Shepherd's Pie with Spinach & Sweet Potato Mash

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. 

Nourish 101:

  • 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 Olive Oil
  • 1 large Onion, finely diced
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, crushed 
  • 2 medium Carrots, finely diced
  • 2 Celery Sticks, finely diced 
  • 500g good quality Lamb Mince
  • 1 tablespoon organic Tomato Paste
  • 400g organic Crushed Tomatoes 
  • 250mL Lamb Stock /Vegetable Stock or Bone Broth (I like to use 2 tbsp Meadow Marrow Bone Broth concentrate)
  • 4 sprigs Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 cup Frozen Spinach, defrosted
  • 4 cups peeled and diced Sweet Potato
  • Pinch Pink Salt and Black Pepper
  • Garlic Infused Olive Oil or Olive Oil


  1. In a large saucepan sauté onion, garlic, carrot, and celery in olive oil until softened. 
  2. Add mince and brown for 10 minutes. Spoon out any excess liquid.
  3. Add tomato paste and stir.
  4. Add tomatoes, stock/broth, rosemary, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce to a simmer uncovered for 25 minutes or until liquid has reduced.
  6. Meanwhile, pre-heat fan-forced oven to 200ºC. 
  7. Boil or steam sweet potato for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain well.
  8. Mash sweet potato with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  9. Add spinach to mince filling and stir. 
  10. Spoon mince into a large ovenproof baking dish.
  11. Top with mashed sweet potato using a fork to spread evenly. Drizzle lightly with olive oil.
  12. Cook in oven for 20-25 minutes or until sweet potato edges are golden.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve with a side of cooked greens such as steamed green beans, peas or broccoli. 

Make It Personal:

  • 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

Recipe Tips:

  • 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. 

Sensitive to FODMAPs?

  • Omit onion and garlic and use garlic infused olive oil. 

Sensitive to Tomatoes?

  • 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. 

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All of the LLN recipes are:
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Soy Free
  • Yeast Free
  • Preservative Free
  • Processed Sugar Free
This recipe is also:
  • Nut Free (option)
  • Peanut Free
  • Grain Free
  • Fructose Free
  • FODMAP Friendly
  • Vegetarian
  • Corn Free
  • Paleo