Tomato Lentil Soup

There’s nothing quite like the smell of a pot of soup simmering away on the stove top when it’s cold and blustery outside. This tomato lentil soup is full of vegetables and herbs for a simple, flavorful, and warming winter soup.

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There’s nothing quite as comforting as a pot of soup simmering away on the stove top when it’s cold and wintry outside. The smell alone warms me from the inside out. This week I was craving a simple vegetable forward soup, so I whipped up this really easy Tomato Lentil Soup. I’ve been enjoying the leftovers for days, sometimes with a grilled cheese on the side. :)

Tomato lentil soup in the pot with bread and vegetables on the sides
Garnished with a little fresh parsley for visual appeal.

What Does Tomato Lentil Soup Taste Like?

This soup kind of tastes like a traditional vegetable soup, but with a slightly more tomato-y broth, plus a little earthiness from the lentils. It’s super hearty and comforting, which is exactly what I love about a good bowl of soup in the winter!

What Kind of Lentils Should I Use?

Lentils can be confusing, especially since there isn’t a lot of consistency in labeling in the United States. I used a basic brown lentil, which has a drab brown-olive color and cooks with about 20 minutes of simmering. Sometimes these lentils are labeled “green lentils” sometimes just “lentils” so to be sure you have the right kind, check the cooking instructions on the package. It should say to simmer for about 20 minutes, not 45 minutes.

I do not suggest using a red, orange, or yellow lentil for this soup because they break down too easily and you’ll end up with something more along the lines of a lentil porridge than a lentil soup. :) (It would probably still taste good, though!)

How are the Leftovers?

One of the reasons I love soup is because they almost always make great leftovers, and this soup is no exception. The leftovers will stay good in the fridge for about 4-5 days, or you can freeze it for longer storage. I always suggest dividing the soup into single portions just after cooking so it cools down more quickly in the refrigerator, which will give you more longevity with the leftovers. Once cooled you can transfer some to the freezer for later!

A bowl of tomato lentil sup with bread on the side
A bowl of tomato lentil sup with bread on the side

Tomato Lentil Soup

This tomato lentil soup is full of vegetables and herbs for a simple, flavorful, and warming winter soup. Makes great leftovers!
Total Cost $4.74 recipe / $0.79 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 1.5 cups each
Calories 279.58kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.32
  • 1 yellow onion $0.32
  • 3 carrots $0.42
  • 2 cloves garlic $0.16
  • 1 russet potato (about 1 lb.) $0.60
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste $0.10
  • 2 15oz. cans stewed tomatoes $1.18
  • 1 cup brown lentils $0.67
  • ½ tsp paprika $0.10
  • ½ tsp dried basil $0.10
  • ½ tsp dried oregano $0.10
  • ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.03
  • 4 cups vegetable broth $0.52
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce $0.12

Instructions

  • Dice the onion, mince the garlic, and slice the carrots (I like smaller pieces for this recipe, so I do a quarter round slice). Add the onion, garlic, carrots, and olive oil to a large soup pot and sauté over medium heat until the oniosn are soft. While the vegetables are cooking, peel and dice the potato into ½-inch cubes.
  • Add the tomato paste and continue to sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until the tomato paste begins to coat the bottom of the pot.
  • Add the cubed potato, stewed tomatoes (with juices), paprika, basil, oregano, pepper, and vegetable broth to the pot. Stir to combine.
  • Place a lid on top and allow the soup to come up to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to low and let the soup simmer for about 40 minutes or until the lentils are super tender and have begun to break down slightly (this helps thicken the soup).
  • Add the soy sauce to the soup, then give it a taste and adjust the salt if needed (the total amount will depend on the salt content of your vegetable broth). Serve hot with crusty bread for dipping.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 279.58kcal | Carbohydrates: 48.58g | Protein: 12.17g | Fat: 5.65g | Sodium: 1148.67mg | Fiber: 7.48g
Close up side view of tomato lentil soup in the pot

How to Make Tomato Lentil Soup – Step by Step Photos

Onions carrots and garlic in a soup pot

Dice one onion, mince two cloves of garlic, and slice three carrots. I like to do smaller pieces of carrot for this soup, so I cut the slices into quarter rounds. Add the onion, carrot, and garlic to a large soup pot with 2 Tbsp olive oil. Sauté over medium until the onions are soft. While the carrot and onion are sautéing, peel and dice one russet potato into ½-inch cubes.

