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For a meal that cooks on a single pan with no extra dishes to wash, this Italian Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner is going to be your go-to recipe. Turkey sausage is roasted in the oven with potatoes, zucchini, and tomatoes tossed with simple seasonings and parmesan cheese. It is a delicious and healthy family-friendly meal that is easy to make and even easier to clean up.
Easy Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner Recipe
Sheet pan dinners have been popular for years now, and there is a good reason. Actually many good reasons.
Preparation is quick and easy. Other than chopping everything and popping it in the oven, the hands-on time is minimal. And you only have that single baking sheet to wash because, with the right combination of ingredients, it can be an entire meal prepared and cooked on one pan.
Speaking of those ingredients, a sheet pan meal can also be healthy and many are naturally gluten free. Roasting vegetables enhances their natural flavors with that deep caramelization. So just some simple seasonings are all you need to make a flavor-packed dinner.
And, once you’ve mastered the technique, you’ll be tossing whatever ingredients you have on baking pans to create your own combinations. But I definitely recommend starting with this Italian Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner.
Turkey sausage keeps it lean, potatoes add satisfying fiber, and you get your veggie action in with lots of zucchini and tomatoes. A bit of parmesan cheese adds a toasty flavor that pulls it all together.
Ingredients to Make this Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner
Just grab a few ingredients and let’s get started.
- Potatoes: I prefer to use white or red waxy potatoes, but really any potato will do. Regular ones should be cut into 3/4-inch cubes. The small creamer-sized ones can be halved or quartered.
- Zucchini: Quarter them lengthwise and cut into chunks about the same size as the potatoes.
- Olive oil
- Italian seasoning: This blend of dried herbs adds a nice flavor, but you can also stick with just basil, oregano, or any of your favorite dried herbs on their own or combined.
- Salt and pepper
- Italian turkey sausage: This recipe uses uncooked sausage, and you can choose hot or sweet. If you only have pre-cooked sausage, it will work, but you don’t have to put it inthe oven until this last 10 minutes or so.
- Grape tomatoes: Leave them whole.
- Grated parmesan cheese: Freshly grated yourself or by the grocery store or the kind in the plastic container is much better than those cardboard cans for melting and browning nicely.
How to Make Sheet Pan Sausage and Potatoes
Here is a little overview, but all of the directions and amounts of ingredients are in the printable recipe card below. But keep reading for tips and helpful information.
Preparations: Preheat the oven to 450°F. Wash and cut the vegetables. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or coat it with olive oil or cooking spray.
Roast the potatoes and zucchini: Place the potatoes and zucchini on the prepared sheet pan and toss with olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Spread it all in an even layer and roast for 20 minutes.
Add the sausage and tomatoes: Toss the potatoes and zucchini, then place the sausage links between the vegetables and scatter the tomatoes around the pan.
Return to the oven: Sprinkle parmesan cheese over the sausage and vegetables. Roast for another 15-20 minutes or until the sausage is cooked through and has reached 165°F.
Enjoy: Serve it on a plate or in bowls and enjoy as-is or try adding some toppings for even more flavor. It is delicious with:
- More parmesan cheese or fresh mozzarella
- Fresh basil or parsley
- Marinara sauce
- Balsamic BBQ Sauce
- Balsamic reduction
- Red Wine Vinaigrette
Tips for Success
Upgrade your baking pans: If you have old or very thin sheet pans, they may warp when roasting at a high temperature. It is worth it to invest in a few good-quality, heavy aluminum baking sheets like the ones from NordicWare.
Prevent sticking: While you can just coat your pan with olive oil or cooking spray, parchment paper does the best job of ensuring that nothing sticks to the pan.
Spread it out: Back to those baking sheets, be sure to use ones large enough to spread the ingredient in a single layer. You want them to roast, not steam so that they develop that nice, caramelized flavor.
Use a thermometer: A simple instant-read thermometer will ensure that you cook the sausage to 165°F so that it is safe to eat but doesn’t get overcooked and dry.
Change it up: Try using different vegetables. Use pork sausage instead of turkey sausage, or even try chunks of chicken. Swap the potatoes for sweet potatoes, or even make it low carb by using cauliflower instead.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
Whether you have leftovers, or just want to make a batch of Sheet Pan Sausage and Potatoes to pack in containers for meal prep, it will keep in the refrigerator for 3 or 4 days. Just be sure to cool it completely and package it in airtight containers.
When you are ready to reheat it, you can simply microwave it for a few minutes until it is hot. Or, if you want to be sure to crip those potatoes up again, you can put it back on a baking sheet and warm it in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes, or until hot.
Can I Freeze Leftovers?
From a food safety perspective, yes, you can store leftovers in the freezer for up to 2 months. The tomatoes and zucchini will get a bit mushy and the potatoes might not be as crisp, but it will still be tasty. Just be sure to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
Make it a Meal
While this is a satisfying dinner on its own, if you have a larger family or some especially hearty appetites, try adding one of these sides.
- Add More Veggies: A simple Greek Salad or Caprese Zoodles Salad adds more cool and crisp veggies.
- Make a Wrap: Slice the sausage and put it in Gluten Free Pita.
- Toss a Salad: And drizzle on some Creamy Balsamic Dressing or Healthy Caesar Dressing.
- Make it a Bowl: Serve it over brown rice, cauliflower rice, or quinoa.
Italian Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner
- 1 lb white or red potatoes cut into 3/4-inch cubes or small creamer-size potatoes, quartered
- 2 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise and cut into chunks
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 1-1 1/4 lb package uncooked Italian turkey sausage, hot or sweet
- 1 cup grape tomatoes
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat to 450°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or lightly coat a sheet pan with olive oil or nonstick cooking spray.
- Place the potatoes and zucchini on the prepared sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper, and toss to coat evenly. Spread it all in a single layer and roast for 20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, and use a sptaul to gently flip and tozz the potatoes and zucchini. Spread it out in a single layer and place the sausage links between the potatoes and zucchini. Scatter the toatoes around and sprinkle parmesan cheese over the sausage and vegetables. Roast for another 15-20 minutes or until the sausage is cooked through and has reached 165°F.
- Enjoy right away, and top it with additional parmesan cheese, pesto, or warmed marinara sauce, if desired.