Turkey Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

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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!

Shepherd's pie filled with ground turkey sautéed with mixed vegetables, sliced mushrooms and fresh herbs with a savory garlic sweet potato topping. 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.

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.Shepherd's pie filled with ground turkey sautéed with mixed vegetables, sliced mushrooms and fresh herbs with a savory garlic sweet potato topping. Comfort food without the guilt!

Shepherd's pie filled with ground turkey sautéed with mixed vegetables, sliced mushrooms and fresh herbs with a savory garlic sweet potato topping. Comfort food without the guilt!

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Shepherd's pie filled with ground turkey sautéed with mixed vegetables, sliced mushrooms and fresh herbs with a savory garlic sweet potato topping. Comfort food without the guilt!
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Turkey Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

250 Cals 16.5 Protein 34 Carbs 6 Fats
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Yield: 6 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American
Shepherd's pie filled with ground turkey sautéed with mixed vegetables, sliced mushrooms and fresh herbs with a savory garlic sweet potato topping.


For the potatoes:

  • 1-1/2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth*
  • 2 tbsp reduced-fat sour 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, leave out to make gluten-free
  • 1 cup fat-free low-sodium chicken broth*
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped rosemary
  • salt and pepper
  • paprika


  • 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.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • 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 flour, salt and pepper and mix well.
  • Add frozen vegetables, chicken broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, cooked turkey, and mix well. Simmer on low about 5-10 minutes.
  • 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.


*Check labels for gluten free.
** If making ahead and freezing, thaw overnight in the refrigerator. When baking add more time as needed to heat through.


Serving: 1pie, Calories: 250kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 16.5g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Sodium: 304mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 3g
WW Points Plus: 6
Keywords: easy shepherd's pie, ground turkey shepherd's pie, sweet potato recipes, sweet potato shepherd's pie, turkey shepherd's pie, Turkey Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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! 

  4. 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.

  5. 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 ! 

  6. 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. 

  7. 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.  

  8. What size of individual dishes did you use?

  9. 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!!

  10. 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 🙂

  11. I made it with butternut squash as the topping and 99% fat free turkey because I wanted a REALLY low WW points option (on blue it was only 1 point!). It was pretty good. I’m sure it is better with the sweet potatoes, though. Not sure why milk is in the ingredients but not in the instructions…

  12. This is one of my very favorite fall-time lunches. It reheats so well and it’s so tasty!!

  13. I prepared and baked this in a 3.5qt Dutch oven for 35min. I didn’t add the 1/4 cup of broth to the sweet potato mash because after adding the milk it was already too thin. I’m wondering if there should be any milk in there since it isn’t in the instructions. I sautéed the onions first then added the raw turkey to avoid using an extra plate. I didn’t add a parsnip. I think the seasonings are okay, I adjusted proportions to suit my taste. I would try this recipe again.

  14. I don’t even know what to say, except that I’m sad I’ve lived for 33 years without this in my life. So unbelievably good! I didn’t have individual dishes so I just cooked it in my cast iron skillet, and it came out perfect! 

  15. Really liked this dish. Very different. I used 1/3 onion diced, 1 carrot diced, 2 stalk celery diced, along with 1/2 cup frozen peas, 1/2 cup frozen corn , and 1/2 cup frozen green beans.
    Substituted 2 T plain greek yogurt for sour cream and added dash nutmeg and cinnamon to sweet potatoes. Used one baking dish.
    Easy and satisfying.

  16. I have to say, this is one of the best shepherd’s pie recipe’s I’ve ever had. This beats traditional shepherd’s pie a million to one.

    What a fantastic way to eat healthy, but have comfort food, too!

  17. Has anyone just tried making this in a casserole dish? I don’t have 6 individual containers to cook it in so I just wanted to be sure turkey grease wouldn’t pool in the bottom of a casserole dish if I tried that…

  18. I made mine with shredded chicken and left out the mushrooms because I detest them. I highly recommend deleting the milk from the mashed potatoes. It makes it far too runny. I also recommend increasing the garlic.

  19. If you are gluten free the flour needs to be gluten free as well. 

  20. I never leave comments…this was DELICIOUS!!! A friend happened to be over when I made this and he joined my husband and I for dinner. All 3 plates were wiped clean. It took a little bit of prep, but it was honestly pretty easy. I had no parsnip or frozen veggie other than peas, so I used carrots and omitted the mushroom. Still not too sweet. Thank you!!

  21. When I told my husband that I was making this for dinner this week, he said “Yum!!!” I just love the heartiness and flavor of this recipe. FYI, I entered all of the ingredients into the WW recipe builder, and it came back as 5 Freestyle Points. Even better! Thanks so much for all of the fabulous recipes! I don’t know of anywhere else with so many delicious and healthy recipes. Your site is my go-to! 

