Root vegetable crumble recipe

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  • Vegetarian
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time40 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeCheap

This hearty root vegetable crumble is the perfect autumn dish, packed full of winter veg and flavours. 

While many think of crumbles as exclusively for fruit, vegetable crumbles are an equally delicious, savoury version of the British classic. You can use whatever types of vegetable you fancy but in our recipe for this root vegetable crumble, we've used four types of veg - including parsnips and sweet potato. Not only do they taste amazing, but they give the crumble an incredibly rich colour. It's the perfect meal to serve on a cold Sunday afternoon if you're looking for a great roast dinner alternative.


  • 300g Chantenay carrots
  • 500g peeled and cubed mixed root vegetables, e.g. parsnips, sweet potato, butternut squash, swede
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 40g plain flour
  • 40g butter
  • 400ml milk
  • 1tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1tbsp crème fraiche
  • 1tbsp horseradish
  • 50g grated mature cheddar
  • 50g wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • Some grated nutmeg (optional)




  1. Heat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas mark 4-5. Heat a frying pan, add the olive oil and sauté the Chantenay carrots and the mixed root vegetables and onion for 4-5 mins, season with sea salt, black pepper and some grated nutmeg. Place in an ovenproof dish.
  2. To make the sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan, add the flour and mix together and cook the mixture for 1 min. Do not brown. Remove from the heat, pour in the milk and whisk the mixture until smooth.
  3. Place back on the heat and slowly bring to the boil, whisking constantly until just boiling. Simmer for 1 min, remove, then add the horseradish, crème fraiche, season well, and pour over the vegetable mixtures.
  4. Mix together the cheese and breadcrumbs and sprinkle over the vegetables.
  5. Bake in the oven for 30-40 mins so the vegetables are cooked and the topping is golden brown.

Top tips for making root vegetable crumble:

If you want to give your crumble an added kick, sprinkle in a tablespoon of ginger with the mixture.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies