Grill-Roasted Vegetables with Pine Nut Pesto


Quintessential fall vegetables—brussels sprouts, parsnips, butternut squash and carrots—get cooked on the grill, then tossed in a cheesy pine nut pesto. Plus:  Ultimate Holiday Guide 

Grill-Roasted Vegetables With Pine Nut Pesto
Photo: © Frances Janisch
Active Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 pound carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 pound parsnips, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, halved lengthwise

  • One 2 1/2-pound butternut squash—peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-by-1 1/2-inch pieces

  • 2 large shallots, cut into 1/2-inch wedges

  • 6 thyme sprigs

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons pine nuts

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1 large garlic clove, thinly sliced

  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


  1. In a large bowl, toss the carrots and parsnip pieces with the brussels sprouts, butternut squash, shallots, thyme sprigs and 1/4 cup of the olive oil. Season generously with salt and pepper.

  2. Preheat a gas grill to high heat (about 425°). Place 2 perforated grill pans directly on the grate to heat for about 10 minutes. Divide the vegetables between the grill pans and grill over high heat, stirring and turning occasionally, until they are tender and lightly charred in spots, about 50 minutes. Alternatively, roast the vegetables in a large roasting pan in a 425° oven, stirring them occasionally.

  3. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the pine nuts and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until they are lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add the butter and garlic and cook, stirring, until the pine nuts are browned and the garlic is golden, about 2 minutes. Let cool, then transfer to a mini processor. Add the grated cheese and the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil and pulse to a chunky puree. Season the pine nut pesto with salt.

  4. Transfer the vegetables to a large bowl and toss with the pine nut pesto. Serve hot or warm.

Make Ahead

The pine nut pesto can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before proceeding.

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