Sweet Potato Cottage Pie Recipe

Sweet potato cottage pie ready to serve

This dish is a fantastic combination of tastes – sweet and savoury – and textures – grainy and creamy smooth. The idea for it popped into my head out of the blue one day and I’ve never looked back. I’m afraid ordinary cottage pie just doesn’t measure up any more! Plus this version is more paleo, if you’re that way inclined.

If you use a full quantity of bolognaise sauce and make the whole recipe, it will easily serve at least 4 people. It’s a great stand-by for a 1- or 2-person meal though when you have some bolognaise sauce left over in the fridge/freezer and a sweet potato or two hanging around, especially as the prep time is then very minimal.

Go for the orange variety of sweet potato if you can, by the way. The white-fleshed ones work too but the orange ones are absolutely the winners if you have a choice.

You can find my bolognaise sauce recipe here, if you don’t already have some on hand. If you’re making it from scratch, the dish will obviously take longer to prepare.

Serve hot with green veggies and you have a complete and delicious meal.


  • 1 prepared quantity of bolognaise sauce
  • 2 large sweet potatoes (orange ones if possible)
  • 1T butter
  • Salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Grated cheese (optional)


Peel the sweet potatoes and chop them into chunks.

Peeling sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes chopped into chunks

Place them in a steamer or a sieve over a pot of boiling water and steam until they’re soft.

Place sweet potatoes in steamer

Then mash them with the butter and salt.

Mash sweet potatoes with butter

Beat the egg, add it to the mashed sweet potato and stir well.

Add beaten egg

Stir egg into mash potato

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a large oven-proof dish with olive oil.

Place the bolognaise sauce in the dish and smooth it down.

Smooth bolognaise sauce into greased dish

Then cover with mashed sweet potato.

Pour on sweet potato

Sweet potato over mince

Bake about 30 minutes, then sprinkle grated cheese over (if using).

Sprinkle cheese over partly-baked dish

Bake another 10 – 15 minutes until the cheese is melted, then serve hot.

Serve with:

  • Brown or white rice
  • Cauliflower and/or broccoli rice
  • Green beans
  • Other green vegetables


PRINT RECIPE (Print-friendly version)

© Alexandra Lawrence and Inspired Nourishment, 2014



Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s