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4.5 from 2 votes

Sweet Potato and Turkey Shepherd's Pie

This shepherd's pie is the ultimate comfort food: simpler and easier to make than a traditional one, and healthier with sweet potatoes and ground turkey.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Elizabeth Lindemann


  • 4 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme plus more for garnish
  • 2 cups chopped carrots corn, and peas mixture (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 large sweet potatoes cubed*


  • Steam sweet potatoes until tender.
  • Meanwhile, saute onions and turkey in a skillet in 1 tablespoon butter until browned and cooked through. Season with salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon fresh thyme.
  • Transfer cooked turkey and onions to a casserole dish. Add to the skillet the carrots, peas, and corn and saute until slightly browned and starting to cook through (about 3 minutes). Transfer vegetables to casserole dish and spread out on top of turkey/onion mixture.
  • When sweet potatoes are done steaming, remove from steamer and mash in a medium bowl with a potato masher with 2 tablespoons butter, salt, pepper, and the remaining 1 tablespoon of thyme. Spread mashed sweet potatoes on top of vegetables in casserole dish.
  • Dot the top with the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter (add more if you want to!) and extra thyme leaves.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until beginning to brown on top and heated completely through.


* I always leave my potatoes unpeeled. For one thing, peeling potatoes is the most horrible cooking task in the world, and for another thing, the peels are full of fiber and nutrients! Just be sure to wash the peels thoroughly before using.