Gallery: 19 Hearty Root Vegetable Recipes We Love

Warming Creamy Parsnip Soup
Warming Creamy Parsnip Soup

Parsnips give this soup its sweet, earthy base. Adding unexpected ingredients like jalapeño, ginger, and coriander seed keep it bright, balanced, and interesting.

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[Photograph: Daniel Gritzer]

Roasted Carrot Salad With Peanut-Sesame Mole
Roasted Carrot Salad With Peanut-Sesame Mole

A hearty salad of roasted carrots flavored with cumin and chilies, served with a simple mole sauce, radishes, greens, and crunchy pumpkin seeds.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Beet Green and Radish Green Pesto Pasta With Roasted Beets and Radishes
Beet Green and Radish Green Pesto Pasta With Roasted Beets and Radishes

Why throw out your beet and radish greens when you can combine them in a sauce that's bolder and spicier than your average basil pesto, but just as versatile? This recipe reunites the greens with their roots. The beets and radishes get roasted in the oven and tossed on top of the finished pasta dish, adding earthy sweetness and even more color.

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[Photograph: Lauren Rothman]

Winter Greens Salad With Flax Seeds, Shaved Beets, and Radishes
Winter Greens Salad With Flax Seeds, Shaved Beets, and Radishes

Roasted beets take a long time to prepare, but a much faster way to enjoy their natural sweetness is to slice them paper thin on a Japanese mandoline. By doing this, you release a lot of their natural sugars. Tossed with a simple vinaigrette, they become an ideal addition to a salad of hearty winter greens like endive, frisée, and radicchio, their sweetness complemented by the bitter bite of the greens.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges
Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges

Once grilled, sweet potatoes become extra smooth and comforting on a winter's day. Here their sweetness is balanced by a spicy mixture of paprika, cumin, and chili powder, with a scant amount of cayenne.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Warm Winter Vegetable Salad With Ricotta and Herbs
Warm Winter Vegetable Salad With Ricotta and Herbs

With warm, roasted root vegetables and a generous dose of ricotta, even a simple salad can be transformed into the perfect antidote to a cold winter evening.

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[Photograph: Yasmin Fahr]

Spiced Sweet Potato, Carrot, and Acorn Squash Latkes
Spiced Sweet Potato, Carrot, and Acorn Squash Latkes

These latkes combine a holy trinity of sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash. Freshly grated ginger adds a bright, spicy hit, which is rounded out with smoky paprika and a pinch of cumin.

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[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]

Beet Latkes with Walnuts and Horseradish Sour Cream
Beet Latkes with Walnuts and Horseradish Sour Cream

A modern, garlicky take on latkes that capitalizes on the sweet, earthy flavor and vibrant hue of beets. A dollop of horseradish sour cream is a smooth, spicy complement.

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[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]

Slow-Cooker Spiced Sweet Potato and Carrot Mash
Slow-Cooker Spiced Sweet Potato and Carrot Mash

Butter, heavy cream, and milk play up the natural sweetness in the carrots and sweet potatoes. A long cooking time at a low temperature enhances the candy-like quality and makes them extra-creamy.

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[Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

Grill-Roasted Carrots With Sweet Soy Glaze
Grill-Roasted Carrots With Sweet Soy Glaze

Time spent roasting on the grill helps these carrots develop a deep caramelization. The glaze, a mix of honey and soy sauce, hits the sweet-and-salty balance on the nose.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Cheesy Onion, Bacon, and New Potato Gratin
Cheesy Onion, Bacon, and New Potato Gratin

Sweet and tiny pearl onions and creamy new potatoes are balanced by the meaty, smoky flavor of slab bacon. Sautéing everything before it gets coated in cheese and tossed in the oven ensures the potatoes are crispy on the outside, and the onions are tender and full of bacon-y flavor.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Sautéed Root Vegetables with Soy Sauce and Honey
Sautéed Root Vegetables with Soy Sauce and Honey

An Asian iteration of classic glazed root vegetables, this recipe calls for a mixture of soy sauce, honey, and sesame oil, with a touch of ginger and lemon juice for flavoring.

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[Photograph: Shao Z.]

Roasted Carrots With Harissa and Crème Fraîche
Roasted Carrots With Harissa and Crème Fraîche

It's difficult to get carrots sweet and tender all the way through without having them shrivel up. Par-boiling skin-on carrots and parsnips lets you soften them without losing too much moisture. Then, a stint in the oven lends that browned, caramelized exterior.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Hasselback Potato Gratin
Hasselback Potato Gratin

Buttery, crispy, and golden, Hasselback potatoes are already insanely good. But translating them into a gratin makes for some seriously next level gluttony. It may take some effort, but boy is it worth it.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Extra-Crispy Herb-Roasted New Potatoes
Extra-Crispy Herb-Roasted New Potatoes

Because these potatoes are simmered in heavily salted water, their skin dries out, which helps make them extra-crispy. A quick toss in butter, herbs, and shallots before roasting makes them super flavorful.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Parsnip Muffins
Parsnip Muffins

Parsnips are grated into the muffin batter to help their flavor and texture really shine through. The addition of whole wheat flour and brown butter mellows the sweetness and makes the muffins just a little bit nutty.

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[Photograph: Anna Markow]

Carrot and Chickpea Salad with Fried Almonds
Carrot and Chickpea Salad with Fried Almonds

Carrots and chickpeas are tossed in a lemon vinaigrette flavored with cilantro, smoked paprika, and cumin. The fried almonds add a toasty element and a nice bit of crunch.

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[Photograph: Jennifer Segal]

Charred, Oven-Roasted Carrot Salad With Feta Cheese
Charred, Oven-Roasted Carrot Salad With Feta Cheese

Oven-roasted carrots get their caramelized sweetness from honey, balanced by a dose of vinegar, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and a finishing sprinkle of tangy feta cheese.

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[Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

Spicy Stir-Fried Fennel, Celery, and Celery Root With Chinese Sausage
Spicy Stir-Fried Fennel, Celery, and Celery Root With Chinese Sausage

Sautéing a stalk or two of celery, plus a few slices of Chinese sausage, a little celery root, fennel, and tons of garlic is quick to make, economical, and perfect with a bowl of rice. Thai-style nam prik pao—a roasted chili jam—adds heat and a savory, roasted aroma. The resulting dish is light, bright, and packed with complementary flavors

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[Photograph: Shao Z.]