Basil Mashed Potatoes

These Basil Mashed Potatoes are a great twist to traditional mashed potatoes. Adding a swirl of homemade basil pesto makes the best mashed potatoes that your whole family will love!

 These Basil Mashed Potatoes are classic mashed potatoes with a swirl of homemade pesto to makes the best mashed potatoes your whole family will love

These creamy mashed potatoes will likely become your favorite side dish to serve with grilled chicken or fish.  Pesto is swirled into these easy mashed potatoes for a delicious twist to a classic side dish.

 These Basil Mashed Potatoes are classic mashed potatoes with a swirl of homemade pesto to makes the best mashed potatoes your whole family will love

If you’re like me and love all things pesto, these pesto mashed potatoes will become habit forming!  Just a little swirl of added basil pesto can turn plain ol mashed potatoes into something a little more rich and elegant.  

HOW TO MAKE MASHED POTATOES WITHOUT MILK

For this recipe, we use a little chicken broth instead of milk for lighter mashed potatoes.  You can also use a little of the water that the potatoes were boiled in rather than chicken broth if you would prefer to make vegan mashed potatoes.

CREAMY MASHED POTATOES RECIPE

This is an easy mashed potatoes recipe to pull together any night of the week!  You can use either russet potatoes or red potatoes for this mashed potatoes recipe.  They both work fine.  

  • 2-1/2 pounds potatoes (russet or red)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (or the water from boiling the potatoes or a little milk)
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto

For the Basil Pesto

  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, add more for desired consistency

HOW TO COOK MASHED POTATOES

Learn how to mash potatoes so they turn out perfect every time.  This homemade mashed potatoes recipe comes together in about 20 minutes start-to-finish.

  1. Cut the potatoes in quarters and place in a large pot.
  2. Cover the potatoes with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 – 12 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.
  3. Drain the potatoes and add the chicken broth.
  4. Using an electric mixer, blend the potatoes until they’re creamy.

HOW TO MAKE PESTO

  1. Combine the basil leaves, Parmesan cheese and garlic in a blender or food processor fitted with the metal blade and pulse until the leaves are minced finely.
  2. Add the olive oil and pulse to blend, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

VARIATIONS

  • Use a little water that the potatoes boiled in or a little milk instead of chicken broth if you prefer
  • Use arugula instead of basil for the pesto
  • Adjust the amount of parmesan cheese to your preference or omit it altogether for a dairy-free version

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These Basil Mashed Potatoes are classic mashed potatoes with a swirl of homemade pesto to makes the best mashed potatoes your whole family will love
Yield: 4 servings

Basil Mashed Potatoes

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 pounds potatoes (russet or red)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • For the Basil Pesto
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, add more for desired consistency

Instructions

  1. Cut the potatoes in quarters and place in a large pot.
  2. Cover the potatoes with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 - 12 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.
  3. Drain the potatoes and add the chicken broth.
  4. Using an electric mixer, blend the potatoes until they're creamy.

For the Pesto

  1. Combine the basil leaves, Parmesan cheese and garlic in a blender or food processor fitted with the metal blade and pulse until the leaves are minced finely.
  2. Add the olive oil and pulse to blend, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

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