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Mashed sweet potatoes in a white bowl.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes need only herbs, butter, and just a touch of brown sugar to really shine. This one-pot recipe always delivers delicious results, and is a perfect side to work into your weeknight routine.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 172kcal


  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices (about 4 small)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar packed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons half-and-half warmed
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted


  • In a large saucepan over low heat, add sweet potatoes, water, thyme, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover and cook until the potatoes fall apart easily and all the water has been absorbed, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Mash the potatoes until just a few lumps remain. Stir in the half-and-half and butter and season to taste with salt and pepper.


Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 529mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 21603IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg