Pesto Mashed Potatoes

Pesto Mashed Potatoes

  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Total: 40 min
  • Serving: 4 Servings

Adding pesto to mashed potatoes adds vibrant color and nutty taste to this classic side dish.


  • 1-1/2 pounds baking potatoes (such as russet or Yukon gold), peeled and quartered
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Butter
  • Chives and butter to garnish


  1. Place the potatoes into a large pot and cover with water. Sprinkle in a few pinches of salt, cover the pot and bring mixture to a boil over high heat.
  2. Boil the potatoes for 25 minutes, carefully drain and place back into the pot.
  3. Add the butter, olive oil, milk and pesto to the potatoes and beat the mixture with a large fork or potato masher. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and then continue to mash until reaching desired consistency.
  4. Transfer the mashed potatoes to a serving bowl and serve immediately.


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