Pioneer Woman Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Matt R. Updated

These Pioneer Woman mashed potatoes may just be the ideal side dish. Whip up a batch today.

If you’re planning to make mashed potatoes as a side dish for meatloafroast, or short ribs, you’ll need to figure out how many potatoes to use. The answer depends on the size of your potatoes.

But, first things first. You’ll need to choose the right potatoes for mashing.

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Which Potatoes are Best for Mashing?

Russet or Yukon gold potatoes work best for mashing. They have more starch than red or white potatoes and will produce a fluffier result.

If you use waxy potatoes, like the red ones, they’ll require extra mashing, which could result in gluey potatoes. Yuck!

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How Many Potatoes You Need

Most mashed potato recipes call for three pounds of potatoes, yielding six servings. If you have a kitchen scale, weigh your potatoes to see how many you need.

If you don’t have a scale, you can estimate that three medium potatoes weigh a pound, so you’d need nine medium potatoes for three pounds. If your potatoes are large, estimate two potatoes per pound.

Of course, you can always make a smaller batch of mashed potatoes. If a recipe calls for three pounds of potatoes, you can use just 1 ½ pounds and halve the remaining ingredients, yielding four servings.

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How Many Pounds of Potatoes Per Person?

For mashed potatoes, you can estimate you’ll need ½ pound of potatoes per person. This allows for a decent serving, but if you know people will want heaping portions (or seconds), you can estimate ¾ pound per person.

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Storing Mashed Potatoes

Keep in mind, you can store leftover mashed potatoes in the refrigerator in a covered container for up to four days. Mashed potatoes freeze well, if made with lots of fat such as butter and cream. Store them in resealable freezer bags, with the air squeezed out.

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Pioneer Woman Mashed Potatoes Recipe

    10 Servings


  • 5 pounds Baking Potato
  • 3/4 cup Butter
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon Lawry's Seasoned Salt
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon Black Pepper


  1. Peel and cut potatoes into pieces that are about equal size.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a simmer and mix in the potatoes.
  3. Bring to a boil and cook for approximately 30 minutes.
  4. When they’re cooked all the way through, the fork should readily slide into the potatoes with no resistance... without potatoes falling apart.
  5. Drain the potatoes in a colander.
  6. When they have finished draining, put them back into the dry pot and place pot on the stove.
  7. Mash the potatoes over low heat, permitting all the steam to escape, before adding in all the other ingredients.
  8. Turn off the stove and add 1.5 sticks of butter... an 8-ounce package of cream cheese... and about .5 cup of half-and-half.
  9. Mash away!
  10. Add about .5 teaspoon of Lawry’s Seasoning Salt and .5 teaspoon of black pepper.
  11. Stir very well and place in a medium-sized baking dish.
  12. Toss a few pats of butter over the top of the potatoes and place them in a 350-degree oven.
  13. Heat until butter is melted and potatoes are warmed through.


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Author: Matt R.
Source: The Pioneer Woman
Recipe Yields: 10 servings
Prep Time: 60 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 90 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 10

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 174
Calories 381

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g
  Saturated Fat 14g
Sodium 69mg
Total Carbohydrate 41g
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 1g
Protein 6g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.