Oven Roasted Root Vegetables – an easy, healthy and colorful vegetable side dish. These caramelized veggies are perfect for cold weather holidays, buffets or a weeknight dinner!
Root vegetables have a sweet, earthy flavor that seems tailor-made for roasting. With Thanksgiving around the corner, I felt it was high time to revisit my recipe for Oven Roasted Root Vegetables. This recipe has been a favorite on the site for years. With yams, carrots, parsnip, and potatoes, this hearty mix of vegetables is sure to satisfy. Red onions and garlic cloves are added to pump up the aromatic flavor. With rosemary, thyme and a touch of cumin, these vegetables are utterly addicting.
Cooking Tips for Oven Roasted Root Vegetables
- This recipe is great for a crowd; you can easily double the quantity on two baking sheets and roast two batches at once. This dish is perfect for a buffet, it’s equally tasty warm or at room temperature. It’s also super easy to make ahead and reheat.
- Use any combination of root veggies you like. Not a fan of yams? Substitute plain potatoes. Trouble finding parsnip at the market? Use more carrots instead. Other root vegetables like turnips, daikon, rutabaga and yuca will work too. Butternut squash also works well here (though it’s not a root vegetable). No matter which vegetables you use, the key to even roasting is cutting them all the same size. This way they’ll roast evenly. It’s a great way to clear out your produce drawer, and the process could not be easier.
- If you use red beets in this recipe, keep in mind that the roasting will release a pinkish juice that will color the other vegetables. The color doesn’t bother me– in fact, I think it’s kind of pretty. If you’d rather not have pinkish veggies, use golden beets or omit the beets completely.
- I like to keep my seasonings simple here. Salt, pepper, cumin, rosemary and thyme are all you need to bring out the earthy, wonderful flavors of the root veggies. For more flavor, you could sprinkle them with oregano, turmeric, or chili flakes to spice things up. Use your culinary imagination!
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- large rimmed baking sheet
- 1 lb yams (orange sweet potatoes) - 2 small or one large, peeled
- 3/4 lb red potatoes scrubbed clean, peel on
- 1/2 lb beets (red or golden), trimmed and scrubbed clean
- 1/2 lb large carrots peeled and halved lengthwise
- 1 parsnip medium sized (4-5 oz), peeled and halved lengthwise
- 1/2 red onion peeled
- 6 whole garlic cloves large sized
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil divided
- 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves (or 2 tsp dried thyme)
- 5 sprigs fresh rosemary (or 3 tsp dried rosemary)
- 1 tsp ground cumin (can be omitted for Ashkenazi Passover)
- 1 tsp kosher salt or more to taste
- 1/4 tsp black pepper or more to taste
- Place a rack in the bottom of your oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Slice all vegetables into chunks roughly 1 1/2 inches wide. The more similar the size of the vegetable pieces, the more evenly they will roast.Place cut vegetables into a large mixing bowl. Add 3 tbsp olive oil, fresh thyme leaves, ground cumin, kosher salt, and black pepper. Stir until all vegetables are evenly coated with oil, spice and herbs.
- Brush large rimmed baking sheet with remaining 1 tbsp olive oil. Spread the vegetables out evenly on the baking sheet. Place the rosemary sprigs on top of the vegetables, evenly spaces across the sheet.Roast the vegetables in the oven for 15 minutes. Stir the vegetables, bringing the chunks from the outside towards the center and the chunks in the center out towards the edges. Return baking sheet to oven and continue to roast until the largest chunks are tender and the edges are starting to turn golden/dark, another 15-25 minutes.
- Remove the roasted rosemary sprigs and stir the vegetables (some leaves of rosemary will remain, this is good). Season with additional salt and pepper to taste, if desired. Vegetables can be served warm or at room temperature.