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Homemade mashed potatoes for 4. Only 3 ingredients plus salt and pepper. Stop using packaged instant potatoes and make these instead.

Overhead view of a serving bowl with Homemade Mashed Potatoes with a pat of butter on top.

Is it healthy to eat mashed potatoes?

Homemade mashed potatoes are made from real potatoes, unlike the packaged instant potatoes. They are low in fat. And, also low calories. But, beware, they are high in potassium. If you are having to watch your intake, you might want to skip potatoes.

How do I make mashed potatoes from scratch.

All you need to do is boil some diced potatoes in water. Drain. Then, mash them with milk and butter. Sprinkle some salt and pepper and you have homemade mashed potatoes from scratch.

How many potatoes should you make per person for mashed potatoes?

It is hard to give an exact number, depending on the size of the potatoes. If you can measure in weight, 1/2 pound of potato per person is a good place to start. Or, you could make 2 medium potatoes per person as a guide.

How long with my homemade mashed potatoes last?

Mashed potatoes will last approximately 4 days if kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Homemade mashed potatoes in a serving bowl with a pat of butter on top.
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Homemade Mashed Potatoes

Homemade mashed potatoes for 4. Only 3 ingredients plus salt and pepper. Stop using packaged instant potatoes and make these instead.
Course Side Dish, Sides
Cuisine American
Keyword best mashed potatoes, creamy mashed potatoes, homemade mashed potatoes, homemade mashed potatoes with milk, mashed potatoes, mashed potatoes from scratch
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 425kcal


  • 4-6 Quart Sauce Pan
  • Hand Mixer


  • 8 Russett Potatoes, medium
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste


  • Peel potatoes and cut into chunks.
    Potates cut into chunks
  • Place cut potatoes in 4 quart pot with 2-4 quarts of water. (Water should cover the potatoes)
    Cut potatoes in water in pot.
  • Boil 15-20 minutes with the lid on, or until you stick a fork in a potato and it slides through, or slightly breaks the potato. Drain potatoes in colander.
    Potatoes draining in a colander.
  • In the same pot, while hot, add the milk and butter. Stir until the butter has melted. May need to turn burner on low until the butter has melted.
    Milk and butter melting in a pot for homemade mashed potatoes.
  • Place potatoes back in the pot with the milk and butter. Using a hand mixter, blend until creamy. If you like your potatoes thinner, add a tbsp of milk until you get your desired creaminess. If you like your potatoes chunky, use less milk.
    Potatoes added back into the pot with milk and butter. Ready to blend/mix.
  • Spoon into a serving bowl, add a pat of butter on top (if desired). Serve.
    Homemade mashed potatoes in a serving bowl.


Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 1857mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 276IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 4mg
Close up of a serving bowl full of homemade mashed potatoes.
Close up of a serving bowl with homemade mashed potatoes.
A serving of homemade mashed potatoes on a plate.

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