Easy Rutabaga Puree with Bacon

Rutabagas are the star in this creamy side dish. A pinch of sugar balances the vegetable's slightly bitter taste while bacon adds smoky flavor. Serve this easy side dish for Thanksgiving. Read more about this recipe.

Thanksgiving Rutabaga
Photo: Andrea Mathis
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 6 strips bacon

  • 1 rutabaga (about 2 pounds), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

  • 6 cups water, divided

  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

  • ¼ teaspoon granulated sugar

  • teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Heat a large heavy saucepan or pot over medium heat. Add bacon; cook until it begins to brown and the fat is rendered, about 7 minutes. Add rutabaga and 4 cups water, so that the rutabaga is covered; stir, scraping the bottom of the pan to remove any bacon remnants. Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Add potatoes and the remaining 2 cups water; cover and cook until the vegetables are very tender, about 20 minutes. Drain the vegetables and reserve the bacon.

  2. Place the vegetables in a food mill (or blender or food processor) and puree into a bowl. Finely mince the bacon and add to the bowl. Add sugar, salt and pepper; mix well. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve hot.


Food mill

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

140 Calories
3g Fat
24g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 140
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 5g 10%
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Vitamin A 6IU 0%
Sodium 186mg 8%
Potassium 756mg 16%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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