Skinny Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes

I don’t know about you, but I love potatoes.  Just about any way you can fix them, I love them!  My kids’ favorite way to eat them (besided french fries!) is mashed potatoes.  So, when I started my Weight Watchers journey, I knew I had to find a way to make them lower in points.  I used to make them with sour cream, cheese, and heavy cream!  Yikes!  Here’s my basic new way of making them – skinny’d up.  I added the caramelized onions on top for the hubby and me to change them up a bit.

Start by getting your onions going – these will take about 20 minutes to cook down.  Place 2 tbsp butter in skillet.

Add one onion, very thinly sliced. (NOTE:  this makes enough for 2-3 people…if you need more, add more onions.  But you won’t need more butter.)

Let cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Then reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally for about 15-20 minutes.   This is what they should look like after about 10 minutes.

And this is what they will look like when they are ready – a nice caramel color.  Yummm!!!  (NOTE:  At any time, if the onions start to stick to the pan, add a little water and stir.)

While the onions are cooking down, prepare the mashed potatoes.  Peel and dice 4 medium or 5 small potatoes, and place in pan.  Add 2 cloves minced garlic and cover with water.  Cook until fork tender.

Drain potatoes and add 1/2 cup Fat Free sour cream.

Add 1/2 cup low fat cheddar cheese (or any cheese of your choice).

Add salt and pepper to taste, and beat with mixer until smooth.  Add enough milk to reach desired consistency – I usually only need about 1/4 cup milk.  Spoon your potatoes onto your plate.

And top with a nice spoonful of those amazing onions.

Skinny Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes

WW Points Plus:  5 pts for 4 servings, or 4 pts for 6 servings (depends on how hungry you are!)

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1-2 onions, sliced very thin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 medium potatoes OR 5 small potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup Fat Free sour cream
  • 1/2 cup low fat cheddar cheese
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Milk to thin – about 1/4 cup


Melt butter in large skillet.  Add sliced onions.  Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes.  Reduce heat to low and cook another 15-20 minutes, or until they reach a nice caramel color.  If the onions start to stick at any point, add a little bit of water and stir.

Meanwhile, place potatoes and garlic in pot and cover with water.  Cook until potatoes are fork tender.  Drain.  Add sour cream, cheddar cheese and salt and pepper to taste.  Beat with mixer until smooth, adding just enough milk to reach desired consistency.


One thought on “Skinny Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes

  1. Tried the potatoes – they are awesome. The onions give them such a good flavor. Thanks for all of the light recipes.

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