sweet potato shepherd’s pie.

this one is a winner. don’t let the sub par photos fool you. it’s a new staple in the meals & moves household!



  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • splash of milk
  • cooking spray or olive oil
  • 12 oz lean ground turkey or chicken
  • 2-3 celery stalks, diced
  • 2-3 carrots, peeled & diced or ~15 baby carrots, diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • several dashes of worcestershire sauce
  • 2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 1.5 cups steamed green beans
  • salt & pepper
  • asiago or parmesan cheese, for sprinkling


put potatoes in a large pot. cover with water and bring to a boil. boil until potatoes are fork-tender.


meanwhile, dice your celery, carrots & onion.


give your begging pup a carrot. it won’t hurt.



sauté celery, carrots & onion in a well oiled pan over medium-high heat.  add a few dashes of worcestershire sauce for good luck.


add your ground turkey and cook thoroughly.  don’t be afraid to use some salt and pepper, either. add more worcestershire sauce while you are at it.


add the tomato sauce and mix well to combine. make sure all your veggies are tender.. if they aren’t, keep cooking the mixture until they are.


mash your potatoes! add the splash of milk, salt and pepper so they taste perfect. the amount of the milk, salt and pepper is up to your taste buds.

have your favorite person (in my case, marshall) test out the ingredients to make sure they are all perfectly tasty.


time to assemble!

first, layer the meat mixture in an oven safe dish like so:


then, add your green beans:


next, add the mashed sweet potatoes:


finally, grate some cheese over the top:




cover it with foil and bake for about 30-40 minutes at 375 degrees.. or until the cheese is nice and bubbly and the pie is warmed throughout.




this recipe makes four very generous servings, here are the nutrition stats per serving:


xo. janetha g.

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Lauren February 10, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I made this the other day, but I added a little bit more tomato sauce. Okay okay, and a little bit more sweet potato for the top.

Absolutely amazing. Such amazing flavor, even though the ingredients are very basic. Adding this to the recipe archives!

I have tried quite a few of the recipes you have posted on your blog, and many more are on my ‘To Make’ list! Thanks for the inspiration!!



Star March 1, 2011 at 7:26 am

I made this yesterday and it is delicious! It will feed me for the next 2.5 days. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe.


Anna March 23, 2011 at 6:28 pm

i made this for dinner tonight, my first wifey meal. Haha. It tastes AMAZING!!!


Vicki March 24, 2011 at 9:17 am

I normally am a secret blog reader and don’t comment, but I made this last night and HAD to say how good it was. Like…so good I’m sitting at my desk at work and can’t stop thinking about it. Added some fresh thyme I had lying around for a little more spice action…and, DELICIOUS!!! Thanks for posting this, Janetha!


janetha March 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Hey Vicki–

I am glad you liked it! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.


Amberlyn August 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I am looking forward to making this , my boyfriend is a sweet potato freeeaaakkk!!!

Your amazing & I can not stay off the computer !


Janetha August 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Thanks! Let me know how it goes :)


Lindsay Stewart October 12, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I tries this last night with my sister – and BOTH of us COULD NOT believe how good it was – as I was eating it I was looking forward to eating the left overs for lunch tomorrow!!!


janetha October 12, 2011 at 1:07 pm

yay! glad you liked it!


Betty October 23, 2011 at 6:49 pm

This is in the oven right now! Can’t wait to dig in!


Lauren November 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm

This was delicious, Janetha! I didn’t have any celery, so I just added some squash for a veg replacer, and used a whole onion. The only thing I may do differently is reduce the salt I used. With the salt in the worchestershire and in my tomato sauce, I think I was a little too heavy handed. :) That’s ok, still so yummy! My husband asked for another big bowl which is always a good sign! Thanks for the great recipe!


Janetha November 2, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Awesome, so glad you liked it! Thank you for the note about the salt– I rarely add salt to my dishes because I really hate salt.. but then people tell me they aren’t salty enough. We probably have the same taste buds ;)


Maggie April 30, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Made this tonight- flippin fantastic! SO good. Even better than the shepherd’s pie my mom made growing up and a LOT healthier too.


janetha @ meals & moves May 1, 2012 at 9:55 am

Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the feedback.


Valerie October 25, 2013 at 11:33 am

I made this last night for dinner, and it was incredible! I used 1/2 tomato sauce and 1/2 veggie broth (since that’s what I had on hand) and it turned out so good. This is way easier than other shepherd pie recipes I’ve tried, too!

I think my husband pretty much inhaled this dish. Definitely putting this on my repeat list! Thanks :)


Janetha October 25, 2013 at 11:39 am

thanks for the feedback :) glad you guys enjoyed it!


Trisha November 1, 2013 at 11:27 am

Whoa. This looks great. Hubby isn’t a big sweet potato fan but I think I need to make this anyway. If he doesn’t like it, more for me!


Shana Norris December 9, 2013 at 11:14 am

I love the idea of doing this with sweet potatoes!


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