14 Sheet Pan Dinners That Practically Make Themselves

updated Feb 11, 2021
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It’s all but guaranteed that there will be at least one night a week when I just don’t have it in me to cook dinner. But my family still has to eat, and I’d rather not resort to takeout. That’s why you’ll find a sheet pan supper (or two) in my meal plan every week. I might need to whisk together a sauce or chop a few vegetables (doable even on the laziest of nights), but then I just toss everything on a sheet pan and throw it in the oven.

So, just what kind of dinners can you make on a single sheet pan? You’ve got a whole lot more options than you might realize. Everything from chicken and veggies to shrimp to steak to meatballs to gnocchi (yes, gnocchi!) is all fair game.

Sheet pans are a real game-changer for your dinner routine, and if you’re not already leaning on them, now’s the time. Here are 14 easy sheet pan dinners to get your started. Oh, and as an added bonus, most of them call for 5 ingredients or fewer.

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Whole30 Chicken
Even if you're not following Whole30, this simple chicken dinner is a meal plan must.
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Costco Sheet Pan Meatballs with Fire-Roasted Veggies
Meatballs and frozen veggies from Costco make this a speedy sheet-pan dinner with little-to-no prep.
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Sheet Pan Halloumi with Burst Tomatoes, Summer Squash, Preserved Lemon, and Mint
This colorful sheet pan dinner is packed with a wholesome mix of flavorful Mediterranean ingredients.
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Easy Sheet Pan Chili Garlic Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli
This easy sheet pan supper is flavored with a combination of soy sauce and ginger and amped up with just one simple addition: chili garlic sauce.
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Sheet Pan Gnocchi, Meatballs, and Giardiniera
Gnocchi, pickled vegetables, and frozen meatballs are cooked together on a single sheet pan, creating an unlikely yet delicious dinner.
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Baked Chicken and Veggies
Just 20 minutes stands between you and roasted chicken with mixed vegetables for dinner.
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Sheet Pan Crispy Salmon and Potatoes
This sheet pan supper will show you just how quick and simple it can be to get a salmon dinner on the table any night of the week.
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Sheet Pan Honey-Sesame Tofu and Green Beans
The most time-intensive element of this recipe is waiting for the tofu to dry out. That’s when you do the rest of the prep so by the time you pop everything into the oven to cook, the 10 minutes or so it takes goes by in a flash.
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30-Minute Sheet Pan Potatoes and Chicken Sausage
The next time you're thinking of making oven-roasted potatoes use the extra real estate on the pan to roast some sausages to make a meal out of it.
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Sheet Pan Honey-Dijon Chicken and Vegetables
When you smother chopped chicken breast, crispy potatoes, and tender broccoli in a sweet and tangy honey-mustard sauce, you know you’ve got something good on your hands.
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Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi and Veggies
No boiling necessary! Toss the gnocchi directly onto a sheet pan with a slew of veggies, roast them for 20 minutes, scoop into bowls, and dig in. Seriously — that’s it.
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Sheet Pan Steak and Veggies
This combination of steak and vegetables falls firmly under the definition of an effortless dinner.
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Sheet Pan Sloppy Joe Meatball Subs
This easy 4-ingredient recipe that makes both a sandwich and a vegetable with one single sheet pan.
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Sheet Pan Pistachio-Crusted Cod with Fall Vegetables
Cod fillets are topped with Dijon and buttery pistachios in this easy, vegetable-packed sheet pan dinner. It’s a feel-good meal you’ll want to keep in your regular rotation.
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