TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 6 medium russet potatoes (about 2 pounds), peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 167 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 385mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein


  1. Place potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water. Cover and bring to a boil; cook for 20-25 minutes or until very tender. Drain well.
  2. Add the milk, butter, salt and pepper; mash until light and fluffy. Yield: 6 servings (about 5 cups).
Originally published as Traditional Mashed Potatoes in Taste of Home's Quick Cooking Annual Recipes Annual 1999, p114

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Reviewed Feb. 10, 2016

"This was my first time making mashed potatoes and we all enjoyed these. I followed the recipe as written."

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"I like this recipe. I added sour cream and garlic for a little extra flavor. The recipe is very simple. It is an easy recipe to make many different variations of. Overall I will be making again in many different ways."

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