Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies with cajun butter sauce is the perfect, quick dinner that the whole family will love! With a delicious cajun butter sauce all made on just one pan, this recipe will be a staple in your house.
Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner – The EASY Way!
There is something so fulfilling about a sheet-pan dinner. They are so easy, but they bring the family together in a way that is unique to one-pan meals. The hustle to get to dinner, everyone crowding around a pan to grab whatever their favorites are, and then the sudden stop when everyone is quiet while they eat. Those are the moments that I look forward to!
This one-pan sausage and veggies dinner does all of that and is packed with classic cajun flavors like cayenne, garlic, oregano, and smokey paprika.
And, if it wasn’t obvious from the numerous times I have described this as a “one-pan dinner”, everything for this recipe is cooked in one pan and nearly everything is ready in that same pan. If that wasn’t great enough, below are some more reasons why this is the BEST sheet pan sausage recipe.
Why I LOVE this recipe!
- All in one– The meat… the veggies… they all cook together so you aren’t juggling multiple dishes, cook times, etc
- Non-existent clean up – Only one sheet pan is needed for cooking. Outside of that, just a cutting board, knife, and bowl for that yummy butter sauce.
- TONS of FLAVOR! Cajun seasoning is known for packing a punch, this makes it the perfect way to pack flavor with only adding one ingredient – the cajun seasoning mix.
- No babysitting– No need to stand over a pan stirring, once you pop this in the oven, you are free to do whatever you need until the timer goes off!
- Fast Cook time – Because of the method we use, the cooking time is super quick so this is great for busy nights.
What to Serve with Cajun Sheet Pan Veggies and Sausage
Even though this dish is a one-pan meal with classic cajun flavors, you can bulk up the meal to stretch it even further by adding some other side dishes to go with it. Here are some simple ideas to round out your meal:
Side Dish Ideas
You can choose one or add a few sides to make a wholesome, well-rounded dinner.
This sheet pan sausage and potatoes recipe is as simple as promised! Just 30 minutes for a family-friendly meal.
In this section I am going to go through a few tips and tricks I use when making this recipe to get the absolute best and most delicious results.
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Ingredients + Substitutions
- Smoked Sausage – I use a traditional smoked sausage because it really compliments the cajun flavor and makes this smoked sausage sheet pan dinner incredibly simple. But any neutral-flavored or spicy sausage would work if you want to kick up the heat a little.
- Yukon Potatoes – Feel free to use any type of potato you have on hand, just make sure the pieces are cut small enough to cook evenly with the other vegetables. I recommend making sure they are 1/2 inch or less so that they can fully cook through and you don’t end up with crunchy potatoes.
- Green Beans – Fresh is best, but you can use frozen also without needing to thaw them.
- Yellow Bell Pepper – I love to use yellow peppers for added sweetness, but any type of bell pepper will work.
- Purple Onion – Purple onions are my favorite because they have a slight tang and are bright in color! But, any type of onion can be used.
- Butter – Olive oil can be used if you want to make this recipe dairy free, but I highly recommend butter for the flavor! I keep salted butter on hand so that is what I use, but unsalted can work too since the cajun seasoning has additional salt in it.
- Parsley – Fresh parsley gives the whole dish a bight, fresh flavor.
- Cajun Seasoning – Try using my homemade cajun seasoning, this is especially great if you need to work with dietary needs, as it is gluten-free, dairy free, and without any additives! If not using homemade, any store-bought cajun seasoning you prefer will work. Just make sure you like the flavor because it will have a big impact on the end dish.
- Keep the potatoes small – While any type of potatoes can be used, they need to be diced into 1″ pieces to ensure they cook at the same speed as the other ingredients. If the potatoes are too big, the other ingredients will be mushy or the potatoes will not be cooked through.
- Mix it up – While I like to use onions, bell peppers, and green beans, feel free to use any veggies you like for this sausage and veggie sheet pan dinner. You can try carrots, squash, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. The sky’s the limit!
- Give it space – Make sure to leave enough space around each sliced ingredient on the pan to allow air to circulate. If the ingredients are crowded, they will not cook as quickly. For this sausage and veggies sheet pan meal, I use a large sheet pan, but if you have a small one you make it work by cooking in two batches or with two pans.
