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Instant Pot Creamy Parsnip Mash

by Capri Lilly

Instant Pot Creamy Parsnip Mash is the perfect side dish if you’re looking for a tasty mix-up from your typical carb-heavy mashed potatoes. With its rich, garlicky, cheesy flavor it is a great accompaniment to any meal! (This parsnip mash is easily customizable and can be made vegan!)

Try this Creamy Parsnip Mash with my Wine-Braised Short Ribs, Garlic Herb Lamb Chops, or Buttermilk Roasted Chicken!

Good Food Baddie Instant Pot Parsnip Mash

Can I start by saying, “Thank goodness for the Instant Pot!!”. Seriously, it makes cooking such a breeze. I was able to make this creamy parsnip mash completely in the Instant Pot in less than 30 minutes, all while devoting most of my attention to making the Lamb Shoulder Chops I served it with—what a meal!

Here Instant Pot I Use: Amazon | Instant Pot Dup 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

Parsnip Mash Made in Instant Pot, gluten free with vegan option

Creamy Parsnip Mash aka Parsnip Puree

Parsnips themselves, like most root vegetables, have a very distinguishable taste. They are slightly sweet, starchy, nutty, and a bit tangy. Mixed with herbs, garlic, parmesan cheese, and butter, they are delightfully creamy and rich. In fact, most people may mistake this parsnip mashed for regular mashed potatoes if you do not tell them! Test it out and tell me what you think!

Here Is What You Will Need To Make This Instant Pot Creamy Parsnip Mash

  • Parsnips: Make sure to peel the parsnip first. (Just as you would carrots)
  • Water: The parsnip will be cooked in the Instant Pot with a bit of water. Vegetable Stock is also a great option and will add even more flavor to your parsnip mash.
  • Parmesan Cheese: The fresh parmesan cheese complements the nutty complex flavor of the parsnip perfectly! You can also use nutritional yeast to get a delicious cheesy flavor that is completely vegan and dairy-free.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream: Just a bit of heavy whipping cream is needed to give this parsnip puree and even creamier texture. You can also skip the heavy whipping cream and use Extra Virgin Olive Oil instead for a dairy-free/vegan option.
  • Fresh Herbs: Thyme and Parsley add a delicious, earthy flavor to the parsnip mash! It is a definite must!
  • Garlic: What’s a proper mash without garlic! A few cloves is all you need, or you can add more for an even deeper garlicky flavor!
  • Butter: You can use regular butter or vegan butter.
  • Salt & Pepper: Season with Salt and Pepper to taste.

Want To Make Vegan Parsnip Mash?

Making creamy vegan parsnip mash is super easy and only involves a few swaps. Skip the heavy whipping cream and instead add 2-3 tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. If you want your parsnip mash to have a cheesy flavor, add nutritional yeast. Lastly, use vegan butter instead of regular butter.

instruction images for how to make parsnip mash

How To Make Parsnip Mash In The Instant Pot

  1. Wash, peel, and slice the parsnips into 1-2″ chunks. Add the parsnips to the instant pot with the water, salt, and garlic cloves.
  2. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to seal. Using the manual setting, cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  3. When the timer goes off, carefully perform a quick pressure release. Drain the water from the parsnips.
  4. Add the parmesan cheese, heavy whipping cream, fresh herbs, butter, salt, pepper, and mash until smooth using a potato masher or hand mixer. (For vegan option: use nutritional yeast and olive oil instead of cheese and whipping cream.)
  5. Top with fresh parsley or chives and butter (optional). Enjoy!
Instant Pot Parsnips Mashed

Tools You’ll Need

Instant Pot: This recipe can be doubled in a 6 or 8-quart instant pot.

Immersion Blender: An immersion blender is my favorite way to achieve a smooth, creamy mash! A hand mixer also works well; it just takes a bit more work. Here is the Immersion Blender I use: Amazon| Mueller Hand Blender

Serving Dish: Of course you can serve this parsnip mash in whatever you like! I love serving it in a large white porcelain bowl. It helps create a beautiful spread, especially when served with the main course of your choice.

