In this healthy mashed potato recipe, we use low-fat milk and flavor the mashed potatoes with sharp Cheddar cheese and a little bacon. For a pretty presentation, sprinkle with extra scallions.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2013


Recipe Summary

40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Peel potatoes, if desired, and cut into 2-inch chunks. Place the potatoes and salt in a large heavy saucepan. Add cold water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until potatoes are very tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain well.

  • Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl. Mash with a potato masher, an electric hand-held mixer or by working through a ricer.

  • Stir milk, cheese, bacon, scallions and pepper into the potatoes.


Make Ahead Tip: Transfer to a slow cooker, cover and keep on the “warm” setting for up to 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

180 calories; protein 5.5g 11% DV; carbohydrates 33.9g 11% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 3g 12% DV; sugars 3g; fat 2.8g 4% DV; saturated fat 1.6g 8% DV; cholesterol 8.7mg 3% DV; vitamin a iu 172.4IU 3% DV; vitamin c 12.5mg 21% DV; folate 20.2mcg 5% DV; calcium 103.4mg 10% DV; iron 0.6mg 3% DV; magnesium 38.7mg 14% DV; potassium 587mg 16% DV; sodium 287.3mg 12% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 17% DV.