Roasted Butternut Squash and Parsnips, a simple baked vegetable combo with parsnips and butternut squash. Ready in less than 35 minutes with only 5 ingredients!

roasted parsnips and butternut squash on a white plate with a gold fork

Love parsnips? Love butternut squash? Roast them together! Bake this vegetable combo for a simple side dish or as a topping for salads or bowls.

👉 Ready to learn how to roast butternut squash and parsnips together? Let's do it!


🧄 Ingredients

  • Butternut squash: a medium or large butternut squash
  • Parsnips: you’ll need 2-3 large parsnips
  • Garlic cloves: cut fresh cloves into thin slices
  • Olive oil: start with 2 tablespoons and add more if needed to coat the vegetables
  • Salt and pepper: adds a dash of flavor
  • Recommended tools: sheet pan, set of knives, and a cutting board
butternut squash, parsnips, garlic, oil, salt, and pepper on a white table
Ingredients: butternut squash, parsnips, garlic, oil, salt, pepper

🥣 How to make (step-by-step photos)

1️⃣ Step One: Preheat oven and prep vegetables

To start, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 C), then wash and trim the vegetables.

  1. To cut parsnips: Cut the ends off of the parsnips, then cut them into small cubes.
  2. To cut butternut squash: Cut the ends off of the butternut squash, then use a peeling knife or vegetable peeler and peel off the outer skin. Then cut in half and scoop out the inner pulp and seeds. Then cut into small cubes.

👉 Cutting tip: We love cutting the vegetables into small pieces so they are easier to eat, take less time to cook, and for extra crunch. And to make eating this recipe a lot easier, cut both the parsnips and the squash into similarly-sized pieces.

cut butternut squash and parsnips on a wood cutting board
Cut butternut squash and parsnips

2️⃣ Step Two: Spread squash and parsnips on a baking sheet

Place the parsnips and butternut squash pieces on a roasting sheet or pan.

Toss the vegetables with a drizzle of olive oil until completely covered. Next, mix with sliced garlic, salt, and pepper.

👉 Baking tip: We like to keep vegetables separated on the roasting pan. Butternut squash can take longer to cook and you can easily take the parsnips off the pan when they are ready and then wait for the squash to finish.

cut parsnips and butternut squash on a baking sheet before roasting
Season and add to baking sheet

3️⃣ Step Three: Bake vegetables until golden brown

Put the veggies in the oven and roast until tender and brown around the edges. Depending on your oven, this will take about 35 minutes.

Halfway through cooking, stir the vegetables to make sure they brown on all sides. If parsnips cooks faster than the squash, take it out of the oven and keep on a plate and continue cooking the squash until finished.

Once they are done cooking, remove the veggies from the oven. If using as a side dish, you can serve them immediately. If you plan to use them later, let them cool and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

a white side dish with roasted butternut squash and parsnips and a gold fork

💡 Seasoning ideas

We used just a simple combo of garlic, salt, and pepper for flavor in this recipe, but here are some other flavoring ideas:

  • Maple syrup and cinnamon: Add a touch of sweet maple and warm cinnamon for a fall flavor boost.
  • Mix with crumbled cashews or pecans: Add a crunchy element and nutty flavor by tossing some crumbled cashews or pecans.

🧊 How to store

  1. Refrigerator storage: Roasted vegetables should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  2. Freezer storage: For the best taste and texture, we don't recommend as the parsnips and squash may lose texture when thawed.

♻️ Sustainable kitchen + cooking tips

Sustainable living is our top priority here at Fork in the Road! Here are some ideas to take your green lifestyle to the next level while making this recipe.

Make this recipe while parsnips and butternut squash are in season: Seasonal shopping is one of the best things you can do for the planet. Both parsnips and butternut squash is available during autumn and winter months.

Keep the veggie scraps. The stalks and stems from the parsnips and the squash peels can be tossed in a food scrap vegetable broth. Cooked vegetables can also be added to your compost pile as a last resort (just don't throw them in the garbage!).

a close up photo of baked butternut squash and parsnips on a white serving dish

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Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 2-3 large parsnips
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper

Instructions 

  • Prep oven: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees (200 C).
  • Prep vegetables: Wash parsnips and cut off ends, then cut into small cubes. Cut the ends off of the butternut squash, then use a peeling knife or vegetable peeler and peel off the outer skin. Then cut in half and scoop out the inner pulp and seeds. Then cut into small cubes.
  • Roast vegetables: Arrange the parsnips and butternut squash on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, tossing the vegetables to completely cover with oil and sprinkle with sliced garlic, salt, and pepper. Place sheet pan in the oven and roast for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through to roast on all sides.
  • Serve vegetables: Remove pan from oven, arrange vegetables on a plate and serve as a side dish or let cool and use as a salad topping.

Notes

  • Tools needed: sheet pan, knife set, cutting board
  • Prep ahead: Wash and cut vegetables ahead of time to reduce prep time before cooking. If serving cold on salads or bowls, you can make this recipe up to three days ahead of time.
  • Leftovers and storage: Vegetables should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. For best taste and texture, do not freeze and reheat.
  • Nutrition notes: Nutrition information is estimated for only ingredients in the recipe, not the additional spice options given. This simple roasted vegetable recipe is a good source of fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 138kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 14mg, Potassium: 638mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 13288IU, Vitamin C: 35mg, Calcium: 80mg, Iron: 1mg