Roasted Parsnips - My Easiest Thanksgiving Side Dish! ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Roasted Parsnips - My Easiest Thanksgiving Side Dish!

Lately, I have had some extremely long and detailed recipe posts with lots of step-by-step pictures.  Although it typically involves recipes with many ingredients, your Thanksgiving menu could benefit from an easy recipe like this one.  Very little prep and no techniques to master.  In fact, this is great side dish for a busy fall weeknight!

Before I share the recipe, I should mention how the roasted parsnips taste!  They look like beige carrots, but they taste something like a sweet potato, even with a similar texture.  I saw all kinds of recipe for parsnips with cayenne, ginger, or garlic, which I could imagine would be delicious.  However, I like mine plain and simple!

Roasted Parsnips


  • Parsnips, peeled
  • Olive oil
  • Freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Prepare the parsnips: I chose to leave mine whole because they were relatively thin.  You may need to quarter them if large, or julienne the parsnips, if you prefer.
  2. Layer the parsnips on a baking sheet covered with foil.
  3. Sprinkle the olive oil over the parsnips, tossing to ensure they are coated.
  4. Use your pepper mill and salt grinder to add the seasonings to your taste.
  5. Roast at 450F for 20 - 25 minutes, turning halfway, until browned.
  6. Let cool and add more salt and pepper, if necessary.

Roasted Parsnips 2

Wasn't that simple?

Roasted Parsnips 1

The best part is that you can make a few for a dinner for two or multiple baking sheets for a party.  Easy peasy!

What is the easiest dish you will be making for Thanksgiving?


  1. I've always seen parsnips at the store, but never had any idea how to cook them! Thanks for sharing! Pinning. :)

  2. I have never actually had a parsnip either! I'd love to try them, they look delicious! I will have to pick them up next time I pass them in the market!

  3. They are so delicious! I bought them on a whim while they were on sale long ago, and I'm so glad I did!

  4. Definitely do and let me know how you like them!

  5. We will just love your Roasted Parsnips, I can almost taste them. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very Merry Christmas!
    Miz Helen


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