Easy Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole is a savory recipe that finds it’s way to the table during the Holidays.  This simple casserole made of sweet potatoes, marshmallows, and pecans will be a decadent addition to all your side dishes this season.

Side dishes really bring the dinner table to life, you will love these garlic parmesan roasted brussels sproutsparmesan garlic green beans, and these amazing garlic butter roasted mushrooms.  Perfect for adding flavor and options to your Holiday feast.

Sweet potato casserole in a white casserole dish with roasted mini marshmallows on top-holiday favorite

Easy Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and pecans has been a long standing side dish in my family over the Holidays.  Sweet potatoes have such a decadent creamy texture and mixed with butter, half and half, pumpkin pie spice, and a touch of vanilla and brown sugar this savory sweet potato casserole is like Thanksgiving and Christmas all wrapped in to one.

My dad is not a huge fan of sweet potatoes, but knowing he loves diving into layers of this simple sweet potato casserole that is topped with gooey roasted marshmallows makes this recipe a huge victory.  Kids will love this too, just watch their eyes light up when they see all those marshmallows.

How to make sweet potato casserole?

  • Peel and dice sweet potatoes in cubes.

sweet potatoes for sweet potato casserole peeled and cut in a clear bowl.

  • Place sweet potatoes into a large pot and cover with water.  Boil for 8 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender, drain.

sweet potatoes in a large pot covered with water to make sweet potato casserole.

  • Add butter, half and half, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and brown sugar to sweet potatoes and mash by hand or with electric mixer until smooth.

mashed sweet potatoes for sweet potato casserole in a clear bowl.

  • Pour mashed sweet potatoes into a prepared 2-1/2 qt casserole dish that has been lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

mashed sweet potatoes in a white casserole dish for sweet potato casserole

  • In a medium bowl mix together melted butter, brown sugar, flour, pumpkin pie spice, and chopped pecans.  Place over the top of mashed sweet potatoes.

Pecan topping on top of sweet potatoes for sweet potato casserole in a white casserole dish.

  • Top with mini marshmallows.

sweet potato casserole topped with mini marshmallows in white casserole dish.

  • