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Italian Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

Italian Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet is a flavorful, family-friendly, one-pan meal easy enough to make any night of the week. It's a healthy dinner recipe made with ground turkey, sweet potatoes, vegetables, and seasonings.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Turkey
Servings: 6
Calories: 392kcal


  • 4 cups sweet potatoes * diced in 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil * divided
  • 2 teaspoons salt * divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper * divided
  • 4 cloves garlic * minced
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion * finely diced
  • 3 sweet peppers * diced (I use red, orange, and yellow)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded * more or less to taste
  • sliced green onions or parsley * optional garnish


  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large, deep, oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the sweet potatoes and season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper. Cover and let the sweet potatoes cook, stirring occasionally, until just fork tender, about 7-10 minutes.
  • Once the sweet potatoes are fork-tender, toss in the garlic, onion, and peppers. Season with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper, and the Italian seasoning.
  • Cook an additional 3-4 minutes until the onions and peppers are just soft, then transfer the vegetables to a plate or bowl.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and the ground turkey to the skillet oven medium heat. Season with the remaining teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.
  • Cook, breaking up with a spoon or spatula, until no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the vegetables back to the skillet and toss to mix.
  • Top with the shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Place the skillet in the oven for about 5 minutes to melt the cheese.
  • Remove the skillet from the oven and top with fresh sliced green onions or parsley, if desired.



Tips and Techniques

  • To save time, you can prep the garlic, onion, and peppers while the sweet potatoes cook.
  • If you don't have an oven-proof skillet, you can melt the cheese right in the skillet on the stove top. Spread the cheese on top of the turkey mixture, place the lid on the skillet, and cook for about 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
  • To change up the flavor of the recipe a bit, you can try using ground beef and/or white potatoes.
  • Store any leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Use within 3-4 days.
This recipe has been adapted from primaverakitchen.com


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 392kcal