February 6, 2019

One-Pan Sausage and Veggies

At one point, in Laramie, I really started taking advantage of the fact that I could get a pizza delivered in 30 minutes. They didn't deliver to where we lived in Colorado. After Wells was born, we would get pizza probably once a week.

I realized I had to become more efficient in my cooking, so as to not spend all night making dinner, but still try to make dinner on the nights Scott was home. There were definitely a few nights where we'd have cereal or eggs or something.

I make this a lot. And I absolutely may have posted it before but, even if I did, it deserves a repeat because it's the easiest dinner hack I've come across in awhile. I originally found it on Pinterest maybe two years ago.

I'm going to venture a guess and say I make this once a week.

I really love chicken sausage and used to think it was too expensive. I've gotten over that that though because it's just so versatile. I particularly like it for these sheet pan dinners because I always have a fear of chicken not being cooked well enough. Chicken sausage is already fully cooked, so you just have to brown it up in the oven with the vegetables and the cooking time won't get out of control. Have you ever tried to make dinner and a 30 minute meal turns into an hour? I feel like that happens a lot to me. Now that we have a gas stove/oven again, things cook much more quickly but that wasn't the case with electric in Wyoming.

Anyway. This meal:

1. Very few ingredients.

2. One-pan dinner.

3. Terrific as leftovers.

4. No cream-of-something soups or seasoning packets, as are often advertised with one-pan dinners.

5. If you put the sausage on top of the vegetables, the seasoning from the sausage flavors everything else, so you don't need to spend time pulling out and measuring spices. I usually just top it off with a sprinkle of sea salt and some parmesan cheese.

One-Pan Sausage and Veggies

1 large sweet potato or yam, peeled and diced
1 large yellow or a few small red potatoes, diced (if using russet, peel first)
2 cups of chopped broccoli
1 package of chicken sausage, sliced into coin-sized pieces (I used a parmesan and asiago-flavored one here, but you can pick any variety)
Sea salt to taste and/or parmesan cheese for topping

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Line a sheet pan (9x13 or 12x18...I've found metal works best) with foil.
Brush with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Put the potatoes on the pan on and toss to coat.
Bake for about 20 minutes, until they start to brown.

Stir. Add the chicken sausage and broccoli and bake for another 20 minutes, stirring at least one other time so nothing sticks to the pan. You can add more oil if this is the case.

When everything is browned, it's done. Sprinkle with sea salt and parmesan and toss to coat.


  1. Love a simple one pan meal. The easier it is to put together, the better it is for me lol

  2. They make a 'veggie' sausage - I need to try it with this!

  3. I make something similar to this all the time, it’s great!! Throw a fried egg on top sometime, it’s delicious.

  4. This is my kind of meal! Easy, quick, and super delicious!

  5. I just made something similar last week and it was delicious! Easy meals like this are the best.

  6. i feel the same about chicken not cooking properly. i'm not big on sausages but i don't mind chicken sausages - i might give this a try. i've tried something similar with other types of sausage for KC and he's a fan. i love an actual easy meal, i hate when it says 30 mins and ends up taking over an hour. very frustrating and we end up eating cereal or something and dinner becomes instant leftovers. we are not patient when hungry!


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