Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Veggies & Sausage (Vegan or Meaty!)

In the words of Staind, “It’s Been Awhile!” Yep, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a One Dish Two Ways recipe (one recipe that can be made vegetarian/vegan AND meaty for multi-diet families).

I guess that’s partially because I’ve been perfecting this one for like three months now. (One side benefit to having to make this over and over until it’s just right? Lots and lots of crispy baked gnocchi for dinner!)

Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Veggies & Sausage (Vegan or Meaty!) - Assembled on two sheet pans to separate the meaty from the meatless, this easy-to-make dinner boasts veggies, sausage/vegan sausage, and gnocchi roasted to golden perfection.

Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Veggies & Sausage hits all the right notes for me, not only because it’s delicious with a great balance of veggies, protein, carbs, and fat all on one glorious sheet pan, but also because it’s really REALLY easy to prepare.

Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Veggies & Sausage (Vegan or Meaty!) - Assembled on two sheet pans to separate the meaty from the meatless, this easy-to-make dinner boasts veggies, sausage/vegan sausage, and gnocchi roasted to golden perfection.

Wait … Roasted Gnocchi?!

Yes! I’ve gotta admit, the fact that I could cook gnocchi on a sheet pan was a revelation. It’s so easy!

Not only that, but it results in a scrumptious crispy-golden-on-the-outside situation that has made me a sheet pan gnocchi addict for reals. 

Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Veggies & Sausage (Vegan or Meaty!) - Assembled on two sheet pans to separate the meaty from the meatless, this easy-to-make dinner boasts veggies, sausage/vegan sausage, and gnocchi roasted to golden perfection.

This sheet pan gnocchi recipe was inspired by a recipe I found on the Green Plate Club back in January. That one had gnocchi, butternut squash, and sage, and it was so good, I just had to find more ways to incorporate sheet pan gnocchi into my life.

For this recipe, we’ve got gnocchi, sausage (vegan or meaty), bell peppers, onion, cherry tomatoes, and some seasonings.

To keep dietary worlds divided, I simply break out two large sheet pans, then start chopping. Chop up the onion and divide it between the sheet pans. Then the bell peppers. Divide the tomatoes and the gnocchi between the two. Then cut up the veggie sausage, add it to one pan, and do the same with the meaty sausage on the other. 

Finally, drizzle each side with olive oil and sprinkle on the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and thyme. Then toss it all to distribute everything, and then spread it all evenly on the sheet pan.

Ready for the oven!

Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Veggies & Sausage (Vegan or Meaty!) - Assembled on two sheet pans to separate the meaty from the meatless, this easy-to-make dinner boasts veggies, sausage/vegan sausage, and gnocchi roasted to golden perfection.

Bake until golden and bubbling and perfect, then sprinkle on some fresh parsley or other herbs, maybe drizzle a little extra olive oil if that’s your jam, and serve. 

Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Veggies & Sausage (Vegan or Meaty!) - Assembled on two sheet pans to separate the meaty from the meatless, this easy-to-make dinner boasts veggies, sausage/vegan sausage, and gnocchi roasted to golden perfection.

You can serve with parmesan cheese for the non-vegans, or without – it’s great either way.

Oh, and something to check beforehand: Make sure your oven is large enough to accommodate both sheet pans at once!

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Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Sausage & Veggies

Assembled on two sheet pans to separate the meaty from the meatless, this easy-to-make dinner boasts veggies, sausage/vegan sausage, and gnocchi roasted to golden perfection.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (17.5-ounce) package potato gnocchi (the shelf-stable kind found by the dried pasta)
  • 1 orange bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 small red onion, cut into eighths
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • Sausage of choice (see options below)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided (plus more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided (plus more to taste)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

“Sausage” for the vegan/vegetarian side:

  • 2 Field Roast Italian sausages, sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds (product info here)

Sausage for the meaty side:

  • 2 sausage of your choice (we use Applegate chicken sausage) , sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds

Garnish/for serving:

  • Parmesan cheese for topping, optional (skip or use vegan parm for vegan version)
  • Parsley or other fresh chopped herbs
  • Drizzle of olive oil

Equipment:

  • Two large rimmed baking sheets

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Set out two large baking sheets. Divide the gnocchi, onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes evenly between the two sheets. Add the veggie sausage to one side and the meaty sausage to the other side. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil each. Over each side, sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Toss until gnocchi, sausage, and veggies are evenly coated and the spices and oil distributed. Spread out in a single layer on the cookie sheets to help ensure even roasting and lots of golden browned bits. 
  3. Place in oven. Bake until gnocchi and veggies are beginning to take on some color, 15-20 minutes. Remove, stir, and redistribute in an even layer, and cook until there are more golden bits, the sausage is sizzling, and the veggies are tender, 5-10 more minutes. 
  4. Remove from oven and garnish with parsley and any other fresh herbs if desired. 

Vegan option:

Make sure the gnocchi you’re choosing is vegan (some has eggs or dairy). I like DeCecco Potato Gnocchi.

If you only have one kind of sausage:

If you’re making a meaty sausage only version or the veggie sausage only version, you’ll still want to use two sheet pans so that the veggies, gnocchi, and sausage have enough space to cook well.

If you’d like to go sausage-free:

If you’d like to leave the sausage out completely, go for it! This one is still plenty delicious with just the gnocchi and veggies. I’d stick with two sheet pans though just to make sure everything has enough space to become golden brown and delicious.

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Kare

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.