Parsnip gnocchi

Take parnsips to another level by turning them into gnocchi with a crunchy walnut crumb. This Christmas dish is vegan, healthy and deliciously festive

  • Prep:40 mins
    Cook:55 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 525
  • fat 22g
  • saturates 3g
  • carbs 63g
  • sugars 7g
  • fibre 11g
  • protein 12g
  • salt 0.3g


  • 400g parsnip, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 600g potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 60ml olive oil, plus a drizzle to serve
  • 3 unpeeled garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg (around 1 clove)
  • 100g ‘00’ flour
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ½ small pack thyme, leaves picked, to serve
  • 30g walnuts, toasted and chopped, to serve


Use almonds instead

Change walnuts for almonds and add the zest of 1 lemon – then finish with a squeeze of lemon juice.


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Toss the parsnips and potatoes in 2 tbsp of the olive oil and tip into a roasting tin along with the garlic cloves. Roast for 40 mins or until the veg is completely soft. Remove from the oven and leave to cool a little. Squeeze the garlic from their skins, then discard the skins. Tip everything into a food processor, along with the nutmeg, flour and nutritional yeast, season well, then pulse until well combined and holding together as a dough.

  2. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Tip the dough onto a floured surface, cut into four chunks and roll each into a sausage about 35cm long and 2.5cm wide. Use the back of a table knife to cut each sausage into small pillow-shaped gnocchi, each around 2cm long. Cook the gnocchi in batches for 1 min or until they float to the surface. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.

  3. In a frying pan, heat the rest of the oil over a medium heat until shimmering. Add half the gnocchi and fry until lightly golden on each side, around 3-4 mins. Transfer them to a tray using a slotted spoon while you cook the second batch. When all the gnocchi are golden, return them all to the pan to warm through before dividing between four plates. Sprinkle over some black pepper, then top with the thyme leaves, toasted walnuts and a drizzle of olive oil, if you like.

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