Tomato paste added to the soup pot

Add 2 Tbsp tomato paste and continue to sauté for a few more minutes, or until the tomato paste begins to coat the bottom of the pot.

Potatoes, lentils, tomatoes, seasoning, and broth added to the pot

Add the cubed potato, two 15oz. cans of stewed tomatoes (with juices), 1 cup lentils (not cooked), ½ tsp paprika, ½ tsp dried basil, ½ tsp dried oregano, ¼ tsp pepper, and 4 cups vegetable broth.

Soup in the pot before simmering

Stir everything to combine. Place a lid on top and bring the soup up to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 40 minutes, or until the lentils are very soft and have begun to break down a bit.

Finished tomato lentil soup

After simmering the soup, stir in 2 Tbsp soy sauce. Taste the soup and adjust the salt if needed (this will depend on the salt content of your broth. I did not add any in addition to the soy sauce).

front view of a bowl full of tomato lentil soup

Serve hot with some crusty bread for dipping! (I garnished with a little parsley for color, but it’s not needed to flavor this soup.)

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Twice Baked Potatoes

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Crispy Roasted Potatoes with Black Garlic Aioli

Crispy, golden brown roasted potatoes served with a uniquely flavorful and oh-so-versatile black garlic aioli that’ll make your tastebuds sing with delight. Up your side dish game with these crispy roasted potatoes, served with a black garlic aioli (it’s savory, I promise I’m not dipping potatoes in chocolate pudding here, despite appearances). This post is […]

Crispy, golden brown roasted potatoes served with a uniquely flavorful and oh-so-versatile black garlic aioli that’ll make your tastebuds sing with delight.

Up your side dish game with these crispy roasted potatoes, served with a black garlic aioli (it’s savory, I promise I’m not dipping potatoes in chocolate pudding here, despite appearances).

Shallow bowl filled with golden brown crispy potatoes, with a dish of black garlic aioli and sliced green onions

This dish is little bit inspired by Spain’s famous Papas Bravas, which is a dish of crispy fried potatoes served with a garlicky aioli (the traditional Catalan version is literally just garlic and oil worked together by hand until creamy, though many modern versions include egg to help with the emulsification).

We’ve taken some liberties with our recipe, obviously, both by baking our potatoes until golden and crisp and serving them with a simple and delicious shortcut aioli made with Duke’s Mayonnaise and both fresh and aged black garlic for a unique and flavorful combination.

Fork dipping a crispy piece of potato into a dish of black garlic aioli

Making aioli from scratch can be tricky if you don’t have the right equipment, or the patience. Instead, we’ve opted for a shortcut aioli, using our favorite Duke’s Mayonnaise as the creamy, tangy base, and mixing in both fresh and black garlic—the fresh gives the aioli a perfect bite, while the rich umami notes of the black garlic provide incredible depth of flavor while mellowing out the sharper spice of the fresh garlic.

The result is a delicious and unique side dish that comes together in a jiffy, and perfectly compliments these crispy roasted potatoes (though its versatility certainly doesn’t end there).

