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Easy (But Not Instant) Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Updated on October 1, 2012

Make preparing that perfect dinner a little simpler with this easy (but not instant) mashed potatoes recipe. But don't stop at the potatoes, check out some of the other recipes on this page, and you can put together an incredible meal in no time with little effort. Enjoy!

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 4 servings
5 stars from 3 ratings of Easy (But Not Instant) Mashed Potatoes


  • 2 lbs Yukon gold or russet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 Tbsp margarine or butter
  • 2/3 tsp salt
  • additional margarine or butter (optional)
  • additional salt (optional)
  • black pepper (optional)


  1. Peel and quarter the potatoes.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring 2 quarts of water to a boil.
  3. Add the potatoes and salt to the boiling water, and cook for about 25 minutes (or until the potatoes are tender). Drain.
  4. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher, or beat them with an electric mixer set to low speed.
  5. Add the margarine or butter.
  6. If desired, season the potatoes to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Gradually mix in enough milk to make your mashed potatoes nice and fluffy.
  8. If desired, serve your mashed potatoes with additional margarine or butter.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup of mashed potatoes
Calories 212
Calories from Fat81
% Daily Value *
Fat 9 g14%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 8 g
Carbohydrates 30 g10%
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 5 g10%
Cholesterol 1 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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