Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes

Shepherd’s pie gets a flavorful twist with whipped sweet potatoes scented with maple and orange zest. Comfort food you can feel good about eating.

Shepherds Pie with Sweet Potatoes - an easy comfort food recipe

I don’t know what the weather is like in your neck of the woods but around here it looks a little bit like Siberia. But if I’m being honest, I really don’t mind. The snow is gorgeous and there is nothing more beautiful than waking up to a winter wonderland where the sun makes everything sparkle like fairy dust.

What can I say, I’m a Michigan gal and you couldn’t pay me to live without four seasons. Aside from the beauty, the other best thing about winter is the chance to cozy up by the fire in flannel without any guilt!

Maple Whipped Sweet Potatoes - The Lemon Bowl

And since we’re talking about guilt-free indulgences, I can’t wait to tell you about this Shepherd’s Pie with Whipped Sweet Potatoes. Whenever I make mashed root vegetables, I always make a little extra to re-purpose into something new.

Shepherds Pie with Sweet Potatoes

When I recently created Maple Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Orange Zest, I knew I would be enjoying a Shepherd’s pie in my near future. Perhaps it’s my Irish roots (kiss me!) or maybe it’s my comfort-food-loving husband but this time of year begs for a warm and hearty casserole.

And since I’m working on those last 10 pounds, this is a healthier version you can feel good about eating.

Your fork is waiting.

Shepherds Pie with Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

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Shepherd’s pie gets a flavorful twist with whipped sweet potatoes scented with maple and orange zest. Comfort food you can feel good about eating.
PREP: 30 minutes
COOK: 45 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Servings6

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Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound ground sirloin ((turkey chicken or lamb also work))
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 carrots (diced)
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (grated)
  • 2 tablespoons white whole wheat flour (or all-purpose)
  • 2 cups beef or chicken broth (low sodium)
  • 1 cup peas (frozen)
  • 4 cups Maple Whipped Sweet Potatoes
  • 6 ounces shredded Manchego cheese (or other sharp cheese)

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Heat a large, deep sauté pan over medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray.
  • Add ground sirloin to the hot pan along with Worcester sauce, sage, thyme, salt and cayenne. Cook until browned, 7-9 minutes, using a wooden spoon to break down meat. Remove cooked beef from pan and set aside.
  • In the same pan, sauté carrots, onions and minced garlic over medium heat until tender, about 6-7 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add reserved beef back to the pan and sprinkle entire mixture with flour. Cook for 60 seconds then pour in chicken broth. Bring back to a boil then reduce heat to low. Simmer until gravy starts to form.
  • Stir in frozen peas and cook until heated through, 1-2 minutes.
  • Spread beef and vegetable mixture in an even layer on the bottom of a casserole or 8 x 11 baking dish.
  • Top the beef mixture with the whipped sweet potatoes and use a rubber or offset spatula to spread evenly.
  • Sprinkle with shredded cheese then bake in the oven until bubbly and golden brown on top, 45-55 minutes depending on oven strength.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 415kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 28gFat: 19.8gSaturated Fat: 11.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8.6gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 954mgFiber: 5.4gSugar: 15.1g

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31 responses to “Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie”

  1. Jen @ Carlsbad Cravings Avatar
    Jen @ Carlsbad Cravings

    This looks SO good! I am in love with the whipped sweet potatoes! Fabulous idea!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Aww thank you so much Jen!!

  2. rachel Avatar
    rachel

    love the addition of sweet potatoes! yummy!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It really took it to the next level!

  3. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles Avatar
    Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    Sweet potatoes with maple and orange? This shepherds pie sounds wonderful!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I couldn’t resist adding the maple and orange – it was the perfect balance to the Shepherd’s Pie!! Hope you’re doing well friend!

  4. Susan Avatar
    Susan

    This sounds absolutely delicious. I have a sweet potato shepherd’s pie recipe I’ve been using, but I think this one sounds better.

    You may like snow now, but wait until you get old and don’t like cold any more… Our highs this week are in the mid-60s, lows in the mid-40s – very pleasant. The one thing I miss about snow, which we rarely have, is those days when you wake up to the sparkle of the sun shining on ice-covered trees. The whole world looks like a crystal chandelier, one of the prettiest sights I know.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You know you make a great point about the snow – haha!

  5. Aggie Avatar
    Aggie

    I have totally been craving shepherds pie lately, this looks so delicious! Love the sweet potato topping – perfect!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you try it girl!

  6. beverley Avatar
    beverley

    what a great idea…I love sweet potato! I know this will be a favorite in our house. Thank you Liz you’re the best xoxo

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Aww I hope you like it Beverley!

  7. Gaby Avatar
    Gaby

    Comfort food I can feel good about? YES!!

  8. Megan {Country Cleaver} Avatar
    Megan {Country Cleaver}

    It’s a bit Siberia-esque here in Seattle and that doesn’t happen often – but when it’s this frigid – I totally need something warm and cozy!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Siberia is no fun is it? Can we meet at Pike’s Place for a coffee?

  9. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy Avatar
    Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy

    looks so hearty and delicious! love sweet potatoes!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      They add so much flavor!

  10. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite Avatar
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

    I am definitely craving this shepherd’s pie. Love that you used sweet potatoes.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Another way to get good veggies to the boys right?

  11. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain Avatar
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    Come to mama!! Love this healthy spin on shepherds pie!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you doll face!!

  12. Ali | Gimme Some Oven Avatar
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven

    Wow, that looks beautiful! And those sweet potatoes of yours sound heavenly.

    Stay warm in Siberia!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Aww thank you friend!! Thank goodness for coffee to warm me up. :)

  13. Tonia from TheGunnySack Avatar
    Tonia from TheGunnySack

    I love that you put sweet potatoes on top! Delicious!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I couldn’t help myself!!

  14. Beth @ The First Year Avatar
    Beth @ The First Year

    We frequently make gardener’s pie during the winter, while have to try out this recipe too!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh now that sounds amazing Beth!

  15. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness Avatar
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    It started snowing this weekend. Considering I was in FL last winter, this is QUITE the change.
    BUT, you went and healthified one of my favorite comfort foods…so I’ll use the deliciousness to keep me warm! Pinned!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      hahah That IS the change!!

  16. Maryea {happy healthy mama} Avatar
    Maryea {happy healthy mama}

    Would you believe I’ve never made Shepherd’s Pie? It’s one of those staple recipes I feel like I should make. I didn’t grow up eating it, so I guess that’s why. I love your twist of using sweet potatoes! They are my favorite, so I’m sure I’d love Shepherd’s Pie more with them!

    I’m with you on loving snow for now. After Christmas, however, I’m done. :) I grew up in the U.P. but I guess I’ve been away too long!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      We never ate them growing up either but for some reason I love making them every once in awhile now!!

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