Parsnip Purée with Garlic and Herbs


This Parsnip Purée with Garlic and Herbs is a healthier and lightened up version of your favorite mashed potatoes.

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The parsnips are quickly boiled, and then puréed with oat milk, fresh herbs, some seasoning and a bit of cheese. The parsnips also have a light, natural sweetness to them. And your guests will be hard pressed to know that this side dish is anything but your typical mashed potatoes.

Ingredient Notes For This Parsnip Purée with Garlic and Herbs:

  • Parsnips – This is a root vegetable that is closely related to carrot and parsley. It is sweeter in flavor and can be treated more like potatoes due to their starchier texture. So they can be roasted, mashed or fried. I just love parsnips!
  • Milk – Use oat milk or milk of choice. (I make my own oat milk, because it is so much better for me). And in my opinion, the oat flavor is very subtle – I can’t tell.
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Parsnip Purée with Garlic and Herbs is a delicious alternative side dish for any meal. So please give this recipe a try. I think you will love it!

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Parsnip Purée with Garlic and Herbs

  • Author: Naomi
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This Parsnip Purée with Garlic and Herbs is a healthier and lightened up version of your favorite mashed potatoes.


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  • 2 lb. Parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2/33/4 cup Oat Milk, or milk of choice
  • 12 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • Fresh Rosemary, just a small sprinkle
  • Fresh Lemon Thyme, just a small sprinkle
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, freshly grated, or Vegan Parmesan Cheese
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • Himalayan Pink Salt, to taste


  1. Parsnips: Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the parsnips. Cook until tender about 8-10 minutes. Drain.
  2. Purée: To a food processor, add the parsnips, milk, garlic, rosemary and thyme and purée until smooth.
  3. Season: Add the cheese and pulse again until just incorporated. Season with pepper and salt to taste. Serve immediately or cover and reheat later.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Easy Side Dish Recipes, Fresh Herbs, Gluten-Free Recipes, Holiday Recipes, Parsnip Recipes, Pureeing Recipes, Root Vegetables, Side Dish, Thanksgiving

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