Who has time to concoct elaborate dinners on Tuesday nights? Not me! This recipe has been my go-to for the past few months. It takes me about 5 minutes to throw together, and then I can leave it in the oven while I take care of other things. Clean up is a breeze too!
The best part is what you get out of it, though. The flavors are rich and savory — the sausage lends just the right blend of smoky and sweet to the base of gnocchi. Adding a drizzle of pesto elevates this to a dinner you can be proud of!
What do I need?
Sausage: I love, love, love chicken apple sausage for this. It’s relatively healthy, and the sweet flavor the apple adds is just *chef’s kiss*!
Gnocchi: We have made this with many different kinds of gnocchi, including just plain ol’ potato gnocchi you can get from any store. My favorite by far, though, is the Trader Joe’s sweet potato gnocchi. It’s a gorgeous orange color, which, with the green of the pesto, makes me feel like some kind of gourmet.
Garlic Powder and Italian Seasoning
Covered Baking Sheet: I cover mine with foil, then spray a little cooking spray on so the gnocchis don’t stick. A silicon baking sheet liner would work well too!
How do I make Sheet Pan Sausage and Gnocchi?
Start by chopping the sausage into 1/4 inch thick coins.
Dump the sausage and gnocchi into a large bowl. Then, drizzle with olive oil. Be careful not to use too much — a light hand is good here, otherwise you get oil-drenched gnocchis. I doubt that’s the texture you’re looking for!
Shake on the garlic powder and Italian seasoning, then use your hands to toss the whole thing. You want all your little sausages and gnocchis to be coated with seasoning and oil.
Dump everything onto the covered baking sheet. You’ll want to separate it all out into one level so that everything cooks evenly.
Then you get to bake. I spend the time cleaning up and making a side salad to go with this. You don’t need much to make this a meal — just add a veggie side, and you’ve got a balanced dinner!
When you serve your meal, you can either drizzle pesto over it, or put the pesto on the table for your guests to serve themselves. So. Dang. Good.
Sheet Pan Sausage and Gnocchi
- 12 oz chicken apple sausage
- 14 oz gnocchi
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- pesto optional
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Chop sausage into 1/4 inch coins.12 oz chicken apple sausage
- Put sausage and gnocchi into large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and add garlic powder and Italian seasoning.14 oz gnocchi, 1 tsp garlic powder, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- Toss until sausage and gnocchi are coated with oil and seasoning.
- Line a pan with foil. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
- Pour sausage and gnocchi onto pan, then separate into single layer.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Serve warm, drizzled with pesto if desired.pesto