Turkey Shepherd's Pie with Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Total Time
1 hr
20 min
40 min
Shepherd's Pie is a comfort food favorite that's easy to make more healthful. We used mashed sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes for a Vitamin A boost.


uncooked sweet potato(es)

1 large, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces

low-fat buttermilk


garlic powder

¼ tsp

table salt

tsp, or to taste

black pepper

tsp, freshly ground, or to taste

olive oil

2 tsp

uncooked red onion(s)

½ cup(s), chopped

garlic clove(s)

2 medium clove(s), minced

uncooked baby carrots

6 medium, chopped

uncooked turkey sausage(s)

20 oz, sweet Italian-variety, casings removed

dried oregano

1 tsp

dried thyme

1 tsp

black pepper

¼ tsp, freshly ground

canned tomato soup made with low fat milk

10¾ fl oz


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Place potatoes in a medium saucepan and pour in enough water to cover potatoes. Set pan over high heat and bring to a boil; boil until fork-tender, about 8 minutes. Drain potatoes; return potatoes to pan. Mash potatoes with buttermilk and garlic powder until smooth; season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté until tender, about 3 minutes. Add carrots; sauté 1 minute. Remove vegetables from skillet; set aside.
  4. Add sausage to skillet; sauté until browned, breaking up sausage as it cooks with a wooden spoon, about 5 minutes. Return vegetables to skillet; stir to combine. Add oregano, thyme and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper; cook 1 minute. Add soup; simmer until liquid is absorbed and mixture is thick, about 2 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and spoon mixture into a 9-inch pie plate.
  5. Spoon mashed potatoes over turkey mixture and spread into an even layer using the back of a wooden spoon.
  6. Bake until filling is bubbly, about 25 minutes. Slice into 6 pieces and serve. Yields 1 piece per serving.


The mashed sweet potatoes are an excellent substitute for traditional mashed spuds in this recipe but you can certainly use regular potatoes if you prefer.

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