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Classic Roasted Potatoes

These oven roasted potatoes recipe comes out crispy and seasoned to perfection! Red potatoes and fresh herbs make a classic pairing. Why mash potatoes when you can roast them to a golden crisp? We’ve always been partial to a crispy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside potato. To us, the mushy stuff just doesn’t compare. (Though these Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes are close!) We’ll show you how to make our favorite Roasted Potatoes, oven roasted red potatoes that are baked until crispy with garlic powder, then showered with fresh herbs. It’s easy and you barely need to think about it. Ready to get started? Best variety to use for roasted potatoes What’s the best potato for roasted potatoes? Turns out there’s an answer to that. The best choice is a waxy potato, a potato with thin, shiny skin and a creamy flesh. Because they’re low in starch, they hold their shape when roasting. We like roasted red potatoes best, but you can use any type of waxy potato. Here are our top picks for the type of potato to use for these oven roasted potatoes: Baby red potatoes: Our favorite are baby red potatoes: they have the best creamy flavor and they look stunning Fingerling […]

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These oven roasted potatoes recipe comes out crispy and seasoned to perfection! Red potatoes and fresh herbs make a classic pairing.

Roasted potatoes

Why mash potatoes when you can roast them to a golden crisp? We’ve always been partial to a crispy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside potato. To us, the mushy stuff just doesn’t compare. (Though these Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes are close!) We’ll show you how to make our favorite Roasted Potatoes, oven roasted red potatoes that are baked until crispy with garlic powder, then showered with fresh herbs. It’s easy and you barely need to think about it. Ready to get started?

Best variety to use for roasted potatoes

What’s the best potato for roasted potatoes? Turns out there’s an answer to that. The best choice is a waxy potato, a potato with thin, shiny skin and a creamy flesh. Because they’re low in starch, they hold their shape when roasting. We like roasted red potatoes best, but you can use any type of waxy potato. Here are our top picks for the type of potato to use for these oven roasted potatoes:

  • Baby red potatoes: Our favorite are baby red potatoes: they have the best creamy flavor and they look stunning
  • Fingerling potatoes: This type of potato is small, brown and looks like long, thin fingers. It also has a fabulous flavor and works well here
  • Red potatoes (chopped): If you can’t find baby red potatoes, use any type of red potato and chop it into 1/2-inch cubes
  • New potatoes: Technically new potatoes aren’t a variety but simply freshly harvested potatoes. Usually new potatoes are small waxy potatoes. Sometimes you can find a variety of colors (brown, yellow, red and purple).
Oven roasted potatoes

Oven roasted potatoes ingredients

Roasted potatoes are the perfect side dish because they call for only a handful of ingredients! Once you’ve got your potatoes, here’s what you need for the rest of the recipe:

  • Waxy potatoes like baby red potatoes (see above)
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh thyme or other fresh herbs like oregano, chives or rosemary

Want another variation? Try these Rosemary Roasted Potatoes.

How long to roast potatoes

You barely need a recipe for roasted potatoes! You simply need to know the oven temperature and how long to roast potatoes (and of course, approximate oil and salt quantities!). How long to roast potatoes?

  • Roast 1/2-inch chopped potatoes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 35 minutes. The timing does depend on the exact size of potatoes.
  • You don’t have to stir. Place them cut-side down to get crisp and golden brown.
  • How to season roasted potatoes? Plan on 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt per pound. Then you can get fancy with other flavors: keep reading…
Roasted red potatoes

Flavor variations for roasted red potatoes

Our basic oven roasted potatoes recipe features garlic powder on the potatoes while roasting. This is important: don’t try to add fresh garlic in the oven! At such a high temperature, fresh garlic will burn. Once the roasted potatoes are golden and crisp, sprinkle with fresh thyme. It’s a time-honored flavor combination that’s effortlessly simple. But want to take that even further? Here are some ideas:

  • Fresh garlic: Fresh garlic burns in the oven, but you can add it afterwards! Use a small garlic clove and grate it over the top of the warm potatoes. Add a drizzle of olive oil then stir, mixing up any clumps with your fingers.
  • Lemon juice: Love potatoes with a lemon kick? Add squeezes from a few lemon wedges after baking.
  • Parmesan cheese: Take it even further over the top with Parmesan! Add 1/2 cup shredded cheese 15 minutes into baking. It comes so intensely crispy and savory, you’ll be addicted. (We took a cue from our Parmesan Potato Wedges.)
Roasted potatoes recipe

More simple roasted side dishes

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Roasted red potatoes

Classic Oven Roasted Potatoes


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These oven roasted potatoes come out crispy and seasoned to perfection! Red potatoes and fresh herbs make a classic pairing.


