I’m a little late to jump on the sheet pan meal train. And I don’t know why. One-pot meals, like soup or pizza stir fry, are the best, so why wouldn’t sheet pan meals be just as awesome? I made one salmon and asparagus sheet pan meal and then never took the idea any further. Maybe life interfered and I got sidetracked. It happens.
Anyway, I’ve seen this honey garlic kielbasa recipe floating around the internet for quite a while so I figured I’d give it a try. I tweaked it a little to fit my preferences and it was an immediate hit. I hope you like it as much as we do.
Why Are Sheet Pan Meals So Awesome?
I feel like I’m stating the obvious here, but it’s because your whole meal is in the oven cooking at the same time on one baking sheet! Minimal fuss and effort, zero time tending pans on the stove, minimal cleanup. It’s just plain wonderful. Admittedly, if your family is on the larger side like mine is, two pans are necessary.
Another perk is that every sheet pan meal is pretty customizable in regard to the protein and vegetables used. You can tailor it to fit your tastes or just based on what vegetables you have on hand. Another favorite of ours are these sheet pan chicken fajitas.
Important Tip: When choosing your vegetables pay attention to how long they typically take to cook. If it’s a hard, dense vegetable like a potato, carrot, or beet you’ll need to cook it for longer. If it’s a softer vegetable like bell pepper, onion, or broccoli, you may need to add it to the pan later after the harder vegetables have already had some time to cook.
Also, most sheet pan meals are pretty darn healthy. They’re usually just a protein and vegetables tossed with spices. I don’t know about you all, but my family loves roasted veggies. They love the caramelized crisp around the outside combined with the tender center. If I leave a pan of roasted sweet potato wedges or kale chips on the counter, they’ll snack on them all day.
Sheet Pan Honey Garlic Smoked Sausage With Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli
For this recipe, you can use pretty much any smoked sausage. Kielbasa is already a bit garlicky so it works well. And I bet it’d be really good with chicken too.
For the vegetables, I like to make sure I use a couple of different colors. Most frequently I use sweet potatoes and fresh broccoli and sometimes onions sliced into wedges. Since sweet potatoes take longer to cook than broccoli and onion I don’t add the broccoli until later. But again, you can use ANY vegetables you think would be tasty.
Once you’ve chosen your vegetables, make a quick sauce with olive oil, honey, garlic, and Italian seasoning and brush it over the sausage. Toss the potatoes with olive oil and a little salt and pepper and put the pan in the oven. In the last few minutes of cooking add the broccoli, toss with oil and salt, brush the sausage with a little more sauce, and finish cooking. Serve and enjoy the minimal cleanup!
Note: I’ve gotten a lot of questions over the years about whether olive oil is safe to cook with so I wrote a post about it if you’d like to take a look.
Sheet Pan Honey Garlic Sausage, Sweet Potato, and Broccoli Recipe
What’s your favorite sheet pan meal? I’d love some more ideas!