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Yummy Pesto Mashed Potatoes Recipe
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Yummy Pesto Mashed Potatoes

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"Simply by adding pesto to boiled potatoes then mashing, adds a delicious alternative with a hint of colour to the usual mash - and guess what - the kids just love it too! Try using different kinds of pesto. You could also add some sun-dried tomatoes and top with a little grated cheese and black pepper."

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  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    30 mins


  1. Place the potatoes into a saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook until tender; about 10 minutes. Drain, and mash with butter and milk to your desired consistency. Mix in pesto, and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 08, 2007

These were good mashed potatoes; I did have to up the amount of milk some, and then ended up putting in some sour cream too. Served them with Beef, Burgundy Style, Buttery Cooked Carrots, & Zesty Marinated Asparagus, all from this website and it was a very nice combination. Thank you!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 03, 2011

This was pretty good. I ate them plain, but wondering if others had a gravy they served with theirs?


43 Ratings

Aug 01, 2008

This was another great way to use up our large basil plants. I used olive oil instead of butter and doubled the pesto. I used the 'Simple Garlic and Basil Pesto'recipe from this website. I found they needed a little extra salt (though this may have been due to not using butter). Thanks!

May 10, 2006

Pretty yummy! I like the flavor of pesto so I used more of it (3 tablespoons for 2 yukon gold potatoes), and a couple of handfuls of pecorino romano cheese, and a couple of pinches of salt and pepper. Great way to use up extra pesto!

Feb 08, 2010

What a great idea and new twist on mashed potatoes! This was unusual but delicious, flavorful and pretty - I'm so glad to have found another use for pesto. I didn't measure, just added the pesto to taste along with extra butter. This was a nice accompaniment to "Roasted Lemon Herb Chicken," also from this site.

Mar 18, 2008

These potatoes were really good. I used red potatoes and just left the skin on. I followed LadyJayPee's advice about using a bit of sour cream. I also used lots more pesto- probably about 1/2 cup. We had this with our St. Patrick's Day meal. My baby could not get enough of these! Everyone liked them.

Mar 05, 2007

Wonderful! I used the Knor Creamy Pesto sauce packet. It is high sodium, so won't make often but it's a fun change from the standard. (Using homemade pesto would be much lower sodium, but too expensive for our budget!). Served with broiled tilapia & poured the remaining pesto over that. What a treat.

Mar 13, 2008

My daughter made this as part of our Mother's Day meal. The only thing she did differently was to add in some black pepper. Very tasty and all the better because I didn't cook them. Many Thanks.


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  • Calories
  • 216 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38.2 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 5.1 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 4.8 g
  • 19%
  • Protein
  • 5.5 g
  • 11%
  • Sodium
  • 69 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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