Ingredients

  • 2 pounds baby red potatoes (or chopped medium red potatoes)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoons fresh thyme or lemon thyme
  • Optional: 1 clove fresh garlic, lemon wedges, shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash the potatoes, then slice them in half (for baby potatoes) or dice them into 1/2-inch cubes.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together potatoes, olive oil, garlic powder, kosher salt, and several grinds of fresh ground black pepper.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the potatoes in an even layer on the sheet cut and make sure they are side down. Roast for about 30 to 35 minutes without stirring until browned, depending on the size of the pieces. (To step up these potatoes, remove from the oven at 15 minutes and toss with 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese.)
  5. Remove the potatoes from the oven and toss with the fresh thyme. For a more forward garlic flavor, grate the fresh garlic onto the pan with another drizzle of olive oil and use a spoon to gently toss it all together (separating any grated garlic that clumps together). You can also spritz with lemon wedges for a tangy flavor. 
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Roasted potatoes, roasted red potatoes

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This creamy vegan potato soup is the stuff dreams are made of! Cozy and rustic, you’d never guess it was plant based.

Vegan potato soup

Here’s a recipe that’s cozy and creamy, perfect for wrapping your hands around a cup in chilly weather. Try our best Vegan Potato Soup recipe! This one is so full of flavor and impossibly dreamy that you’d swear it had cream or milk in it. Turns out, it’s easy to make a potato soup without dairy that’s the equivalent of wearing a cozy sweater next to a roaring fire. There’s no blender needed: this soup is beautifully chunky and flavored with savory Old Bay. Load it up with toppings and it’s a stunner. We couldn’t stop shoveling in bites!

Ingredients in vegan potato soup

What’s the magic behind this vegan potato soup? This one is a spinoff on our Loaded Potato Soup, with a few simple tweaks to make it plant based. The flavor is out of this world good. Here are the ingredients you need for a vegan potato soup:

  • Shallots: The delicate flavor of this small onion is just what’s needed for a potato soup.
  • Garlic
  • Russet potatoes: Make sure to use russet potatoes here: they have just the right texture. Waxy potatoes don’t quite work!
  • Coconut oil: You can also use olive oil: it will give the soup a slightly more yellow hue
  • All purpose flour: Substitute gluten-free flour for gluten free
  • Vegetable broth
  • Oat milk: Oat milk is the creamiest, best option here: see below!
  • Old Bay: Old Bay is an American seasoning blend invented in Maryland that’s popularly used to flavor seafood or potato chowder. Find it online or make it homemade.
Vegan potato soup

The best non-dairy milk for potato soup?

Vegan potato soup is tricky: not only can it not use cream and butter, there’s no dairy milk allowed. What’s the best non-dairy milk to stand in that can still provide creaminess? Here’s what we’ve found:

  • Oat milk is perfect in vegan potato soup. It has a creamy enough texture and a neutral flavor that makes it perfect for vegan soups.
  • Almond milk works, but it’s less creamy. The texture of almond milk is very thin, close to water.
  • Not recommended: coconut milk or soy milk. Both of these non-dairy milks have too strong of a flavor for this potato soup.

No blender needed: use a potato masher!

This vegan potato soup recipe is naturally creamy: there’s no need for a blender! Cook the potatoes until they’re falling apart, then mash them right in the pot using a potato masher. This cuts down on mess, and makes for a great creamy but chunky texture (my favorite part about this easy potato soup). Personally, we love potato soups with a bit of texture: not ones that are perfectly smooth. This one hits the mark for us!

