Ina First Fridays: Roasted Winter Vegetables

I don't mean to rush us into winter with that post title, but this month's Ina First Friday's recipe choices are soups, salads and sides and that's Ina's recipe title!  Besides, it is September and this side is a perfect addition to fall dinners. There's nothing better than roasted veggies, I make them all the time, all year round. But this combo is particularly good...I never cared for parsnips until I tasted them roasted like this. My mother used to throw parsnips in the pot when she made corned beef and cabbage. My sister and I hated them. Boiled parsnips....yuk. Roasted...yum. 

Roasted Winter Vegetables
2002, Barefoot Contessa Family Style

1 pound carrots, peeled
1 pound parsnips, peeled
1 large sweet potato, peeled
1 small butternut squash, peeled and seeded (about 2 pounds)
3 tablespoons good olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Cut the carrots, parsnips, sweet potato, and butternut squash in 1 to 1 1/4-inch cubes. All the vegetables will shrink while baking, so don't cut them too small.

Place all the cut vegetables in a single layer on 2 baking sheets. Drizzle them with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss well. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until all the vegetables are tender and a little caramelized, turning once with a metal spatula.

Sprinkle with parsley, season to taste, and serve hot.


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  1. There can never be too much Ina ..whichever the season:)

  2. O love Ina's recipes and I love roasted vegetables Barbara!
    Sounds delicious!

  3. I'm with you Barbara. I never cared for parsnips until I ate them roasted. You can always count on Ina.

  4. Scrumptious and ever so tasty!



  5. Roasting makes root vegetables taste so MUCH better.

  6. Is there anything prettier? (For a fall company dinner, I often roast a big pork loin with these vegetables, serving it all on one big gorgeous platter at the center of the table.) Happy Ina Fridays, Barbara!

  7. These look wonderful. I love roasted veggies all year long also. Turnips are great roasted also. Boiled turnips - yuck Roasted turnips - yummy!

  8. Oh yum. I'd love a hearty helping right about now!

  9. Hi Barbara,

    I love roasted vegetables like this also, they make a meal.
    Happy weekend

  10. For me, roasted vegetables are just the best! Ina never seems to fail.

  11. I really enjoyed this post–both the writing and the photos!



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