Roasted parsnips

Roasted parsnips


I made these roasted parsnips the other night. My 10 year old daughter came to the dinner table and said, “mmmm, homemade fries!”. Like any good Mom, I just said, “mmm hmmm” and let it go. After she had eaten nearly all of them, I asked her (with a smirk on my face), how they were. She said they were great, different than usual but really good. I told her they were parsnips. She had never heard of them.

Parsnips Recipes
Parsnips are a root vegetable and look a lot like a white carrot (remind you of the book Bunnicula?).

They are a bit less starchy than a potato but a little sweeter than a carrot. Regardless of what they are, they taste good and provide a nice bit of variety to your ‘routine’.

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 5 min; Cook Time – 20-25 min


Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

Preparing Roasted Parsnips:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Wash and peel the parsnips. Cut into equal sized pieces. Toss with salt, pepper and olive oil.
Parsnips Recipe
Place on baking sheet and roast until crisp-tender. I generally go about 20-25 minutes.

If you want to remember the color(#7 in our list), sprinkle with some chopped parsley.


Add some other spices to the salt and pepper for either color or flavor like garlic powder or chili powder.

I use this method to roast butternut squash and turnips as well. When you have a group, use all three to add some variation and some color. – Denise


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