When you've got things to do and places to be, simply thinking about dinner can feel like a task. This is especially true if you work odd hours or have little ones at home. That said, it's worth adding a few sheet pan meals to your repertoire of weeknight dinners. Not only do sheet pan recipes require minimal prep time, but they're also easy to clean up. It's a win-win in our book.
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If you're looking for inspo, try this lemon Parmesan sheet pan gnocchi with vegetables. Yes, you read that right — gnocchi! As it turns out, you can cook shelf-stable gnocchi in the oven. This method creates slightly crispy orbs of potato goodness with a chewy inside. Better yet, you can roast the gnocchi alongside vegetables, resulting in a delicious and flavorful meal.
On that note, lemon works well with myriad vegetables, so feel free to experiment. Our sheet pan gnocchi features juicy grape tomatoes, crunchy broccoli, and meaty baby bella mushrooms. Other veggies, like asparagus and carrots, would be just as tasty. Just be sure to cut the vegetables into evenly sized pieces so they cook at the same rate.
Finally, although this sheet pan gnocchi is excellent on its own, it can be served with other ingredients you might have on hand. For example, try tossing the finished dish with chicken and/or leafy greens. Want to make it dairy-free? Use plant-based Parmesan cheese or skip it altogether.
Read on to learn how to make lemon Parmesan sheet pan gnocchi with veggies, just in time for dinner.
Lemon Parmesan Sheet Pan Gnocchi With Vegetables
Things You'll Need
16 ounces shelf-stable gnocchi
2 cups grape tomatoes, sliced
2 cups baby bella mushrooms, sliced
2 cups broccoli florets
1 lemon, juiced
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for sheet pan
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan, plus more for garnish
Lemon slices, for garnish
Be sure to use shelf-stable gnocchi. You can find it in the pasta section of the grocery store.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a baking sheet. Add the lemon juice, oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and chopped parsley in a bowl. Whisk to combine.
In a large bowl, toss the gnocchi, vegetables, lemon juice mixture, and shredded Parmesan cheese. Mix until the gnocchi and veggies are evenly coated.
To the greased sheet pan, add the gnocchi and vegetables in an even layer. Top with lemon slices, if you'd like.
Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the gnocchi is plump and slightly crispy and the vegetables are lightly charred.
Top with more Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley, then serve immediately.
And just like that, you have an easy sheet pan dinner.
Kirsten Nunez is a writer and author who focuses on food, health, and DIY. In May 2014, she published a craft book, "Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion." Her work has appeared on eHow, Martha Stewart, Shape, VegNews, and more. She lives in the Hudson Valley region of New York.