Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi, loaded up with veggies and 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 a glorious sheet pan, but also because it’s really REALLY easy to prepare.
Oh, and also?! I’m able to use a vegan sausage for my own version, while my meat-eating guy enjoys chicken sausage with his. Now that’s some one-dish-two-ways gloriousness!
Wait … Roasted Gnocchi?!
Yes! I’ve gotta admit, the fact that I could cook gnocchi on a sheet pan was a revelation.
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.
This sheet pan gnocchi recipe was inspired by a recipe I found on a website called 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.
Sheet Pan Gnocchi Ingredients
For this recipe, we’ve got gnocchi, sausage (vegan or meaty), bell peppers, onion, cherry tomatoes, and some seasonings.
Making it “One Dish, Two Ways” Style
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.
If you’re making one big batch with one kind of sausage, feel free to use one sheet pan – though I kind of like using two sheet pans either way because it allows more gnocchi to lay directly on the sheet pan, which means more golden crispy gloriousness.
Ready for the oven!
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.
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!
Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi
- 17.5 ounces potato gnocchi (one package; use 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 or vegan sausage (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)
- Parmesan cheese for topping (optional – skip or use vegan parm for vegan version)
- Parsley or other fresh chopped herbs
- Drizzle of olive oil
- Two large rimmed baking sheets
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- 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.
- 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.
- Remove from oven and garnish with parsley and any other fresh herbs if desired.