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Carrot and swede mash in a bowl on a tea towel

Carrot and Swede Mash

  • Author: caroline
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Simple, comforting & delicious. This carrot and swede mash is a great accompaniment to a roast. It’s also packed with more nutrients than your usual mash.

The default recipe serves 4.


Units Scale
  • 400g carrot, sliced (no need to peel – see note 1)
  • 400g swede, peeled and diced (see note 2)
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp butter


  1. Add the carrot and swede into a large pan and pour over cold water until fully covered. Salt well. 
  2. Bring the pan to a rapid boil and then time for 20 minutes once the water has reached the boil. 
  3. Test a piece of the swede to make sure it’s soft enough to mash (cook for a little longer if not). Drain the carrot and swede in a colander or large sieve and transfer to a large bowl. 
  4. Use a potato masher to mash together the carrot and swede until you have a rough but even texture. You can also use a potato ricer but make sure the swede is very soft or you’ll need a lot of strength! 
  5. Scatter over the nutmeg and spoon in the butter. Mix together until fully incorporated and season to taste. 


  1. There are actually more nutrients in the peel so don’t be worried about leaving it on – just make sure to wash them well. 
  2. Make sure to cut the carrot and swede into similar sized pieces so that they cook at the same time.
  3. For variation, you can add different flavours to the mash. Garlic, thyme, rosemary, sage, horseradish or mustard are all good options. 
  4. To make a smoother, creamier mash add cream, creme fraiche or sour cream. 
  5. The mash can be cooled and kept in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can reheat on the hob/stove or in the microwave or oven with barely any discernable effect to the texture or taste. 
  6. Leftovers can be frozen for up to 3 months. Transfer to a freezer-proof container and layer the top with clingfilm to prevent freezer burn before placing on the lid.
  7. You can easily make this vegan by omiting the butter or replacing with a dairy-free alternative.  
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Hob / Stove
  • Cuisine: British


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 100
  • Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 16g
  • Protein: 2g

Keywords: mash, side dish, roast dinner, vegetables, easy, vegetarian, healthy