Okay, hear us out. Sure, potatoes are great and beets are really good for you, but the parsnip is where it’s at when it comes to packing a flavor *punch.* Just like you can create a ton of carrot dessert recipes, you can do the same with the versatile parsnip. Before you know it, it will be your go-to addition to your favorite root veggie recipes. Don’t believe us? Keep reading to discover 18 reasons why the parsnip is truly the BEST root veggie.

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1. Orecchiette Cacio e Pepe With Parsnips: Parsnips have a slightly spicy flavor, which is great with the combo of cheese and pepper in cacio e pepe. Throw in some kale to balance everything out and you have a healthy and delicious Italian-inspired meal. (via Familystyle Food)


2. Carrot, Zucchini and Parsnip Frittata Fingers: Even the pickiest eaters won’t turn down these adorable frittata fingers. Make a big batch and freeze them so you can have a quick on-the-go breakfast whenever you need. (via Taste)


3. Creamed Spinach and Parsnips: If you thought that spinach and parsnips couldn’t be rich… think again. This creamy duo is the side dish you never knew you needed in your life. (via Food and Wine)


4. Herbed Beef Pasties With Carrot and Parsnip: Please your inner anglophile with these decidedly British beef pasties. They’re traditionally made with carrot and potato, but parsnips give them an unexpected layer of flavor that even the Queen would appreciate. (via An Edible Mosaic)


5. Savory Parsnip Noodle Chive Waffles: If you haven’t yet invested in a spiralizer, what are you doing with your life? Any device that lets you create a savory waffle with parsnips, chive and egg is a tool that needs a permanent spot on your counter. (via Inspiralized)


6. Kale, Pomegranate and Caramelized Parsnip Salad: The balance of flavors in this salad is outstanding. Tart pomegranate, bitter kale and peppery parsnips are topped with a sweet maple vinaigrette and salty Parmesan. Yes, please! (via PBS Food)


7. Parsnip and Thyme Galette: Minimal supporting ingredients allow parsnips to be the star of this rustic galette. Serve with a side salad and present as a lovely lunch for a crowd. (via Naturally Ella)


8. Paprika Parsnip Fries: Don’t tell anyone, but parsnip fries *might* just be better than potato fries. Drizzle the tops with a cashew cream sauce and you have a vegan dish that only tastes indulgent. (via A House in the Hills)


9. Parsnip Noodles With Coconut Alfredo and Wild Mushrooms: This faux-Alfredo may be a labor of love, but it’s SO worth it. Plus, it’s gluten-free, vegan and nut-free so you can feel zero guilt while chowing down. (via The Chalkboard)


10. Sausage Muffins With Whipped Parsnips: Sunday mornings are for leisurely making breakfast without having anywhere to be. It’s the perfect time to get in the kitchen and whip up homemade sausage to go in these savory breakfast muffins. Top with perfectly whipped parsnips and brown before enjoying. (via Bare Root Girl)


11. Cauliflower, Parsnip and Roasted Garlic Mash: Say what you will, but this combo of parsnip and cauliflower tastes shockingly like potatoes. If you’re looking for a lighter side dish that’s heavy on flavor, this is your recipe. (via Spoon Fork Bacon)


12. Parsnip Pizza Crust: You’ve heard of cauliflower pizza crust, but what about parsnip crust? That’s right. The result is crispy and delicious, and it holds your favorite toppings like a champ. (via Sweet As Honey)


13. Parsnip Hummus With Garlic Chili Oil: Aside from the chickpea and parsnip swap, this hummus is prepared the traditional way with tahini and lemon juice. If you’re feeling spicy, drizzle the top with garlic chili oil before scooping. (via Gourmande in the Kitchen)


14. Sea Salt and Black Pepper Parsnip Chips: There’s no need to spend a fortune on overpriced and unhealthy potato chips. These parsnip chips take only 30 minutes to come together, and you can customize with your favorite flavors. (via Skinny Ninja Mom)


15. Root Vegetable Power Bowl With Roasted Garlic Tahini Sauce: The vegan lifestyle has never been *so* tempting. Test the waters with this veggie-packed power bowl that gets a flavor jolt from a creamy roasted garlic tahini sauce. (via Veganosity)


16. Roasted Garlic, Parsnip and White Bean Soup: Trust us — you’re going to be craving this decadent and silky soup for days to come. When you do get around to making it, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with pepitas before digging in. (via Yummy Beet)


17. Spiralized Parsnips With Pesto, Roasted Red Peppers and Chickpeas: No meat? No problem! This hearty main course is vegetarian and OH-SO-satisfying. (via Inspiralized)


18. Parsnip and Chestnut Tarte Tatin: You’re sure to dazzle a crowd with this impressive dish. Serve alongside a beef roast with a side of sweet apple balsamic sauce for dressing. (via Jamie Oliver)

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