Hearty Vegetables with Basil Mashed Potatoes

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Makes: 4  servings Prep 30 mins Cook 425°F 30 mins


  • 1 pound  russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons  salt, divided
  • 1/3 cup  heavy or whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup  milk
  • 2 tablespoons  butter or margarine
  • pinch freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup  thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
  • 4 large portobella mushroom caps (14 ounces total)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 3 tablespoons  olive oil, divided
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch-thick strips
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch-thick strips
  • 1 bunch green onions, cut into 1-inch diagonal pieces
  • 1 tablespoon  chopped garlic
  • 1 bunch fresh spinach or 1 10-ounce bag fresh spinach, trimmed and rinsed


1. Bring potatoes, 1/2 teaspoon salt and enough cold water to cover by 2 inches to a boil in large saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer 18 to 20 minutes, until potatoes are fork-tender. Drain. Return potatoes to saucepan and cook over low heat 2 minutes more to dry. Coarsely mash potatoes with potato masher or large wooden spoon. Stir in cream, milk, butter, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pinch of pepper, mashing until well combined and heated through. Stir in basil. Cover and keep warm.

2. Meanwhile, heat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large cookie sheet with foil. Brush both sides of mushrooms with 2 tablespoons oil; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bake mushrooms 20 minutes, turning once halfway through, until tender.

3. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers and cook, stirring, until they begin to soften, 5 minutes. Stir in green onions and cook until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; add garlic. Cover and cook vegetables, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 10 minutes more. Transfer vegetables to a large plate. Add spinach to same skillet and cook, uncovered, over medium-high heat just until wilted, 2 minutes. Transfer to plate with pepper mixture and mushrooms. Serve with the mashed potatoes. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 4
  • cal.(kcal)450,
  • Fat, total(g)25,
  • chol.(mg)45,
  • sat. fat(g)10,
  • carb.(g)51,
  • fiber(g)8,
  • pro.(g)10,
  • sodium(mg)1016,
  • calcium(mg)141,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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