One bite of these creamy, flavorful Pesto Mashed Potatoes and you’ll be hooked! It’s the perfect side dish for your next holiday meal!
We’re a total meat and potatoes family. If my husband could ask for anything for dinner it would be steak & potatoes or chicken parmesan. So, like the awesome wife I am, I pretty much always have a bag of potatoes sitting on my counter. I’ve made baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, roasted, potatoes, scalloped, the list goes on and on. And today I’m changing it up!
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These pesto mashed potatoes are fantastic! Just a couple simple add-ins make this dish a total game changer. The Parmesan cheese gives the potatoes a nutty tang and the pesto a depth of flavor. You can always add more of each if you’d like, but this recipe is how we liked it. I served these potatoes alongside some roasted turkey and dinner was magical! Both recipes were delicious by themselves, but together? WOW!!
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Pesto Mashed Potatoes
- 7 medium-sized russet potatoes
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/3 cup milk or extra if needed
- 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons pesto
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fill a large pot ¾ of the way full with water. Bring to a boil over high heat.
- While the water boils, peel the potatoes, rinse them, and cut each potato into ½-inch cubes.
- Add the potatoes to the boiling water. Once the water returns to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-high.
- Stir the potatoes occasionally and cook until fork tender, about 20 minutes.
- Drain the potatoes and return to the pot.
- Add the butter and use a potato masher to break up the potatoes and incorporate the butter.
- Pour in half of the milk, and use the potato masher to incorporate the milk into the potatoes. (You want the potatoes mostly smooth with some small lumps.)
- Pour in the rest of the milk and use a wooden spoon to incorporate the milk into the potatoes until smooth.
- Add in the pesto and Parmesan cheese. Stir until well combined and the cheese is melted.
- Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and mix to combine.
- Cover to keep warm or serve immediately.