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Sausage, Kale and Acorn Squash Sheet Pan Supper

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 Load up some fall favorites on a sheet pan and cook your whole meal together.  This easy recipe features Italian sausage, acorn squash and kale in a way that they all shine!

plate of roasted Italian sausage, acorn squash and kale ready to eat

      This delicious and healthy sheet pan supper is a quicknand easy way to get lots of produce on your dinner table.  It is the perfect mix of slightly sweet but mostly savory.  You can enjoy it just the way it is, or serve it over rice or tossed with pasta.  No matter what, it is a great way to bring a taste of fall to your dinner table.

        This time of year, our CSA always loads us up with winter squash before the season ends. I LOVE it!

     Winter squash are nice because they last quite a while, you don’t have to be in such a hurry to use it all up.  Plus I love the sweet undertones in the flavor.

bowl of kale ready to be added to pan with partially cooked sausages and squash

    We also got our last bunch of kale for the year.  The whole
family is always sad when the season ends, but my husband won’t shed any tears over the lack of kale.

     Really, he doesn’t mind it that much as long as I keep using it in different ways.  He just would never run to the store to purchase kale on his own.

     Luckily acorn squash are a little easier to talk him into.  We all love roasted squash, so I knew that part of this meal would be a hit.

     Italian sausage adds that savory punch that ties it all together.  The combination really is pretty darn amazing!

bowl of kale ready to be added to pan with partially cooked sausages and squash

The Beauty of Sheet Pan Meals Plus a Few Tips for Making Them

      What’s not to love about a good sheet pan meal? They are easy, generally there’s only one pan to clean up and dinner is done all at once!

     Be sure to use a large sheet pan with a rim if you can. That way you can stir and toss without throwing your ingredients.

    Plus a lot of ingredients will release some liquid as they cook.  You don’t want the excess oil and juices dripping onto the bottom of your oven.

plate with sausage, kale and squash on it with sheet pan in background

    A half sheet pan or jelly roll pan is a great choice to build your sheet pan meal on.  They are large enough to make the whole meal and are useful for baking as well!

    Usually you want to toss your ingredients in a little sauce before cooking them.  The oil in the dressing helps keep things from sticking and you can add a lot of flavor.  

    In this case we use a little maple syrup, and vinegar for that sweet and sour balance. Salt, pepper and thyme bring seasoning and a
neutral oil is a great way to get everything browned.

    Cutting your ingredients in similar sized cubes or slices helps to make sure everything cooks evenly.  Generally a good toss half way through will help with that even cooking and more distributed
browning.  

    Add ingredients that don’t take much cook time at the end.  If the kale was on the pan for the whole 30 minutes, it would have been way over done.  Sprinkling it on at the end gives you that perfect mix of soft bits and crispy edges. 

If you want more sheet pan supper ideas, check out the recipe for mini meatloaf sheet pan suppermaple balsamic pork tenderloin sheet pan supper, or sheet pan brown sugar and dijon pork loin.  All are a full meal made on one easy to clean pan. 

bite of tender acorn squash on fork with plate of kale and sausage

Can I use another squash besides acorn squash?

Of course!  Feel free to use chunks of butternut squash instead. 

Slices of delicata squash would be another great substitution.  Even
chunks of sweet potato would be fabulous mixed in with the kale and sausage.

If you want more great hard squash recipes, check out my collection of fabulous winter squash recipes.  There are tons of fabulous ways to use up your fall bounty! 

Yield: 6 Servings

Sausage, Kale and Acorn Squash Sheet Pan Supper

plate of acorn squash, kale and Italian sausage ready to eat

Load up some fall favorites on a sheet pan and cook your whole meal together.  This easy recipe features Italian sausage, acorn squash and kale in a way that they all shine!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2.5 Tablespoons vegetable oil (or other neutral cooking oil)
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 0.5 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 0.5 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 pound Italian sausage links
  • 1 medium acorn squash
  • 1 bunch kale

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F and grease a rimmed sheet pan.
  2. Clean acorn squash and remove the seeds and pulp from the center. Cut into slices about 1" thick. Arrange squash slices and sausages on prepared pan.
    In small bowl, stir together 1.5 Tablespoons oil, maple syrup, salt, pepper, thyme and vinegar. Drizzle over acorn squash and sausage, then toss to coat.
    Roast for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile clean, dry and tear your kale into bite sided pieces. Drizzle with remaining Tablespoon of oil and a pinch of salt. Toss and lightly massage the kale with the oil. Set aside.
  4. After 15 minutes, flip the squash and sausage and return to the oven for 10 more minutes.
  5. Arrange dressed kale in the spaces between the sausage and acorn squash. Return to the oven for 5-10 more minutes. The kale should have some slightly crispy bits, the sausage should be cooked to at least 165 F and the squash should be tender.
  6. Enjoy on it's own or tossed with pasta or rice.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 348Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 924mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 16g

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This delicious and healthy sheet pan supper is a quick and easy way to get lots of produce on your dinner table.  It is the perfect mix of slightly sweet but mostly savory.  You can enjoy it just the way it is, or serve it over rice or tossed with pasta.  No matter what, it is a great way to bring a taste of fall to your dinner table.

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Friday 9th of October 2020

Yes, this is the perfect fall meal. I love the idea of using kale and sausage together. I will have to make this for dinner and thanks for the recipe Carlee.

Carlee

Sunday 11th of October 2020

I hope you enjoy it! I really liked the combination.

Amy (Savory Moments)

Friday 9th of October 2020

This is a delicious fall time dinner and sheet pan meals are the best!

Carlee

Sunday 11th of October 2020

I think so too, thank you!

Andrea Nine

Friday 9th of October 2020

Literally, the perfect fall sheet pan dinner! Looks so savory! Happy weekend!

Carlee

Sunday 11th of October 2020

Thank you so much!