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Pesto Mashed Potatoes

These are not your traditional mashed potatoes! The addition of pesto and Parmesan cheese transform plain potatoes into Pesto Mashed Potatoes packed with flavor.

Sometimes it’s fun to jazz up an old favorite. Of course in our house mashed potatoes aren’t hugely popular with anyone but me. Being Hawaiian I grew up having rice all the time, having potatoes was always exciting. My hubby grew up having potatoes all the time and now all he ever wants is rice.

So I’ve taken to spicing up the old potato classics to make them more appealing to my little clan. The Lemon Pepper Potato Wedges were a huge success so I figured taking a flavor my family loves like pesto and adding it to the potatoes.

Mashed potatoes topped with parmesan cheese in a casserole dish

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 lbs potatoes, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 cup pesto
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded 

You can use store bought pesto or you can make your own homemade kale pesto or if you need a nut free version try this sunflower seed pesto.

How to make pesto mashed potatoes: 

  • Cook potatoes in a large pot of boiling salted water. Cook for about 15 minutes or until a fork easily pierces the potato piece.
  • Use a potato masher and break up all of the potato pieces. Add milk and pesto and mix to combine. If needed, continue using the potato masher to create a smooth mixture.
  • Top with shredded Parmesan cheese.

If you’re really busy, you can cook the potatoes in your slow cooker to help simplify dinner time prep.

shredded Parmesan cheese on top of mashed potatoes

 

What to eat with pesto mashed potatoes?

The Pesto Mashed Potatoes were a great addition to a simple rotisserie chicken or Tuscan Style Ribs, Breadmaker Garlic Bread and apple bacon goat cheese salad.

And the leftover mashed potatoes were used to make some delectable Pesto Tuna Cakes. I love when one dish can get reused to make a second dish. No leftovers to be forgotten in the fridge!

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A casserole dish with pesto mashed potatoes in front of rolls

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Pesto Mashed Potatoes

These are not your traditional mashed potatoes! The addition of pesto and Parmesan cheese transform plain potatoes into a dish packed with flavor.

Pesto Mashed Potatoes

These are not your traditional mashed potatoes! The addition of pesto and Parmesan cheese transform plain potatoes into Pesto Mashed Potatoes packed with flavor.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 183kcal
Author: Jade Jones

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs potatoes like Yukon gold or russet potatoes, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 cup pesto
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Cook potatoes in a large pot of boiling salted water.  Cook for about 15 minutes or until a fork easily pierces the potato piece.
  • Use a potato masher and break up all of the potato pieces.  Add milk and pesto and mix to combine.  If needed, continue using the potato masher to create a smooth mixture.
  • Top with shredded parmesan cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 350mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 650IU | Vitamin C: 9.7mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 3mg
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