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Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie

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This Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any holiday table. Made with mashed sweet potatoes, chopped pecans, marshmallows, and other easy ingredients, you’re going to love the flavor of this simple casserole.

Instant pot old fashioned Sweet Potato Pie

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

I love the texture and taste of sweet potato pies. Not only is this dish simple and easy to make, but every bite is sweet and delicious. It’s a must at our holiday table, and I think you’re going to love it, too.

  • It’s a fool proof recipe. Seriously – this dish is so easy to make and can’t be messed up. It always tastes good!
  • The leftovers are awesome. Do you know how some foods taste good the next day, even as leftovers? This is one of those dishes!
  • This recipe feeds a crowd. You can make for yourself and eat for several days or rest easy knowing that you’ll feed all the mouths at your house. Perfect for Thanksgiving!

Recipe Ingredients

To make this southern sweet potato pie, you just need a few easy ingredients. You may already have most of them at home in your cabinet!

  • Sweet Potatoes: The star ingredient providing an unique, slightly sweet flavor and vibrant color.
  • Cup Brown Sugar Packed: Adds a deep, rich sweetness to the pie that complements the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes.
  • Salted Butter: Adds a touch of savory richness that balances out the sweetness of the other ingredients.
  • Vanilla Extract: Enhances the flavors of the pie, adding a subtle hint of warmth and depth.
  • Salt: Essential to accentuate all the flavors and balance out its sweetness.
  • Pecans or Walnuts Chopped (optional): Adds a delightful crunch and nutty flavor to the pie, providing a nice contrast to the soft, creamy filling.
  • Mini Marshmallows: Can be used as a topping to give the dish an extra layer of sweetness and a fun, fluffy texture. When lightly toasted, they add a wonderful caramelized flavor.
  • Pumpkin pie spice: This adds the perfect flavor! Try our homemade Pumpkin pie spice recipe. It’s simple and easy to make.
Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie

How To Make Sweet Potato Pie?

Making your very own recipe for sweet potato pie isn’t hard to do at all. The following steps will give you all the information you need.

Step One: Add Sweet Potatoes To Instant Pot

Peel your sweet potatoes and cut into 1 inch cubes. Add your sweet potatoes to the steamer insert of your Instant Pot on top of your trivet.

adding potatoes into the instant pot

Step Two: Add Water To Instant Pot

Add one cup of water to the liner of your Instant Pot underneath the sweet potatoes.

Step Three: Preheat The Oven

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Step Four: Pressure Cook Sweet Potatoes

Close your Instant Pot lid and the sealing valve by pushing it away from you. Set the instant pot to pressure cook for. 3 minutes.

Step Five: Quick Release Instant Pot

Once your instant pot has come to pressure and stopped cooking, do a quick release by opening the sealing valve.

Step Six: Remove Sweet Potatoes

Remove your sweet potatoes and transfer them to a large bowl ready to mash.

Part Two: How to Make Sweet Potato Pie Filling

Simple step to make the old fashioned Sweet Potato Pie filling

opening the instant pot lid after the potatoes are cooked

Step One: Mash Sweet Potatoes

In a bowl mash your steamed sweet potatoes.

mashing the potatoes

Step Two: Add Flavorings

Add to your bowl your brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Add nuts if desired. Mix well.

Step Three: Place In Baking Dish

Transfer your sweet potato mixture to an oven safe dish.

adding the mashed potatoes to an oven safe dish

Step Four: Add Marshmallows To Sweet Potato Pie

Top your sweet potato pie with marshmallows.

adding marshmallows on top

Step Five: Bake In The Oven

Bake for 15 minutes or until the marshmallows are toasted to your liking!

baked marshmallows on top of sweet potato pie

Variations

  • Crust: This recipe does not have a crust however if you wish to make a crust for your old fashioned sweet potato pie you can use a graham cracker crust, a frozen pie crust or a store bought one. Simply press it into the bottom of your dish, and add the filling as indicated in the recipe. Bake for the same amount of time to get that golden brown crust.
  • Condensed Milk: If you’d like to add a bit of extra sweetness and creaminess to your sweet potato pie you can add 1/4 cup of sweetened condensed milk or evaporated milk. This will give it a creamy texture and make the filling even more delicious!

