Parsnip Puree – Creamy Pureed Parsnips

Parsnip Puree


Parsnip Puree is a great way to use a delicious and super nutritious veggie that doesn’t get much attention. Parsnips are wonderful and tasty and worth checking out for your next veggie fix.

About Parsnips

Parsnips are related to carrots, and they taste a little like a carrot but, maybe a bit sweeter.  With their cream coloured flesh, they don’t have the beta carotene that carrots have. Parsnips, however, are a very good source of potassium and folate, and are higher in fibre than potatoes.

Check out this article All About Parsnips, for more info on this awesome vegetable, plus more recipes. I got these lovely parsnips at a local farmers market. (Where, I also learned that, in Scotland, they call parsnips “white carrot”)  They were very fresh and firm, which is how a parsnip should be. Similar to a carrot, parsnips lose their crispness when they’re past their prime.

Parsnips: Not Usually a Kitchen Staple

Although parsnips are not always a staple in a lot of kitchens, be sure to not overlook them. You’ll find parsnips in any grocery store. When cooked and pureed, this vegetable has an earthy, slightly sweet and nutty flavour and a creamy texture, and they are a fresh alternative to starchy potatoes. Add parsnip to any roasted root vegetable dish, (they’re delicious roasted along side carrots). They are also a good addition to  soups and stews.

Try New Vegetables, Including Parsnip

I’m trying to include a wider variety of veggies in my cooking. I usually just buy a new veggie,  and then figure out what to do with it after I get it home. It’s kind of fun that way. Like a challenge. Going beyond the reliable regulars can make dinner much more interesting. And if we really like something, I try to incorporate it into our garden for the following year.

Parsnip puree is a tasty, nutritious  and really easy to make side dish. Fresh chopped parsley (which is also related to the parsnip), and a hint of nutmeg are perfect flavour accents.

For more delicious and healthy veggie side dishes, try Slow Cooker Red Cabbage  


How to Make Parsnip Puree

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Parsnip Puree – Creamy Pureed Parsnips
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

This healthy Parsnip Puree is a creamy, sweet and nutty tasting alternative to potatoes and It's just as easy to make.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 272 kcal
Author: Colleen
  • 10 parsnips scrubbed, peeled and cut into uniform chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic smashed and peeled
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk or cream or non dairy milk
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Sea salt & freshly ground pepper
  1. In a pot of boiling water, cook parsnips and  garlic until parsnips are tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Drain and return to pot. Add butter, milk, and nutmeg.

  3. Using an immersion blender, puree until smooth and creamy. (or transfer to a blender or food processor in two batches)
  4. Season with Salt & Pepper, to taste
  5. Stir in parsley, reserving some for garnish, and serve hot.
Recipe Notes

Calories and fat indicated here are for using 1% milk. Using cream or whole milk will increase both calories and fat per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Parsnip Puree – Creamy Pureed Parsnips
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 272 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 103mg4%
Potassium 1012mg29%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 12g48%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 485IU10%
Vitamin C 47.5mg58%
Calcium 125mg13%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




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