Vegetarian Sheet Pan Dinner with Tofu, Chickpeas and Butternut Squash

This vegetarian sheet pan dinner features tofu, chickpeas, butternut squash, and red onion. Everything is roasted and served with a creamy tahini sauce for a flavorful, protein-packed meal.

I’m back with another one-pan dinner and this time it’s a vegetarian sheet pan meal. I recently asked in my Facebook group how many nights you prefer to cook during the week. The number of nights differed, but the one thing everyone agreed on was that quick and easy dinners that didn’t take a ton of prep work are where it’s at. I HEAR YA! After recipe testing all day, the last thing I want to do is spend hours in the kitchen making elaborate meals.

Bowl of roasted butternut squash, tofu, chickpeas, and onion topped with cilantro and tahini sauce. A gold fork is on the side of the bowl.

This is where a sheet pan meal comes in! One bowl + one pan and you’re done! This meal is vegan, but honestly, no one will miss the meat. The combination of oven-roasted butternut squash, crispy flavorful tofu, and a delicious creamy tahini sauce makes this one of my favorite sheet pan meals yet! This is a great recipe if you’ve been wanting to try tofu or want to add in a plant-based meal to your week.

Bowl of roasted butternut squash, tofu, chickpeas, and onion topped with cilantro and tahini sauce. A gold fork is on the side of the bowl.

Ingredients Needed for a Vegetarian Sheet Pan Meal

  • extra-firm tofu – you’ll marinate this in liquid aminos, maple syrup and garlic powder. SO GOOD!
  • roasted vegetables – I used butternut squash and chickpeas but feel free to use your favorite veggies.
  • seasoning – I kept things simple but added some additional flavor with red onion, salt and pepper.
  • sauce – the star of the show in my opinion… promise me you won’t skip this delicious tahini sauce!
Two bowls of roasted butternut squash, tofu, chickpeas, and onion topped with cilantro and tahini sauce. A gold fork and jar of tahini sauce are on the side of the bowls.

How to Make a Vegan Sheet Pan Meal

This sheet pan meal involves tofu, and when you’re cooking with tofu, the first step is *usually* to press it! Drain the liquid from the package, wrap in paper towels or a clean kitchen towel, set some heavy items on the wrapped tofu and literally press the extra liquid out! This allows the tofu to absorb all of the delicious flavors of the marinade.

After your tofu is pressed, combine the chopped tofu, liquid aminos, maple syrup and garlic powder in a large bowl. Mix to combine and set aside so it can marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Sheet pan with roasted red onion, butternut squash, chickpeas, and tofu.

While your tofu marinates, you’ll prep the tahini sauce and veggies! Sure, you could say making this tahini sauce is going the extra mile but it is 1000% worth it. Yes, 1000%. Chop your butternut squash and onion and you’re almost ready to bake!

Add the chopped butternut squash, chickpeas, and onion to a large baking sheet. If you want a little less clean up, line your baking sheet with parchment paper. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss everything to make sure every veggie is coated with a little oil and seasoning! Add the marinated tofu to the pan and toss again. Make sure all of the ingredients are spread out on the sheet pan in a single layer. Roast for 30 minutes in a preheated oven. Remove from the oven, toss all ingredients and place back in the oven for an additional 40 minutes or until the chickpeas are crispy, the tofu is golden brown and the squash is tender.

Portion out the roasted butternut squash, chickpea, and tofu mixture onto plates. Drizzle the tahini sauce on top and add cilantro for a garnish! You can never have enough tahini sauce, so I like to serve a little extra on the side!

Uncooked chunks of butternut squash, tofu, chickpeas, and onions on a sheet pan.

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Bowl of roasted butternut squash, tofu, chickpeas, and onion topped with cilantro and tahini sauce. A gold fork is on the side of the bowl.

Butternut Tofu Sheet Pan Dinner


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 70 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

This vegetarian sheet pan dinner features tofu, chickpeas, butternut squash, and red onion. Everything is roasted and served with a creamy tahini sauce for a flavorful, protein-packed meal.


Ingredients

  • 1 lb extra-firm tofu, pressed, drained and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons liquid aminos, coconut aminos or low-sodium tamari
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 medium butternut squash (about 6 cups) peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium/large red onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons olive or avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • tahini sauce
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped cilantro leaves, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Add chopped tofu, aminos, maple syrup, and garlic powder in a large bowl. Toss and let marinate for at least 30 minutes. Prep tahini sauce while tofu is marinating.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  3. Add chopped butternut squash, chickpeas, and onion to a large sheet pan. Drizzle on the oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Add tofu to the pan and toss once more.
  4. Place sheet pan in the oven and roast for 30 minutes, toss ingredients and place back in the oven for  40 minutes or until chickpeas are crisp, tofu is golden and butternut squash is fork-tender.
  5. Portion butternut squash, chickpea, tofu mixture onto plates, garnish with cilantro and drizzle with tahini sauce. Serve with extra tahini sauce.
  • Category: Lunch/Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 518
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Fat: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 56g
  • Fiber: 12g
  • Protein: 22g

Keywords: vegetarian sheet pan dinner

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    30 comments
    1. MT
      December 19, 2020 AT 6:53 am

      I had butternut squash and zucchini on hand and googled recipes for those. This caught my eye because it wasn’t curry which I was not in the mood for, and I had all the ingredients, and the reviews were great. It was licked clean by my family, they said it was the best tofu they had ever had. We will be making it again, just doubling the quantities because it was so well liked. I added a few chopped Thai chilies to the pan because we like spicy food. The tahini sauce is so great. Thank you for a super tasty healthy recipe! Bookmarked,

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 19, 2020 AT 12:30 pm

        Hi MT! Thank you so much for sharing how much your family enjoyed this recipe. Your comment made my day. Love the idea of adding Thai chilies because we love spice as well. And thank you for leaving the star review. I so appreciate it.

    2. Lisa Bagley
      November 22, 2020 AT 7:17 pm

      Wow Brittany! I guess I should just stop being so surprised every time I make and love one of your recipes! You have yet to disappoint me! This was soooo good. I worried that it may turn out mushy after reading some other reviews and realizing my pan was a little crowded, but everything crisped up beautifully! I added Thyme at the end instead of cilantro as my husband has a cilantro aversion and it tasted great with these fall flavors. The tahini sauce was a perfect finish! Bravo again on another perfect and easy recipe! 👏

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 22, 2020 AT 7:34 pm

        Woo! This makes me so happy to hear, Lisa! i’m so glad you all enjoyed it and I so appreciate you coming back to leave a comment and star rating.

    3. Anna
      October 25, 2020 AT 7:37 pm

      Yum!! Made some substitutions for what I had on hand/needed to use up but the flavor was spot on! Will definitely make again – thanks for the recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 25, 2020 AT 11:47 pm

        So glad you were able to make this recipe with what you already had on hand and glad it was a hit!

    4. Julie
      October 17, 2020 AT 9:01 am

      Made this last night including the tahini sauce and the whole family enjoyed it including teen son. Very yummy! Cooks a long time so make it on a night you start dinner early.

    5. Sam
      October 10, 2020 AT 1:55 pm

      I made this last night and it was so delicious. Everyone loved it, even the picky eaters. I added cloves of garlic instead of garlic powder, and way more maple syrup as I followed the recipe and found the sauce quite tart. I will definitely make this again and again. Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 10, 2020 AT 7:35 pm

        Yay! That makes me so happy to hear, Sam. I’m so glad this recipe was a hit. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it!

    6. Billie M.
      October 6, 2020 AT 10:40 am

      INCREDIBLE and super easy to make! My entire family loved this dish. I can’t wait to make it again.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 7, 2020 AT 10:00 pm

        Yay!! I’m so glad this recipe was a hit with your family, Billie. Thanks for making my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    7. Noa
      September 16, 2020 AT 9:39 am

      Wow, this recipe is gorgeous!
      I omitted the onion and added portobello mushrooms. Love the crispy chickpeas! Yum.

    8. Flora
      August 17, 2020 AT 1:11 pm

      Hi Brittany! I am going to try this tonight…but I have frozen butternut squash…Do you think it will be ok? I am thinking I should use two pans and roast the frozen squash separately….I have roasted frozen veggies (broccoli, cauliflower) before…and the key is preheating the baking pan…

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 17, 2020 AT 1:36 pm

        Hey Flora! I haven’t tried it with frozen butternut but I honestly think it should work just fine. My only concern would be the squash releasing liquid, but I kind of doubt it will release much! Let me know if you try it.

