Giada's Mashed Potatoes

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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4 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces (about 5 large)

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, at room temperature

2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

Kosher salt

1 cup mascarpone, at room temperature

3/4 cup grated Parmesan

1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth

Freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a 5-quart saucepan, combine the potatoes, 2 tablespoons butter, the garlic, 1 teaspoon salt and enough cold water to cover. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain in a colander and remove the garlic cloves. Return the potatoes to the pan and, using a potato masher, mash the potatoes until smooth. 
  2. Add the mascarpone, Parmesan, chicken broth, the remaining 4 tablespoons butter, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper to the potatoes. Stir over low heat until smooth and warmed through. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl and serve.