Butternut Squash Mashed Potatoes


After PhillyBoy’s great half marathon run Sunday (and mine too, of course) I wanted to make him a special dinner. I knew he would love a steak and I knew he would love a salad, but I wasn’t sure what to do about the sides. I forgot about that dilemma while at the market and just came home with the goods we need for Thanksgiving.

I started to put the groceries away when the bowl of potatoes for Thanksgiving brunch caught my eye. I took one from the bowl knowing that no one would notice the missing potato on Thursday. Also catching my eye was the small package of precut and washed butternut squash that they sell at the market this time of year. I bought it for no purpose except that I was excited for convenient butternut squash!

And a side was born!

Here is my version of a super easy but very flavorful mashed potato side. This would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving meal this year, and is a fun twist on an old classic. I increased the volume for the recipe below, but I made a small batch with just one potato and it was equally delicious.

Butternut Squash Mashed Potatoes
Serves 4-6

4 medium russet potatoes
1 cup peeled and cubed butternut squash
4 tbs unsalted butter
1/2 cup grated parmigiano reggiano
4-5 tbs skim milk
kosher salt to taste

1. Fill a large pot halfway with water and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, peel the potatoes and chop into uniform size cubes (about 1 inch). When the water comes to a boil add the potatoes and squash, cover, and boil on high for 10-15 minutes until fork tender.
2. Drain the potatoes and squash and put in a large bowl. Add the butter, parmigiano reggiano, and a dash of kosher salt. Using a potato masher, begin to mash the mixture together. As it starts to come together (about 1 minute) add a tbs of skim milk at a time until the mixture reaches the creamy consistency you like. Add kosher salt if needed and serve warm. Enjoy!

15 responses to “Butternut Squash Mashed Potatoes

  1. You know how I feel about my root veggies. Love this recipe! And a belated congrats on your race, Sabrina dear 🙂

  2. Sabrina, this is an awesome recipe! My family would love it on Thanksgiving…comforting like regular mashed potatoes!

  3. Ha, that’s funny. We’re on the same brain wave. I was going to make mashed butternut squash last night, but when I pulled the cubes out of the oven, they looked so delicious that I just left them whole instead of mashing them.

    In any case, that looks awesome!

  4. Mmmm! This is going on my to-try list 🙂 Great idea!

  5. What a fabulous idea to incorporate these two great ingredients together. This is a must try!

  6. Those look incredible–I definitely need to try this recipe!

  7. not only does it look delish, I feel like I’d get a good arm workout making it!

  8. looks fantastic – yumm!

  9. Sounds like such a delicious combo! I love root veggies together.

  10. i love that you paired squash with the potatoes~ i have never cooked w/ BN squash before. those look great!

  11. peanutbutterfingers

    mmmmm i love this idea. i adore butternut squash & mashed potatoes & this sounds like a win-win recipe!

  12. Your set-up for tomorrow’s brunch looks amazing!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving my lady.

  13. That looks delicious and I love how you just threw it together. I hope you had a delicious and relaxing Thanksgiving.

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