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RecipeSkillet Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 240
  • Protein: 23 g
  • Total Fat: 9 g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 6.5 g
    • Saturated Fat: 2.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 55 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 18 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4 g
  • Total Sugar: 7 g
    • Natural Sugar: 7 g
    • Added Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 650 mg

Your family won’t believe that this recipe is healthy; it’s loaded with nutrition and delicious flavor. I replaced some of the sweet potato with mashed carrots to drive down the calories and carbs. The amazing news? None of my taste testers noticed—mission accomplished.

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This recipe makes 6 servings


  • • ½ pound sweet potato, washed and cut into chunks
  • • ½ pound carrots (about 2 cups baby carrots)
  • • 3 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
  • • 2 tablespoons whipped butter

Sautéed Meat

  • • 1 large (or 2 small) yellow onion(s), finely diced (about 2 cups)
  • • 1 cup baby carrots, diced
  • • 1¼ pounds lean ground turkey (preferably use 93% lean)
  • • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • • 1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
  • • ½ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • • Optional minced fresh thyme


Place sweet potatoes and (½ pound) baby carrots in a pot filled with 3 cups beef broth. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Reserve ½ cup broth and drain. Remove any potato skins that peel off easily (no need to remove all of them). Add ½ cup reserved broth and puree the potatoes and carrots in the pot using an immersion blender. You can also mash by hand or transfer to a traditional blender. Add butter and mix thoroughly.

While sweet potatoes and carrots cook, prepare the meat layer.

Sautéed Meat

Liberally coat a large skillet with oil spray and warm over medium heat. Add chopped onions and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add 2 cups of chopped carrots and continue to sauté over medium heat for about 8 more minutes, stirring every now and then until nicely sautéed.

Add ground turkey to the skillet with cooked veggies. Sauté turkey meat, breaking it up and mixing everything together as it cooks (about 4 to 5 minutes, until turkey meat is no longer pink).

Add tomato paste, cinnamon, remaining beef broth (1 cup), salt and pepper, and mix thoroughly. Cook for another 1-2 minutes until everything is integrated and warmed. Mix in parsley.

Heat broiler. Spoon mashed sweet potato-carrot evenly over meat mixture in the skillet. Transfer skillet into the oven and broiler for a few minutes until the topping starts to slightly crisp and brown.

As an option, you can also serve the meat and sweet potato topping separately and let people assemble themselves or enjoy each on its own.

Try my Sweet Potato Casserole.

Nutrition analysis courtesy of Genesis® R&D