Mashed Parsnips


Parsnip mash is healthy, flavorful, and slightly sweet with the same great texture as mashed potatoes. I was tricked into trying them, fell instantly in love, and haven't made mashed potatoes since.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 5 cups whole milk

  • 10 parsnips, peeled and cubed

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, or more to taste


  1. Pour milk into a large pot over medium heat; bring to a simmer. Add parsnips and salt. Cover and cook until parsnips are tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Drain parsnips, reserving warm milk in a separate container.

  2. Mash together parsnips, 1 cup reserved warm milk, butter, thyme, and pepper in the same pot using a hand mixer or blender. Add more warm milk until desired consistency is reached. Season with salt and pepper.


You can cook the parsnips in any type of cream or milk — the heavier the cream, the creamier the result.

You can use 1 tablespoon fresh thyme instead of dried.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount for the milk. The actual amount of milk consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

143 Calories
11g Fat
7g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 143
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 393mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 178mg 14%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 223mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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