  22. Gina,

    I just made this for my husband and he asked me if you were on food network, I said no, he said, she should be. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Shepard’s when my mom used to make it but this version is great! We loved it!


  23. What size glass dish should I use if I don’t have the individual dishes ?

  24. Loved this! I used 99% fat free ground turkey breast. I haven’t calculated it with FSP yet but it was delicious!

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  26. Can this be made in the instant pot. My family loves it and wondering if I can save time.

  27. Please tell me where you got those bowls, I love them!

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  29. It was a cold and rainy night last night.  My husband and I made this.  We loved it!  Very tasty and filling.  Parsnips were expensive; so, we substituted with carrots.  

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  33. I’m eating this as I type, and oh my goodness it’s delicious! I’m a big fan of shepherds pie anyway, and now I’m pleased to have a recipe that doesn’t come with as much guilt as a “regular” s.p.! 

    So grateful for this site – with the help of your recipes, Gina, I’ve lost almost 60 pounds. You’re amazing for this resource! <3

  34. Great recipe. However you left the milk completely out of the instructions. It didn’t really need it and was fine without. But I didn’t realize it until it was in the oven and the milk was still sitting out. 

  35. This recipe sounds great but I don’t know in what universe a cup and a half of shepherd’s pie is one serving. Certainly not in  my house. am looking forward to making this recipe but I will double it and get 6 servings  out of that. Also probably will use beef stock and use fat-free yogurt in the sweet potatoes instead of sour cream.

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  37. Hi! I was wondering if you were going to freeze this do you make everything ahead and bake it and cool then freeze? I am new to freezing dishes and trying this as I will have a baby here in a few months and would be nice to have something already made to reheat. Also, once frozen what are the reheating directions (time/temp/etc.). Thank you!

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  39. This was delicious! Made this an an alternative to Corned Beef for St. Patrick’s day because it was healthier. My husband and I both LOVED it!!! Thank you!

  40. How many points would this be with smartpoints?

  41. Milk is listed as an ingredient but recipe doesn't state what to Do with it!?

  42. Is this made with sweet potatoes or yams? Pics look like yams -kclem1955

    • Most people (at least in the US) have never eaten a yam ==


  43. I just made this and it tastes just amazing and it really, seriously filling. I substituted the sour cream for low fat cream cheese and I didn't add the milk to the potatoes as they were already quite 'loose' and I was afraid it would turn them too liquid. Thanks so much, this shall now become a regular (along with a few other of your recipes)

  44. I make this all the time…I clearly love it! I usually swap out the sweet potatoes for mashed cauliflower and omit the parsnip. Thanks for the recipe its been in rotation in my household for a year now.

  45. Save your self a LOT of time peeling and dicing sweet potatoes. Boil them whole in their skins until desired tenderness. Cool on a rack and skins just slide off. Thank you Grama <3

  46. This recipe is the bomb! I don't even like shepherds pie:) I added some spices that my family likes but other than that I left it as is. Thanks for another fantastic recipe!!

  47. Do you think I could use almond milk in place of the 2%?

  48. thank you for sharing. This sounds like something the family will like.

    Florence C

  49. We made this for dinner with a few modifications to the veggies and herbs, and it was fantastic!

  50. Hi,

    I made this tonight and after I cooked it there was liquid on top and alot of liquid on bottom of pan. It was tasty, I added rosemary to the potatoes. How can i tweek to get less liquid.

  51. I was just thinking the other day…how can I make a healthy, low cal pot pie? Thanks for answering my question with this delectable looking pot pie! Pinned!

  52. I love The Cuisine Of Turkish And Peoples are Very Loving and This recipe Very Dainty Looking And very Delicious I cannot wait to mix this Recipe with my Own Hand..

  53. Made this for dinner the other night and we loved it! Thank you for another fantastic recipe!

  54. My family gave me permission to make this again. Can't wait to have the leftovers when my husband makes it home from the latest Atlanta Snowmageddon. Drivers stranded on the interstate for 18-20 hours and counting…

  55. Made this for dinner last night. I loved how the root vegetables added a subtle sweetness, and the addition of rosemary was lovely. Next time I don't think I'll bother with the tomato paste. It did turn out a little watery (and I did use flour). Overall a good recipe that I'd make again with some tweaking!