Mashing potato soup

Toppings for vegan potato soup

The next challenge to a vegan potato soup recipe: what to use for toppings? With no cheese, bacon, or sour cream allowed, there’s still plenty of options! Here are our favorite toppings to make a loaded vegan potato soup:

  • Coconut bacon: It might sound odd, but coconut bacon really hits the mark here! Chewy and smoky, it infuses bacon-y goodness without the meat. Or try shiitake bacon or tempeh bacon.
  • Vegan sour cream, cashew cream or yogurt: There are a few creamy options: you can make homemade vegan sour cream or cashew cream. Or try store-bought vegan yogurt (what we used).
  • Chives or green onions: Thinly sliced chives or green onion tops is ultra classic for a potato soup.
  • Sliced orange pepper: To incorporate the orange color of shredded cheese, we used thinly sliced orange pepper: the look is remarkably similar! The flavor is good enough that you don’t need vegan cheese, though you could use it if you have a brand you love.
Vegan potato soup

Variation: vegan potato leek soup

Want to make a vegan potato leek soup instead? Potato leek soup is one of life’s great pleasures: the leeks add even more savory, oniony flavor to the potato puree. Here’s what to do if you’d like to transform this soup:

  • Chop 3 leeks: Substitute 3 large leeks for the shallots. Chop off the dark green stems of the leeks and the bottom root, then slice them in half lengthwise. Place each leek half cut-side down on the cutting board, then chop it into thin slices, resulting in half-moon shapes, then rinse them thoroughly in a colander.
  • Add them in place of the shallots: Add the leeks with the garlic and cook about 4 minute until tender, then follow the remainder of the recipe.

Ways to add more protein!

Last idea for mixing up this potato leek soup: want to add more protein? You can add sliced vegan sausage to the soup and simmer until heated through, just a few minutes. We happened to have a vegan sausage in the refrigerator when we made this soup, so the next day we tried it. It’s even more filling!

When you’re shopping for a vegan meat substitute, check the package ingredients to make sure it’s not too processed. There are several brands on the market now that are made with real food ingredients: but you’ll have to review the ingredient list. Also make sure the ingredients fit your dietary preferences (some contain gluten or egg).

Vegan potato soup

Sides to serve with vegan potato soup

Once you’ve got your vegan potato soup recipe, what to serve with it? There are lots of great sides to go with potato soup. Here are a few that would be fantastic here:

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Vegan potato soup

Vegan Potato Soup (Best Flavor!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This creamy vegan potato soup is the stuff dreams are made of! Cozy and rustic, you’d never guess it was plant based.


Ingredients

  • 2 large or 4 small shallots (1 cup finely chopped)*
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 1/4 pounds russet potatoes (4 medium or 3 large), enough for 6 cups diced
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil (or olive oil)
  • 6 tablespoons all purpose flour (or gluten free flour)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 cups plain unsweetened oat milk, divided
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning (purchased or homemade)
  • Topping ideas: vegan yogurt, sour cream or cashew cream, chives, green onions, orange bell pepper, vegan bacon, hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Mince the shallots. Mince the garlic. Peel and small dice the potatoes.
  2. In a large pot, heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Shake the flour over the vegetables and stir to coat. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until just starting to brown.
  3. Slowly stir in the vegetable broth, adding it bit by bit and then stirring until mostly smooth. Once incorporated, add the oat milk, potatoes, kosher salt, and Old Bay.
  4. Bring to a simmer and cook on low heat for 20 to 25 minutes (make sure the heat is just at a simmer and does not boil). Stir often and scrape the bottom to make sure nothing sticks. The soup will get extremely creamy; make sure to keep stirring or a skin will form on the top. It’s done when the potatoes fall apart when you mash one against the side of the pot with your spoon.
  5. Remove from the heat. Use a potato masher to break up the potatoes so that a creamy but chunky texture forms. Stir to incorporate the mashed potatoes. Then serve topped with toppings of your choice: we used purchased vegan yogurt, thinly sliced green onions, chives, orange bell pepper, and coconut bacon. Leftovers store refrigerated for up to 5 days: reheat on the stovetop and add a splash of milk. 

