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Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie

This easy sweet potato shepherd's pie is the perfect for quick and easy family dinners. A tasty ground turkey meat filling is covered with mashed sweet potatoes, to make a healthier version of traditional cottage pie.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Baking Time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dinner, Entree
Cuisine: British
Keyword: cottage pie, dinner pie recipe, easy, ground turkey, healthy, mashed sweet potatoes, shepherds pie, sweet potatoes
Servings: 6
Calories: 231kcal
Author: Tonje



Meat filling

Sweet potato mash


  • Peel and dice the carrots, onion and sweet potatoes. Grate or finely mince the garlic.
  • Preheat your oven to 375 F / 180 C.

Mashed sweet potatoes

  • Boil the sweet potato chunks in a large pot of water until they are soft enough to easily pierce with a fork. Then, drain off any excess water.
  • Add milk, butter, dried thyme and cinnamon to the sweet potatoes, and mash them with a potato masher. Set aside.

Ground turkey pie filling

  • Warm up the olive oil in a large pot or skillet over medium heat. Add ground turkey, and sautee until it's browned thoroughly.
  • Add diced onion and garlic to the ground turkey, and sautee for a few more minutes until the onion is soft. Sprinkle flour over the meat, and stir to coat evenly.
  • Then, add peeled and diced carrots, frozen peas and the seasoning for the meat filling. Sautee for a couple minutes, then add the chicken broth. Leave this to simmer for a few minutes, while the liquid thickens and reduces.
  • Add the sweet potato mash on top of the meat filling in the pie dish. Spread it across with a spatula, and make sure to cover the filling completely.
  • Bake the sweet potato shepherd's pie for about 20 minutes, or until the potato topping is starting to turn golden brown on top.



  • Refrigerate any leftovers for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 6 months. Reheat the pie in an oven or microwave for a few minutes, and serve it warm.
  • Feel free to replace the ground turkey, peas and carrots with any meat and vegetables that you like. You can also substitute the seasoning however you like.
  • I use a 8x13 inch family sized pie dish, but any oven safe casserole or baking dish can be used. Just make sure that the filling fits comfortably, and avoid overfilling the dish to prevent spillage.


Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 362mg | Potassium: 703mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 14444IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 2mg