Sheet Pan Italian Sausage and Veggies

This sheet pan Italian sausage dinner with sweet potato, green beans, and cherry tomatoes is a filling, one-pan, veggie-packed meal that’s easy to get on the table. Just a few minutes of prep, and no pile of dishes to deal with afterwards!

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I’m sure I’m not the only one who has found myself in the following scenario – you had a plan for dinner. It was fantastic, whatever it was. And then, it falls apart. You don’t have as much time as you thought you would. You had ingredients for two but – surprise! – you’re cooking for four. Or, you simply don’t have what you thought you had in the freezer.

That third scenario is what led me to the lovely sheet pan dinner you see here. I tend to buy and freeze enough meat to last us a few months at a time, which makes weekly grocery shopping a little more manageable. So I assumed I had a pork tenderloin in the freezer. It was going to make a beautiful dinner alongside the green beans I had just bought that day.

Needless to say, I was wrong.

But, as I’m sure you can see coming, I consider it a happy accident, because obviously the Italian sausages that were in the freezer rose to the occasion.

How To Roast Different Vegetables At the Same Time

In addition to the green beans I had purchased, I nearly always have sweet potatoes on hand, because they’re one of the most nutritious foods Henry will happily eat, as well as cherry tomatoes.

Not only do these bright, boldly-colored veggies look beautiful together, the flavors complement each other surprisingly well. The sweetness of the potatoes sets off the savory, crisp beans very well. And, well, any roasted vegetable is a delicious vegetable!

Peeled, cubed sweet potato ready to roast on a sheet pan, and green beans prepped to be added after a few minutes.

Sweet potatoes generally require much longer to roast than either green beans or cherry tomatoes, however. Fortunately the solution is simple: cut them into small cubes, then give those cubes a head start in the oven. Just about 15 minutes – long enough for you to prep the rest of the vegetables, clean up the potato peels, and pour yourself a well-deserved glass of wine. Cook’s prerogative.

Garlic-seasoned green beans and cherry tomatoes mixed in a white bowl.

Now the rest is simple – mix all the veggies together on your baking sheet, toss as many Italian sausages as you need to serve on top, and back into the oven everything goes.

You could slice the sausages into bite-sized coins before baking, and just stir those in along with the veggies. In fact, doing so would make this dinner, which is terrific for meal prep as it is, even more straightforward as a grab-and-go lunch. I simply don’t do this for dinner because, well, it would be ever so slightly more work for me.

I’m probably the laziest hard-working person you know. 🙂

Sweet potatoes, green beans, and cherry tomatoes mixed on a sheet pan ready to roast, then topped with Italian sausage for a full sheet pan dinner.

Bake and Serve!

20 more minutes in the oven, and voila! Dinner is served. Easy as that.

This is quite a filling meal as it is, and I’m happy to eat just this because (a) it’s delicious, and (b) it’s one more meal that helps me reduce my epic dependency on carbs at dinnertime. That said, I’ve made it a few times now and also have paired it with rice and quinoa. I think a nice couscous or pilaf would pair well, also.

 

A pan filled with an Italian sausage sheet pan dinner with roasted sweet potatoes, green beans, and cherry tomatoes, fresh out of the oven and ready to serve.

This meal is also a testament to how little you need to do to produce a high-quality dinner if you start with good, fresh ingredients and use simple, reliable techniques, such as roasting. You don’t need anything fancy, or even much seasoning beyond salt, pepper, and a bit of garlic, to coax the best flavor out of these veggies.

Of course the fact that they get to roast in the drippings of those tasty sausages probably doesn’t hurt. 🙂

After all, just look at that beautiful crinkly texture.

Close-up of crinkly roasted green beans, cherry tomatoes, and sweet potatoes.

And the true cause for celebration?? Not only did I adapt and make a “plan B”, it was something I came up with all on my own, used what I had on hand, and was delicious. But none of that really matters compared to the fact that MY SON ATE IT. He ate the sweet potato, predictably, at least tried the green beans, and ate AN ENTIRE SAUSAGE.