  56. This recipe is AMAZING! I made it for Christmas dinner this past year and it was a serious hit. I am a Registered Dietitian and I will definitely promote this recipe to my clients 🙂

  57. Would you freeze this prior to the first baking or bake then freeze?

  58. Made this for dinner tonight. It was delicious. Another winner! 🙂

  59. My husband is trying to eat better – lower fat, lower-carb, more veggies – so I made this for him tonight. He HATES sweet potatoes. He LOVED this. Because of his hatred of sweet potatoes, I didn't use quite as much for the topping, but next time I'll use the full 1 1/2 pounds. I also used sage instead of rosemary because I had an abundance of sage. I'm gluten free and a tablespoon of rice flour worked perfectly to help thicken things up.

  60. Just made the recipe (minus the milk) and it's so Nummy! Thanks so much for this healthy alternative.

  61. You have milk listed in the ingredient list but not in the recipe. When I made it, I added it to the potatoes, but it seemed like too much.

  62. This was simply amazing. Loved all the veggies. I used ground bison that I found on sale and it was great. I split it up into two glass dishes and have one in the freezer for another day. I am thinking it will be eaten much sooner than I expected 🙂

  63. I made this for dinner tonight and it was very good!! I didn't use individual pans, instead I used an 8×8" pan. It still came out great and I cooked for same amount of time. Definitely a keeper.

  64. Actually, milk & garlic ingredients for mashed sweet potatoes are not listed to add in during directions.

  65. Gina, you list a half cup of milk for mashed sweet potatoes, but it is not in the directions to add. Guessing it just goes in while mashing???

  66. Reaaaaally tasty!! Thank you 🙂 I added 2 more tsp on Worcester sauce and used greek yoghurt instead of sour cream 🙂

  67. Hey there! This looks amazing and is on our menu for the week. My issue is that I'm allergic to tomatoes, so can I just leave it out or is there something I could substitute it with?

  68. Oh man, I just made this for my lunches this week…and it's SO GOOD. Thank you. 🙂

  69. And one more thing – if I prefer throwing it all together in a casserole dish, what size would you think I'd need?

  70. I'm planning on making this tonight, but had a question before I did so. My husband and I both love the flavor of beef, although if we're substituting turkey for a healthier alternative, do you think using beef broth instead of chicken would taste good to give us that beefy flavor?

    I'm not entirely what the rule is when it comes to mixing different meats and broths…

  71. BEST EVER!!! Everyone i know always asks me to make it!

  72. Sooooooo delicious! Thanks Gina!

  73. Such a great idea to make them in individual dishes. My bf won't eat mushrooms or sweet potatos but I looove them. A little extra work but no biggy. Anything to get him to eat healthier. 🙂 also, I left out the parsnips because I think they're gross. Thanks for another great recipe!

  74. Did I miss something? The ingredients list for the potatoes says 1% milk, but the directions never tell you when to add it in. Are you suppose to add it when you mash with the broth and sour cream?

  75. Does the milk get mixed into the potatoes with the sour cream and broth? I see it in the ingredients but not the instructions.

  76. I loved this! I made it in one big dish so scooping out servings kind of destroyed the presentation. But despite comments that it looked like… a certain unfortunate bodily function – it was a big hit! Tons of flavor, really comforting and satisfying, and I love how healthy it is!

  77. I made this last night and honestly no one liked it….including myself. We were pretty disappointed because I have made SEVERAL of Gina's recipes and they have been a big hit. I'm pretty good in the kitchen so I don't think it was anything I did… just one of those things I guess. I've never used parsnips before…so maybe that was it…or we could just be getting tired of turkey??? lol We did enjoy the mashed sweet potatoes on top though!

  78. Made this last night, so great and low calories!

  79. I made this recipe this week, and it is absolutley DELICIOUS! I've made several of your recipes, and this one ranks up there among my favorite choices. I had never used parsnips before, so I'm also enjoying adding a new vegetable to my cooking experiences!

  80. Love your site & can't wait to try this and the santa fe turkey peppers!

    For those asking about ovenproof serving dishes, I just got 4 with lids on amazon, colbolt blue – beautiful! About $35 w/ shipping. micro/oven/dishwasher safe. love them so much I might get four more!

  81. Just finished eating this and very satisfied and happy with how it turned out! Thank you!

  82. Hi Gina, I love your ideas!! I just found this website last week and I've already made 2 recipes and they were both GREAT!!! I am not a sweet potato fan, can I substitue with just regular potatoes instead?

  83. Gina and others, this Shepard's Pie is awesome. My husband is not terribly fond of onions or mushrooms but he LOVED this pie. The only problem is sticking to a 1 cup serving! I added cinnamon to the sweet potato mash for additional flavor. Love all your recipes. Thank YOU.

  84. I made a few changes to this–some out of necessity and some out of personal taste–but pretty much stuck to the original recipe and let me tell you, it's the BOMB! Few will be able to tell this is a lightened up dish. It's that good!

