Kid Friendly Side Dishes

Italian Herb Roasted Whole Carrots


These easy Italian Herb Roasted Whole Carrots are the perfect vegetable side dish for when you need a quick recipe you don’t have to think about! These tender roasted carrots are packed with flavor and are great with everything!  


Close up of italian roasted whole carrots


Easy Peasy dinners is my thing. When you are attempting to make dinner for a family while your husband is still at work and you have 30 minutes and a clingy baby, dinner is either easy or take out.  Historically, I haven’t been the best at making a variety of side dish recipes. I like meals where everything is in one pan and I don’t have to remember to make 2 or 3 additional recipes as well as my main entree.  Because I often forget to make side dishes.


But these roasted whole carrots? I love this carrot recipe because you can put them in the oven to cook (so they aren’t taking up space on your stovetop) and they do their own thing while the main recipe cooks.


What can you serve with these italian roasted carrots with? Just about anything! But my favorite choices would be Easy Beef Ragu or Pork Chops with Apple Cranberry Sauce. But whatever you choose to serve these easy roasted carrots with, it will be delicious!



ingredients needed to make roasted carrots



How do I make the best roast carrots?

Roasted carrots are easy to make! They are a perfect vegetable side dish when you need a great recipe that also happens to not require a lot of thinking about. These italian herb carrots use a combination of dried and fresh herbs, which gives them tons of flavor!


  1. Start by giving your carrots a good scrub.
  2. Mix together olive oil and dried herbs and toss the carrots to evenly coat.
  3. Roast the carrots for 20 minutes, or until they are fork tender.
  4. Sprinkle with some fresh grated parmesan cheese and stick them back in the oven to melt the cheese a bit.
  5. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley.
  6. Enjoy with the main of your choice!


child helping to make easy roasted carrots


Should I peel carrots?

Maybe? This is totally a personal choice. If you give your carrots a good clean scrub, they should be fine to not peel. However, some people do prefer the taste of peeled carrots more. I personally don’t peel my carrots because I want quick and easy – and trying to peel carrots while also holding a baby is slightly tricky. Also, I’m lazy and I think carrots are just fine the way they are. I found this interesting article on whether or not you should peel carrots that is a good read if you have time.

How long does it take to roast carrots?

The answer to this question really depends on how big/thick your carrots are! But for average/medium sized carrots it should take around 20-25 minutes.


childs hand arranging carrots on baking sheet


Tips for Making Roasted Carrots

  • Try to trim your carrots into equal sizes – this helps them to cook more evenly.
  • Cover your rimmed baking sheet in aluminum foil and give it a good spray with cooking spray. This allows the carrots to not stick to the baking sheet, and also helps make clean up easy!
  • Spread your carrots into a single layer so they roast evenly – if they are on top of each other they will be more steamed than roasted.


pouring marinade on easy carrots


How Your Kids Can Help in the Kitchen:

  • Kids aged 1-3 can help you measure the ingredients, wash and dry the carrots, and mix together the seasoning and olive oil.
  • Kids aged 4-6 can help do everything above, plus help you toss the carrots in the seasoned olive oil, grate the parmesan cheese and chop the fresh parsley and sprinkle the cheese and parsley on the roasted carrots.
  • Kids aged 7-10+ can help do everything above, plus help you peel the carrots if you want them peeled!

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.


hand sprinkling grated parmesan on roasted carrot recipe

Looking for more perfect holiday side dishes? Try these great recipes:

  • Greek Yogurt Green Bean Casserole – This easy Greek Yogurt Green Bean Casserole is simple to make and delivers on flavor while keeping the ingredients soup-free!
  • The Best Creamed Corn Recipe – This creamed corn is the absolute best. Easy to make, with real ingredients, your holiday table deserves this.
  • Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries and Barley – Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries and Barley is a flavorful and healthy vegetable side dish recipe to make for Thanksgiving or Christmas. It’s easy to make and everyone loves the sweet, crispy Brussel sprouts, tart cranberries, and chewy barley!
  • Roasted Asparagus with Brown Butter – This easy recipe is simple but it has amazing flavor and is perfect for special meals.
  • Cheesy Potato Casserole – Cheesy Potato Casserole is a staple at holiday meals. It is creamy, cheesy, and so delicious! You won’t be disappointed in your decision to enjoy it!
  • Orange Pecan Acorn Squash – This Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe with Orange and Pecan is perfect for fall. A little bit sweet, a bit savory, a bit zesty. The orange, cinnamon, brown sugar and pecans paired perfectly with the squash.


overhead image of herb carrots




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Italian Herb Roasted Whole Carrots

Italian Herb Roasted Whole Carrots

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These easy Italian Herb Roasted Whole Carrots are the perfect vegetable side dish for when you need a quick recipe you don’t have to think about! These tender roasted carrots are packed with flavor and are great with everything!


  • 2 lb carrots, ends trimmed
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 Tablespoons fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 Tablespoons fresh chopped parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Wash the carrots and trim the ends, and if desired, peel them. Place the carrots on the baking sheet.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil and italian seasoning.
  5. Pour the seasoning mixture over the carrots and toss to coat evenly.
  6. Arrange the carrots in an even layer on the baking sheet.
  7. Roast in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle the cheese over the carrots and return to the oven for a few minutes, just long enough to melt the cheese.
  9. Remove the pan from the oven.
  10. Sprinkle the roasted carrots with the fresh chopped parsley.
  11. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 136 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 5mg Sodium: 500mg Carbohydrates: 20g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 8g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g






  • Reply
    January 16, 2019 at 6:13 AM

    These were wonderful for a casual dinner party I had… the long carrots looked so special on the plate, but I kept it a secret how easy the recipe was!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    January 16, 2019 at 4:54 PM

    I always have carrots on hand and roasting veggies is the best! These would be such a lovely addition to any dinner!

  • Reply
    Monica | Nourish + Fete
    January 20, 2019 at 8:07 PM

    Roasted carrots are one of my absolute favorite veggies, but I’ve never tried adding parmesan – SO delicious! Love this all around.

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