Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

The perfect roasted potatoes and carrots have a touch of sweetness and spice for the ultimate comfort vegetable side dish.

Simple, Easy, and Elegant: Beautifully Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

What does it take to make deliciously simple & elegant Roasted Potatoes and Carrots?

Subtle herbs, a hint of warm maple syrup, and a touch of heat. Check, check, and check! Glazed carrots and savory roasted potatoes pair beautifully for the best ever roasted potatoes and carrots recipe.

Closeup photo to show the texture in these roasted potatoes and carrots

The Ingredients List

How does one pair gorgeously bright carrots with the savory creaminess of potatoes? Use simple ingredients, a touch of sweet and a touch of heat for the just-right balance of flavor in the best roasted carrots and potatoes.

  • Small or creamer potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Maple syrup
  • Dried thyme
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne
  • Salt & pepper
  • Olive oil & butter

How to Make Roasted Potatoes and Carrots in the Oven

Follow with me step-by-step in the kitchen to learn how to make the best roasted potatoes and carrots!

Preheat the oven

As always, you’ll want to start by preheating the oven (to 400°F). Then, line and lightly grease the foil on a baking sheet.

Wash the potatoes and carrots

Next, wash and dry the potatoes, then cut into 1/2-inch cubes or halves.

Wash and dry the carrots, then peel and slice into ½-inch angled coins. You’re halfway to roasted potatoes and carrots! 😉

two photos showing how to make roasted potatoes and carrots - slicing carrots and potatoes

Add oil to the potatoes and carrots

Now, add carrots and potatoes to a large mixing bowl.  

two photos showing how to make roasted potatoes and carrots - pouring oil over carrots in mixing bowl

Season for the best roasted potatoes and carrots

Pour in oil, butter, maple syrup, thyme, paprika, cayenne. Add salt and pepper to taste.  Next, grab a spatula and stir to coat the potatoes and carrots in seasonings and oil.

two photos showing how to make this recipe - before and after baking.

Pour everything onto the baking sheet

At this point, you’re ready to pour the seasoned potatoes and carrots onto the baking sheet. Spread into an even layer, then make your roasted potatoes and carrots!

two photos showing how to make roasted potatoes and carrots - spreading potatoes and carrots on a baking sheet

Bake, flip, then bake again

Bake potatoes and carrots for 20 mins, then flip and bake for about 20 more minutes or until tender. You can bake longer for softer roasted potatoes and carrots, or shorter for a crunchier texture.

two photos showing how to make this recipe - before and after baking.

Serve, drizzle & enjoy

Pour into a serving dish and drizzle with maple syrup, and salt and pepper if needed. Then, enjoy the best roasted potatoes and carrots! 

Closeup of baking sheet

What Makes This Roasted Potatoes and Carrots Recipe So Special?

  • Thyme adds a subtle herby flavor
  • Maple syrup adds sweetness
  • Paprika adds smokiness
  • Cayenne brings a touch of heat
  • Not too much seasoning, just enough to celebrate the flavors of roasted potatoes and carrots!

Best Potatoes for Roasting

The best potatoes for roasting are similar in size, which allows them to cook tender on the inside and crispy on the outside–thus the desire for a thin skin, and are creamy, but a bit starchy. [1]

For most roasted recipes, Yukon Gold potatoes will do well; for this recipe, I use both Yukon gold potatoes which are creamy and cook quickly and red potatoes which are waxy and firm even after cooking. They’re both considered creamer potatoes. [2]

Want to skip oven roasting? Try my Maple Glazed Carrots, cooked on the stovetop!

Demeter’s Tips

  • Evenly cut the potatoes when you’re doing the prep work for this side dish. The more uniform the sizes of the potatoes, the more evenly cooked it will be throughout.
  • Adjust the flavor to your liking. You can use more paprika and cayenne for a spicier side dish, or less salt to reduce the sodium. Make sure this side dish suits you.
  • Add a drizzle of honey… instead of maple syrup if you’d like a lighter, warmer sweetness.

Recipe Variations: Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

  • Add cheese. You know what makes nearly everything taste better? Cheese! Sprinkle freshly-shaved parmesan, feta crumbles, or really any cheese you’d like over these roasted carrots and potatoes after roasting. Then, stir until melted and well mixed. Related: Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes
  • Swap the sweetener. I love using maple syrup to roast potatoes and carrots, however, you might prefer the less-present sweetness of honey.
  • Change up the herbs. While I’ve used thyme, paprika, and a small amount of cayenne to make this recipe, you can feel free to use anything! Try dried garlic, Italian seasoning, dried rosemary and more.
  • Swap the veggies. You can swap the carrots in this side dish recipe with green beans, purple carrots, onions and more. Also try my Roasted Green Beans and Potatoes.
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Wanna be best spuddies? Leave a comment below & chat with me. I truly can’t wait to see what you think of these roasted potatoes and carrots! I am so grateful that you’re here, sharing in these kitchen adventures with me and your loved ones. ‘Til the next one…

Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️

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roasted potatoes and carrots in a serving dish

Roasted Potatoes and Carrots


Description

The perfect roasted potatoes and carrots have a touch of sweetness and spice for the ultimate comfort Thanksgiving vegetable side dish.


Ingredients

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Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

  • 1 ½ lb. small or creamer potatoes
  • 1 lb. carrots
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or cooking oil of choice
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • A generous pinch of pepper

Optional Topping

  • Drizzle of maple syrup
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with lightly greased foil.
  2. Wash and dry potatoes. Do not peel. Cut into ½-inch cubes, or halves if using creamer potatoes.
  3. Wash and dry carrots. Peel, then slice into ½-inch angled coins.
  4. Add potatoes, carrots, oil, melted butter, maple syrup, thyme, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper to a large mixing bowl. Stir and fold until very well mixed and all potatoes and carrots are coated in butter and oil.
  5. Pour potatoes and carrots onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread into an even, single layer.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, then stir and flip for even cooking.
  7. Bake for 20 more minutes, until potatoes are fork tender. Mine took a grand total of 40 minutes.
  8. Transfer to serving dish. Add a drizzle of maple syrup, then salt and pepper to taste, if needed. Serve and enjoy!

 

Notes

Storing Instructions: Best if served immediately. However, it’s okay to cool and store for later. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-3 days.

How to make Vegan: Use vegan butter.

How to make Gluten Free: Keep recipe as-is.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

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24 Comments

  1. Such a delicious comfort side dish. I seriously could just eat this for the main course. So good and easy to make.