  85. Gina,
    I am on a gluten free diet and substitute potato flour for regular flour, and you definitely cannot tell!

  86. mine's in the oven right now! smells good and i can't wait to dig in! 🙂

  87. I made this dish this evening and it turned out great. It was a bit time consuming to do all the prep, so it is definitely something I would have to make on the weekend.

  88. I just made this tonight with butternut squash instead of sweet potato and it was delicious. I messed up my first batch of squash because it didn't need all the milk and sour cream, but that was a minor hiccup and the dish came out great.

  89. Can I make this Shepherd's Pie with turkey cooked and not ground turkey?

  90. I just want to let you know that my 14-month-old daughter LOVES this! I'm making some for her right now. I seriously think it might be her favorite meal.

  91. how many cups is one serving? because i am going to do it in a big dish..

  92. Why the sour cream? What does it add to the potatoes? Necessary? So many questions!

  93. Made this and it was delicious! Very flavorful and filling for something so light and veggie-full. I made a couple adjustments (used one big glass baking dish, no parsnip, used dry rosemary, deglazed the browning turkey w/ some wine) and it was so delicious! I also only had fat free sour cream and skim milk, so I used a little less milk and added a tbsp of butter–yummy. Thank you for another delicious recipe, Gina!

  94. This is super yummy. I am doing this fitness challenge and this recipe is full of foods I can actually eat! Thank you soo much!

  95. I made this the other night and it was a hit!!! I truly love your site and cook from it at least twice a week. I really appreciate that although you are health conscious yoru food does not lose the flavor. I hope you have a warm and happy holiday. Thanks again for the inspiration.

  96. Delicious recipe! Another winner! Thank you Gina.

  97. Wonderful Recipe. The whole family loved it.

  98. so excited to try this!!!

  99. Looks very nice. However I would say this about the name of the recipe. Shepherds look after sheep not turkeys, and shepherd's pie is always made with LAMB/MUTTON mince in the UK, so I would describe this as a COTTAGE pie which can be made with any other meat or meat substitute.

    Great website, I've found some super recipes here. This one will be Pinned, along with Chicken Pot Pie soup.

  100. Hi,

    I'm making this for dinner tonight. I noticed in your ingredients for the mashed sweet potatoes, it includes 1% milk, but it doesn't say to add it in the directions?

    Thanks for all your great recipes!

  101. Can't wait to try this! I love sweet potatoes – probably more than regular… I will omit the mushrooms though but it sounds delish… also love your message in the beginning of the post about being thankful for the necessities that we take for granted (water, electricity, heat etc.)… Hope things are getting better for you guys back east!

  102. I made this yesterday and it was fantastic! My husband saw me chopping all the veggies and asked "is this another of those Skinny recipes?"
    We have been enjoying recipes from your site for a few months and I love knowing I'm giving my family delicious, healthy food.
    Thanks and keep them coming!!

  103. I hope you're doing okay dealing with the after effects of Sandy! My whole family is on Long Island too, so I know how rough it's been there.

    I made this for dinner tonight! It was really delicious. And my husband loved it too!

  104. My husband came back for more and more! I made extra and put it in a 9X13 and it was delish!! I love the sweet potatoes with the meat, it was a great combination. Makes me happy to serve a healthy dinner that tasted great. Substituted greek yogurt for sour cream too!

  105. Hi Gina! I'm making this dish as I type this. My kitchen smells sooo good! I do have a question for you, in your ingredients under "the potatoes" you have 1/2 cup 1% milk and1/4 cup fat free chicken broth listed. However you don't say to add the milk in your directions, I'm assuming it's just a typo? Thanks!

  106. I made this tonight and it was wonderful! My husband said it was a keeper. Love all of your recipes 🙂 Thanks for all of your time and effort to help us all to eat healthier !

  107. This was delicious – no surprise, as are all of Gina's recipes. I used lean ground beef because it looked better at my grocery store. Otherwise followed the recipe exactly. I made it earlier in the day and refrigerated unbaked, then baked it in time for dinner. I sprinkled a little sharp cheddar on top to serve. Yummo, looking forward to leftovers.

    Take care, East Coasters.

  108. For us on the west coast, it seems the devastation and continuing challenges from Sandy are no longer talked about or covered in the media. Thank you for sharing your personal experience reminding us that the east coast is still dealing with this difficult situation. I hope you continue to stay positive and know that we are all praying and thinking of you and the many other people affected.
    GREAT recipe too, by the way 🙂

  109. For those of you who don't eat a lot of starch, I made mine with mashed butternut squash instead of sweet potatoes and it was delicious! I followed the recipe directions almost exactly, so you can boil the peeled, cubed squash the same way you would the potatoes. I also made mine in a large casserole dish and it cooked perfectly in 20 minutes, but it was pretty full.