Lamb Shoulder served with mashed parsnip and brussels sprouts

What Eat With Parsnip Mash

Lemon Garlic-Herb Chicken Wings (Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free)

Air Fryer Cheese Stuffed Meatballs (Gluten-Free)

Hearty Eggplant Meatballs (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

Or Serve Them With Garlic Herb Lamb Chops and Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts Like I Did!

Instant Pot Creamy Mashed Parsnips

I hope you enjoy this Instant Pot Creamy Parsnip Mash Recipe! 


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Instant Pot Creamy Parsnip Mash Gluten Free
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Instant Pot Creamy Parsnip Mash (Vegan Option)

Instant Pot Creamy Parsnip Mash is the perfect side dish if you're looking for a tasty mix-up from your typical carb-heavy mashed potatoes. With its rich, garlicky, cheesy flavor it is a great accompaniment to any meal! (This parsnip mash is easily customizable and can be made vegan!)
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Healthy Options
Keyword: dairy-free, gluten-free, Instant Pot, parsnip, parsnip puree, vegan option
Servings: 6
Calories: 224kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb Parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-2” chunks,
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1.5 cup Water (or Vegetable Broth)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 3 tbsp Butter (regular or vegan butter)
  • 1/3 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 5 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Parsley, chopped

Vegan Parsnip Mash Option | Same as above except omit parm cheese and milk. Instead use:

  • 2-3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast

Garnish (optional)

  • Butter (regular or vegan butter)
  • Chopped Chives or Parsley
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Wash, peel, and slice the parsnips into 1-2" chunks. Add the parsnips to the instant pot with the water, salt, and garlic cloves.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to seal. Using the manual setting, cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • When the timer goes off, carefully perform a quick pressure release. Drain the water/vegetable broth from the parsnips.
  • Add the parmesan cheese, heavy whipping cream, fresh herbs, butter, salt, pepper, and mash until smooth using a potato masher or hand mixer. (For vegan option: use nutritional yeast and olive oil instead of cheese and whipping cream.)
  • Top with fresh parsley or chives and butter (optional). Enjoy!

Notes

Mashing the Parsnip: Mash to your desired consistency. If you want the parsnip mash to be even creamier, add heavy whipping cream, olive oil, or vegetable broth 1 tbsp at a time to reach your desired consistency. 
This recipe can be doubled in a 6 or 8-quart instant pot.
Nutrition Facts For Parsnip Mash (with cheese and cream) 224 calories per serving
Nutrition Facts For Parsnip Mash (with cheese and cream)

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10 comments

Jeannie July 14, 2021 - 3:28 am

5 stars
Yay thanks for this great alternative to mash potato and I like that this can be made vegan. Thanks for the recipe.

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Capri Lilly July 14, 2021 - 3:37 am

You’re welcome! Thank you for leaving a review, Jeannie!

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Kayla DiMaggio July 14, 2021 - 1:56 pm

5 stars
Wow this was so delicious! It was nice to try an alternative to mashed potatoes. I have never thought of using parsnips before and I am glad that I tried this! Thanks for sharing!

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Capri Lilly July 14, 2021 - 7:34 pm

You’re welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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Julia July 14, 2021 - 4:11 pm

Ooh, how interested! I’ve seen parsnip chips but never a parsnip mash, but this makes so much sense since they’re so similar, but definitely feel a bit healthier 😉

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Capri Lilly July 14, 2021 - 7:35 pm

Definitely! And super tasty!

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Jeri July 14, 2021 - 8:45 pm

5 stars
This was a perfect recipe for parsnips! I usually only use them in soups or stews, but they take center stage and taste delicious with this recipe! I can’t wait to make it again!

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Capri Lilly July 15, 2021 - 4:49 pm

Hi Jeri! I am happy you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for leaving a review!

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Amelia Brown July 20, 2021 - 12:08 pm

Hi!
Thanks you so much for sharing the delicious recipe. I will definitely try this recipe as I am a pure vegitarian. Please share some more vegeterian recipes which is simple and easy. Keep sharing good things, Thanks again!

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Capri Lilly July 20, 2021 - 4:08 pm

Hi Amelia! You’re welcome :). There are a ton of vegan and vegetarian recipes throughout my site! I hope you browse around and find something you like!

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