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Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie – The Real Food Dietitians


Hearty, comfort food at its finest. Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Topping is a family-pleasing, meal prep friendly and incredibly tasty weeknight dinner.

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie is a recipe you’ll make again and again!

We shared this recipe a few years back at the beginning of our blogging days. It was a recipe I had created for a cooking class. Those that have been following us for a while may remember this recipe or may have even tried it. Heck, it may even be included in your menu rotation. Well, we’ve updated the photos and are republishing it because it’s just too good not share a second time! This Shepherd’s Pie is one of the most popular recipes on our blog. I mean, you really can’t beat a dish made of hearty, wholesome, comfort foods, right?

Photo of Shepherd's Pie filling in a cast iron dish.

A delicious, wholesome dinner that works for every diet:

We’re all about making dishes that work for the whole family.

Made with wholesome, simple ingredients, this recipe is naturally:

  • Whole30
  • Dairy-Free
  • Egg-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Grain-Free
  • Nut-Free
  • Paleo

You also can make it vegetarian and vegan by substituting lentils for the ground beef!

Ingredients for Shepherd’s Pie

One of our favorite things about Shepherd’s Pie is how versatile it is. Tweak the ingredients to match what you have on hand — we promise, it will still be delicious!

  • Ground Beef – may sub ground lamb, bison, turkey or lentils.
  • Carrots
  • Green Pepper
  • Onion
  • Mushrooms – may omit, or sub another veggie of your choice, such as chopped zucchini
  • Garlic
  • Seasonings – we used chili powder and rosemary, but use what you have on hand!
  • Tomato Paste
  • Sweet Potatoes – may sub regular potatoes. If you use white potatoes, be sure to mash the potatoes by hand (rather than in a food process or blender) to maintain their texture.
  • Coconut Oil or Ghee

Photo of Shepherd's Pie with Sweet Potato Topping in a cast iron.

How to make Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

  1. Preheat oven to 375℉.
  2. Combine ground beef (or meat of your choice), carrots, onions, peppers, mushrooms and minced garlic in a skillet over medium heat. Cook until carrots are soft (12-15 minutes). Stir in tomato paste, water, seasonings, salt and pepper and remove from heat.
  3. While the filling cooks, begin making the topping. Steam or bake the potatoes (here are directions for Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes) until fork tender. Then add all of the topping ingredients to a food processor (or blender) and process until smooth. NOTE: If using white potatoes, we recommend mashing them by hand rather than blending to prevent them from getting pasty.
  4. Transfer the meat mixture filling to a casserole dish (9 x 9 inch dish will work) or 10 inch cast iron skillet and top the meat filling with the sweet potato mash. Dash with sea salt and chili powder.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven and serve.

Photo of Shepherd's Pie with Sweet Potato Topping in a cast iron.

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Meal Prep: How to Freeze Shepherd’s Pie

We’re all about freezer-friendly recipes. Cooking once, eating twice (or more) is the BEST! This dish freezes nicely, so you can go ahead and double the recipe making two 9×9 dishes and freezing one of them for a future meal.

Freezing Instructions:

  1. Prepare recipe as instructed, stopping before the final bake in the oven.
  2. Let container cool on the counter to room temperature, then wrap tightly in foil and place in your freezer. This will last in the freezer ~2 months.
  3. You can even take it a step further by portioning out servings into individual containers (we like these containers). Having a freezer full of already prepared meals makes for easy weeknight dinners, or awesome meal prep lunches!

Reheating Instructions:

You have two options for reheating (depending on how far head you plan your meals):

  1. Thaw in Refrigerator. Remove from freezer and place in fridge the day before you plan to serve it. Simply reheat in the oven set at 375℉ for about 20-30 minutes or until center is hot (~165℉).
  2. Reheat Directly From Frozen. You can reheat from frozen, it will however take a little longer. If reheating from frozen, cover with foil for the first 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake until center is hot (~165℉). We recommend checking it around the 60 minute mark.

