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Smashed Potatoes

These Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Pesto are soft on the inside and served with a savory homemade pesto sauce. This easy side dish recipe is healthy and delicious!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword crispy potatoes, crispy smashed potatoes, easy pesto recipe, homemade pesto sauce, smashed potatoes, smashed potatoes recipe, vegan pesto recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 253 kcal
Author Kelly



  • 2 lbs baby potatoes
  • 1 tbsp oil , we used avocado oil but extra-virgin olive oil works too
  • Coarse sea salt + cracked black pepper , to taste


  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup walnuts OR pine nuts
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast or vegan parmesan
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup oil , we used avocado oil but extra-virgin olive oil works too


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then add the baby potatoes. Leave on a gentle simmer for 15-20 minutes until they are soft and tender.

  3. Meanwhile, make the pesto. Place all the ingredients, minus the oil into a food processor. Pulse until the nuts have broken down, then pour the oil in and continue pulsing until smooth. Taste and season with extra salt and pepper.

  4. Line a large baking sheet (you may need 2). Drain the potatoes and place them onto the tray. Drizzle with some olive oil, salt and pepper and toss until they are all coated.

  5. Use a glass with a flat bottom to press down the potatoes until smashed. Be careful not to push too hard down or they will fall apart.

  6. Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden and crispy.

  7. Serve with pesto on the side or drizzle on top!

Nutrition Facts
Smashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 6g12%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.