Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

A potato masher pressing down in a pot of olive oil mashed potatoes.

Who doesn’t like mashed potatoes? Of course we love them, but everyone wants to be careful about adding too much butter. So try making them the way my nonna used to make them in Italy—with olive oil, or with garlic and olive oil. They’re healthier, and still a favorite at our table.–Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

LC Glug Note

The amount of olive oil suggested below is just that—a suggested amount. Just start with a glug and go from there. What you’re aiming for is a mash that’s smooth, silken, and sumptuous.

Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

  • Quick Glance
  • (2)
  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • Serves 4
5/5 - 2 reviews
Print RecipeBuy the Lidia’s Favorite Recipes cookbook

Want it? Click it.

Special Equipment: Potato ricer or food mill


Email Grocery List

Ingredients sent!

Send Grocery List

Email the grocery list for this recipe to:

Is required
Sign me up for your or newsletter, too!
Is required


Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and add enough cold water to cover them by a few inches. Season the water with salt and bring to a boil. Cook until the potatoes are tender but still hold their shape, 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size and shape. Drain the potatoes and let stand until cool enough to handle.

Peel the potatoes and pass them through a potato ricer or a food mill. (You can instead mash them with a handheld potato masher.) Gently stir in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.

Print RecipeBuy the Lidia’s Favorite Recipes cookbook

Want it? Click it.

    Garlic and Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes Variation

    • Pour the olive oil in a large skillet, add 3 whole peeled garlic cloves, and heat over medium-low heat until the garlic is softened and toasty at the edges. Gently stir the garlic cloves into the mashed potatoes along with the olive oil, warning guests as to the presence of whole cloves of garlic.

    Recipe Testers Reviews

    One word that sums up this recipe: luscious. Leave it to master Italian chef Lidia Bastianich to share what comes out to be some of the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever tried. Seriously, I don’t just say that. The recipe comes together simply and is very easy to double or triple, depending on how many people you’re serving. I used 2 standard Idaho potatoes, which boiled for around the 30-minute mark. Peeling was a snap but I’d recommend scoring the potato skin with an “x” on each tip before boiling for even easier removal. I’m thinking that this recipe might even replace my famous twice-cooked mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving. Yes, these are that good.

    Perfect, light, and delicate mashed potatoes. Such a nice change from the heavy cream and butter version. I couldn’t imagine olive oil in place of butter and my family was hesitant to try them, but it was a hit with everyone!

    #leitesculinaria on Instagram If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #LeitesCulinaria. We'd love to see your creations on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

    Back to Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes on Leite's Culinaria