White bowl with creamy homemade mashed potatoes sprinkled with parsley and topped with a pat of butter

Creamy Homemade Mashed Potatoes

Homemade mashed potatoes are an easy side dish to compliment most meals and can be made with just a few ingredients and very little effort.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword potatoes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 318kcal
Author Stephanie Lynch



  • 2 lbs baking potatoes
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Peel the potatoes (if desired) and cut into one-inch chunks
  • Place potatoes in a large pot and cover completely with water
  • Boil for about 15 minutes, until the potatoes are mostly tender with a slightly firm center
  • Drain the potatoes and place in a large mixing bowl
  • Add the butter and milk
  • Mash the potatoes with a potato masher or electric mixer (depending on desired consistency)
  • Stir in the salt and pepper
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to two days, reheating in the microwave or the oven on low


Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 138mg | Potassium: 1026mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 455IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 1.9mg