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Creamy Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

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One of the most classic American side dishes is mashed potatoes. Say goodbye to dry, plain potatoes with the additions of savory garlic and light, fresh cheese. Creamy garlic parmesan mashed potatoes are filled with flavor and will become a part of your weeknight rotation with it’s ease and great taste.

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tradition of mashed potatoes

I grew up eating mashed potatoes for celebratory holiday dinners and family suppers. They pair perfectly with roasts, gravy, vegetable sides, and rolls. 


But mashed potatoes don’t have to be reserved for special occasions and can easily be whipped up for a quick weeknight meal.

In under 30 minutes and with only a few ingredients, creamy garlic parmesan mashed potatoes can be on your dinner table!

how to: prepare the ingredients

Only FIVE basic pantry ingredients to make these dreamy mashed potatoes:

Red potatoes, Garlic, Parmesan, Milk, & Butter

That’s it!! 

One thing I love most about this recipe is that there’s very little prep involved. It’s perfect for a quick side to make with dinner that night.

Halve the red potatoes for quicker boiling if you’re short on time.

Grate fresh parmesan cheese for extra flavor.

Gather the rest of your ingredients and you’re ready to get started!

how to: boil the potatoes

Add potatoes and garlic cloves to a large pot. Typically, I use about 2 small red potatoes per person.

Cover the potatoes and garlic with water and place over high heat.

Bring to a boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until you can easily pierce a potato with a fork.

Drain the water and pour the potatoes and garlic into a large bowl. 

mashed potatoes

how to: mash and cream the potatoes

Now here comes the fun part: the smashing!

Add butter, milk, and Parmesan cheese to the bowl.

For very creamy whipped potatoes, use a hand mixer to beat the potatoes and mix in the ingredients.

For thicker chunky potatoes, use a handheld potato masher to fold in the ingredients and mash until the desired consistency is reached.

Taste as you go and add more butter and milk in tbsp increments to your liking.

Garnish with parsley and serve!

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garlic parmesan mashed potatoes

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Creamy garlic parmesan mashed potatoes are the perfect side dish for a weeknight dinner. With only 5 ingredients and ready in less than 30 minutes, these will be a hit for the whole family.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: garlic, mashed, parmesan, potatoes
Servings: 4


  • 4 red potatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp butter use more if needed
  • 2 tbsp milk use more if needed
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese freshly grated


  • Place the red potatoes and garlic in a large pot. Fill with water until covered and salt generously. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Simmer for 15-20 minutes over medium heat or until the potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork. Drain thoroughly and remove to a large bowl.
  • Add milk, butter, and parmesan cheese to the potatoes. Using a potato masher or hand mixer, mash the potatoes until the desired consistency is reached.


Optional: mix in additional butter and milk in increments of 1 tbsp until desired taste is achieved. Be careful to not overmix.
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84 thoughts on “Creamy Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes”

  1. 5 stars
    Kalin, wow why I have not tried such amazing mouthwatering dish. I loved the way you explained and can not resist myself today to try at home.
    Thanks for sharing such an awesome and easy recipe😍😍

  2. Yum!! This looks so delicious. There’s something about a good mashed potato recipe that warms the soul. I always put garlic in my mashed potatoes, too!

  3. This is how my sister makes hers… and they are delicious! I am so glad you leave the skins on. There is so much nutrition in the skin of a potato… such a shame when they are peeled. Thanks for the recipe! Now I can make them too.

  4. 5 stars
    This looks amazing! I have never been able to master mash potato but I’m going to follow your recipe and hopefully make something lovely! Thank you for this! Excited to improve my cooking skills!

    – Rach (

  5. This looks so tasty! My step sisters favourite type of potato is mashed potato so defo going to suggest we make this next time I go to hers 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    I loooooooooove cheesy creamy mashed potatoes but I’ve never thought of adding garlic. I didn’t even know you could boil garlic in with the potatoes, that’s such a good tip, thank you! Yum!

  7. Yum! Based potatoes are the ultimate comfort food and I always love to add in some garlic too! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    Wow these look incredibly delicious and perfect timing as a side dish for Thanksgiving to switch up the usual mashed potatoes! I love red potatoes, so I cannot wait to make this. Thanks for sharing!

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