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Hugh’s Roast Roots and Greens

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall


Serves: 8

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 1 hour


about 500g potatoes, peeled and cut into medium chunks

about 300g carrots, peeled and cut into medium chunks

about 200g swede (or parsnips), peeled and cut into medium chunks

2 eating apples, cored and cut into wedges

1 large (or 2 small) red (or brown) onions, cut into wedges

4 garlic cloves, peeled and bashed

1 teaspoon coriander seeds, bashed

1 teaspoon cumin seeds, bashed

3 tablespoons olive or rapeseed oil

200g kale or cavolo nero

salt and pepper

Veg Portions / Serving: 3


Kitchen Ninja

Recipe donated by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall for Veg Power. Portrait photography by Matt Austin | Food photography by Claire Wright |

I cooked this incredibly simple dish for comedian and self-confessed veg-dodger Ross Noble, in answer to his challenge: “can you make vegetables edible?” I’m pleased to say, it won him over! The recipe can easily be customized to whichever roots and greens you have to hand.


Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Put the potatoes, carrots, parsnip or swede, apples and onion into a large roasting tray. Add the garlic, bashed spices, some salt and pepper and 2 tablespoons of the oil. Stir well. Roast in the oven for about 50 minutes, until everything is completely tender and starting to colour, giving the veg a good stir about halfway through cooking.

Meanwhile, tear the kale leaves off the stalks, ripping the leaves into large pieces as you go. Put these into a large bowl, add another 1 tablespoon oil and some salt and pepper and mix well with your hands so all the kale leaves are coated with oil and seasoning.

Add the kale to the tray of cooked veg, arranging it in a layer on top of the veg and return to the oven for 10 minutes or until crisp. Serve straight away. This is delicious with a simple raw slaw made with shredded cabbage and grated carrot, and dressed with oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper – and a few toasted pumpkin or sunflower seeds sprinkled over, if you like.

Kids in the kitchen:

Lots of quick wins for the kids here, including peeling and bashing the garlic, measuring the oil, ripping the kale leaves off the stalks, tearing the leaves into big pieces and grinding the pepper and salt. 

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Hugh is a multi-award winning writer and broadcaster known for his uncompromising commitment to seasonal, ethically-produced food and his concern for the environment. He has earned a huge following through his River Cottage TV series and books, as well as campaigns such as Hugh’s War on Waste, Britain’s Fat Fight and his War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita.

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