Carrot Parsnip Puree Recipe

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The home economists in our Test Kitchen came up with this good-tasting, good-for-you side dish that’s a nice change from mashed potatoes. The natural sweetness of the parsnips and carrots is complemented by hint of ground nutmeg. Don’t want to drag out your food processor? Mash the cooked vegetables with a potato masher instead.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3 cups sliced fresh carrots
  • 2 cups sliced peeled parsnips
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 93 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 171mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. Place 2 in. of water in a large saucepan; add carrots. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add parsnips; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Drain.
  2. Place the vegetables in a food processor; add butter, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Carrot Parsnip Puree in Simple & Delicious September/October 2006, p28

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