Tonight's dinner came to me in a dream. Maybe it was because I'd seen Giada make sausage sandwiches Saturday afternoon, but as I was laying in bed half awake Sunday morning I thought "sausage, peppers and onions with a tomato sauce over mashed potatoes."
I cooked sweet Italian sausage in a pan with some oil until they were golden brown and then removed them to a plate. To the pan I added the sliced green pepper and onion and covered it. Those steamed for about 10 minutes and then I added 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, salt, pepper and 1/2 a teaspoon dried oregano. I mixed that around and then added a 14.5-ounce can of fire roasted tomatoes that I'd pureed, along with some red pepper flakes. The sausages went back in and the whole thing simmered for about 15 more minutes.
I served the sausage mixture over mashed potatoes I made with about 4 cloves of garlic boiled along with the potatoes and then mashed together with salt, pepper, butter and some half and half. The potatoes were nice and garlicky, a perfect pairing with the sausage mixture which was sweet from the peppers and onions but also had a nice kick from the red pepper flakes.
We also had the rest of the salad from last night's dinner, along with the dressing my mom made.