    Thanks for the recipe and all the best to you and the East Coasters, Gina!

  110. You read my mind I have been looking for a good shepherd's pie recipe! Can't wait to make this tonight!

  111. I made this tonight. The only change I made was to throw in a bit more tomato paste and broth (I like it more saucy). This was really good. I especially liked the idea of putting the cloves of garlic in with the sweet potatoes while they boiled.
    We really enjoyed it. Can't wait to have the left overs tomorrow!

  112. This is going to dear camp with the husband this week.

  113. For the sweet potato mash, the ingredients call for 1/4 cup chicken broth and 1/2 cup of milk, but in the directions it says to just add the chicken broth. I added both, and it was way too liquidy, so I had to drain some of the liquid. Was I just supposed to add the chicken broth?

    • I used both the broth and milk as called for and mine turned out perfect. I wonder if maybe you didn't use enough sweet potatoes? (I used 5 large ones)

  114. Cooking and blogging aren't easy in the best of times. You're truly heroic to cook and blog during a power outage. I tried this recipe tonight–it was delicious!

  115. I made this last night….fantastic!

  116. Gina, this is absolutely delicious! We loved it! You are so good at developing flavors in your dishes. I am sorry for all you are going through. We will be praying for you all back east.

  117. Oh my goodness… I just made this for the boyfriend and I and it was simply amazing! He said it is one of his all-time favorite dishes I have ever made. The parsnip and mushrooms are key flavors in the dish. Definitely a keeper! Thanks so much for sharing. I consistently make your recipes and you never fail to deliver!

    I left out the garlic, onions and Worcestershire sauce because I have a very sensitive stomach to these ingredients as well as the sour cream (lactose-intolerant) and flour. It still came out beautifully!

    Also, I don't have individual oven safe dishes so I used a 9×13 dish instead and baked it for the same amount of time. Perfecto!

  118. Just made this withOUT the turkey meat. It came out pretty great….. Next time I might add a bit more of the tomato paste……..

  119. Gina! This recipe looks amazing as always; we almost exclusively use your website. We're on the west coast, and we appreciate that you are still posting during this time (even though it would be totally understandable if you didn't!). Your recipes make our kitchen a better place. Hope you and your family stay safe and sound. -Hilary and Preet

  120. I followed this recipe, but made substitutions for almost all the veggies based on what I had. Turnips, daikon radish, carrots, cauliflower, and scallions thanks to my CSA share and a frozen box of peas and pearl onions. Came out delicious! Loved to make use of my individual casserole dishes.

    Wishing you and your family have power and life back to normal soon 🙂 It's been a nightmare-ish few weeks.

  121. I'm trying to cut carbs to absolute minimum. Can this be made with winter squash instead of sweet taters?

  122. Gina, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I love your attitude!!! Thank you for all you do for us!!! God Bless!

  123. I live on the south shore of Long Island also we were lucky enough to be spared any real damage. Unfortunately some of our friends and neighbors weren't. I hop you get your power back on soon. Stay warm.

  124. Gina- I just wanted to say thank you for all your wonderful posts even while you all are battling this crazy weather. I consistently make your recipes and they are always approachable and delicious! We are thinking about you and sending prayers and love from Texas!!


  125. Looks AMAZING, Gina!
    Love you and hope you have power back from the storm! xoxo Love you.

  126. I made this tonight for supper and it was absolutely DECLICIOUS! My fiance loved it. Thanks for another great recipe!

  127. My friend makes something very similar, but using ground beef and a bit of southwest salf-free chili powder combo with diced ripe and green bell peppers. Anoher option to consider…with turkey or beef.

    I'm planning to use cubed left over turducken and home grown sweet taters!

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  128. I wonder if anyone else is having a problem printing. It suddenly is all coming out super huge regardless of choosing the smallest print? I love your recipes, and cant wait to try this!

  129. So sorry to hear you are still without power. We just got ours back this past week so I can only imagine how it must be going so long without heat and hot water. Thankfully you have a generator to get you through. Funny, we just made Shepherds Pie the other night – such comfort food in these crazy times. I love your version using sweet potatoes on top.

  130. This is definitely happening in my kitchen soon.

  131. I hope you and your family are doing alright.
    I'm trying to figure out how I could remove the dairy from this recipe without using soy sour cream. I can't stand that stuff. Is the sour cream needed as a thickening agent or just for flavor?

  132. I made this tonight for dinner – one correction needed you don't indicate where to add the milk with the sweet potatoes. Assuming it is when they are mashed. I made this in one casserole dish. This was very good and would definitely make again.

