Ina’s Potato Basil Purée Recipe

This Potato Basil Purée recipe takes plain mashed potatoes to another level. These are creamy, decadent, delicious, and they’ll dress up any meal!

Overhead shot of Potato Basil Purée in an oval bowl.

This Potato Basil Purée recipe first made it’s way into my kitchen when it was assigned to me for Kyle and Joel’s Gr8 Goes Green dinner. Even though it’s an Ina Garten recipe, it is not surprising that I hadn’t tried it…As you know, I am fairly lazy and I LOVE plain old mashed potatoes. This recipe, however, takes plain old mashed potatoes and makes them sinfully creamy and decadent!

I suppose you could even call this a pesto potato purée (do you like that alliteration?). If you have a garden full of basil, this is the recipe for you.

Potato Basil Purée shown on a dinner plate with chicken.

How to Make Potato Basil Purée

First you blanch the basil leaves, then chop them in a food processor. The potatoes are boiled and the cream and cheese are simmered together. The cream mixture then gets added to the chopped basil as processed.

Once the potatoes are cooked, you mash them a bit, then add the cream/basil mixture. You end up with a lovely, tasty mashed potato.

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Ina’s Potato Basil Purée

Adapted from one of our favorites! Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Potato Basil Purée
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Anna


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
  • 2 pounds white boiling potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Fill a large pot with water and add about a couple teaspoons of salt. Bring this to a boil over high heat.
  • Fill a large bowl with water and ice.
  • Lower the basil leaves into the boiling water for 15 seconds.
  • With a slotted spoon remove the leaves and put them immediately into the ice water to stop the cooking and to set the beautiful green color.
  • Remove the leaves from the ice water and lay on paper towels to drain. Set aside.
  • Bring the water back to a boil and add the potatoes.
  • Boil gently for 18 to 25 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender.
  • Drain the water off the potatoes, return to the burner and turn it down to low. Cover and let the potatoes steam for a moment to dry them a bit.
  • Put the cream and the Parmesan cheese together in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the cream is simmering.
  • In a food processor with the steel blade, chop the basil leaves.
  • Pour the hot cream mixture through the feed tube and process until smooth.
  • Beat the hot potatoes with a handheld mixer until they lightly mashed.
  • Then slowly add the hot cream mixture and the salt and the pepper.
  • Continue beating until the potatoes are smooth and creamy.
  • Take a taste of this glorious concoction and add salt and pepper to your taste.
  • Serve hot with a sprig of fresh basil for garnish.
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