Simple hospitality Pesto Bratwurst Sheet Pan Dinner for drop-in guests, a potluck dish, or an easy weeknight supper–made with brats, peppers, and onions.

Friends, I’ve been making sheet pan dinners for years, but just didn’t call them that. But seriously, they are my go-to dinner when I don’t have a dinner plan. Happy last day of February – and it’s the 29th! :)

Bratwurst Sheet Pan Dinner

You can add a variety of vegetables, or meats, (Roasted Bratwurst Potatoes & Peppers), and spices, like in this Pesto Bratwurst Sheet Pan Dinner–so good!

How is bratwurst different than sausage?

Have you ever wondered the difference between sausage and bratwurst? Bratwurst is a specific type of fresh link sausage made with veal or pork. Sausage is ground meat prepared in dried or fresh varieties, sold either in casing as links or in bulk.

What to serve with brats

  • Rice or pasta or rustic bread
  • Corn on the cob
  • Mustard
  • Sauerkraut
  • Onions and veggies
  • Bacon
  • Beverage? BEER!

Visualize with me that you just found out guests are stopping by … right at dinner time. Has that ever happened to you? Will you be prepared to make something in case they want to stay for dinner?

Pesto Bratwurst Sheet Pan Dinner

Everything in this recipe, I usually have on hand. It’s simple, a quick meal to prepare. Serve with a side of brown or jasmine rice! In fact, when I shop at Costco, I always think ahead to whether I have these ingredients at home (beautiful bell peppers, red and white onions, pesto, rice, and brats).

Brats are bratwursts. :)

How to bake brats in the oven

Prepare the Pesto Bratwurst Sheet Pan Dinner and set aside until ready to bake!

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, add all the ingredients together (except dried basil and red pepper flakes). Heat pesto in the microwave for about 1 minute. Pour over the mixture; mix with hands.
  3. Pour onto the large baking sheet. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil and cook an additional 10 minutes. Sprinkle with dried basil and red pepper flakes (optional).

Make the rice.

When guests arrive, place the baking pan and rice on the counter and let guests serve themselves. You can even add dressing or sauces to put on top!

Enjoy a Bratwurst Sheet Pan Dinner!

I also like to serve a nice rustic loaf of French bread with butter!

If you’re short on time, just serve water! But if you can, pull out a chilled bottle of wine from the fridge.

I hope you enjoy! Come back and let me know, and remember you can always the seasonings with your favorite spices!

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Pesto Bratwurst Sheet Pan Dinner

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. bratwurst, cut into thirds
  • 2 large red onion, quartered
  • 1 large sweet white onion, quartered
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup pesto, we buy Costco or DeLallo brand
  • Salt & pepper
  • Dried basil
  • Red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, add all the ingredients together (except dried basil and red pepper flakes). Heat pesto in the microwave for about 1  minute. Pour over the mixture; mix with hands.
  • Pour onto the large baking sheet. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil and cook an additional 10 minutes. Sprinkle with dried basil and red pepper flakes (optional).
  • Serve right in the pan, with rice as a side!

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Notes

Originally posted MAY 2017
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More sheet pan dinner ideas: My friend, Heidi, shared 31 Days of Sheet Pan Dinners in May, Sheet Pan Chicken Parmesan [Cookie Rookie], Sheet Pan Pizza [The Baker Mama], Sheet Pan Fajitas [Wine & Glue], most popular blog on RE, Paprika Chicken Thighs.

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