Notes

*To make vegan potato leek soup: Substitute 3 large leeks for the shallots. Chop off the dark green stems of the leeks and the bottom root, then slice them in half lengthwise. Place each leek half cut-side down on the cutting board, then chop it into thin slices, resulting in half-moon shapes, then rinse them thoroughly in a colander. Add the leeks with the garlic and cook about 4 minute until tender, then follow the remainder of the recipe. 

  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Vegan potato soup, vegan potato soup recipe

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THIS is the sheet pan meal to end all sheet pan meals! It’s similar to some I’ve made before, but it is by far the easiest one yet, and without sacrificing any flavor. This Sheet Pan Kielbasa, Potatoes, and Green Beans recipe is filling, tasty, and as easy as it gets, with only SIX simple ingredients, and very little hands on time. I don’t know what more you could want from a dinner recipe! 🙌

Sheet pan kielbasa, potatoes, and green beans with a spatula

Can I Use a Different Sausage?

Yes, if you can not find kielbasa, any sort of smoked sausage will taste delicious with this combination of ingredients. It’s so flexible!

Can I Use Fresh Green Beans?

I used frozen green beans for this recipe because they are already cleaned, cut, and blanched before freezing. The blanching keeps the green beans a little more moist as they roast in the oven. You can use fresh green beans if you prefer, just keep in mind that they will dry out a little more while roasting than frozen green beans.

What is Steak Seasoning?

Steak seasoning is my short cut for this recipe. It’s a bottled spice blend, sometimes called Montreal Steak Seasoning, that you should be able to find at any major grocery store in the U.S. It’s a chunky mix of salt, pepper, garlic, red pepper, and sometimes a couple other spices. I love steak seasoning because that chunky grind of the spices gives the dish not only texture but these wonderful pops of flavor in every bite. Don’t skip it! :)

Can I Use Different Potatoes?

Yes! Again, this recipe is so flexible. I used small red potatoes, but you can substitute larger red potatoes or even russet potatoes if that is what you have. Just make sure to cut the potatoes into one-inch pieces so they roast at an even pace with everything else.

Sheet pan kielbasa, potatoes, and green beans in a bowl with a fork

 
Sheet pan roasted kielbasa potatoes and green beans with a spatula

Sheet Pan Kielbasa Potatoes and Green Beans

Sheet pan meals don't get an easier or more delicious than this Sheet Pan Kielbasa Potatoes and Green Beans dinner.
Total Cost $9.47 recipe / $2.37 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 504.88kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 24 oz. petite red potatoes $2.99
  • 12 oz. kielbasa $4.69
  • 1 yellow onion $0.32
  • 12 oz. frozen green beans $1.00
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.32
  • 1/2 Tbsp steak seasoning $0.15

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Wash and slice the potatoes into 1-inch pieces. Slice the kielbasa into medallions. Dice the onion into 1-inch pieces.
  • Add the potatoes, kielbasa, onion, and frozen green beans (no need to thaw) to a large baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle the steak seasoning over top. Use your hands to toss the ingredients until everything is coated in oil and spices.
  • Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and roast in the oven for 20 minutes, then give the ingredients on the sheet pan a good stir. Roast for an additional 15 minutes, or until the ingredients achieve the level of browning you desire. Serve hot.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 504.88kcal | Carbohydrates: 40.3g | Protein: 15.65g | Fat: 32.45g | Sodium: 1028.88mg | Fiber: 5.88g

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How to Make Sheet Pan Kielbasa Potatoes and Green Beans – Step by Step Photos

Meal ingredients whole on the sheet pan

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. This is all that goes into the dinner, plus some olive oil and steak seasoning. How simple is that?? 24oz. petite red potatoes, 12oz. kielbasa, 12oz. frozen green beans, and one yellow onion.

Chopped ingredients on the sheet pan

Chop the potatoes into 1-inch pieces. Slice the kielbasa into medallions. Dice the onion into 1-inch pieces. Add the potatoes, kielbasa, onion, and green beans (no need to thaw) to the sheet pan.

Steak seasoning bottle close up

This is all I used to season the sheet pan meal. The chunky texture of this seasoning blend really adds a lot of texture and flavor differentiation to every bite! 

