Balsamic Roasted Root Vegetables


These Balsamic Roasted Root Vegetables are a medley of caramelized sweet potatoes, acorn squash, carrots, parsnips, and red onion finished with Carrot Top Cashew Pesto!

Thanksgiving prep just got easier with this make ahead and reheat side dish. Other than some peeling and chopping, it’s a breeze to pull together. All those colorful chunks get a quick toss with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, a little honey, and a generous dash of fresh thyme. In just 40-45 minutes, you’ll have tender, caramelized veggies with perfectly crisped edges just waiting to grace your table.

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This recipe truly showcases autumn’s bounty and is a great addition to any holiday buffet. Our make-ahead Carrot Top Cashew Pesto is the perfect finishing touch. Cheers!

Balsamic Roasted Root Vegetables with Carrot Top Cashew Pesto |

Balsamic Roasted Root Vegetables
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Sweet potatoes, acorn squash, carrots, parsnips, and red onion caramelize in a balsamic glaze then get a drizzle of Carrot Top Cashew Pesto.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Kim Peterson
  • 1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 ¼-inch cubes
  • ¾ lb carrots, peeled and cut into ¾-inch rounds
  • ¾ lb parsnips, peeled and cut into ¾-inch rounds
  • 1 acorn squash, unpeeled, seeded, cut into 1 ¼-inch pieces
  • 1 large red onion, peeled, with root end left intact cut into ½-inch wedges
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray an extra-large, rimmed baking sheet, or 2 smaller ones, with non-stick cooking spray. Place sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, acorn squash, and red onion in a large bowl. Add olive oil, vinegar, honey, and thyme. Season generously with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Spread vegetables on prepared pan(s). Roast 40-45 minutes until vegetables are softened and browned, stirring 2-3 times while in the oven. (Can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover and let stand at room temperature. Rewarm at 350°F for 10-15 minutes.) Serve with Carrot Top Cashew Pesto.

*Adapted from Bon Appétit, November 2002

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