Side Dish

Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Basil Pesto

  • Ready Time: 35min
    1 Review
  • Prep Time: 5min
    Cook Time: 30min
  • Potato Type: Yellow
    Cuisine: American
  • Serves: 6
    Prep Method: Boiled
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Recipe by: Pamela Reed

Give your favorite creamy mashed potatoes recipe a twist with fresh basil pesto!


  • 2.5 lbs. of yellow potatoes
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 3 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch of salt


  • 1 cup of fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon pine nuts (+ additional for garnish)
  • Pinch of salt

Prep Time: 5min | Cook Time: 30min

  1. Peel potatoes and then cut them up into about equal sizes.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add your potatoes. Keep boiling and cook these for 30 minutes, until a fork slides easily into the potatoes. Drain the potatoes.
  3. Put your potatoes that you drained back into the pot and put back on the burner, low heat. You are now going to just mash them with a spoon or potato masher.
  4. Add your butter, cream cheese, milk, black pepper and salt and whip until creamy.
  5. Combine basil, Parmesan Cheese, olive oil, garlic, pine nuts and salt in a food processor. Blend to a smooth pesto.
  6. Stir in pesto to mashed potatoes.
  7. Serve in bowl with additional pine nuts garnished on top.


1 Review

John V in Denver 3 years ago

I tried this recipe and it was amazing

John V in Denver 3 years ago

I tried this recipe and it was amazing

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