Pesto Walnut Mashed Potatoes

You know when you are just having one of those days or weeks where you wish someone would pinch you and tell you that it was all just a dream.  I wish that was case for me at the moment.  I told you this last week that I had experienced some bad news recently in our family.  Almost six years ago my mom was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor.  This tumor has been acting pretty funny for the past year.  Two weeks ago she came to Houston for her checkup and the tumor doubled in size and turned from a benign tumor to a grade 4 glioblastoma.  I can say that my world has been turned upside down for at least the past week.

Some may ask why I am posting a recipe when going through an ordeal like this.  Ever since I was a young girl my mom and I would spend time in the kitchen making all kinds of dishes.  She loves that I started a cooking blog and enjoys reading my posts even from a hospital bed.   So, today I am showcasing these pesto walnut mashed potatoes that were very easy and quick to make.  They are definitely a step up from your normal taters.

ENJOY ~ Meagan

Pesto Walnut Mashed Potatoes


15 oz. Baby Yellow Potatoes
1 cup basil
1/4 tsp garlic, minced
1 1/2 Tbsp Pecorino romano cheese
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/8 tsp salt
2 Tbsp walnuts
3 Tbsp milk
2 Tbsp butter
salt and pepper


Heat a pot with water and bring to a boil. When water is boiling add the potatoes and cook until tender then drain.
In a food processor add the basil, garlic, cheese, olive oil, salt and walnuts. Chop and stir the mixture until everything is well chopped.
Mash up the potatoes and add the milk and butter. Stir in the walnut pesto mixture and then season generously with salt and pepper.
Sprinkle the top with cheese before serving.

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Pesto Walnut Mashed Potatoes

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19 comments on “Pesto Walnut Mashed Potatoes”

  1. You all have been on my mind all weekend. Praying for you!

  2. Oh Meagan, I’m so sorry to hear this. I’ll definitely be praying for you and your family during this difficult season. These mashed potatoes look delicious and I’m sure your mom loves knowing you shared them. 🙂

  3. Your mom, you and the rest of your family are in my prayers. No matter the outcome, God is there with y’all.

  4. So sorry to hear about your mom. Definitely sending prayers your way!

  5. I’m normally more of a lurker than commenter (the creepier the better, right? :-P), but I just wanted to say that I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. We lost my grandma to the same thing 2 1/2 years ago so I have some idea of what you’re going through. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    And on a lighter note – I’m not typically a big pesto fan, but these look delectable enough I just might have to try it.

    • Haha thanks Jenn! You can lurk around my site anytime. She is currently at MD Anderson and we are constantly running into terminal cancer patients. It really breaks my heart every time I hear a touching story.

  6. I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Will be keeping her and your family in my thoughts and sending positive vibes your way.

    Your potatoes look fabulous 😉

  7. These potatoes look delicious and I am, again, so so sorry about your mom <3

  8. Meagan, that certainly qualifies as a bad week for you and your family. I am so sorry that she will have to go through more medical treatments. I wish there was something I could do. Cooking is definitely something we food bloggers lean on, isn’t it.

    • Thanks so much Sarah! I’m definitely making a lot of trips to Houston to spend as much time as I can with her. Luckily I have a great boss and coworkers who understand my situation.

  9. When a great way to add flavor to one of my favorite side dishes!

  10. I know that terrible feeling all too well. My dad died, so suddenly, when I was 19 (6ish years ago) and the pit in your stomach, the way your heart flutters in your throat, the way everything seems dreamlike and impossible… I remember that. My heart goes out to you, so so much. You get the chance to say goodbye, cherish it. I don’t know if it makes the loss easier or harder (but really, how could any of it be easy?) but use it how you will. I couldn’t say goodbye. My heart really, truly goes out to you. Sending you so much positive energy and so many hugs.

  11. I’m sorry about your mom. My husband’s father had much the same thing. It’s a trying time for families. I just found your lovely blog through another blogger. I’ll be back to visit again.

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