  133. I echo everybody that's posted above regarding all of the people that have been affected by the weather on the East Coast. I live in Brooklyn and I'm thankful that we were spared for the most part. I love your blog and I have tried many recipes, which have all turned out great.

    I do have one question for you though, have you ever bought spring greens (from the cabbage family) and if so, could you let me know where you got them??

    I have looked nearly everywhere and can't seem to find any! :/


  134. Keeping you and everyone affected by Sandy in our thoughts and prayers! Wish there was more we could do than just make donations! You are so sweet to help others! Stay safe!

  135. Hi Gina, I love your blog and I really hope your power comes back on soon! stay warm, I was curious if I were to use ground turkey breast (no percentage of lean or fat) if that would change the nutritional info? thanks, make lots of your yummy warm dishes to keep warm!!
    best wishes from Canada,

  136. Hi Gina,
    So sorry to hear about your situation. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I always love your recipes! I am going to make this tonight, but I want to make it now and then reheat it later on. Should I follow directions as you suggest and then take it out and refrigerate it until I serve dinner tonight? Just reheat in the oven? Thanks!

  137. Great recipe!!! and so sorry for your lack of electricity, but is so good to find someone positive like you, that looks at the bright side of this. I hope everything turns better soon!!!

  138. Gina, Our prayers go out to all in the Northeast! I am worried about the elderly lady you spoke about.
    What is she using as a heat source / how is she staying warm?
    Does she have family that is taking care of her often?
    Normally, I would immediately give to the American Red Cross, however I read Forbes Charity Navigator & learned that the CEO's annual salary is a little over $1M! I believe that people whom are in the charity profession should choose to give more of themselves & be rewarded by the higher power vs. taking the funds from the people whom need it most. If you agree with me, write to ABC News on their website to investigate charities salaries. Until this changes, I will give directly to those who need it. That said, please let me know what / how we can help the elderly lady. If we send money to you, can you purchase a generator for her or buy more food? God bless you!

    • @Gina, Smart thinking – My hubby, the Firefighter, absolutely HATES the Red Cross! Whenever they come to any disaster few ppl know that once the disaster is over they actually come back looking for money to offset what they offered during the emergency. When he was in the service & his father died they paid for his flight home, then took it out of his next paycheck; not caring that there was nothing left for him to live on for the rest of the mo. However, on a happier note, the Firefighters love the Salvation Army!

    • Good to know. I love how many people are helping out and driving from other states to help. Things are better for many of us, but their are still a lot of people who don't have power yet. Hoping they get it back soon.

  139. Could it be made with canned sweet potatoes? If so, how many cans (size?)

  140. Thanks for the recipe! I am a WW leader and love sharing your recipes! I can't believe you are still able to do all of this with everything going on! At least it takes your mind off what's going on. The devastation is just horrible. My brother lives (lived) in Long Beach and will have to relocate for a few months, though their damage wasn't as bad as others. Can't imagine what some people are going through. Will keep you in our thoughts!

  141. I haven't been to your blog in a while Gina, but I totally forgot you live in the area hit hard by the storms. I hope that things improve for you and your family soon! If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.

  142. Looks so good, yummy!! 🙂


  143. So nice of you and your friend to take care of that woman…I'm sure she appreciated the food but also the company!

  144. Gina, this looks yummy and so cozy for the cold weather! I made your chicken and cavatelli soup last night and it was a big hit. Can't wait to try this.

    Every time I come here to look for a recipe, I'm amazed that you are still finding time to create and post new dishes, despite the horrible situation you are in. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and everyone impacted by the hurricane and snowstorm. Hang in there….

  145. This looks delicious! Thank goodness for warmer temps forecasted for this weekend! I hope you get power back soon.

  146. So sorry that you still are without power Gina! My sister in law still doesn't have it either, so many people don't. It's just a nightmare what happened. We were so lucky thank God and I am truly grateful. Hope your power comes back real soon!! I will keep my fingers crossed.

    This Shepards Pie looks great!

  147. Delicious! I love making hearty things in the fall. I just made this fabulous rich soup again this year http://bohochiccafe.blogspot.com/2012/11/healthy-edition-north-woods-bean-soup.html

  148. It sounds so delicious. It is a wholesome meal which contain much nutrition.

  149. Ugh, I'm so sorry to hear that you're still without power and that you may be doing without for awhile longer. This shepard's pie is beautiful…what a great way to use sweet potatoes.

  150. I can't wait to make this this weekend! I've never had shepherd's pie before, but I figure I like all the things in it, so it has to be good!

