Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

Fresh herbs, Worcestershire sauce and ground pepper carry the flavor in this quick-cooking shepherd's pie with a sweet potato topping. Ground beef adds a rich, savory flavor, but ground turkey or ground meat substitute would work well too.

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie
Photo: Fred Hardy
Active Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins


  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped (6 cups)

  • ½ cup reduced-fat sour cream

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 1 cup unsalted beef broth

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 2 medium carrots, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced into half-moons

  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped

  • 3 medium cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons no-salt-added tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mixed tender and woody herbs (such as rosemary, sage and thyme)

  • 1 ½ cups frozen peas

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • ¾ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan; add water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium; simmer, undisturbed, until fork-tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain the sweet potatoes and return to the pan.

  2. Cook the sweet potatoes over low heat, stirring constantly, until all water has evaporated, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and mash with a potato masher until mostly smooth. Stir in sour cream, butter and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside.

  3. Whisk cornstarch and broth in a small bowl; set aside.

  4. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and cook, undisturbed, until browned on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Continue to cook, stirring and breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Add carrots, onion and garlic; cook, stirring often, until the carrots and onion soften slightly, about 6 minutes. Add tomato paste and herbs; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir the cornstarch mixture and add to the beef mixture along with peas, Worcestershire, pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring often, until the mixture thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Evenly spread the mashed sweet potato mixture over the beef mixture in the skillet. Using a spoon, decoratively swirl the top. Bake until the topping is hot, 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

374 Calories
14g Fat
42g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 374
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 21g 42%
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Vitamin A 25193IU 504%
Sodium 468mg 20%
Potassium 1003mg 21%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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