This 30 minute Easy Sheet Pan Italian Sausage and Potatoes Dinner is rustic, hearty, and filling for any weeknight dinner or lazy weekend night with friends. It is a meal that is sure to hit the spot every time! The whole family will love this tasty meal.
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Italian Style Sheet Pan Dinner
This no frills Italian dinner is typical to the Northern Region of Italian in the cold months, or any time of year, really. It is simple and loved by all! It is a great meal for any day of the week.
The succulent roasted Italian sausage coated in the sweet tomatoes and herbs makes me think of the days my nonna used to make this meal for us.
I can smell it now! The potatoes delicately balance out the flavors with their neutral yet hearty taste creating a perfectly balanced meal. This will quickly become one of your family favorites!
This baked Italian sausage recipe couldn't be easier. You only need a few ingredients and it only takes a few minutes of hands-on time to put it all together.
- Olive oil
- Peeled whole canned tomatoes
- Salt and Pepper
- Optional: add bell peppers and onions!
See printable recipe card for quantities
Best Sausage for this Recipe
"Italian" Sausage Variety
Italian sausage, as it's referred to in the United States, is most often a pork sausage that is made with fennel seeds or anise.
It packs a ton of flavor and is perfect for this meal. You can get the small variety at most grocery store meat counters, or your local butcher.
If you can't find this variety use your favorite sausage!
There are my different ways to cook sausage, but baking sausages is one of the easiest ways! It's largely hands-off, you only need to flip them once. And you don't have to sit in front of the hot grill and worry about them burning.
When you add vegetables and potatoes to the one pan meal you can make this a fantastic sheet pan dinner, that involves hardly any cleanup!
Yukon Gold Potato Variety
It all starts with the potatoes themselves. In order to achieve the creamy smooth texture you MUST use the YUKON GOLD variety.
This is the closest variety to the Italian yellow potato variety that I find in Sardegna, Italy.
The flesh is yellow to gold, firm, naturally flavorful, and moist and makes them perfect for roasting in the oven.
Why I Love this Meal
Baked sausage and potatoes is a rustic and succulent dish prepared in no time.
It doesn't get easier than this one pan Italian sausage bake. Here is to easy and tasty Italian cooking! I hope you enjoy this simple meal as much as we do!
Do the brand of canned tomatoes matter? In short, yes! There aren't many ingredients in this meal so pick ones that will deliver the best quality for better taste.
Canned tomato varieties that boast of being diced or crushed tend to have more additives to keep them fresh, and they also tend to be harder to breakdown when making sauces, soups, or roasting.
For this recipe you will need canned whole peeled tomatoes. I recommend these brands:
- Muir Glen
There are countless flavor combinations to spice up your roasting pan and make your sausage of choice into a delicious one-pan meal! The first time you make this meal follow the recipe. The next time you make it try adding these variations.
You can certainly vary the meat in this recipe and try:
- Chicken sausages
- Hot Italian sausage (sweet Italian sausage or mild Italian sausage)
- Beef sausage
- Turkey sausage
- Pork sausages
If you like more veggies. These are great options to try:
- Red peppers
- Orange peppers
- Green bell peppers
- Yellow bell peppers
- Baby carrots
- Butternut Squash
- Brussels Sprouts
- Sweet potatoes
- Add red pepper flakes to spicy the dish to your liking.
- Use Italian seasoning or fresh herbs instead of dried.
- Add a splash of balsamic vinegar to add depth to the dish.
Make sure not to overcrowd the pan or the meats and veggies won't roast as well in the oven.
Cooking Time - The cooking time may vary based on the size of your sausages. If they are smaller links (5 in a package), check them after 18 to 20 minutes. If they are larger (3 to 4 in a package), they will likely take closer to 25 minutes.
Foil- I recommend aluminum foil to line your sheet pan, it keeps the sausage from sticking to the bottom of the pan and makes cleanup much easier. I do not like using parchment paper since it tends to steam the meat and veggies rather then crisp them.
I like to use a meat thermometer or instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature of the sausage (it's done at 160 degrees F).
You can use a baking tray for this recipe, but I do recommend a rimmed sheet pan. In case the sausages release any juices, they won't slosh out and burn in the oven.
Storing Tips - Cooked sausages will keep for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator when stored in an airtight container.
If you have any leftovers toss with fresh al dente pasta if desired, or place on a focaccia bread with some mozzarella cheese! Either way, some extra tomato sauce (marinara sauce) is a fantastic addition.
From my Cucina to your Table, Mangia! Mangia! (Eat!). Made with Amore, Elena
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Sheet Pan Italian Sausage dinner makes for the best simple, filling, and nutritious dinner with virtually no cleanup!
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This meal is rustic, hearty, and filling for any weeknight family dinner or lazy weekend night with friends, baked sausage, potatoes, and tomatoes are sure to hit the spot! It is a sheet pan meal that bakes in 30 minutes.
- 1 lb Italian sausage (or sausage of choice)
- 1 lb Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and quartered
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 14.5 oz can whole peeled tomatoes, cut into pieces and liquid drained
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and cut in quarters
- ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with foil. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Add the prepared potatoes and garlic to the baking sheet, add olive oil and toss to coat all sides. Arrange the sausage links on top of the potatoes. Add the tomatoes to the pan and gently toss to combine. Sprinkle with herbs, salt and pepper. Bake for 30-35, or until potatoes pierce through with a fork. You can open the oven and stir from time to time to ensure the dish cooks evenly. Serve hot. Mangia! (Eat)
Keywords: sausage, potatoes, tomatoes, herbs, sheet pan dinner, easy meal, Italian recipe