Mashed Peppery Turnips

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

Updated: Sep. 07, 2023
I created this recipe in an attempt to use up a great turnip harvest from our garden, and to lighten up one of our favorite dishes. By using turnips in place of potatoes, I made a low-carb side. Now we rarely serve plain mashed potatoes! —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas
Mashed Peppery Turnips Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 medium turnips (about 1 pound), peeled and cut into 1-1/4-in. pieces
  • 1 large potato (about 3/4 pound), peeled and cut into 1-1/4-in. pieces
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper


  1. Place turnips, potato and enough water to cover in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, until tender, 15-20 minutes. Drain; return to pan.
  2. Mash vegetables to desired consistency. Stir in remaining ingredients.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 140 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 608mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.