Meatless Meal Idea: Baked Gnocchi and Butternut Squash May Be My Favorite Sheet Pan Dinner!

Sheet Pan Gnocchi & Butternut Squash

yield: 4 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 35 MINUTES

total time: 45 MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sized butternut squash, cut into small cubes
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 16 oz. shelf-stable potato gnocchi
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 6 fresh sage leaves, chopped
  • fresh grated parmesan cheese for garnish

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prep a large sheet pan with parchment paper for easier cleanup.

2

Chop the squash, onion, bell pepper, and garlic and add to the sheet pan along with tomatoes and gnocchi.

3

Toss all with olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and fresh sage.

4

Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until everything is tender and caramelized. Use a spatula to toss the sheet pan ingredients midway through cooking. Plate with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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Sheet pan dinners are the best, and you have to try this meatless meal idea that I’m calling sheet pan gnocchi & veggies! 

sheet pan with gnocchi and veggies

If you’re a fan of easy pasta dinners for the family, listen up!

This colorful sheet pan gnocchi dish brings in all the warm and cozy vibes of fall in a one-pan meal that’s super quick to toss together for busy weeknights.

putting package of potato gnocchi on sheet pan

The pre-packaged potato gnocchi doesn’t even have to be boiled first and roasts up beautifully in the oven. I used chopped butternut squash which is one of my favorite roasted veggies to utilize this time of year.

plate with sheet pan gnocchi bake

Everything gets combined on a sheet pan with lots of olive oil, and once finished baking, you have a caramelized delicious homemade meatless meal with only one dish to wash afterwards! The potato gnocchi is super comforting and I personally loved the roasted texture!

ingredients for sheet pan gnocchi baked pasta

Tips for making the BEST sheet pan gnocchi meal:

  • Wondering where to buy shelf-stable gnocchi? I was able to easily find packages in the dried pasta aisle of my local grocery store. They will usually come in a one-pound pouch.
  • The sheet pan meal takes a few minutes to toss together, however cutting the butternut squash is a more labor-intensive task. If you’re short on time, you can see if your store carries the pre-chopped variety! Make sure to cut the pieces pretty small into about 3/4 inch cubes, so that they will roast a little faster.
  • I got out my parchment paper to first cover my sheet pan and then forgot to put it on! 😂 So if you’d like a quicker clean-up, don’t forget that step.
  • Choose the veggies you love. If butternut squash isn’t your thing, try asparagus, Brussels sprouts, fresh green beans, eggplant, zucchini, or any others that sound appealing to you! Also, feel free to change up the seasonings as desired too.
  • After baking, be sure to smash some of those yummy tomatoes to create a sort of garlic olive oil “sauce”! I loved plating this pasta with freshly grated parmesan cheese, as that really adds some yummy flavor and texture too.
  • Leftovers should last for a few days in the fridge stored in a covered container. The leftovers are yummy the next day, so plan to save some extra on hand for an easy lunch!

chopping butternut squash for sheet pan pasta gnocchi bake

adding prepared gnocchi to sheet pan

adding fresh sage to sheet pan gnocchi

adding olive oil to sheet pan meal

tossing ingredients for sheet pan gnocchi in olive oil

sheet pan meal with gnocchi

onful of sheet pan gnocchi

grating parmesan cheese


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Sheet Pan Gnocchi & Butternut Squash

yield: 4 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 35 MINUTES

total time: 45 MINUTES

Tender caramelized veggies and gnocchi roasted in olive oil and herbs make up this easy and comforting sheet pan meal all will love!

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sized butternut squash, cut into small cubes
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 16 oz. shelf-stable potato gnocchi
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 6 fresh sage leaves, chopped
  • fresh grated parmesan cheese for garnish

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prep a large sheet pan with parchment paper for easier cleanup.

2

Chop the squash, onion, bell pepper, and garlic and add to the sheet pan along with tomatoes and gnocchi.

3

Toss all with olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and fresh sage.

4

Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until everything is tender and caramelized. Use a spatula to toss the sheet pan ingredients midway through cooking. Plate with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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holding a bowl of gnocchi pasta

This may be the BEST sheet pan meal I have ever had! 😍

I love simple, inexpensive meals like this. Even though sheet pan gnocchi is a meatless meal, I think you’ll find it hearty and super comforting. It also reheats well the next day for leftovers.

woman holding meatless sheet pan meal

I honestly love the crispy texture so much better from roasting the gnocchi that I may never go back to boiling. I love how it is tender on the inside and caramelized on the outside. 😋


bowl of sheet pan gnocchi butternut squash pasta bake

My teammate Jenna made my sheet pan gnocchi and here’s her review:

“WOW…just wow! What a beautiful dish that is so full of flavor! And guess what? It reheats nicely too! I love a good sheet pan meal, and I can honestly say this one is my favorite too, just as Lina said. Every ingredient really shines in this dish, that I want to make it again and again. Everyone here loved it, so I actually ended up making this twice in one week, it’s THAT good!”


Check out this sheet pan shrimp broil next!


Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 19

  1. Sheila

    Costco carries butternut squash that is cut up! Perfect for recipes & soup.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes, I love that and have bought it before! That’d be great for this.

  2. Diana

    We make this all the time in our house! I actually do cubed sweet potatoes in place of the butternut (I cook them a little ahead of time then add the rest). And I throw asparagus on too. We all loooove this!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great idea! Sounds yum. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Amy

    Would gnocchi containing pumpkin be good?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that sounds delish!

  4. Madeleine

    Could you use frozen veggies instead? I roast those all the time but not sure how it would work alongside the gnocchi.

  5. AWS

    I have a cauliflower frozen gnocchi from Trader Joes I love. I wonder how that would do being frozen and roasting? I might have to try because this recipe looks amazing! THANKS!!!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that could be wonderful I would think!

  6. Betsy

    This was delicious, but I made some changes.
    I used half the amount of oil because that was more than enough. I think I’ll only use 1Tbsp next time I make it.

    I used frozen sweet potato gnocchi and just put it frozen on the pan.

    I didn’t have fresh tomatoes so drained a can of diced tomatoes.

    My family thought it was delicious!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing! Glad it was a hit. 💕

  7. lynsiks

    I want to try this!! Thanks for the meatless idea!

  8. Aileen

    Anyone try with frozen cubed butternut squash?

  9. Maha

    So I made homemade gnocchi today… should I still boil it or do I just bake it with the rest of the ingredients in the recipe? Can’t wait to try this 🙂

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh wow! Well I would think you can just roast with the rest of recipe. Enjoy!

  10. just me

    Lina can I just say WOW you’ve done it again! Keep these good recipes coming. I made it exactly how it’s written and the whole family loved it!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay that’s awesome! Thanks for coming back to let us know!

  11. TS

    We cook similar roasted vegetables frequently at our house. Haven’t tried gnocchi yet but it looks great. Very often, I add drained and rinsed canned chickpeas. The chickpeas toast up nicely and adds protein.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh love that idea! Yum!

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