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Parsnip Purée with Thyme

Parsnips have a sweet, mild flavor that is incredibly appealing. They make a terrific change from mashed potatoes.

Serves 4
Ready in 30 mins
Prep time 10 mins
Cooking time 20 mins
182 calories per serving


> 1 lb parsnips
> 1 shallot
> 2 tbsp butter
> 1 cup low fat milk
> 1 bay leaf
> 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp grated Pecorino Romano cheese
> 3 sprigs fresh thyme


Peel the parsnips and cut into 2-inch pieces. Dice the shallot. Place parsnips, diced shallot, and butter in a pot with milk and bay leaf, and simmer for about 15 min., or until soft. Add ¼ cup cheese and simmer an additional 5 min. to reduce liquid slightly. While parsnips cook, strip the leaves from the thyme sprigs and set aside.
Remove bay leaf and purée mixture using an immersion blender or food processor. Season with salt and pepper.
Sprinkle the parsnip purée with the remaining 2 tbsp cheese and thyme leaves.


This recipe works great for large gatherings. Double the quantities for a crowd.

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