Crispy gnocchi, caramelized peppers and sausage roasted in one pan. Super easy weeknight dinner!
- 1 small red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 3 bell peppers (any kind), cut into 1-inch pieces
- 6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- 2 packages gnocchi (about 1 ½ lbs)
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ½ lb ground sausage
- ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes + 1 tablespoon oil
- ¼ cup chopped fresh herbs (I used a mix of basil, thyme and oregano!)
- Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 425. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
- Combine 1 small chopped red onion, 3 chopped bell peppers, 1 pint cherry tomatoes, 6 cloves chopped garlic and gnocchi in a large bowl. Add ¼ cup oil and dried spices and toss to combine. Make sure everything gets coated with oil (especially the gnocchi!), and the pasta isn't clumped up in any areas.
- Pour gnocchi and vegetables on the baking sheet and spread into one even layer as much as possible.
- Tear ½ lb sausage into small pieces and add to pan (you can freehand this, or use a teaspoon to divide). Drizzle on a little bit extra olive oil for good measure.
- Roast for 30 minutes, tossing once, until gnocchi is slightly crispy, tomatoes start to burst and sausage and vegetables are just caramelized. This can take anywhere from 25-40 minutes, so just keep checking!
- While everything roasts, chop up ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes and add to a small bowl with ¼ cup chopped fresh herbs. Add 1 tablespoon sun-dried tomato oil and mix to combine a - it will still be mostly dry, but feel free add more oil if you'd like.
- When pan is out of the oven, top with sun-dried tomato and herb mixture and toss to combine.
- Serve with parmesan cheese and extra herbs, if desired!
- I like to use the shelf-stable gnocchi you find in the pasta aisle for this dish. Frozen works too!
- I know the ½ lb of sausage thing is annoying, but a full pound felt like too much! Either cook the rest of the sausage separately and keep in the fridge for another use (scrambled eggs, stir fry, etc.) or freeze the rest and use next time you make this dish (because I really think you'll want to make this again!).
- This sheet pan gnocchi reheats well! Microwave or stove top both work great.
- Leave out the sausage to make this vegetarian, or use your favorite plant-based option. Still super delicious!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
Sheet pan dinners are such winners. It's really amazing we ever make dinner any other way, right?
I am very excited to share this recipe today for a couple of reasons:
1. HI HELLO FULL PASTA MEAL ON ONE SHEET PAN!!!
2. This is part of a little blogger collab I'm a part of that my friend Sarah from Slice of Honey put together, so you're getting all sorts of sheet pan dinner ideas here today. Just look!
- Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas / Slice of Honey
- Curried Pork Chop and Potato Sheet Pan / Blogtastic Food
- Sheet Pan Italian Stuffed Portobellos and Garlic Breadsticks / Hangry White Male
- Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken Meatballs and Veggies / Ways To My Heart
- Sheet Pan Harissa Chicken with Broccolini and Chickpeas / With Spice
- Easy Sheet Pan Dinner with Sausage, Potatoes & Veggies / Julia Recipes
- Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas / Keeping It Simple
- Dukkah and Parmesan Chicken Tray Bake / Cupcakes and Couscous
Okay, so back to this sheet pan gnocchi and sausage!
I've been wanting to try this sheet pan gnocchi situation ever since I saw it on How Sweet Eats, and finally did it when I was making some food for one of my best friends after she had twins (!!). She doesn't eat meat so I kept that one totally vegetarian, but I couldn't get the idea of adding sausage out of my head (it's weird in here. I don't suggest ever jumping into my brain).
I honestly wasn't sure it was going to work the way I wanted it to. I was convinced I would need to start the sausage and vegetables first, and then add the gnocchi and maybe the cherry tomatoes later? Honestly, that would have been fine, but I really wanted to hand over a recipe that requires nothing more than a dump, mix and roast from you.
And it worked! Everything cooks together beautifully and you're left with crisp-chewy gnocchi with caramelized sausage and peppers and perfectly sweet bursty tomatoes that create just the right "sauce" here.
Because I'm the perfect amount of extra, I also mixed up a sun-dried tomato and herb topping that adds a little brightness to the dish. But I promise you can skip that and this will be absolutely delicious. Just sprinkle a little parmesan on the top and serve it straight out of the pan. YES!