Healthy Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

By Rena |

This Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie recipe is healthy, easy to make, and so scrumptious. The perfect fall recipe and the ultimate comfort food that can be on your dinner table in no time. 

Healthy sweet potato shepherd's pie

Classic Shepherds Pie is traditionally made with lamb. A great other option would be to use lean ground meat. But for our super healthy and leaner option, this healthy shepherd’s pie recipe is made with lean ground turkey, peas, a variety of spices and then topped with a layer of fluffy mashed sweet potatoes. This meal is specially made during St. Patricks but can be enjoyed all year long!

HOW TO MAKE SHEPHERD’S PIE

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place the sweet potatoes in a large saucepan with just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are tender about 10 minutes.

Healthy sweet potato shepherd's pie

Drain and mash, then season with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning blend.

Heat oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Sauté the onions for 3-4 minutes, then stir in the garlic and cook for a minute or so. Add the ground meat and cook, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until the meat is cooked through.

Stir in the tomato paste, oregano, paprika, salt and pepper, and broth.

sautéed meat and tomato sauce

Simmer for a few minutes then stir in the peas or any other veggies you would like to use. Spread the meat mixture into a 2-quart baking dish. Add mashed sweet potatoes on top and spread it evenly all the way to the sides.

Bake until the potatoes are just starting to brown, about 25-30 minutes. Rest, then serve and enjoy!

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WHAT IS SHEPHERD’S PIE

Shepherd’s pie is an Irish dish made with ground lamb, tomato sauce base or broth, veggies like peas and carrots, and a crust of mashed potatoes. It is sometimes topped with a layer of cheese. Shepherd’s pie is also referred to as cottage pie when ground beef is used instead of lamb.  There are many variations of this recipe.

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CAN YOU FREEZE SHEPHERD’S PIE

You can freeze already cooked and baked shepherds pie or make ahead and right before you bake, you can freeze it until the day you are ready to serve it.  Wrap it tightly to prevent freezer burns.  Freeze for up to one month. Simply remove from the freezer a day before and allow it to thaw. Then place in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes.

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WHAT TEMPERATURE TO COOK SHEPHERD’S PIE

It is best to cook your shepherd’s pie in the oven. Baking your shepherd’s pie anywhere between 350-400 F would be an ideal temperature.

CAN YOU REHEAT SHEPHERD’S PIE

Two ways to reheat shepherd’s pie. You may either reheat individual servings in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Or you may reheat it in the oven by baking it again at about 350 F for about 20-25 minutes.

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HOW TO LAYER SHEPHERD’S PIE

Layering is simple. You need the bottom layer to be the meat and veggie filling, then top that with a layer of whatever potato you are using. Top layer options: mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, or cauliflower mash for a low carb option! In fact, if you want to make this low carb, replace the sweet potato layer with this Cauliflower Mash.

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Healthy sweet potato shepherd's pie

Healthy Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

A classic fall recipe made with lean turkey meat, peas, seasonings, and topped with delicious mashed sweet potatoes.
4.23 from 22 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
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Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories: 328kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs Sweet Potatoes peeled and chopped
  • ½ Tsp Italian Seasoning Blend
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

The Filling:

  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion diced
  • lbs Lean Turkey Meat
  • 2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 3-4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • ½ Tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Cup Chicken or Beef Broth
  • 1 Cup Frozen Peas or any other veggies like corn, carrots, defrosted

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F
  • Place the sweet potatoes in a large saucepan with just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are tender. About 10 minutes.
  • Drain and mash, then season with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning blend.
  • Heat oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Sauté the onions for 3-4 minutes, then stir in the garlic and cook for a minute or so.
  • Add the ground meat and cook, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until the meat is cooked through.
  • Stir in the tomato paste, oregano, paprika, salt and pepper, and broth. Simmer for a few minutes until the liquid is reduced, then stir in the peas.
  • Spread the meat mixture into a 2-quart baking dish. Add mashed potatoes on top and spread it evenly all the way to the sides.
  • Bake until the potatoes are just starting to brown, about 25-30 minutes. Rest, then serve and enjoy!

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Notes

Substitutes:
  • White potatoes will work well instead of sweet potatoes
  • Consider using lean ground beef or ground chicken
  • Any broth will work
 
Storage:
Place leftovers in a container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave when ready to eat. You can freeze for up to 3 months.
Nutritional facts:
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 329mg | Potassium: 827mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 17011IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 3mg
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