Hutspot - Winter's Favorite


Recipe by JoyLoveFood

Dutch Hutspot – an easy, hearty, delicious, one pot meal of potatoes, carrots and onions, perfect comfort food for a cold winter.

Today, I thought I’d share one of my husband’s favorite comfort foods – Hutspot. My husband was born and raised in the Netherlands and he enjoys cooking his favorite Dutch meals for our family, such as Hutspot.

Hutspot is a traditional Dutch one pot meal of mashed potatoes, carrots and onions, usually accompanied by smoked sausage or meatballs. This is my husband’s recipe and it includes kielbasa, we like to have Hutspot with Dutch meatballs too.

This Dutch Hutspot is a wonderful combination; the sweetness from the carrots nicely compliments the savory richness of the potatoes and onions. Hutspot is so delicious with some smoky kielbasa and is also wonderful with meatballs.

Dutch Hutspot is a hearty satisfying meal, perfect for a snowy winter’s day or anytime you have a craving for some delicious comfort food.

What are your family’s favorite comfort foods? Let me know in the comments below!

Dutch Hutspot

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Dutch Hutspot – an easy, hearty, delicious, one pot meal of potatoes, carrots and onions, perfect comfort food for a cold winter’s day.


  • 4 medium size potatoes (about 3 lbs) -- a floury, dry type like Russet works best
  • 3 lbs of carrots (the larger, the better, see Notes)
  • 2 medium size yellow onions (about 1 ½ lbs)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup of milk
  • additional salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 16 oz package of kielbasa, or other precooked smoked sausage (optional)
  • sliced green onions (optional)


    1. Peel potatoes and quarter.
    2. Peel carrots and cut in large chunks of about 2 inches.
    3. Peel and coarsely chop the onions.
    4. Rinse the potato and carrot chunks, and combine with the chopped onions in a large enough pot (you should have at least a couple of inches of room for boiling and mashing).
    5. Add enough water to the pot to boil the ingredients; 2-3 inches should be sufficient.
    6. Add 1 teaspoon of salt, cover with lid and bring to a boil over high heat.
    7. Reduce to medium heat and continue boiling for 15-20 minutes (until you can easily push a fork into the potatoes).
    8. While the carrot potato mixture is boiling, place the kielbasa, in its plastic wrapper, in a sauce pan and simmer in water for about 10 minutes or until heated through. (optional)
    9. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain any remaining water from the pot.
    10. Add 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter and ½ cup of milk.
    11. Mash the carrot potato mixture (Hutspot) with a potato masher, taking care not to mash up the carrots too much. The carrots should remain somewhat chunky.
    12. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
    13. Serve Hutspot with heated kielbasa and a sprinkling of sliced green onions, if desired.
  1. Notes

    For this recipe, larger carrots are best, in Holland we use “winter carrots”, which are close to 2” in diameter and about 10” to 12” long.

    Hutspot is also wonderful served with typical Dutch meatballs in place of kielbasa.

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