Puréed Roasted Parsnips

Caramelized roasted parsnips are pureed into a delicious mash, seasoned with butter, salt, pepper and a dash of nutmeg.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4


  • 2 pounds parsnips, peeled, stringy cores removed, chopped (about 1 1/2 pounds after removing cores)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted (can sub with extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste


1 Preheat oven and prep the parsnips: Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C).

Peel parsnips, make a cut off the top of the fat end of each parsnip. This will show you extent of the inner core.

Often this core is stringy and woody, especially at the larger end of the parsnip. When you are prepping the parsnips, cut around this core.

three whole parsnips tough core of parsnip

2 Toss with melted butter and place in roasting pan: Place chopped parsnips in a medium sized bowl, add the melted butter and stir to coat. Lay out the parsnips on a roasting pan in a single layer.

toss chopped parsnips with melted butter, lay out in roasting pan roasted chopped parsnips

3 Roast in oven: Roast in the 400°F (205°C) oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until lightly golden, turning the parsnips once half-way through the cooking.

4 Purée cooked parsnips: Put cooked parsnips into a blender or food processor. Add 1 1/2 cups water, and pulse until puréed to the desired consistency. Add more water if necessary.

5 Season: Add nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste.