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Skinny Garlic Parmesan Mashed Red Potatoes

A lighter version of a classic side dish, skinny garlic parmesan mashed red potatoes are made with broth instead of cream, and loaded with flavor using galric and parmesan.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 189kcal
Author Lauren
Cost $3.95 / .66¢ PER SERVING


  • 2 pounds red potatoes, cut into 2-inch pieces (skin on or off)
  • 3 large cloves garlic minced
  • sea salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • cup light sour cream or 2% plain greek yogurt


  • COOK THE POTATOES:  Add the potatoes to a large stockpot or dutch oven.  Fill with cold water, enough to cover the potatoes by about an inch. Add 2 teaspoons sea salt.  Bring the water to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-high and continue to boil for about 10 minutes, or until fork-tender. Drain in a colander.
  • MELT THE BUTTER:  While the potatoes cook, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic, stirring constantly until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Then add the broth. Bring to a simmer and remove from heat and set aside.
  • MASH THE POTATOES:  Return the potatoes to the stockpot. Use a potato masher mash them to your desired texture. Fold in the broth, sour cream, and parmesan (be sure not to over-mix). Give the potatoes and taste test and add salt and pepper as needed.
  • SERVE AND STORE: Serve the potatoes warm with additional butter and Parmesan on top. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.


FOR MEAL PREP: Consider adding a bit more liquid to get more of a whipped texture so that they reheat well all the way up to 5 days out. I add about ¼ cup of additional broth gradually until they are a little softer.
FOR LEFTOVERS: Potatoes tend to dry out a touch as leftovers. If yours seem dry, add about a little extra broth or milk to freshen them up.


Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 466mg | Potassium: 695mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 6mg