Ligurian Potato Loaf

Serves 6 to 8


  • 6 medium potatoes, scrubbed
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten with a fork
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Grinding of black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen green beans, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen baby carrots
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup peas
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese


  1. Line a 10 x 5 1/2 x 3-inch loaf pan with aluminum foil and allow it to hang over the sides. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom of the pan. Brush the parchment and foil with 2 tablespoons melted butter and dust the pan with dry breadcrumbs and refrigerate.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  3. Poke the potatoes in several places with a fork and microwave them on the baked potato setting. Or boil the potatoes in their skins until a fork can easily pierce them. Cool, peel and rice or mash them. Add 2 tablespoons butter, milk, eggs, salt and a grinding of black pepper to taste. Set aside.
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a sauté pan; cook the onion until it softens; stir in the garlic and cook until it softens; add the beans and carrots and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the zucchini and cook for 2 minutes. Add the peas. Cool slightly; season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add vegetables, basil and cheese to the potatoes and combine well.
  6. Spread the mixture in the loaf pan. Drizzle remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over the top. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until the top is golden brown and it is heated through. Let rest a few minutes, then unmold. Slice to serve.

This recipe was featured on Season 28 - Episode 2810.

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Beth Soster

Will try this before I make it for company. Looks delicious. Will try the other potato recipes also.


I’m going to try this recipe with cauliflower instead of potatoes. Will update later.

Maureen McDonough

There is nothing like real mashed potatoes, but using cauliflower potatoes was almost as good. What a great way to get a good serving of vegetables…and keto-friendly. Great variation on this classic Italian side dish! Try it!!


Easy enough. Not sure about all the vegetables mixed together in one pan. Kinda thrown together.

marlene barkley

made this recipe for Thanksgiving…tasted great but did not hold together like a loaf, fell apart and became of bowl of potatoes. I wonder if it should have been plated at room temp.


How do you unmold this? Have not made yet, but I am concerned about pulling it out by the foil sides folded over rim

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