Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions

Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies

Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies is a fantastic one pan wonder that you’ll make over and over again. It will make dinner extra easy, make your family happy and clean up will be a breeze.

Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions

This insanely delicious dish combines the bold flavors of juicy chicken sausage, vibrant peppers and a medley of aromatic seasonings, all baked to perfection on a single sheet pan.

Let’s talk about how great sheet pan dinners are, shall we? The simplicity and convenience to versatility and minimal cleanup.

Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions

Here are some of the advantages of sheet pan dinners like Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies, and how they can change dinnertime from being a job to being effortless. 

  • Simplicity and Efficiency: One of the most significant advantages of sheet pan dinners is their simplicity. With just a single pan, you can create a complete meal by combining an assortment of ingredients. From protein sources like chicken, fish, or beef and pairing them with vegetables, spices, and marinades, the possibilities are endless. By arranging everything on a single sheet pan, you eliminate the need for multiple pots, pans, and utensils, streamlining both preparation and cleanup.
  • Convenience and Time-Saving: Sheet pan dinners are a lifesaver for busy people and families who desire wholesome meals without spending excessive time in the kitchen. The assembly process is quick and straightforward, often involving simply some chopping and preparation. Once the ingredients are on the pan, all that’s left is to pop it in the oven, allowing you to use your time for other important tasks or simply relax. Sheet pan dinners are an excellent solution for weeknight meals or when entertaining, as they require less hands-on attention compared to traditional cooking methods.

Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions

  • Versatility and Customization: Another appealing aspect of sheet pan dinners is their versatility. You can tailor these meals to accommodate various dietary preferences and restrictions. Whether you’re a vegetarian, pescatarian, or follow a specific eating plan like keto or paleo, sheet pan dinners can easily adapt to your needs. By selecting different combinations of proteins, vegetables, herbs, and spices, you can experiment with an array of flavors and textures, ensuring that every meal feels fresh and exciting.
  • Enhanced Flavor and Nutritional Value: Sheet pan dinners have a unique way of intensifying flavors. As the ingredients cook together on the same pan, their flavors mingle, creating harmonious taste profiles. The high oven temperature often results in caramelization, bringing out the natural sweetness and depth of flavor in vegetables and proteins. As an added bonus, sheet pan dinners help retain the nutritional value of ingredients since they are cooked quickly at a high temperature, minimizing nutrient loss. This makes it easier to incorporate a diverse range of nutrient-rich foods into your diet.
  • Minimal Cleanup:  Say adios to stacks of dirty dishes and endless post-meal cleanup. Sheet pan dinners significantly reduce the amount of kitchenware required for cooking. With just one pan and probably a cutting board, knife, and spatula, you can prepare and serve an entire meal. The non-stick surface of a well-seasoned sheet pan (a.k.a. – a can of Pam) also makes it easier to clean, further simplifying the process.

This benefit is especially valuable when time is of the essence or when you simply want to enjoy your meal without the added stress of a messy damn kitchen.

The simplicity, efficiency, and versatility of sheet pan dinners make it a game-changer in the culinary world.

Now, let’s talk about versatility. Here are some variations on Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies:

  • Cajun: For an extra punch, use Cajun-style chicken sausages and add a teaspoon of Cajun seasoning. It will add a nice kick, and as my dad used to say, “put some hair on your chest“.
  • Veggie Lover’s: If you’re a fan of hearty vegetables, add a colorful assortment of zucchini, yellow squash, or even some roasted sweet potatoes to the mix. It will add a nice vitamin and antioxidant boost.
  • Seafood: Take this recipe up a notch by adding succulent shrimp to the sheet pan during the last 5 minutes of cooking. The shrimp will turn pink and perfectly complement the flavors of the sausage and peppers.
  • Italian: Give this recipe an Italian flair by swapping the chicken sausages for spicy Italian sausage links. Add some sliced mushrooms and a sprinkle of Italian seasoning to the mix. Top it off with a drizzle of balsamic glaze for extra umami.
  • Tex-Mex: There are some brands that make jalapeño-infused chicken sausage versions, (if you can’t find those, toss the sausage with mexican seasoning first) add that with a can of drained and rinsed black beans and some white corn to the sheet pan. Sprinkle with cumin and chili powder for that extra kick, and serve with a dollop of sour cream and fresh cilantro.

Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies

Whether you’re hosting a family gathering, whipping up a weeknight dinner, or simply craving a taste of comfort with a kick, Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies has got you covered. And by the way, my choice of sheet pans are OXO’s Pro Non-Stick Half Sheet . They’re high quality, and stand up to frequent baking.

Serve it over rice, grits or on a soft Italian roll.

Here’s your printable –

Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies

Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Italian chicken sausage, baby bell peppers and cherry tomatoes perfectly blistered in the oven will be your new favorite one pan dinner!

Ingredients

Chicken Italian Sausage and Veggies

  • 1 lb. chicken Italian sausage links
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced into rings or half rings
  • 1 pkg. tricolor mini sweet bell peppers*
  • 1 qt. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1 tbsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 oz. Parmesan cheese, shredded or microplaned

Grits or Polenta

  • 1/2 cup grits (or Italian polenta)
  • 1 cup chicken broth (you will only use enough to soften the polenta)
  • 1 tbsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 oz. Parmesan cheese, shredded or microplaned

Instructions

  1. Line a half baking sheet pan with parchment paper, and preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. To a half baking sheet pan add sausage links, onions, peppers and tomatoes; drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning the sausage and peppers over halfway through, until brown and peppers are just slightly blistered.
  4. While the sausage and veggies are cooking, add the polenta to a medium sized microwave-safe bowl along with chicken broth. Smash with a fork to microwave on high for 2 minutes; add Parmesan cheese and stir.
  5. Cover and microwave for another 2 minutes and stir, and if needed add salt and pepper. Add chicken broth, 1 tbsp at a time, stir and microwave for a minute at a time until desired consistency.
  6. Serve sausages and peppers over polenta with shredded Parmesan cheese.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 504Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 139mgSodium: 4422mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 43g

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Author

  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

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