Rustic Mashed Potatoes with Pesto and Grilled Nuts

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Make mashed potatoes the star of your holiday meal with this recipe made creamy by a cashew sauce. Throw in some pesto and grilled nuts and you've got a hit!

How It's Made


  • 1/2 cup of cashews
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • One clove of garlic
  • A pinch of sea salt and pepper
  • 3 sprigs of chive
  • 6 golden or russet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup of pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup of almonds
  • 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • A pinch of sea salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup of pesto


  1. Soak the cashews overnight or for at least 4 hours. Once soaked, rinse and drain. 
  2. In a blender, mix the cashews with 1/4 cup of water and blend until smooth and creamy. Add salt, pepper, a grated clove of garlic and the chives.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Bake the potatoes either in the oven, wrapped in aluminum foil for 30 minutes, or by boiling them until tender. We recommend baking them for a richer taste.
  4. In a blender, or bowl with a fork, mash the potatoes while adding the cashew cream. Adjust seasoning by adding salt and pepper. You can also adjust the consistency to your liking by adding more cashew cream.
  5. Toss the nuts in some olive oil and roast them in a small casserole. Add the smoked paprika, salt and pepper.
  6. Serve the mash topped with pesto and garnished with grilled nuts.
Emilie Gaillet
Recipe By

Emilie Gaillet

Emilie creates healthy, and tasty recipes for PRANA as well as her own blog, Murmures. Her passion lies in the creation of recipes - from the chopping and stirring to the presentation and styling of her dishes.


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