Home > Dinner > Roasted Sweet Potato & Sausage with Pesto Roasted Sweet Potato & Sausage with Pesto August 16, 2021 | 2 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. This three-ingredient Roasted Sweet Potato and Sausage with Pesto is one of the easiest meals you’ll ever make! Roast sweet potato gnocchi and Italian chicken sausage together on a sheet pan and then toss with fresh basil pesto. This Roasted Sweet Potato and Sausage with Pesto meal is part of our Back-To-School Lifesavers — a series of recipes that are intended to have little (or no) veggie chopping, minimal prep time, around 10 ingredients or less (not including pantry staples), and use kid-friendly ingredients. Click here to see all the recipes in the series! Roasted Sweet Potato and Sausage with Pesto It doesn’t get much easier than this three-ingredient recipe and you won’t believe how much flavor is in every single bite! The ingredients are fairly specific to Trader Joe’s (I haven’t been able to find the seasoned sweet potato gnocchi anywhere else). But, if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s nearby, you can still enjoy a variation on this recipe using regular (or cauliflower) frozen gnocchi. Frozen gnocchi can be less than exciting when warmed on the stovetop or in the microwave, but when you ROAST it — it’s unbelievably good! It has a slightly crisp exterior with a soft pillowy interior. You are going to love what roasting does to an innocent-looking bag of frozen gnocchi! Roasted Sweet Potato and Sausage with Pesto Ingredients Sweet Potato Gnocchi: Pick up a bag of sweet potato gnocchi with butter & sage (pictured above) — this gnocchi is already seasoned and in a delicious sauce, so this cuts down greatly on ingredients needed. (We don’t need olive oil or butter or seasonings!) Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage: We’re obsessed with the sweet Italian chicken sausage at Trader Joe’s (pictured above). The flavors pair so nicely with the pesto and gnocchi. Pesto: The pesto is the perfect finishing touch that ties everything together. I’d recommend getting a refrigerated, freshly-made basil pesto, which you can find near refrigerated fresh pasta and gourmet cheese. Rana’s® Basil Pesto is our personal favorite store-bought pesto sauce (not sponsored). Freshly made pesto can certainly be spendy, but it lasts a good amount of time and a little goes a long way to add loads of flavor to so many dishes. QUICK TIP Put leftover pesto to good use! Consider adding it to some of our favorite dishes like this Pesto Chicken Tortellini, Creamy Pesto Pasta, Pesto Chicken, or one-pot Creamy Pesto Orzo. Roasted Sweet Potato and Sausage with Pesto Tips Generously grease the sheet pan! The butter and sage sauce that coats the gnocchi can get fairly sticky and messy on the sheet pan if you haven’t sprayed it first. I like to give the tray a good spritz with olive oil cooking spray before adding anything on. Add pesto to taste. This recipe doesn’t specify how much pesto, because it’s really up to personal preference. We like tons of pesto coating the gnocchi and chicken sausage, but you may prefer less. Serve the container of pesto on the table alongside the meal and everyone can add as much or as little as they’d like as they enjoy the meal. More gnocchi recipes Chicken Gnocchi Soup Olive Garden copycat recipe White Bean Gnocchi made in one skillet Sausage Gnocchi with crushed tomatoes Baked Gnocchi and Vegetables with zucchini, red onion, and sweet peppers Chicken Gnocchi Pasta creamy chicken gnocchi FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Roasted Sweet Potato and Sausage with Pesto 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe This three-ingredient Roasted Sweet Potato and Sausage with Pesto is one of the easiest meals you'll ever make! Roast sweet potato gnocchi and sweet Italian chicken sausage on a sheet pan and then toss with fresh basil pesto. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Roasted Sweet Potato and Sausage with Pesto 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe This three-ingredient Roasted Sweet Potato and Sausage with Pesto is one of the easiest meals you'll ever make! Roast sweet potato gnocchi and sweet Italian chicken sausage on a sheet pan and then toss with fresh basil pesto. Course Dinner Cuisine American, Healthy Keyword Roasted Sweet Potato & Sausage with Pesto Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Total Time 20 minutes Servings 2 -4 servings Calories 720kcal Cost $9.19 Ingredients1 pkg (14.1; 400g) Frozen sweet potato gnocchi with butter & sage recommended: Trader Joe's brand 1 pkg (12 oz.; 340g) Sweet Italian Chicken SausageFresh basil pesto to taste InstructionsPREP: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Generously grease a large baking sheet with olive oil spray. ROAST: Pour the gnocchi (straight from the freezer) onto the pan. Thinly slice chicken sausage and add on top. Toss the two together and spread in an even layer. Bake for 10 minutes; remove and toss with a metal spatula. Bake for another 5-10 minutes or until the gnocchi is tender and sausage is lightly caramelized/browned. Toss again once more and serve on plates. ENJOY: Add dollops of pesto (to personal preference -- we love lots!) on plates and enjoy immediately. Video Recipe NotesNutrition information does not include pesto as the amount you use will vary. Nutrition FactsServing: 1serving | Calories: 720kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 1940mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Iron: 1mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.