Shepherd’s pie is such a satisfying family friendly meal. Here is our recipe for shepherd’s pie with a boost of green goodness from spinach and using sweet
potato mash instead of regular potato mash for the topping.
- This shepherd’s pie recipe is a great way to incorporate vegetables into your family’s diet. In fact, this recipe has 6 vegetables in it!
- Lamb is a great source of protein and iron.
- Adding spinach to the pie adds bonus nutrition including fibre, magnesium, iron and vitamin C.
- Using a sweet potato topping in place of regular potato will also boost this recipe’s content of vitamins A and C.
Shepherd's Pie with Spinach and Sweet Potato Mash
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large Onion, finely diced
- 4 Cloves Garlic , crushed
- 2 medium Carrots, finely diced
- 2 Celery Sticks, finely diced
- 500 g good quality Lamb Mince
- 1 tablespoon organicTomato Paste
- 400 g organicCrushed Tomatoes
- 250ml stock/ broth
- 4 sprigs Fresh Rosemary
- 1 cup Frozen Spinach, defrosted
- 4 cups peeled and diced Sweet Potato
- Pinch Sea salt and black pepper
- garlic infused extra virgin olive oil
- In a large saucepan sauté onion, garlic, carrot, and celery in olive oil until softened.
- Add mince and brown for 10 minutes. Spoon out any excess liquid.
- Add tomato paste and stir.
- Add tomatoes, stock/broth, rosemary, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer uncovered for 25 minutes or until liquid has reduced.
- Meanwhile, pre-heat fan-forced oven to 200ºC.
- Boil or steam sweet potato for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain well.
- Mash sweet potato with a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Add spinach to mince filling and stir.
- Spoon mince into a large ovenproof baking dish.
- Top with mashed sweet potato using a fork to spread evenly. Drizzle lightly with olive oil.
- Cook in oven for 20-25 minutes or until sweet potato edges are golden.
- Serve with a side of cooked greens such as steamed green beans, peas or broccoli.
- Add thyme to your filling.
- Add fresh parsley or chopped chives to your sweet potato mash.
- Instead of sweet potato mash you could also top your pie with cauliflower mash.
- By reducing the liquid on the stove the flavour of your filling will intensify.
- Instead of frozen spinach you could also use shredded silverbeet.
- Simply add in at same time as stock.
- Use good quality lamb mince for your filling.
- Omit onion and garlic and use garlic infused olive oil.
- Omit celery.
- Use a low FODMAP bone broth. I use Gevity Rx Bone Broth Concentrate for low FODMAP broth/stock.
- Stick to 1/2 cup sweet potato per serve or swap out for Jap pumpkin mash.
- Omit tomato paste and substitute crushed tomatoes with additional 1 cup stock.
- Add additional herbs to boost flavour.
- You could also add some finely chopped pumpkin in with stock to add flavour and texture.