Make the family a homemade, tasty and nutritious meal with less mess and fuss with this sheet pan dinner recipe.
Everyone has those nights. Even I have those nights. After a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is cook. After a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is create a huge mess that is just going to have to be cleaned up. Even though you don’t want to cook, you still want to provide your family with a good tasting nutritious homemade dinner. Your dreams can be accomplished with this sheet pan dinner recipe. Well, maybe not your dreams but your kids will be happy with less pots and pans to wash.
I have to admit, sheet pan dinners are foreign to me. Just ask my kids. They ask me what’s for dinner just about every night. This isn’t so much a question driven by hunger, but more a question of amount of workload after dinner is finished. Reason being, I cook for flavor. Flavor is achieved with various different ingredients and techniques. Techniques require many different pans and utensils.
My first introduction to the concept of sheet pan dinners came from watching reruns of Jamie Oliver’s The Naked Chef. At first I scoffed at such an idea as being preposterous. Bah! There was no technique in such cooking! Ha, so stubborn. I’ve changed my ways and have found sheet pan dinners gloriously flavorful and a breeze to clean up.
I’m Italian, so I am always thinking about food. My wife laughs because she says I could be eating lunch and asking what people want for dinner at the same time. It could be because I am Italian. It could be because I am a Chef. I just think it’s because I am organized. Anyway I was thinking about dinner at work. My mind wandered to the traditional dish of Italian sausage, peppers, onions and potatoes. However, I didn’t want to stand over a stove and wanted even less to create a slew of pans. Ah Ha! Throw it all on one pan, bake it and done.
Making the dinner
Even though it’s all going on one pan, certain things still take longer to cook than others, like potatoes. No biggie. Other things can be done while the potatoes roast.
First, cut the potatoes, toss in a bowl with olive oil and salt and pepper. Place seasoned potatoes, cut side up, on sheet pan prepared with pan spray. Set bowl aside. Place sheet pan in preheated 425° oven. Let potatoes roast for 25 minutes.
While the potatoes are roasting, julienne the peppers and onions and also quarter the mushrooms. In the same bowl you tossed the potatoes, toss the peppers, onions and mushrooms with a few cloves of crushed garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper. Set aside until potatoes have reached the 25 minute roast.
Once the potatoes have roasted for 25 minutes, push potatoes to one side of the pan and spread out the peppers, onions and mushrooms in the now available space. Place Italian sausage on top of veggies and place back in 425° oven and roast for additional 25 minutes.
Take out of oven, Divi up to individual plates and Enjoy!
Wash less dishes and make the family a tasty and nutritious homemade meal with this Italian Sausage Potato Sheet Pan Dinner recipe.
- 5-6 each Yukon Gold Potatoes cut into small wedges
- 3 each Assorted Pepper Julienned. I used one yellow, one orange and one cubanelle
- 1 each Small Sweet Onion Julienned
- 8 each White Mushrooms Quartered
- 3-4 cloves Fresh Garlic Pressed
- 6 links Italian Sausage Spicy is nice
- A/N Olive Oil, as needed
- TT Salt and Pepper
Dice potatoes into small wedges and toss in mixing bowl with olive oil and salt and pepper.
Place seasoned potatoes, cut side up, on sheet pan prepped with pan spray and then place in 425° oven for 25 minutes. Set bowl aside.
As the potatoes are roasting, julienne the peppers and onions. Quarter the mushrooms and crush the garlic. Toss all in the potato mixing bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper.
At the end of the first 25 minutes, take the sheet pan out of the oven and push the potatoes to one side. Spread the veggies around in the open space and place the sausages on top.
Return pan to oven and roast an additional 25 minutes. Remove, plate and enjoy!
For added flavor, freshly grate some romano or parmesan cheese on top as soon as it come out of oven.