Seasoned sheet pan meal

Add 2 Tbsp olive oil and ½ Tbsp of the steak seasoning to the ingredients on the sheet pan, then toss really well until everything is coated in oil and seasoning.

Roasted sheet pan meal

Then place the sheet pan in the oven, roast for 20 minutes, then give it a good stir. Return it to the oven and roast for about another 15 minutes, or until it’s browned to the level that you like. 

Close up of sheet pan kielbasa potatoes and green beans on a sheet pan

It’s hard to describe how awesome this is. It doesn’t even need any sort of dressing or sauce. The fat and seasoning from the kielbasa soak into the potatoes and coats the other vegetables in an incredible amount of flavor, then you have the steak seasoning on top. It’s just 100% awesome! Serve hot and enjoy. :)

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How to Make Home Fries, the Superior Potato Preparation (We Said It!)

Passing the gleaming prefab husks of my favorite Manhattan diners these days brings a pang. The exaggerated nostalgia of neon signs and swooping stainless steel, of sprawling, manic menus, is now a sort of memorial to itself. I can practically smell th…

Passing the gleaming prefab husks of my favorite Manhattan diners these days brings a pang. The exaggerated nostalgia of neon signs and swooping stainless steel, of sprawling, manic menus, is now a sort of memorial to itself. I can practically smell the singed, watery coffee as I wander by. But until our favorite haunts return to their timeless, 24-hour routine, we can take advantage of their absence to make some diner classics better—let’s face it—than we could ever find on a foldout menu.

That brings us to one of the great pillars of diner fare—home fries. At their best, home fries are a perfect union of crisped potatoes, browned onions, and grilled peppers. They should be ordered extra crispy, to avoid the tragedy of the steamed, crunchy potato, and should always be topped with a dash or two of hot sauce. We can argue knife skills and varietals—my ideal home fries involve quartered new potatoes, whereas my brother likes a diced russet—but we can all agree that, alongside a diner omelet, with a cup of weak coffee and some good company, this is the perfect breakfast food. And until I can order them at my favorite diners again, I’ll be making them at home.

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Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

It’s not even Halloween yet, but it’s never too early to start planning for Thanksgiving, so I’m going to throw you this little tip to save for later. There are so many moving parts that go into making sure a Thanksgiving meal is hot and ready all at the same time, and it’s even more […]

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It’s not even Halloween yet, but it’s never too early to start planning for Thanksgiving, so I’m going to throw you this little tip to save for later. There are so many moving parts that go into making sure a Thanksgiving meal is hot and ready all at the same time, and it’s even more challenging when you’re working with just one stove. Recipes like these Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes that can be prepared on the side will free up space on your stove top and, because it requires no babysitting, will leave your hands and eyes free to focus on other recipes. Thanksgiving Day boil-over averted. 😅

Originally posted 12-29-2015, updated 10-8-2020.

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes in the slow cooker with melted butter and a wooden spoon

Why Make Mashed Potatoes in a Slow Cooker?

Using the slow cooker cuts out the “babysitting the boiling pot” step in the process of making mashed potatoes, which can really free you up to concentrate on the rest of your meal. It also eliminates boil overs, draining the potatoes, constantly checking them with a fork to see if they’re tender, using multiple pots and dishes, and gives you another free burner on your stove top. With slow cooker mashed potatoes, you just add everything to the pot and press a button and go. And if you can’t get to them right when the timer goes off, they’ll be okay!

How Do You Flavor Mashed Potatoes?

I flavored my mashed potatoes with garlic, pepper, butter, milk, and cream cheese, but you can use your tried and true favorite mashed potato add-ins with this recipe. The cooking process will stay the same: 3 lbs. potatoes and about 1.5 cups of broth. Then after they’re cooked, add in whatever you’d like! My All-Purpose Garlic Herb Seasoning is a favorite, but other fun seasoning blends include Everything But The Bagel Seasoning, or even ranch seasoning.

What Kind of Potatoes are Best for Mashed Potatoes?

