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Rustic Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions over Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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If you’re looking for a hearty, comforting meal that’s packed with flavor, this Rustic Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions over Garlic Mashed Potatoes is the perfect choice. This dish combines the rich, savory taste of Italian sausage with the sweetness of bell peppers and onions, all served atop creamy garlic mashed potatoes. It’s a true Italian-American classic that’s sure to satisfy any appetite.

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Ingredients

For the Sausage, Peppers, and Onions:

  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced (use different colors for a vibrant dish)
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Garlic Mashed Potatoes:

  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  1. Boil Potatoes: In a large pot, add the cubed potatoes and cover them with water. Add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Sauté Garlic: While the potatoes are cooking, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
  3. Mash Potatoes: Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Add the garlic butter mixture, milk, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Mash until smooth and creamy. Adjust seasoning to taste. Keep warm.

Step 2: Cook the Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

  1. Cook Sausage: In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the Italian sausage and cook until browned and cooked through, about 8-10 minutes. Remove the sausage from the skillet and set aside.
  2. Sauté Vegetables: In the same skillet, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Add the sliced bell peppers, onions, and minced garlic. Cook until the vegetables are tender and slightly caramelized, about 10-12 minutes.
  3. Season: Add the dried basil, oregano, salt, and pepper to the vegetables. Stir well to combine.
  4. Combine Sausage and Vegetables: Slice the cooked sausage into bite-sized pieces and return them to the skillet with the vegetables. Cook for an additional 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

Step 3: Serve

  1. Plate the Dish: Spoon a generous portion of garlic mashed potatoes onto each plate. Top with the sausage, peppers, and onion mixture.
  2. Garnish: Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs if desired.
  3. Enjoy: Serve hot and enjoy this delicious, rustic meal.

Cooking Notes

  • Potato Choice: Yukon Gold or Russet potatoes work well for mashed potatoes due to their starchy texture.
  • Sausage Variety: Use either sweet or hot Italian sausage based on your preference.
  • Cheese Option: Feel free to use Pecorino Romano instead of Parmesan for a different flavor profile.

Variations

Keto Version

  • Replace Potatoes: Use cauliflower instead of potatoes for a low-carb mash. Steam cauliflower florets until tender, then blend with butter, garlic, and Parmesan.
  • Sausage: Ensure the sausage has no added sugars or fillers.

Low Carb Version

  • Reduce Carbs: Use half the amount of potatoes and mix with steamed cauliflower for the mash.
  • Extra Veggies: Add more bell peppers, onions, and even zucchini to the sausage mix for more volume without additional carbs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare both the sausage mixture and the mashed potatoes ahead of time. Store them separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave before serving.

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Can I use a different type of sausage?

Absolutely! This recipe works well with other types of sausage such as chicken sausage, turkey sausage, or even plant-based sausage for a vegetarian option.

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How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

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Can I freeze this dish?

You can freeze the sausage, peppers, and onions mixture for up to 3 months. However, mashed potatoes may change texture when frozen and reheated, so it’s best to make those fresh.

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What can I serve with this dish?

This dish is hearty on its own, but you can serve it with a simple green salad or steamed green beans for a complete meal.

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This Rustic Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions over Garlic Mashed Potatoes is a comforting and flavorful meal that’s perfect for any occasion. Its rich, savory flavors and creamy mashed potatoes make it a favorite for family dinners. With the option to make it keto or low-carb, it’s versatile enough to fit into various dietary preferences. Try this recipe today and enjoy a taste of rustic Italian comfort food!