- Add the butter last – to save on clean up, I like to add all of the veggies and meat to the sheet pan, then pour the butter mixture over this (in the pan), and then mix directly in the pan. If you are after a more even coat, however, you can mix everything in a large bowl before transferring it to the pan. This will add another bowl to wash though.
- Scale it – If you want to make more or less of this recipe, simply half, double, or even triple the ingredients. If lowering the ingredients, you can use the same size pan or a smaller one, if upping the ingredients you will need another pan or will need to cook in batches.
Recipe Short Cuts
If you need to make this sausage sheet pan recipe but are extra short on time, here are a few ideas that can help make this recipe even faster!
- Prep the veggies– All the veggies and the potatoes for sausage sheet pan dinners can be diced and stored up to a day in advance. That is why sheet pan dinners are so great!
- Prepare the seasoning and sauce– The seasoning, if homemade, can also be made months in advance. And the butter sauce can be made and stored in the fridge for up to 2 days prior. The butter will solidify in the fridge, but simply microwave the mixture before using to pour over the filling ingredients.
- Prepare as a freezer meal– You can have this meal prepped and ready to cook up to 6 months in advance using the freezer method. Find all the details on this below.
If you love this sheet pan dinner with sausage as much as we do and want some quick ways to change it up for variety, these little tips will do the trick!
- Spicy Sausage and Veggies– For an extra kick, try using spicy sausage or Cajun sausage
- Loaded Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies– For more vegetable variety, try adding more fresh produce, like squash, zucchini, or mushrooms. With adding more vegetables, you may need to use another pan to ensure the ingredients are not crowded.
Freezer Meal Instructions
Making this sausage and veggies sheet pan recipe into a freezer meal is simple! Follow the steps below and you can store this recipe in the freezer for up to 6 months.
- Slice the meat, onions, and peppers.
- Mix the meat, butter, and seasonings. Then package in a freezer bag or other freezer-friendly container.
- Place the peppers and onions in a separate zip-top bag or freezer-friendly container.
- Once you are ready to cook, thaw in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours.
- Then transfer the meat and veggies to a sheet pan and bake in the oven as directed.
Smoked Sausage Sheet Pan Leftovers
If you have leftovers after making this cajun sheet pan dinner with sausage, then it is your lucky day! They save and reheat well, and can make the start of another delicious dish.
To save leftovers, separate them into meal-sized portions and then place in an airtight container and store:
- in the refrigerator for 3-4 days
- in the freezer up to a month
Here are a few ways to repurpose those leftovers and give them a delicious makeover!
- Cajun Roasted Veggie Salad– Add a scoop of roasted vegetables and sausage on top of a bed of mixed greens. Add parmesan cheese and dress with ranch dressing or Italian dressing and add croutons.
- Cajun Roasted Vegetable Pasta– Make pasta as directed on the box. Drizzle with olive oil and toss with roasted vegetables, sausage, and parmesan cheese. Sprinkle extra seasoning if you want a stronger flavor. Alternately, you can make this homemade alfredo sauce and toss the pasta and veggies with it.
- Cajun Roasted Panini– Butter the outside of two slices of french bread. Mix a tablespoon of mayonnaise with 1/4 tsp cajun seasoning. On the inside, spread each slice with cajun mayo. Add cajun veggies and meat, omit the potatoes, mozzarella cheese, and grilled chicken (optional) then press in a panini press until golden on each side. You can also grill on medium heat in a skillet on each side until golden.
More Easy Sheet Pan Recipes
If you enjoyed this recipe, I really hope you will take a moment to grab a few more easy recipes for another busy night!
You can check out all of my Easy Dinner recipes here, or see a few of our reader’s favorite recipes below.
- Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
- Cajun Roasted Veggies
- Oven Roasted Green Beans
- Sheet Pan Southern Meatloaf
- 1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1/2-3/4 inch slices
- 3-4 Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1 inch chunks
- 4 ounces Green beans
- 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1/2 Purple onion, roughly chopped
For the Cajun Butter Sauce
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
- 1.5 teaspoons cajun seasoning
- Preheat the oven to 400˚F.
- Mix to combine the melted butter, parsley and cajun seasoning.
- Spread the sausage, potatoes, green beans, onion, and bell peppers in a single layer on a large sheet pan (or 2 smaller ones.)
- Drizzle the butter sauce over the sausage and vegetables and toss to coat them on all sides.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Garnish with additional fresh parsley and serve immediately. Enjoy!