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Sausage Sweet Potato Sheet-Pan Dinner

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.

Makes

5 servings

This healthy, foolproof weeknight supper is naturally gluten-free, uses one pan and is on your table in no time! This sausage sweet potato sheet-pan dinner is also easily adaptable to seasonal fruits or veggies. —Melissa Erdelac, Mama Gourmand
Sausage Sweet Potato Sheet-Pan Dinner Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 large sweet onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 small pears, quartered
  • 1 package (19 ounces) Italian sausage links

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425º. Place sweet potatoes and onion in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan; drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with brown sugar and seasonings; toss to coat. Bake 15 minutes. Gently stir in pears; top with sausages.
  2. Bake 20 minutes longer, stirring once. Increase oven temperature to 450º. Bake until sausages are golden brown and a thermometer inserted in sausage reads at least 160º, 8-10 minutes longer, turning once.
Sausage Sweet Potato Sheet-Pan Dinner Tips

Can you cut the Italian sausage links into slices instead of baking them whole?

The trick with sheet-pan suppers is the timing. Ingredients are cut in specific ways and added at the right time so everything gets done at the same time. It's best to leave the sausages whole while cooking. Cut sausages cook much faster than whole links, so they'd be fully cooked long before the veggies would. Plus, raw sausages do not easily keep their shape after they're cut.

How can you make this sausage sweet potato sheet-pan dinner your own?

If you like to get creative and switch things out, this is a perfect recipe for you. The easiest thing to swap is the sausage. Try using Polish sausage, bratwurst or other link sausages instead of Italian. Switch peeled butternut squash with the sweet potatoes. Another easy swap is using apples instead of pears.

How do you store leftovers of sausage sweet potato sheet-pan dinner?

Figuring how long to keep leftovers can be a bit of a challenge sometimes, but this dish is simple to keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Heat it all back up in your air fryer, if you have one, or in a skillet on the stovetop. Otherwise, chop up all the ingredients and mix them into scrambled eggs. They’re also delicious on top of salad greens with a balsamic vinaigrette.

James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Culinary Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 533 calories, 29g fat (8g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 912mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 8g fiber), 15g protein.

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