Buttered Peas and Parsnips

Parsnips are a creamy white root vegetable with a mild flavor, similar to, but slightly sweeter than carrots. They make a perfect partner for peas in this simple, versatile side dish.

Buttered Peas and Parsnips

Buttered Peas and Parsnips

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This simple twist on classic peas and carrots makes an easy and versatile side dish.


  • 1/2 lb parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups frozen peas, defrosted
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place the parsnips in a saucepan with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover with cold water and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cook until tender when pierced with a fork, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and return the pan to the stove.
  2. Add the butter, and once melted, add the peas and sugar. Cook until the peas are heated through, 2 to 3 minutes, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving dish and serve immediately.