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mashed potatoes in a yellow bowl with white flower design

Easy Garlic Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

These Easy Garlic Cheddar Mashed Potatoes are garlicky, cheesy and super simple to make - a perfect vegetarian side dish for busy nights.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten free, mashed potatoes, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 247kcal


  • 2 ½ lb. white potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter (use vegan butter for the vegan option)
  • ½ cup half-and-half (use unsweetened plant-based milk such as soy or oat for vegan option - use certified GF milk if needed)
  • 1 cup finely shredded, vegetarian-friendly cheddar cheese (use vegan cheddar-style shreds for the vegan option)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley


  • Peel and cube potatoes so that they are uniform in size.
  • Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with one inch of cold water.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to maintain a steady rolling boil. Cook until potatoes are tender all the way through (approximately 15-20 minutes). Be careful not to overcook or the potatoes will become too starchy.
  • Drain potatoes in a colander and return to pot.
  • Add butter and half-and-half. Mash with a potato masher until lumps are gone.
  • Stir in cheese, and then the garlic powder, salt and dried parsley.
  • Serve and enjoy!



The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. Accuracy is not guaranteed. Information shown should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
Nutrition was calculated using the original ingredients. The vegan option will change the calculation.


Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Fiber: 4g