Photo of Shepherd's Pie with Sweet Potato Topping in a cast iron with a wooden serving spoon.

What to Serve with Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Serve it with a fresh mixed green salad or steamed green beans for a veg-heavy meal.

We like to round this meal out with a serving of extra veggies. Simply steam up some green beans or whip up a mixed green salad. If you’re looking for a homemade dressing, we’ve got you covered – try our Paleo Ranch or Citrus Vinaigrette with Thyme.

Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Topping Recipe Video

Photo of a serving of Shepherd's Pie with Sweet Potato Topping on a white plate.

Ingredient Shout-Out: Sweet potatoes – a nutrient-dense carb and one of my favorite foods!

  • High in Vitamin B6 which reduces homocysteine in the blood reducing risk of heart disease.
  • Excellent source of Vitamin C which enhances immunity, produces collagen for healthy skin & bones and promotes healthy digestion.
  • A good source of Vitamin D, which is important for energy and mood as well as bone and skin health.
  • The rich orange color indicates that sweet potatoes are high in carotenoids like beta carotene, a precursor to Vitamin A which promotes eye health and enhances immunity.
  • Rich in anti-aging antioxidants (carotenoids). 

It’s time to give this Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Topping a try!

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Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Topping

A hearty and satisfying meal for the entire family to enjoy. This dish freezes well, so you can go ahead and double the recipe and freeze half for a future meal. Having a freezer full of already prepared meals makes for easy weeknight dinners. Feel free to substitute regular potatoes for the sweet potatoes if you wish.

  • Author: The Real Food Dietitians
  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Entree – Paleo – Whole 30

Ingredients

Pie Filling:

  • 1 lb. grass-fed ground beef, lamb or bison
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. chili powder (such as Simply Organic)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary or dried herb of choice (Such as Simply Organic)
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 3 oz. organic tomato paste (about 6 Tbsp.)
  • 1/4 cup water

Sweet Potato Topping:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (~6 cups cubed)
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil or ghee
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder (such as Simply Organic)
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375℉.
  2. In a skillet on medium heat, add the ground beef, chopped carrots, onions, peppers, mushrooms and minced garlic.
  3. Cook on medium heat until carrots are soft, about 12-15 minutes. Begin making the topping while the meat filling cooks.
  4. Once the carrots are soft, stir in tomato paste, water, seasonings, salt and pepper.
  5. For the topping: Steam or bake (at 375℉) the sweet potatoes until fork tender. Then add all of the topping ingredients to a food processor (or blender) and process until smooth. NOTE: If using white potatoes, we recommend mashing them by hand rather than blending to prevent them from getting pasty.
  6. Final step: Transfer the meat filling to a casserole dish (9 x 9 inch dish will work) or 10 inch cast iron skillet and top the meat filling with the sweet potato mash. Dash with sea salt and chili powder.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and serve.

Notes

To reheat if frozen: Remove from freezer and place in fridge the day before you plan to serve it. Simply reheat in the oven set at 375℉ for about 20-30 minutes or until center is hot (~165℉). You can reheat from frozen, it will however take a little longer. If reheating from frozen, cover with foil for the first 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake until center is hot (~165℉).

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 394
  • Sugar: 17 g
  • Sodium: 350 mg
  • Fat: 16 g
  • Carbohydrates: 40 g
  • Fiber: 8 g
  • Protein: 26 g

 

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Photo Credit: The photos in this blog post were taken by Jess of Plays Well with Butter

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About Stacie Hassing

Stacie is a Licensed and Registered Dietitian from rural southern Minnesota where she, her husband and daughter reside with their two pups. She’s a co-founder of The Real Food RDs and content creator of simple and wholesome recipes. She loves all kinds of fitness and has a passion to inspire as many as she can live a healthier and happier life both in and out of the kitchen – the driving force behind the co-development of the The Real Food RDs brand.





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