Simply Roasted Parsnips via

Simply Roasted Parsnips with Rosemary

Simply Roasted Parsnips with Rosemary.Simply Roasted Parsnips with Rosemary via JennySheaRawn.comParsnips. A forgotten and overlooked root vegetable, even by me, lover of all veggies.parsnipsBut parsnips remind me of family. For as long as I can remember, whenever we visit my parents house in CT in the fall or winter, mom makes a few large pans of roasted vegetables with rosemary, garlic and thyme. And lots of parsnips. And there’s usually a roaring fire going in the fireplace and glasses of red wine being poured. She makes those amazing roasted veggies on Thanksgiving too and it’s one of the dishes I look most forward to. Roasted Parsnips via JennySheaRawn.comForget about the mashed potatoes, turnip or green bean casserole. Bring on the roasted veggies. With parsnips and Brussels sprouts and carrots and onions and new potatoes and anything else she throws onto the roasting pan.Roasted Parsnips via JennySheaRawn.comSince this month’s Recipe ReDux theme is: A Food Memory For Which You Are Thankful, I’ve decided to celebrate the humble and rustic parsnip because it reminds me of the things I am most thankful for:  family and friends, new and old, and home. And rustic, caramelized, roasted veggies.

These parnips really shine when you roast them on their own because you can appreciate their unique flavor. They’re slightly sweet, earthy and they get all nice and carmelized in the cast-iron skillet. I am going to be roasting them more often on their own. And then occasionally tossed with Brussels Sprouts, onions, sweet potatoes, etc.

This is a perfect side dish for Thanksgiving or anytime you’re roasting turkey or chicken.


Simply Roasted Parsnips with Rosemary

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 4 as a side dish

Simply Roasted Parsnips with Rosemary


  • 1 lb parsnips, scrubbed and halved lengthwise
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat oven with cast-iron skillets inside to 425.
  2. Toss parsnips in a drizzle of olive oil then nestle in cast iron skillets (1 or 2 skillets, depending how large your skilelts are) or on a baking sheet.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and rosemary leaves.
  4. Or if you prefer, place full sprigs in the skillet with the parsnips.
  5. Roast for about 25 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  6. Remove from oven (carefully, skillets are hot!) and serve.
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*Nutrition tip: Parsnips are rich in Vitamin C, (especially important during cold/flu season) folate and fiber.

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  • Regan @ The Healthy Aperture Blog November 21, 2014, 3:53 pm

    Jenny these look SO good. And love the way you describe the atmosphere at your family’s home. Such a great memory!

    • Jennifer Rawn November 22, 2014, 10:09 am

      @Regan, thank you! Great memories. Hope you & your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  • Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen November 22, 2014, 5:03 pm

    parsnips are so underrated. Your pictures are fantastic!!!!

    • Jennifer Rawn November 23, 2014, 7:19 pm

      @Julie, thank you! Totally agree parsnips are SO underrated. Definitely going to be eating them more often.

  • rachel November 23, 2014, 2:38 pm

    love this simple yet amazing way to prepare parsnips! yum!

    • Jennifer Rawn November 23, 2014, 7:17 pm

      @Rachel, thank you! Simple is so many times the best way to go.

  • Francesca November 23, 2014, 10:11 pm

    I have never made parsnips– until this Thanksgiving that is! Thanks for the idea 🙂

    • Jennifer Rawn November 28, 2014, 10:32 am

      @Francesca, so glad! Hope you enjoyed!

  • EspritFit November 30, 2014, 3:57 am

    Great way to prepare parsnips . 🙂

  • Jamie @ Dishing Out Health December 17, 2015, 2:33 pm

    I love how simple and delicious this sounds. It’s great for a Christmas day menu!

    • Jenny December 22, 2015, 9:06 am

      @Jamie, thank you!

  • Liz - Meal Makeover Mom December 18, 2015, 8:20 am

    I’ve never roasted parsnips whole. I love this idea. My husband is British, so parsnips are a staple around here 🙂

    • Jenny December 22, 2015, 9:06 am

      @Liz, love the presentation of whole or halved parsnips. Hope you give them a try!

  • Anne|Craving Something Healthy December 18, 2015, 11:10 am

    I totally agree that parsnips are a forgotten vegetable. I do love them though! Gorgeous photos, pinned them 🙂

    • Jenny December 22, 2015, 9:06 am

      @Anne, thanks! And I agree, parsnips are forgotten all too often!

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