As you can see in my other post today, I recently had the chance to attend a potato harvest tour in Idaho. I got to see the full “life cycle” of a potato, from learning about planting, to harvest, to processing, to plate. As you can imagine, we were given delicious potatoes to eat at breakfast, lunch and dinner. You’d think that I’d come home and want a break from potatoes for a bit, but that wasn’t the case at all. In fact, I had mashed potatoes with my dinner the very next night after arriving home.
Mashed potatoes are my ultimate comfort food. I want them when I’m sick, when I’m recovering from any medical procedure, and when I’ve had a bad day. They make good days even better. Basically, I just want mashed potatoes all the time, all year ’round.
Today, I’m bringing you a “let’s eat a big bowl of mashed potatoes and call it dinner” recipe. This meal starts with a helping of mashed Idaho® potatoes, spiked with a generous amount of sharp Parmesan cheese. While the potatoes are cooking, you have plenty of time to whip up a quick ragu using a combo of sweet and hot Italian sausage (or use all sweet, or all hot, if you prefer), some aromatic vegetables, tomato paste and milk. The milk is super important here, as it helps make the sausage super tender, super fast (making the ragu taste like you’ve simmered it all day, when you really haven’t). Ladle the dreamy ragu over the creamy Parmesan mashed potatoes, and you have my dream dinner!
Disclosure: This was a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Idaho® Potatoes. Sponsored posts help me pay for the costs associated with this blog (groceries…lots of groceries), and help support me as I pursue a career in recipe development and food photography. All opinions are 100% my own.