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Fridge: Since this recipe doesn’t have any egg or milk in it, it’s not required to be stored in the fridge. However, it will help it have a longer shelf life if you store it in a cool place.
  • Freeze: To freeze your sweet potato pie, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place it in an airtight container or freezer bag.
  • Thaw: It will keep for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy, thaw overnight in the fridge before eating.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

  • Cream: Sweet potato pie pairs well with a variety of dishes, including whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or a dollop of Greek Yogurt for added creaminess.
  • Turkey: Additionally, you can serve it alongside savory dishes like Roasted Turkey or grilled chicken for a balanced meal, or with a side of fresh fruit salad for a refreshing contrast.
  • Be sure to check out our list of Instant Pot Thanksgiving Recipes, they all go great with sweet potato pie.
sweet potato pie made in the instant pot

FAQ’S

Can I Use Baked Sweet Potatoes for This Recipe?

If using fresh sweet potatoes it’s best to steam them for this old fashioned sweet potato pie recipe. However if you really want to you can bake your sweet potatoes and then scoop out the flesh to make the mash.

How Many Sweet Potatoes in a Pie?

For this Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie recipe, you’ll need 3 large sweet potatoes. These will be enough to fill a 9-inch deep dish pie plate. This is around 2 1/2 lbs of sweet potato.

Can I Use Canned Sweet Potato Instead of Cooking Them?

Yes, canned sweet potatoes can be used as a substitute for cooked sweet potatoes in this recipe. Simply drain and rinse the canned potatoes before mashing them.

Canned potatoes will take less time to make this pie, so reduce baking time accordingly.

What Temperature To Cook Sweet Potato Pie?

Your sweet potato pie should be cooked at 350 degrees. This will make sure your marshmallows are toasted, and the filling is baked through.

Can You Make Sweet Potato Pie Ahead of Time?

Yes you can make sweet potato pie ahead of time.
Make the filling as instructed in the recipe, and then place in an oven safe dish and leave it covered overnight in the fridge.

When you’re ready to bake, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, uncover your sweet potato pie and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

forkful of sweet potato casserole

Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

This Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any holiday table. Made with sweet potatoes, chopped pecans, marshmallows, and other easy ingredients, you’re going to love the flavor of this simple casserole.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lbs Sweet potatoes – This will be about 2-3 large potatoes.
  • 3/4 Cup Brown sugar packed – You can use light brown sugar as well.
  • 2 Tablespoons Salted butter – Unsalted butter will work but you may need to add a bit more salt.
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract – I love using pure vanilla extract.
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Pumpkin pie spice – This adds the perfect flavor! Try our homemade Pumpkin pie spice
  • Salt – Just a pinch!
  • 1/2 Cup Pecans or walnuts chopped (optional)
  • 2 Cups Mini marshmallows – You can cut up regular marshmallows as well.

Instructions

Here are the instructions to steam your sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot. You can steam them on a stove top instead if you don't have a pressure cooker.

Peel your sweet potatoes and cut into 1 inch cubes. Add your sweet potatoes to the steamer insert of your Instant Pot on top of your trivet.

Add one cup of water to the liner of your Instant Pot underneath the sweet potatoes.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Close your Instant Pot lid and the sealing valve by pushing it away from you. Set the instant pot to pressure cook for. 3 minutes.

Once your instant pot has come to pressure and stopped cooking, do a quick release by opening the sealing valve.

Remove your sweet potatoes and transfer them to a large bowl ready to mash.

Simple step to make the old fashioned Sweet Potato Pie filling

In a bowl mash your steamed sweet potatoes.

Add to your bowl your brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Add nuts if desired. Mix well.

Transfer your sweet potato filling to an oven safe dish.

Top your sweet potato pie with marshmallows.

Bake for 15 minutes or until the marshmallows are toasted to your liking!

Notes

What Temperature To Cook Sweet Potato Pie?

Your sweet potato pie should be cooked at 350 degrees. This will make sure your marshmallows are toasted, and the filling is baked through.

How To Know When Sweet Potato Pie Is Done?

Your sweet potato pie is done when the marshmallows are toasted and the filling is bubbling around the edges.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 615Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 2247mgCarbohydrates: 128gFiber: 11gSugar: 65gProtein: 9g

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Love Sweet Potatoes?

If you love sweet potatoes, then you’re gonna be a huge fan of this delicious pie. it’s one of my favorite sweet potato recipes and is a huge favorite every holiday season! Enjoy it this year for Thanksgiving dinner or as a tasty treat during the fall months!

If you love sweet potato pie then you might also want to try our Key Lime Pie or check out this Southern Style Mac and Cheese recipes.

piece of sweet potato pie on a plate

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