Roast Parmesan parsnips

For a twist on a favourite side dish, coat parsnips in corn and grated Italian cheese to ensure a tasty, crunchy finish

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:40 mins
  • Serves 8
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 317
  • fat 15g
  • saturates 4g
  • carbs 38g
  • sugars 15g
  • fibre 12g
  • protein 9g
  • salt 0.3g


  • 6 tbsp polenta
  • 100g parmesan, grated
  • pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2kg/4lb 8oz parsnips, quartered and core removed
  • 6 tbsp olive oil


Buying polenta
To make the Parmesan parsnips, make sure you buy dried, free-flowing grains of polenta (or cornmeal) rather than ready-made polenta in a block.


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Mix together the polenta, Parmesan and nutmeg, and set aside. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, tip in the parsnips and cook for 6 mins or until just tender. Drain. While parsnips are still hot, toss with the Parmesan mixture to coat.

  2. Set a roasting tin over the hob and heat the oil. Add the parsnips and turn to coat in the oil. Put the tin in the oven and roast for 15 mins, then turn the parsnips over and cook for 15 mins more until golden.

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