  151. You're amazing, Gina! Thank you for sharing what is going on around you AND still continuing to provide us with the yummiest, healthy recipes. All I have to say to my husband is, "It's Gina's recipe" and there are no questions. So thankful for you! ~Kristen

  152. I'm glad you & your family are able to stay warm! We'll be praying for y'all.

    I just discovered your website and have already tried 2 of the recipes. They were wonderful! I even used a new ingredient for me – spaghetti squash. Thank you for all you do!

    I'm excited to try this recipe. I do have an 'inexperienced cook' question. When I boil the potatoes with the garlic, do I mince the garlic or just throw the cloves in whole? thanks! -kc

  153. Now, why didn't I think of this! The one reason I never liked Shepard's Pie is because I don't like white potatoes. It never occurred to me to use sweet potatoes instead, which I love! Thanks for the recipe!

    As for your power, hang in there. I lost power last week Monday, and we just got power back yesterday, over a week and a half later. I will keep you and yours in my prayers!

  154. i'm so sorry to hear you are still without power. :-/ I hope you are keeping in good spirits. This shepards pie looks so yummy!

  155. Hi, Gina! How long would I bake this in one dish as opposed to 6 individual dishes? I just don't want to have to go out and buy some, ya know what I mean? Could I just bake it in a 9 x 13 pan or something?

  156. Our prayers and thoughts are with everyone in the destructive path of Sandy. Thanks for still sharing your great recipes (despite your hardship) I enjoy them so much! H

  157. I'm sorry you and your neighbors are without power! I'm praying for y'all daily! xo

  158. So sorry to hear of the hardships that you and those around you have been dealing with. Our prayers are with you. Bless you for being such a wonderful neighbor.

  159. Prayers for you and the rest of those still suffering from Sandy! Thank you for continually updating despite your lack of power – it's always a bright spot in my day to see what awesome creation you posted.

    Take care – and do you have recommendations on the best way to donate?

  160. Oh gosh, that is heartbreaking…it's a good thing there are people out there like you who are willing to help others.

    This pie looks amazing. I wonder how it would taste with a few cranberries thrown in…? You know, to complete the Thanksgiving meal! 🙂

    • I bet this could be altered to make it taste more like Thanksgiving. I would use sage instead of rosemary and probably alter a few things but sounds like a great idea!

  161. THIS LOOKS AMAZING! It is definitely getting added t o next weeks meal plan! I'm super excited to try this recipe!


  162. I have to commend you for staying here and giving us recipes when you and your family are going through that crisis! My thoughts are with you and the others still suffering from Sandy! Hope everything gets up and running soon! Oh and this looks absolutely delicious Gina!

  163. Hi Gina – keep safe & warm

    Can you tell me if you list ounces in weight or volume when listing cheese?
    Example: 6oz mozzarella in Chicken Rollatini with Spinach alla Parmigiana


  164. Where oh where did you find those great oven safe dishes?

    • I found them at Home Goods!

    • I was SO glad that somebody asked you where you got those dishes from, they are GORGEOUS! So I dragged my husband to Home Goods today not really expecting anything and I found 2! Not in the pretty blue like yours, but a reddy/orange one and a dark blue/purple one… and only 4 bucks each!! I've never been so happy to find a dish lol My husband has made fun of me all day 😉


  165. it's spelled: SHEPHERD
    (get it? like someone who HERDs SHEEP)

  166. I'm making it this week! Can't wait. Prayer for you and your neighbors.

  167. Questa ricetta mi piacetantissimo, sembra davvero gustosa!!!!

  168. Hi Gina,

    I, too, am a south shore Long Islander and couldn't believe the amount of snow I saw as I walked outside my door this morning.

    Thank you for reinventing an old favorite even while battling the elements.

    Stay warm!

  169. This looks so yummy for a cold day! I've made several of your recipes and have yet to be disappointed. Just wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you guys here in Ohio 🙂 Glad you at least have a generator, but I just can't imagine having to deal with another storm and then SNOW on top of it. Even growing up in Erie, PA where we always got everything from the Lake Effect we certainly never had to deal with anything like this. Prayers for everyone who is without.

  170. Gina – This is my favorite post ever. You spoke from the heart when you talked about the little things we take for granted. God bless and thank you for helping those in need.

  171. This recipe looks great, but we don't eat mushrooms. What would be a good substitute?

  172. What a perfect winter meal 🙂

  173. I love your recipies! My kids devour many of the main dishes and deserts which makes me very happy because they are very picky eaters.

    I feel so helpless for all that have been so affected by these storms. I just want to go there and help in person. It's so frustrating to watch the news reports, especially the reports from Staten Island. Stay safe.

