Italian Tray Bake is a delicious one-pan meal that can be made in minutes and is as versatile as it gets.
Out of all the recipes on this site, this one hands-down has got to be the very simplest to put together. It is more of an idea rather than an actual recipe. Although this post has a recipe you can follow to make it of course. But the concept is really what is most important in this post. Having just a few good Italian sausages on hand and a variety of veggies. You can make a whole meal all in the same pan in just minutes. Not to mention it is hearty, satisfying, and easily thrown together at a moment’s notice.
Many of my readers I know very well are responsible for getting dinner on the table night after night. Not nearly as easy as it sounds. It only makes sense that I would share this wonderful meal with you for those days that you are pressed for time. Or those who are simply wanting an easy, nutritious meal that you can make any night of the week.
Italian Tray Bakes can be made up ahead of time by covering the tray with a piece of foil and keeping it in the fridge. Then at dinner, simply pop it into an oven and dinner is ready to go.
Why I Love This Tray Bake
I love to make tray bakes as they are for the most part a versatile meal. Whatever veggies I have that can pair well together, I tend to throw in mine. Once you have a made few tray bakes, you start to realize what works well together and what does not. The rule of, if you like it then it will likely work for this. Rings true as most often veggies roasted together turn out delicious.
Below I have several of my favorite variations of this Italian Tray Bake. Each of which begins with the base of Italian sausages, spices, potatoes, and olive oil. The rest can be switched out and substituted. Making it one of the most, in my opinion, versatile trays bakes you can make.
Whichever variation of the Italian Tray Bake that appeals to you most, there is something for everyone. Even those who are the pickiest among us.
What You’ll Need To Make This Italian Tray Bake
4 Italian sausages
2 medium russet potatoes
a blend of your favorite veggies chopped (see below for blends)
good olive oil
1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
cracked black pepper
This is the base for an Italian Tray Bake. Add whichever vegetable blend that you love best from below to your tray bake.
Vegetable Blends That Work Well
Simply take the above tray bake base of the potatoes, olive oil, spices, Italian sausages, and incorporate the veggies below.
Asparagus and Red Onion– The amount needed for this tray bake: 1 bundle of asparagus and 1 small red onion.
Portobello Mushrooms, Yellow Onion– The amount needed for this tray bake: 2 large portobello mushrooms and 1 medium yellow onion.
Cauliflower, Red or Green Bell Peppers, White Onions: The amount needed for this tray bake: 1/2 head of a medium cauliflower, 2 medium bell peppers either red or green or one of each will work, 1/2 white onion.
Zucchini, White Onion, Summer Squash: The amount needed for this tray bake: 1 zucchini, 1 summer squash, and 1 medium white onion.
Tools You May Need
Heat oven to 425°F
Chop the potatoes into bite-sized cubes. You can decide whether or not to remove the skins. I find I like the rustic look of oven-roasted skin on potatoes myself.
Cut up the rest of the veggies, whichever you are using into bite-sized pieces as well. Mix them around on a baking sheet. Arrange sausages onto the tray placing them between the veggies (as shown).
Drizzle the entire contents of the tray with olive oil making sure to coat everything well. Sprinkle the salt, cracked black pepper, and Italian herbs over. Mix the veggies around in spices and oil. You can use your hands or a large spoon to do so. You want to make sure the potatoes and veggies are well seasoned and oiled.
Do not cover the pan. Place it inside the oven uncovered and cook for about 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. Place the sausages on a platter and cover. Pop the pan back inside the oven to allow the potatoes to crisp up for another 15 to 20 minutes or until potatoes are golden.
Remove from the oven and serve alongside the sausages.
Cooking Notes Italian Tray Bake
- Cooking times will vary a little depending on the veggies you have chosen for your Italian Tray Bake. Check the veggies when removing the sausages to gauge how much longer of a cook time you will need. I find the potatoes to be crisp to my liking after the additional 10 minutes.
- For easier clean-up, place a large piece of parchment paper onto the baking sheet before adding the veggies and sausages.
- Use good quality Italian Sausages. You can use either hot or mild for this recipe.
- If wanting to add garlic, which is a great addition. I would wait to add it the veggies when taking the sausages out. Sprinkle the chopped garlic over the veggies and use a large spoon to stir it into the veggies. This way the garlic doesn’t burn from cooking too long.
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- 4 Italian Sausages
- Chopped veggies (see below for blends to use)
- 2 medium potatoes
- Good olive oil
- Sea salt
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- cracked black pepper
- Heat oven to 425.
- Chop the potatoes into bite-sized cubes. You can decide whether or not to remove the skins. I find I like the rustic look of oven-roasted skin on potatoes myself.
- Cut up the rest of the veggies, (whichever variation you are using from the blends below) into bite-sized pieces as well.
- Mix them around on a baking sheet with the potatoes.
- Arrange sausages onto the tray placing them between the veggies (as shown).
- Drizzle the entire contents of the tray with olive oil making sure to coat everything well.
- Sprinkle the salt, cracked black pepper, and Italian herbs over.
- Mix the veggies around in spices and oil. You can use your hands or a large spoon to do so. You want to make sure the potatoes and veggies are well seasoned and oiled. Do not cover the pan.
- Place it inside the oven uncovered and cook for about 30 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the oven.
- Place the sausages on a platter and cover. Pop the pan back inside the oven to allow the potatoes to crisp up for another 15 to 20 minutes or until potatoes are golden.
- Remove from the oven and serve alongside the sausages.
Tools You Might Need:
a baking sheet
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 382Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 722mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 17g
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