Baby food: Potato purée recipe

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Potato purée is a great recipe for when you first start weaning your baby. It's quite a mild flavour - ideal for one of their first solid foods

Potato purée
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Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories568 Kcal28%
Sugar5.8 g6%
Fat0.7 g1%
Saturated Fat0.2 g1%
Salt0.07 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein14.8 g30%
Carbohydrates128.9 g50%
Salt0.07 gRow 7 - Cell 2

This is potato purée is a great recipe to start with when you begin weaning your baby. 

The flavour is mild - quite bland in fact - so it's not overwhelming at a time when your little one is already getting used to new textures. That makes it a great starter food for when you start introducing solids. The only thing you need to make this is potatoes - nothing else needs to be added except the water you use to cook them. You can also use leftover potatoes from other meals you've had - just take all the skins off and use the interiors. Getting your baby used to flavours you will eat as a family later on is easier done sooner rather than later, so if you like your spuds,  giving your baby them every now and then will give them a taste for them too.


  • 2 large potatoes




  1. Peel potatoes and cut into small chunks.
  2. Place chunks into a pan with just enough water to slightly cover potato
  3. Boil until tender, be sure to check on the water level.
  4. Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the potatoes
  5. Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.
  6. Keep a close watch on the potatoes while you are pureeing as they may turn into "wallpaper paste" if pureed too much.
  7. Add the reserved water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency.

Top tip for making this potato purée

You can make sweet potato purée in exactly the same way and are suitable from around six months.

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Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies