Photography by Paulette Tavormina

We’ve been known to spend a winter afternoon pouring boiling water over our raised beds trying to pry parsnips out of the frozen ground. In this recipe, the rutabagas are an especially nice note, adding a lovely earthy sweetness. Also called swedes, rutabagas are large, orange-fleshed turnips that are sold with a coating of wax to lengthen their shelf life.

Ingredients (serves 6)

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
4 teaspoons finely chopped fresh ginger
2 carrots, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
4 medium rutabaga (about 6 ounces), peeled, quartered lengthwise, and thinly sliced
1 medium parsnip, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
4 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced crosswise
4 pound green cabbage, cut into 4-inch-wide strips
2 tablespoons tomato paste
4 cups Chicken Stock (page 17), or reduced-sodium canned broth
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, for garnish

Additional Information

  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Cook Time: 30m
  • Total Time: 45m


In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes. Add the carrots, rutabaga, and parsnip, and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 7 minutes.
Stir in the potatoes, cabbage, and tomato paste, stirring to coat. Add the stock and salt to taste and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until the vegetables are very tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and sugar, and season with salt and pepper. Serve garnished with parsley leaves

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Donna Tompkins

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Hi guys – I noticed that the quantities for Rutabaga, potatoes, and cabbage are all different from the recipe in your cookbook. The book says to use 1/2 of a medium rutabaga, 1/2 pound of potatoes, and 1/2 pound of cabbage.


I’ve made this several times – excellent when you have a cold – helps clear your head!

Christine Stephens

I love this recipe. I can run out and get a little dirty in our tiny garden for two, pulling up those root vegies, and in a half hour it’s simmering on the stove. With this cold snap, it’s perfect, all warm from the ginger, corn biscuits to go with it, and the house smelling like heaven. I have your book, and seeing this reminded me, so I knew what I was making for dinner tonight!