Tonight, I decided to fiddle with my carrot and parsnip puree recipe and toss in some cauliflower. Why mess with a good thing? Well, I picked up some cute baby cauliflower heads at the Mountain View Farmers’ Market…

…and I was feeling wild and crazy.  I could’ve ended up with a pot of grossness but, luckily, my tinkering led to another yummy mashed potato substitute.

Time to make Cauliflower, Carrot, and Parsnip Puree!

Serves 6


  • 3 tablespoons butter or ghee, plus 1 tablespoon of butter or ghee
  • ¾ lb parsnips (or about 5 medium parsnips), coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 lb carrots (or about 2 large carrots), coarsely chopped (slightly smaller than parsnips)
  • 1 ½ lb cauliflower florets (or about 1 small head of cauliflower), coarsely chopped
  • 4 green garlic stalks, thinly sliced or 4 whole garlic cloves
  • ½ onion, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup organic chicken broth
  • ½ cup water
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper


  • All of my recommended kitchen tools are listed here.


Basically, I followed the same steps as I did with the carrot and parsnip puree recipe. If you’re too lazy to click on the link, here are the steps again.

I melted three tablespoons of butter in a large stock pot over medium heat and chopped up my veggies…

…and alliums.

I dumped the veggies, broth, and water into the pot and waited until it came to a boil.

I lowered the heat and simmered the covered pot for 25-30 minutes until the vegetables were mushy.

I added salt, pepper, and the last tablespoon of butter and I pureed everything with my immersion blender.

This puree is pretty tasty. It’s a good compromise for peeps who find the carrot and parsnip puree a little too sweet and the cauliflower puree too bland.

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Cauliflower, Carrot, and Parsnip Puree

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Servings 6
Luckily my tinkering led to a yummy mashed potato substitute!


  • 4 tablespoons ghee or fat of choice divided
  • ¾ pound parsnips about 5 medium parsnips, coarsely chopped
  • pound carrots about 2 large carrots, coarsely chopped
  • pound cauliflower florets about 1 small head of cauliflower, coarsely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves or green garlic stalks thinly sliced
  • ½ onion coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup water
  • Diamond Crystal kosher salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • Melt three tablespoons of ghee or butter in a large stock pot over medium heat and chop up your veggies, garlic, and onion.
  • Dump the veggies, broth, and water into the pot and wait until it comes to a boil.
  • Once boiling, lower the heat and simmer the covered pot for 25-30 minutes or until the vegetables are mushy.
  • Add salt, pepper, and the last tablespoon of ghee or butter and puree everything with an immersion blender. Enjoy!


Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 8g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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