Carrots Cooked Forever, à la Roy Finamore

September 13, 2012

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

I've discovered that pretty much any vegetable can be cooked in this manner—lots of olive oil and garlic, and long, slow cooking—and it will turn out well. Great for grown-ups, great for babies, great for all.

Merrill Stubbs

Serves: 8 as a side dish, baby for about a week


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 2 fat cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • Salt
In This Recipe


  1. Combine the olive oil, carrots, garlic, and a couple small pinches of salt in a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Set it over medium heat and bring the oil to a simmer. Give the carrots a good stir, cover the pot, and turn the heat down as low as it will go.
  2. Cook the carrots, stirring gently every once in a while, until the slices are soft enough that they can be smushed easily by gently pinching them between your fingers. (This should take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours.) If at any point you find that the carrots start to stick to the pan and brown, gently lift them from the bottom of the pan, add a few tablespoons of water and re-cover.
  3. When they are very soft, you can serve them as is. Or, if you're feeding a baby (or you just like them this way yourself), you can either mash the carrots gently or push them through a fine-mesh sieve before serving them. Make sure to let them cool before you feed them to a baby!

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Reviews (9) Questions (0)

9 Reviews

delbor February 10, 2018
Serves 8? One pound of carrots? Seriously?
marsiamarsia August 15, 2014
Since I was a kid, I have never liked carrots. But I really REALLY liked these! Thank you for the lovely recipe. Once a friend made some carrots that I could tolerate; they had tarragon in them. So to make this recipe a bit more grown-up, I added about one teaspoon of tarragon and a dash of sherry vinegar at the end. Divine!
DECarro44 September 12, 2013
I wonder if this would come out as well in a slow cooker….I'll have to try it.
Author Comment
Merrill S. September 12, 2013
I haven't tried it -- let me know how it goes if you do!
Nick K. September 3, 2013
My mother did this for me as a kid a long time ago! She swears I even turned slightly orange... Excellent recipe, and with the carrots, an easy one with which to tinker. Maple syrup, brown sugar, honey, fresh herbs - all easy additions, depending on what you have on hand.
Author Comment
Merrill S. September 3, 2013
I ate a lot of carrots growing up, and my mother swears the same thing!
Riegan September 3, 2013
Me too. My mother says I turned orange from all the beta carotene in the carrots and sweet potatoes- it definitely can happen.
ambivalent September 1, 2013
darksideofthespoon October 10, 2012
After feeding my daughter Red Beets, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Squashes, Avocado I'm finally moving onto Carrots! Making these now, just with very little salt. I'm sure she'll love them, my baby is evidently a future foodie - she loves eating!