Thyme Roasted Carrots with Goat Cheese

by Shawnda on January 14, 2011

in Holiday Favorites,Sides,Veggies & Starches

Roasted Carrots

“Here, try this.”

If I had a dollar for every time I shoved a veggie-loaded fork into The Foodie Groom’s face, I’d… I’d have a whole lot of dollars. I usually get the, “Dude, you could have poked my eye out!” look, followed by a very cautious bite. Win some, lose some. These carrots, surprisingly, fall under “win some.”

I’ve never really eaten cooked carrots myself. When I think of hot carrots, I think of those mushy rounds that come in a can of peas. [Shudder]

These carrots are most definitely not shudder-inducing. My kid and my husband love these “carrot fries.” The carrot strips soften and caramelize a bit in the oven and pair awesomely with the lemony thyme and tangy, crumbly goat cheese.

Thyme Roasted Carrots with Goat Cheese

Tangy goat cheese and lemony thyme pair perfectly with the caramelized carrots.


  • 2lbs whole carrots
  • 2-3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese, crumbled


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Peel the carrots and cut diagonally into thirds. If the carrots are large, half or quarter the pieces (aiming for uniform so the pieces will cook evenly).
  3. Toss with olive oil, salt, pepper and the leaves stripped from the thyme sprigs.
  4. Spread on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  5. Crumble goat cheese over the warm carrots and serve.


Yields: 4-6 servings

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Estimated time: 25 minutes


{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Blog is the New Black January 14, 2011 at 5:52 am

Carrots with thyme sounds so good! I always just make them plain- why not add a little spice to jazz it up?!


2 elly January 14, 2011 at 8:04 am

I’m not really a cooked carrot kinda gal, but these look too good to pass on. Definitely giving them a try soon!


3 Treehousechef January 14, 2011 at 8:08 am

Great Recipe! Can’t wait to try it out this weekend. My husband loves carrots and I love goat cheese so this will please both of us. Thanks for sharing!


4 Cornelius the Pig January 14, 2011 at 9:31 am

Cal (he’s a cow) does not like cooked carrots, but he really likes cheese. Maybe I can get him to try these. Looks great!


5 foodiebride January 14, 2011 at 10:26 am

@Cornelius the Pig, I’ve decided that there are few things in this world that cheese (especially goat cheese) doesn’t make better :)


6 Cornelius the Pig January 14, 2011 at 10:55 am

@foodiebride, I completely agree!


7 Annie January 14, 2011 at 9:48 am

Yum! I love roasted carrots, but I’ve never tried any additions beyond olive oil, salt and pepper. Love the thyme and goat cheese – totally trying these!


8 Lauren at KeepItSweet January 14, 2011 at 9:58 am

I am a big fan of goat cheese so I will try this! The color contrast looks so nice, too.


9 Bridget January 14, 2011 at 10:46 am

You said the magic word – goat cheese! Yum!


10 Jen @ January 14, 2011 at 11:01 am

Those carrot “fries” look awesome. I’m going to have to try these soon.


11 Christina January 14, 2011 at 11:46 am

This sounds so good, definitely not your typical mushy cooked carrots. I want to try this one for sure!


12 Lisa @ The Cooking Bride January 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Oh yes! I will be trying these. I’m not a big carrot person, but they are so good for you so I have been experimenting with different ways to prepare them where they don’t taste so …carrot-y. These look so good!


13 Stephanie @ Per l'Amore del Cibo January 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm

My husband and are not big fans of thyme, but I really like the idea of this recipe — would you suggest another herb in its place?


14 Delia January 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm

I HATE cooked carrots…to the point of picking them out of a soup. But if your husband eats them, I may actually give this a try!!


15 Inna January 15, 2011 at 11:58 am

These look great! I too am always shoving fork-fulls of vegetables into my husband’s face.


16 cathy January 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Three of my favorite things – roasted carrots, thyme, and goat cheese! Drool! Honestly never thought of putting them all together, but these look fantastic.


17 Cubicle January 18, 2011 at 7:18 pm

I never know how to cook carrots. This recipe looks great, I’ll have to give it a try!


18 Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul January 18, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Yummy! I want some now :(
Roasted carrots are definitely one of my favorite foods!


19 branny January 19, 2011 at 7:16 am

I’ve been having an aversion to cooked carrots lately, but this looks like a winner of a recipe!


20 Lauren January 20, 2011 at 7:44 am

This post reminded me of how fantastic roasted carrots are… adding goat cheese and thyme is a fantastic idea!


21 Dorothy at Belle of the Kitchen January 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm

These look so good! I have them starred in my google reader, and every time I look back over my starred items I find myself oogling over these carrots! I’m planning on making them alongside my favorite roast chicken!


22 Dorothy at Belle of the Kitchen February 6, 2011 at 8:22 am

I just had to let you know that I made these last night, and loved them! They were perfect with roast chicken, salad, and homemade rolls. I loved the subtle thyme with them (I usually use dill), and the goat cheese was just perfect!


23 Carissa August 14, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Made these tonight and they were just delicious!


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