    9. Counselorchick
      May 2, 2020 AT 10:03 am

      Store is out of tofu but I have some tempeh. Would you recommend the same marinade for tempeh? TIA

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 3, 2020 AT 4:41 pm

        Yes! It would still work with tempeh!

    10. Marie-Hélène Rémillard
      April 2, 2020 AT 11:56 am

      Easy, simple and delicious! Thank you

    11. Courtney Saxton
      January 25, 2020 AT 1:59 pm

      This has become a regular meal in our house. My husband would eat it every day! It’s incredibly quick, easy and delicious! The first couple of times we made it, I didn’t have tahini but when I actually made the tahini sauce to go with it I couldn’t believe how much it complimented the other flavors. So good!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 26, 2020 AT 7:12 pm

        Ahh yay!! I’m so glad you and your husband enjoyed this meal, Courtney! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    12. Ivy
      January 24, 2020 AT 3:39 pm

      I have never eaten tofu in my life, but wanted to give it a try. Seriously–this recipe is so good! I made it with the tahini sauce at first and loved it. Then I made it again for someone who didn’t like tahini and just did a big squeeze of lemon. It was just as good! YUM!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 25, 2020 AT 12:28 am

        Woo-hoo!! This makes me so happy to hear, Ivy. Thanks for giving my recipe a try and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    13. Kelly
      September 30, 2019 AT 6:39 pm

      Thanks for all of your great recipes!! I really love your website. I made this vegetarian sheet pan dinner tonight. It was tasty but I couldnt get it crispy. Everything was mushy. I cut the onions in small diced pieces and the tray was a little crowded. Could that have been my mistake?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 30, 2019 AT 7:07 pm

        Awww thank you Kelly. 🙂 I am so happy to hear that you are enjoying the recipes. With this baked sheet pan if it’s too crowded then everything will start to steam and get soft rather than crispy, so that is probably what happened for you. If you have too much for one pan I suggest splitting it up onto two pans or doing two separate batches. Let me know how it turns out for you if you try it again! And thank you so much for leaving a comment + star rating, it means the world to me. <3

        1. Tina
          January 23, 2020 AT 6:00 pm

          I’ve been eying this recipe for a while, and finally made it tonight. It was almost awesome. My issue was that the chickpeas/onions/tofu cooked way faster than the squash (which was perfectly done). I do think it’s worth another shot, and I’ll separate the ingredients brwn two pans, and put the squash in 20mins or so before the rest. The sauce, however, was indeed divine (though I added a splash of coconut aminos). Served it all over brown rice. Lots of potential, here, def gonna try it again!

          1. Brittany Mullins
            January 23, 2020 AT 11:44 pm

            Hey Tina! Sorry to hear that the chickpeas, onions and tofu all cooked faster than the squash. Did you have your oven at 375 degrees and were all the ingredients spread out in a single layer? You can definitely split this up onto two pans if it seems to take longer for the squash to cook in your oven. I’m glad you loved the sauce though and I hope you do give this recipe a second chance! Definitely come back and let me know how the second batch turns out for you. 🙂

    14. Tonya
      September 21, 2019 AT 8:45 am

      This looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it! We love your recipes in our house but just an FYI, I have tons of trouble pinning them. I am almost always reading from my iPad in Safari and the pin button never works. I always have to go to Pinterest, search for your page, find the recipe and then pin from there. It is a testament to the quality of your recipes that I am willing to do that!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 22, 2019 AT 11:48 pm

        Thank you so much for sharing this Tonya. I would love to figure this out for you. When you’re trying to pin a recipe, are you clicking on the images on my post or clicking on the pin it button that’s right above the recipe? Once I know what’s not working, I’ll get my developers to fix it. 🙂

    15. ameli david
      September 21, 2019 AT 12:27 am

      too delicious

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 22, 2019 AT 1:25 am

        Hi Ameli! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed this sheet pan dinner. Thank you so much for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it!

    16. Tammy Miller
      September 20, 2019 AT 9:00 am

      I look forward to this recipe! I really enjoyed the buddha bowl recipe which I have made numerous times.

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