Russet potatoes are my top choice for mashed potatoes because they have a light, fluffy flesh. You can use red potatoes, but they tend to create a more dense mashed potato.

Can I Make Them Vegetarian?

Absolutely! You can swap the chicken broth listed in the recipe below for vegetable broth. Just be aware that vegetable broth is usually a much darker color, so your finished mashed potatoes may look a little more brown.

What Size Slow Cooker Do I Need?

I’m using a 5 quart slow cooker, but it was only about half full, so you could probably get away with using a 3 quart slow cooker for this recipe.

Slow cooker mashed potatoes in a bowl with a spoon lifting a bite

 
Close up of mashed potatoes in the slow cooker with melted butter and a wooden spoon

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Slow cooker mashed potatoes are the perfect hands-off method for making rich and creamy mashed potatoes for the Holidays!
Total Cost $2.99 recipe / $0.50 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 1 cup each
Calories 259.77kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. russet potatoes $1.80
  • 1.5 cups chicken broth $0.20
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced $0.16
  • 1/4 tsp Freshly cracked black pepper $0.05
  • 4 oz. cream cheese $0.40
  • 1/2 cup milk $0.25
  • 1 Tbsp butter $0.13

Instructions

  • Wash and peel the potatoes, then dice them into one-inch cubes. Rinse the diced potatoes with cool water in a colander to remove the excess starch.
  • Add the cubed potatoes, minced garlic, chicken broth, and some freshly cracked pepper to the slow cooker. Stir briefly to distribute the garlic and pepper.
  • Place a lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for three hours, or until the potatoes are fork tender. You can test the tenderness by lifting the lid just long enough to pierce the potatoes with a fork.
  • Take the lid off the slow cooker and add the cream cheese, milk, and butter. Stir to combine the ingredients and mash the potatoes. For an extra smooth mashed potato, use a hand mixer to briefly whip the potatoes until smooth.
  • Taste the potatoes and add salt or pepper if needed. Serve immediately, or switch the slow cooker to the "warm" setting until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 259.77kcal | Carbohydrates: 42.75g | Protein: 6.93g | Fat: 5.58g | Sodium: 441.73mg | Fiber: 3.18g

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How to Make Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes – Step by Step Photos

Diced potatoes on a cutting board

Start by washing and peeling 3 lbs. of russet potatoes. Dice the peeled potatoes into one-inch cubes.

Diced potatoes in a colander

Rinse the cubed potatoes well in a colander. This removes the excess starch which can make your mashed potatoes gluey instead of fluffy.

Chicken broth being poured into the slow cooker with potatotes

Add the cubed potatoes to a slow cooker along with 2 cloves of garlic (minced), 1.5 cups of chicken broth, and some freshly cracked pepper. Stir briefly just to distribute the garlic and pepper. 

testing the potatoes tenderness with a fork

Cover the slow cooker, then cook on high for three hours, or until the potatoes are tender. You can test their tenderness by removing the lid just brief enough to see if a fork can be easily inserted into the potatoes.

Cream cheese and milk added to the potatoes in the slow cooker

Add 4oz. cream cheese, 1 Tbsp butter, and 1/2 cup milk to the hot potatoes. Stir with a spoon to combine the add-ins with the hot potatoes. The potatoes should be so tender that they begin to mash as you stir. You can continue to stir with a spoon for a chunkier mashed potato, or…

Creamy mashed potatoes in the slow cooker with a spoon, close up

Use a hand mixer to briefly whip the potatoes until smooth. 

Side view of mashed potatoes in the slow cooker with melted butter

Finally, taste the mashed potatoes and season with salt or pepper if needed. Depending on what kind of broth you use, you may want to add salt.

Close up of mashed potatoes in the slow cooker with melted butter and a wooden spoon

And that’s it! Soft, silky, flavorful slow cooker mashed potatoes without any “heavy lifting”. You can serve the potatoes right away or switch the slow cooker to the “warm” setting to keep them warm until you’re ready to serve dinner.

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