Spiced Shepherds Pie with Sweet Potato Mash


Spiced Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie, regular & Thermomix

Shepherds Pie is the ultimate winter warming comfort food don’t you think?  To change it up a little bit this version is a Spiced Shepherds Pie with Sweet Potato Mash which gives it added flavour (it’s a gentle spice rather than a kick) and made it a winner around here.  The spice is actually in the mince not the sweet potato mash, although that would be nice too, hmmmm next version maybe.

I make mine in the Thermomix because that’s what I got it for but the regular way is very easy too. The kids liked the crunchy bread crumbs on top which was also a good way to use up the excess left over bread from the weekend!

Spiced Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie regular & Thermomix

What else can I tell you about this…It can be frozen for up to 1 month either as the whole pie or just the mince base and you could use it in a pasta bake or something like that.

You could put it in individual dishes so the kids get their own version or you could just say “you get what you get and you don’t get upset!” whatever works in your house. (One of mine won’t eat sweet potato but she had no idea I’d mixed it through the mince we just called it carrots and marked it up as that as a win for Mummy, silently, in my head of course!). (My regular shepherds pie recipe is here and I hide loads of veggies in it too).

Individual shepherds pie for the kids

If you have any sweet potato mash leftover you could freeze that separately to use for other dishes or I often use it in the 5 Spice Muffins that are a lunch box favourite around here too.

Scroll on down for the Thermomix version and here’s the regular method first.


1.5kg sweet potato, peeled and chopped

1/4 cup olive oil

1 brown onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2 medium carrots, peeled and thinly chopped

optional 1 C extra veggies of your choice, chopped finely

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon ground corriander

500g lamb mince

1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes

1 cup of beef stock

2 cups sourdough breadcrumbs (or Panko)

1/2 C grated parmesan

sea salt, cracked black pepper


Preheat the oven to 180C.

Boil the sweet potato in a large saucepan for 10-12 minutes. Drain, mash and set aside.

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large saucepan or deep sided frying pan over high heat. Cook onion and carrot for about 8 minutes, add the garlic and continue stirring for another couple of minutes or until the onion and carrots are soft . Add the spices and mince and cook until the mince is cooked through.

Add the tomatoes and stock (and optional extra veggies if using) and simmer for 15 minutes.

Pour the meat mixture into a 3 litre capacity baking dish and layer the sweet potato mash on top.  If you are using the breadcrumbs toss salt and pepper through and then sprinkle over the top then top with the parmesan.

Bake for 40 – 45 minutes or until golden.

Spiced Shepherds Pie in the Thermomix by Boiled Eggs & Soldiers

Spiced Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie - Thermomix


  • 1 1/2 kg sweet potato mash
  • 1 brown onion, halved
  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 30 g olive oil
  • optional a big handful of other vegies, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp ground coriander
  • 500 g lamb mince
  • 1 x 400 g tin diced tomatoes
  • 110 g (1/2 C) beef stock (as it doesn't reduce as much as the regular method you only need half the traditional recipe)


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  2. Chop onions & carrots 10 seconds / speed 4
  3. Add oil and saute 3 minutes / Varoma / Speed 1
  4. Add cumin, coriander and mince and cook for 3 minutes / 100 degrees / speed 2
  5. Add tomatoes, stock and any extra veggies and cook 15 minutes /100 degrees / Reverse / speed 1
  6. Pour into a 3 litre capacity baking dish and layer with the sweet potato mash on top.
  7. Sprinkle with the breadcrumbs and salt & pepper & top with parmesan
  8. Bake in oven for 40 - 45 minutes or until golden

Do you love Shepherds Pie?  Do you hide veggies? 


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6 comments on “Spiced Shepherds Pie with Sweet Potato Mash

  1. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    June 14, 2016 at 6:08 am

    We love shepherd’s pie and sweet potato mash. As there’s just two of us, I usually make individual pies and freeze them. I love the idea of the breadcrumbs on the top for some value added crunch and SNAP! We have the same dish, except mine is red 🙂

    • Vicki
      June 14, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      Love the dish! I’m taking a leaf out of your blog and rephotographing old recipes.

  2. Nancy | Plus Ate Six
    June 18, 2016 at 10:17 am

    You’re sneaky! What are you going to do when the girls start reading your recipes?! Shepherds Pie is real comfort food – love the sweet potato mash.

    • Vicki
      June 18, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      I know! The younger one will be on to me first too I’m sure!

  3. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    July 11, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    This looks so good, we all LOVE Shepherds Pie but have never tried it with sweet potato mash.

    • Vicki
      July 12, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      I’m a bit obsessed with sweet potatoes at the moment!

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