Super Easy 3-Step Cheesy Mashed Potatoes {Recipe}

by Melanie Edwards on September 4, 2013 · 14 comments

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Homemade Cheesy Mashed Potatoes Recipe

When deciding what’s for dinner, I do my best to follow a meal plan. The majority of the time, I cook simple recipes that don’t take a long time to cook and I love to use short cuts. Easy recipes are my favorite because they allow me to serve home-cooked meals to my family, without sacrificing all my time in the kitchen.

One side dish I love to make is mashed potatoes. While boxed mashed potatoes are really convenient, homemade mashed potatoes are ten times better, don’t you think? I know that boiling potatoes takes a while and can be a bit messy, which is why I skip that step and instead steam my potatoes in the microwave before mashing them. Now that’s a time-saver and a shortcut I love! Want to give it a try for yourself? Try this super easy 3-step recipe for cheesy mashed potatoes that I know your family will love!

3-Step Cheesy Mashed Potatoes Recipe

How to Make Mashed Potatoes without Boiling


  • 2 large Russet potatoes, peeled, cubed, and rinsed
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cups milk
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • shredded cheese, to your liking


  1. Place cubed potatoes in a microwave steam cooking bag and steam according to directions. I usually fill up the bag and steam the potatoes for 7-8 minutes, but adjust the time depending on how full the bag is and what the directions suggest.
  2. Pour steamed potatoes into a large bowl. They will be tender when poked with a fork.
  3. Add butter, milk, salt, pepper, and cheese. Mash potatoes until mixed well. If necessary, add more salt, pepper, and/or cheese, accordingly, to your taste and desired cheesiness.

How often do you make homemade mashed potatoes for dinner? Have you ever tried using microwave steam cooking bags in your cooking?

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1 pattie September 4, 2013 at 2:24 pm

I LOVE easy recipes like this! And it’s vegetarian. A win-win. Thanks for sharing.

2 Melanie Edwards September 16, 2013 at 2:04 pm

You’re most welcome! I love easy recipes too!!!

3 Tracy September 4, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Yum! Now I want mashed potatoes really badly. LOL

4 Melanie Edwards September 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Have you had any since then? 😉

5 Migdalia - @MsLatina September 4, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Great recipe Melanie! I love how you suggest microwaving the mashed potatoes – definitely saves time.

6 Melanie Edwards September 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm

It’s SUCH a great shortcut and so easy!

7 Eliana Tardio September 5, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Looks super delicious!!

8 Melanie Edwards September 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Thanks, they are!

9 Julie Diaz- Asper September 7, 2013 at 5:36 pm

So what I going to have tonight! Yum!

10 Melanie Edwards September 16, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Yay! I love that you’re going to give the recipe a try!

11 Ashley tucker January 27, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Totally making these tonight!

12 Melanie Edwards January 29, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Hope you enjoyed your mashed potatoes!

13 Shay Tate September 22, 2015 at 4:29 pm

Thank you so much !!!! These are going to be perfect to pair with my ribs tonight !!

14 Melanie Edwards September 27, 2015 at 9:23 pm

Hope you liked them and you’re welcome! I love how easy they are to make. 🙂

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