Low-fat Parmesan & Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

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There are a few recipes in my little arsenal that I’m always trying to perfect. These are the recipes I’ll make at least once a month, each time adding a little more of this and a little less of that, all trying to make THE BEST version of it. And most of the time, the recipes come out delicious, but not better than before. However, that was before these low-fat Parmesan & rosemary mashed potatoes were born. These? They beat out my most beloved low-fat potato recipe and now reign as the very best.

Low fat parmesan rosemary mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes are one of the easiest dishes to make, but probably one of the hardest to lighten up. As much as I love Smart Balance, it’s not a proper substitute for butter. And chicken broth is fine, but it just doesn’t have the flavor that heavy whipping cream does. I’ve tried so many different versions of skinny mashed potatoes, and although some have succeeded, like these kale ones, some have failed. Let’s just say soy milk does NOT belong in a bed of mashed pot-tates.

parmesan rosemary mashed tots

It’s hard to get the creaminess you crave in a mashed potato WITHOUT butter, but as we all know from being adults, butter adds fat. So, how do you add creaminess without adding a ton of fat? And THAT, my friends, is when it hit me. CHOBANI! It’s saved the day in so many of my other recipes, so why not try it in mashed potatoes? Now, this may not be a new revelation to you, but CHOMG. It’s completely changed my life.

Low fat mashed potatoes with rosemary

Now, you can’t completely omit butter from these, otherwise they just won’t taste good. But 2 tablespoons instead of the normal stick or two ain’t bad. Plus, for even more creaminess, I added just a few tablespoons of non-fat cream cheese. And, as you can tell, I’m a skin-on type of girl. No matter what kind of potato I use. I don’t know why, I think it adds some character to my tots. They’ve got some rough patches and you know what? I can dig that. I’m not perfect so why should my potatoes be?

If you’re still slowly recovering from the devastation Downton Abbey finale, these will instantly sop up your tears and sadness. Nothing cures a broken heart quite like mashed potatoes, am I right?

Low-fat Parmesan & Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

mashed potatoes


Serves about 6.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: About 15 minutes


  • 2 pounds (about 6 medium-large) Russet potatoes 
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons fat-free cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 2/3 cup plain Chobani yogurt (I used 2%, you can use nonfat)
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 – 4 tablespoons chopped rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Cut the potatoes into quarters and add to the water. Add some salt so they don’t stick to the bottom. Boil potatoes until soft (a fork should pierce right through), or about 8 minutes. Rinse in a colander and place immediately back into the same pot.
  2. Add butter, cream cheese, milk and yogurt. Beat with an electric mixer until creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in rosemary (start with two tablespoons and add more to taste) and parmesan cheese.
  3. Serve immediately.

Nutritional information per serving (about 2/3 cup): 

Calories: 260
Fat: 5.5 grams
Carbohydrates: 41 grams
Fiber: 2.5 grams
Protein: 9.5 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 6

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  1. Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
    I'm a sucker for mashed potatoes. I'm that girl at Thanksgiving that fills half of her plate with mashed potatoes and the rest with a bite or two of everything else. I love that you made a healthier version. Now I wont feel so bad when I openly indulge in the fluffy, delicious goodness.
  2. Posted by Julia on
    Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
    Mashed potatoes that have the potato skins left in them are the BEST! Plus rosemary and cheese just kicks the whole thing up to the next level. I've tried asiago cheese in mashed potatoes and it was AWESOME! I bet Parmesan is a real winner!
  3. Posted by Kathryn on
    Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
    I love that you're a skin on girl. That's the only way to be.
  4. Posted by Liz @ The Lemon Bowl on
    Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
    YES!!! I love yogurt in potatoes!
  5. Posted by carrian on
    Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
    Love this recipe!!! And no, no soy milk. haha
  6. Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
    I think mashed potatoes are defiantly a favorite comfort food item for me and these look amazing!
  7. Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
    I love a big batch of creamy mashed potatoes and these look PERFECT, Claire. Love you added cream cheese, yogurt and fresh herbs! Great recipe.
  8. Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
    I could eat potatoes every day, all day long. I love the idea of the yogurt.
  9. Posted by Laura (Tutti Dolci) on
    Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
    I love rosemary, so perfect in your potatoes!
  10. Posted by Julie @ Table for Two on
    Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
    I LOVE mashed potatoes with skin on. There's just no other way. My parents are always grossed out by it but i'm like if you CLEAN it well enough, there's no DIRT! Plus, i love the texture :) plain yogurt is SUCH a great addition to lighten this up!!! I love greek yogurt, seriously best invention, ever.
  11. Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
    Such a great idea to lighten these up with Greek yogurt! These look delicious!
  12. Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
    Mashed potatoes are one of the best comfort foods ever! I love that you used Chobani! I am going to try that next time.
  13. Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
    I never have mashed potatoes unless its Christmas or Thanksgiving - most because my family is notorious for throwing in an extra stick of butter for "good measure". That's it - I'm making these this weekend!! I mean it. :)
  14. Posted by Sophia @ NY Foodgasm on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    I LOVE this idea! I am always having roasted potatoes with lemon and rosemary, why not have 'em mashed!!
  15. Posted by Rachael on
    Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
    It was impressive how bad it was.

    - direct quote from entire family.
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