For context, I believe this is literally the first time he has ever eaten meat outside of meatball or nugget form.

So, although this meal might have come to me by accident, it is now on the regular rotation for busy weeknights!

I hope you enjoy as much as we do, not only the meal, but the fact that it leaves you enough downtime before dinner to actually sip that glass of wine you poured. ♥ Happy cooking!

Flat-lay of an Italian sausage sheet pan dinner with sweet potatoes, green beans, and cherry tomatoes, resting on a cooling rack with a red serving spoon to the side.

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A pan filled with an Italian sausage sheet pan dinner with roasted sweet potatoes, green beans, and cherry tomatoes, fresh out of the oven and ready to serve.

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Sheet Pan Italian Sausage and Veggies

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Yield 4 servings

This sheet pan Italian sausage dinner with sweet potato, green beans, and cherry tomatoes is a filling, flavorful, veggie-packed meal that's easy to get on the table.

Ingredients

  • 3 small or medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into cubes of about 1/2”
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 9 ounces (250 grams) fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • a pinch of kosher or coarse sea salt 
  • a few turns of freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan 
  • 4-5 links sweet or mild Italian sausage

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 C).
  2. Peel and dice the sweet potato, if you haven't already, then spread cubes in a single layer on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil on top, then give them a quick stir to coat the cubes somewhat evenly. Place pan in the oven for 15 minutes.
  3. While the sweet potatoes start roasting, prepare the rest of the veggies. In a large bowl, combine green beans, tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, Parmesan, and remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Stir to combine.
  4. After 15 minutes, remove pan briefly from the oven. Add the rest of the veggies, and stir briefly to combine with the sweet potatoes. Place sausages on top, and return pan to the oven for 20 minutes more, or until the sausages register at least 165 F on an instant thermometer. Serve hot!

Notes

This is a filling meal in its own right, but I often make some rice, quinoa, or another grain to serve with it and stretch the meal even farther.

This sheet pan dinner makes terrific meal prep - you might want to slice the sausages into bite-sized pieces either before or after baking, simply to avoid needing a knife if taking your meals to an office, etc.

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An ideal weeknight meal, this sheet pan Italian sausage dinner with sweet potato, green beans, and cherry tomatoes is full of flavor and lets you get a filling, veggie-packed supper on the table with minimal prep and clean-up! #sheetpan #onepot #easydinner

An ideal weeknight meal, this sheet pan Italian sausage dinner with sweet potato, green beans, and cherry tomatoes is full of flavor and lets you get a filling, veggie-packed supper on the table with minimal prep and clean-up! #sheetpan #onepot #easydinner

9 Comments

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    Christina
    May 6, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    This was delicious and easy! I may try turkey sausage next time — hoping it has less drippings! 🙂

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      May 7, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      Hi friend–thanks so much for not only making this and taking the time to leave a comment, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I agree, I really love turkey sausage for that reason, too–can’t wait to find it again when we’re back in the US! Just a couple months–can’t wait to catch up! 🙂

  • Reply
    Camila Hurst
    April 24, 2018 at 5:31 am

    I love roasting my veggies in the drippings too!! So delicious!!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      April 25, 2018 at 5:51 am

      It’s such a fantastic way to add flavor! Thanks, Cam! 🙂

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    Rebecca | Let's Eat Cake
    April 24, 2018 at 5:07 am

    It’s hard to be a tasty sheet pan dinner!

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    Rezel Kealoha
    April 24, 2018 at 4:02 am

    I love it when a non plan comes together! and also sheet pan anything! Less clean up and less time spent in the kitchen when you don’t feel like cooking, but need a healthy meal. Love that your son ate it. I get the same way too when my daughter eats something I made!

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    Lisa Bryan
    April 24, 2018 at 3:37 am

    Love that it’s a complete meal on one sheet pan. Yum!!

  • Reply
    Lisa Bynum
    April 24, 2018 at 1:50 am

    This looks so delicious! I love quick and easy sheet pan dinners for those busy weeknights.

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    Annemarie
    April 24, 2018 at 1:13 am

    I love all these colors! My family would totally go for this meal.

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