Pesto Cauli Mash

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The first time I tried cauliflower mash, I fell in love! I used to love mashed potatoes. Love isn’t even the right word, more like live off of them. When I cut out white potatoes long ago (totally personal choice, I have nothing against white potatoes!) I missed having mashed potatoes. It was like letting go of a long time best friend. Then I met cauliflower mash, and all was made right again! It tastes just the same to me!

This is my absolute favorite way to have cauli mash, with basil! It adds SO much flavor! I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! I’m on aloha time right now (aka moving slowwwww) so I’ll keep this short! 

Happy cooking! 

Pesto Cauli Mash
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  2. • 4 cups packed basil
  3. • 4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
  4. • 2 tbsp ghee (optional)
  5. • 1 ½ tsp salt
  6. • ½ tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Place a couple inches of water in a pot, and bring to a boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, place a steamer insert into the pan and add the cauliflower florets. Cover the pan and allow it to steam until the cauliflower is soft and easily pierced with a fork.
  2. Drain the water out of the pot and add the cauliflower. Turn the stove back on to medium heat and allow any extra water to evaporate out of the pot. This is the key to a fluffy mash! Add the basil, garlic, ghee (if using) salt and pepper to the pot, and blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Adjust seasonings to taste. *Another option is to place the cauliflower in your food processor/blender and process/blend until smooth.
  3. Yum!!
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9 Responses

  1. Kiersten
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    I love the idea of adding basil to cauliflower mash because I LOVE basil! I too am a big mashed potato lover and although I will eat white potatoes on occasion, when they are mashed in all that buttery goodness I tend to go overboard which is not good for my blog sugar levels. Next time I make cauliflower mash I’m making it this way 🙂

    • livinglovingpaleo
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      Same here, Kiersten!! I used to eat ALL the mashed potatoes! 😉

  2. adashofmeg
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    WOW Kristen!!!!!! We will make this for sure

    • livinglovingpaleo
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      Thanks Meg!! Hope you love it! 🙂

  3. Marissa
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    I LOVE using pesto in any and everything! Can’t wait to try!

    • livinglovingpaleo
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      Same here, Marissa!

  4. Christine
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    Made this last night! The family loved it! Thank you for sharing!

    • livinglovingpaleo
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      So glad you liked it, Christine! 🙂

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