Pesto Mashed Potatoes

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You’re going to love these creamy pesto mashed potatoes.  This easy recipe combines the best mashed potatoes with fresh basil pesto to make a delicious side dish.  Save this recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Sunday dinner.

prep time: 5 minutes

cook time: 30 minutes

total time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

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

Pesto

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

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