    • I feel the same exact way. Maybe there's an adopt a family where you can help one family? I'll look into it.

    • I totally agree! I've donated to The Red Cross, but want to personally do more. Gina, please let us know if you find anything.

  174. I have lots of family still without power, and actually have a trip planned back east to visit starting this weekend. Hoping things start improving for everyone!

    Sometimes ground turkey can be bland, but I love the addition of rosemary! And sweet potatoes instead of regular ones…genius!

  175. Just a random piece of advice. Make sure all electricity powered items are off until the power comes back on. So flip off the lights, unplug the computers, etc. If every light in house turns on at once, you can cause the transformer to blow, which can take extra weeks to fix (the power company will just put you on the back on list again).

    • Thanks, I feel like we are on the back of the list! We have a generator, so we are keeping everything off not to waste gas.

  176. I'm so sorry to hear about all the hardship people are facing there on the East Coast. My thoughts are with you all. That is such a heart-breaking story. 🙁 It's so wonderful & inspiring that people like you are lending a helping hand and a warm hug to those in need. Thanks for the reminder to give thanks – even for all the little things we so often take for granted.

    The recipe looks fab!! A must try for this fall/winter. I'm pinning it now :D.

  177. I have to admit that this recipe isn't one that would automatically make me go "Ooooooohhh", but after reading through it, we just might have to try it!

    Thanks for something new and different, Gina!

  178. I hope they get all the power issued resolved. It sounds horrible.

    I am glad to be a supporter of www.operationbbqrelief.org (OBR)

    This is a group of mainly competition BBQ teams like myself that go into areas of great tragedy to feed a hot meal to those in need of something other than a Pb&J. So far they have feed 40,000+ meals to Sandy victims. They are averaging about 10,000 meals a day and that number is increasing each time they get a donation.

    I wish you all the best, and I hope Sandy stays in the media spotlight and the donation keep rolling in as long as needed.


  179. This looks absolutely wonderful and I bought too many sweet potatoes for a recipe so this looks like a good way to use them!

    So sorry to hear you're still without power and bless you for taking care of your neighbor like that.

  180. I will be trying this!! My husband traveled from Southern Indiana to work on your power lines, I have not seen him since the Saturday before the storm, I am sure glad he is there to help. I hope they get you back online very soon.

    • Aww, I am so grateful for all the people who traveled here from out of state and are away from their family to help us.

    • Gina- we went 9 long cold days here in nj without power. . I was unable to cook after the first day due to having a well, so no water either. The clean-up was too much, and I had to ration the water so we could keep filling the tanks to flush the toilets. I am so impressed with your perseverance . Kristi- thanks to people like your husband our power has been restored!(actually our guys were from Georgia, but same idea) thank you so much to the workers who traveled to help, and the families that support them. We are so grateful.

  181. Обичам турската кухня,……..все пак сме комшии:))Прекрасна рецепта!

  182. YUM! I have to try this. Praying for you and all those affected by this horrible weather! Hope y'all get some power soon!!

  183. This looks like a good recipe for Thanksgiving without the guilt! hope you get power back and a break from bad weather very soon.

  184. Wondering the same thing as above… how long for large glass pyrex?

    Also, I was just wondering what to do with my sweet potatoes and ground turkey. THANK YOU!

  185. This looks delicious! I absolutely LOVE your website …I use your recipes all the time! Sending prayers to you and your neighbors.

  186. What is the cooking time if you make this in one large glass pyrex? Thanks! This looks really yummy!

  187. This looks delicious, especially for a cold snowy day like today (I also live on Long Island, but on the north shore)! I have all the ingredients except for the worcestershire, do you think I can replace it with low sodium soy sauce?

  188. I love how you made individual Shepards Pies – so cute! I've had a similar dish on my "to make" list for a while now from a recipe that I found in Clean Eating magazine but yours looks great too and just 6pts+! Yum

  189. Oh MAN 🙁 I thought you might have gotten your power back ((HUGS)) My kids school lost power yesterday & we also lost power but Thank goodness it came back and now with this snow it's like it's never ending. At least I heard we are suppose to have a high of 60 degrees this weekend which hopefully will help in the effort of getting things done. Sending you BIG Hugs darling. I'm about to send this list to my hubs so I can make it tomorrow night 🙂

  190. This sounds so yummy. Since I usually just cook for myself, I love things that can be made in individual portions and frozen. Would you recommend putting them together and freezing before baking and then baking later or go ahead and bake them and then freeze for later?

    • Since everything is cooked, you can just bake it after.

    • My mom made these for me for quick meals at home as I'm also just cooking for myself. They freeze well and bake up very yummy. I did let it defrost first just to not have to run the hot oven for as long.