Instead of roasting your vegetables, try giving them the slow-cooker treatment. Here, carrots, parsnips, and beets are poached in a spiced oil until silky and flavorful. Serve with pesto over grains or alongside roasted meats. This recipe appears in our cookbook "Martha Stewart's Slow Cooker" (Clarkson Potter).



Pistachio Pesto
Root-Vegetable Confit


Instructions Checklist
  • Pistachio Pesto:

    In a mini food processor, pulse pistachios, parsley, and garlic with oil until finely chopped. Add vinegar and cheese; pulse to combine. Transfer to a bowl. Pesto can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 days. Makes about 1/2 cup.

  • Root-Vegetable Confit:

    Preheat a 5-to-6-quart slow cooker. Combine carrots, parsnips, beets, onions, fennel, bay leaves, coriander seeds, chiles, and oil in slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until tender, about 2 1/2 hours (or on low 5 hours).

  • Let cool in oil 30 minutes; then, using a slotted spoon, transfer to a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet to drain. Serve, with pesto alongside.

Cook's Notes

Recipe reprinted from "Martha Stewart's Slow Cooker: 110 Recipes for Flavorful, Foolproof Dishes (Including Desserts!), Plus Test-Kitchen Tips and Strategies from the Kitchens of Martha Stewart Living." Copyright 2017 by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.


To brown the vegetables after poaching, heat a large cast-iron skillet or griddle over high. Add vegetables and cook, tossing, until golden, about 5 minutes.