Parmesan Mashed Potatoes with Quick Sausage Ragu


  • 1-½ pounds Idaho® potatoes, peeled, cut into chunks
  • 1-½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 carrot, finely diced
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced
  • ½ medium white onion, finely diced
  • ½ pound hot Italian sausage, casings removed if necessary
  • ½ pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed if necessary
  • 2-½ cups whole milk, divided
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese, plus additional for garnish
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


  1. Place potato chunks in a large pot and add just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large high-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, carrot, celery and onion; cook 4 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are golden brown, stirring frequently. Add sausage; cook 7 to 9 minutes or until browned, stirring and breaking up sausage with side of spoon occasionally.
  3. Stir in 2 cups milk, tomato paste and ½ teaspoon salt; heat to boiling over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, simmer 8 to 10 minutes or until thickened.
  4. When potatoes are tender, drain well and place in large bowl. Add cheese, butter, pepper, remaining ½ cup milk and remaining ½ teaspoon salt; beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
  5. Divide potatoes between 6 bowls or plates; divide ragu over potatoes. Serve garnished with parsley and additional cheese.
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Yield: 6 servings

Lori Yates
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