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Quick and Easy Sheet Pan Gnocchi and Veggies

If you’re looking for an easy one dish dinner this Sheet Pan Gnocchi and Veggies will easily become one of your new favorite meatless mealsReady in just 30 minutes it’s ideal for a busy weeknight dinner. 

a cookie sheet with cooked gnocchi and veggies

Pasta is always popular with kids but having to heat up a pot of water and wait for it to boil can take extra time you just don’t have.  This recipe removes that extra step speeding up the time between starting and eating dinner.

If your family isn’t a huge fan of meatless meals you can easily add meat to the pan (see subtitutions below) or serve it up with this super quick Chicken Prosciutto Saltimbocca.

You can also round out the meal with a salad like my kids favorite Apple Bacon and Goat Cheese Salad and some short cut Pesto Rolls.

Beautiful rainbow vegetables

Ingredients

Shopping list

  • gnocchi
  • red onion
  • cherry tomatoes
  • yellow pepper
  • green beans

Pantry staples

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • dried oregano
  • dried basil
  • dried parsley
  • granulated garlic
  • ground black pepper

What is gnocchi?

Gnocchi is a type of pasta made from potatoes, eggs, and flour. You can make your own (a fun activity for kids!) or you can find both shelf stable and frozen gnocchi at your local grocery store.  

The shelf stable ones are usually found in the Italian section of most stores and the frozen ones are generally with the other frozen pastas like tortellini or ravioli.

Possible substitutions

You can easily swap out the veggies for whatever ones are more popular with your family.  Other options can include:

  • Zucchini
  • Mushrooms
  • Broccoli
  • Butternut squash

You can also add meat to the tray if you would like.  My usual choice is to add sausages like Italian sausage or Polska Kielbasa cut into 1 inch thick slices.

collage showing the steps to make sheet pan gnocchi

How to make this

  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.  Spray a cookie sheet with baking spray.
  • Add gnocchi and veggies to a bowl.  Drizzle the olive oil over the contents of the bowl.  Add the spices and toss to coat everything well.
  • Pour the entire contents of the bowl onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, stirring the gnocchi and veggies halfway through to prevent burning.

Does the gnocchi have to be boiled first?

The gnocchi does not need to be boiled before being put on the cookie sheet. The juices from the vegetables add enough moisture that the gnocchi will soak up a little bit of it.  The result is a delicious crispy chewy pasta!

a child cutting green beans with a knife on a black cutting board

Top Tips

  •  Don’t be tempted to skip greasing the pan with cooking spray.  The oil in the dish is not enough to stop everything from sticking.
  • Do stir the pan halfway which also helps prevent the veggies especially from sticking
  • Do allow the kids to help you with the prep. Here’s how they can help:
    • Little ones can help trim the green beans. A butter knife or kid safe scissors works great for this.
    • Older ones can help with the slicing of the peppers
    • Kids of all ages can help to add oil and spices to the bowl of gnocchi and veggies and mix it all up

See my guide for more tips on cooking with kids

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Recipe

Sheet Pan Gnocchi and Veggies Recipe

If you’re looking for an easy one dish dinner this Sheet Pan Gnocchi and Veggies will easily become one of your new favorite meatless meals. Ready in just 30 minutes it’s ideal for a busy weeknight dinner.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 377kcal
Author: Jade Jones

Ingredients

  • 1 16 ounce bag of gnocchi uncooked
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 yellow pepper sliced
  • ¾ pounds green beans trimmed
  • 4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Spray a cookie sheet with baking spray.
  • Add gnocchi and veggies to a bowl. Drizzle the olive oil over the contents of the bowl. Add the spices and toss to coat everything well.
  • Pour the entire contents of the bowl onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, stirring the gnocchi and veggies halfway through to prevent burning.
  • Serve immediately. Leftovers can be refrigerated in an air-tight container and are best eaten within 2-3 days.

Notes

You can easily swap out the veggies for whatever ones are more popular with your family. Other options can include:
Zucchini
Mushrooms
Broccoli
Butternut squash
You can also add meat to the tray if you would like. My usual choice is to add sausages like Italian sausage or Polska Kielbasa cut into 1 inch thick slices.

Nutrition

Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 3021mg | Potassium: 541mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1225IU | Vitamin C: 94mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 6mg
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