Healthy Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie recipe is filled with ground turkey sautéed with mixed vegetables, sliced mushrooms and fresh herbs with a savory garlic sweet potato topping. A satisfying sweet potato recipe that’s comfort food without the guilt!
Turkey Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie
This sweet potato shepherd’s pie recipe was inspired from my classic Shepherd’s Pie. I also have a meatless version, Portobello Shepherd’s Pie (vegetarian).
This is a crazy month for the North East. First we got slammed with a hurricane, and yesterday a Nor’easter. This is what it looks like outside my door…
Thousands of people, including myself are still without power. Here on the south shore of Long Island, the fear the power company has is if they turn the power back on, it may start fires to the homes with severe water damage. There of talks of having to inspect every home before they turn the power back on… I’m afraid this means it could be a while before I get my power back.
I’m not complaining, I’m managing fine for now thanks to my generator to keep my house warm, but many neighbors aren’t so lucky. Yesterday I visited an elderly woman who lives by herself, was cold, had no food and it just broke my heart knowing she is one of many. My girlfriend and I went grocery shopping for her and brought her some food and batteries and a warm hug, but she insisted on staying home despite the cold.
Talk about a month to give thanks, I just want to remind you all to count your blessings! Be thankful for the little things: heat, clean water, hot showers, electricity, and hot food on the table. The simple necessities we often take for granted.
Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Topping
Sweet Potatoes are highly nutritious, and rich in antioxidants. I love using them in savory dishes like this, which is a meal in one and easy to make ahead.
This dish can be assembled ahead of time, then baked in the oven when you are ready to eat. It also freezes well and reheats great. I made them in individual oven safe dishes for perfect portion control, but you can also make this in one large pie dish. To Freeze, follow directions up to step 9, then freeze in a freezer safe casserole dish or individual containers for up to 3 months. Refrigerate overnight to thaw, then bake as directed.
More Sweet Potato Recipes You Might Enjoy:
- Smashed Sweet Potatoes
- Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet Potato Pie
- Mashed Sweet Potatoes Brulee
- Slow Cooker Sweet Potato
Turkey Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie
For the potatoes:
- 1-1/2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled, diced
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup 1% milk, or rice/oat milk for dairy-free
- 1/4 cup chicken broth*
- 2 tbsp reduced-fat sour cream, or dairy-free cream
- kosher salt and pepper to taste
For the filling:
- 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 1 parsnip, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, diced
- 8 oz mushrooms, diced
- 10 oz frozen mixed vegetables
- 2 tbsp flour, or gluten-free flour like cup4cup
- 1 cup fat-free low-sodium chicken broth*
- 2 tsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp freshly chopped rosemary
- salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- For the sweet potatoes: Boil sweet potatoes and garlic in a pot of salted water until cooked and soft. Drain and mash with chicken broth, milk, sour cream, salt and pepper.
- For the filling: In a large skillet brown the ground turkey about 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper. When cooked, set aside on a plate.
- Add olive oil to the pan, then add the onion and sauté one minute. Add the celery, parsnip, salt and pepper to taste; cook about 12 minutes, until celery is soft.
- Add garlic and mushrooms; sauté another 3-4 minutes. Add the flour, salt and pepper and mix well.
- Add frozen vegetables, chicken broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, cooked turkey, and mix well. Simmer covered on low about 5-10 minutes, until thickened.
- In 6 oven safe individual oven safe dishes (or a 9 x 12 baking dish) spread 1 cup of the meat mixture on the bottom of each dish.
- Top each with 1/2 cup mashed sweet potatoes.
- Use a fork to scrape the top of the potatoes to make ridges; sprinkle with paprika. (If making ahead you can freeze at this point**).
- Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until potatoes turn golden and the filling is heated through. If baking in a large casserole dish, add more time as needed to heat through.
- Remove from oven and let it cool 10 minutes before serving.
236 comments on “Turkey Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie”
I used ground turkey breast with zucchini and red pepper instead of the mixed vegetables. It was delicious! Very tasty and moist. Thank you for this complete meal recipe.
Haven’t made it yet, but with the ingredients in there and so many options to change it up, I can’t wait to grab my ingredients and create ours! I have no doubt it will be delicious. Thanks for the inspiration!
Could this be made in smaller individual containers and frozen? Would you assemble and then bake?
Currently doing a Whole30, and decided to try this recipe out. loved it!!! As with a lot of recipes, I made a few substitutions due to what we had on hand. I didn’t have any frozen vegetables so I added in a shredded and squeezed zucchini. I also made a few other substitutions to be sure it was Whole30 compliant… such as kite Hill cream cheese and yogurt in the mashed potatoes along with a little ghee. I also omitted the flour and worcesteshire… but that didn’t make much of a difference. Topping with smoked paprika and garlic powder made it delisious, veggie packed and filling!!!
Delicious and new idea for me. I will make this again. I used carrots in place of parsnips, everything else as in the recipe. Another great dish from Skinnytaste.
This was much better than I expected (not typically a fan of ground turkey) and I wasn’t sure if the sweet potatoes would overpower the flavor. It was a definite winner, will be on the rotation for sure!
Very tasty. I had only carrots and used canned mushrooms and frozen peas and corn but the flavour was full and the individual servings provide all the “crispy” edges that I love!
Absolutely delicious! I used unsweetened almond milk and nonfat greek yogurt in place of the 1% milk and sour cream in the sweet potatoes, added an extra garlic clove to the sweet potatoes and filling, and a little extra tomato paste and worcestershire sauce to the filling. Also used ground venison instead of ground turkey.
This was delicious! The whole family enjoyed. I swapped sour cream for plain Greek yogurt and the milk for soy milk and it turned out great !
Delicious meal !! I added a can of drained diced tomatoes. As for the tomato paste and warcestire, I I’d recommend using 1 tablespoon of each, as 1 tsp really doesn’t do much. Make sure there isn’t too much liquid in your pan as you bake , since any excess bubbles to the top . When making the mashed potatoes, I just used the milk part & 3 tbsp of sour cream (no broth), was nice and creamy.
Delicious as always from Skinnytaste. But, I beg to differ on the 10 minute prep time. More like 30 minutes as it took me 20 minutes just to peel sweet potatoes and mash them with ingredients.
good point, I will update!
What size of individual dishes did you use?
Hm, I can’t recall the exact size.
I’ve never been a fan of Shepherd’s Pie, but this has changed my mind. So much so that I made this two days in a row after trying it! Delish!!
Made it exactly like the recipe. Very tasty! So much so…. we only got 4 servings! Not sure how many servings it would be for 250 calories 🙂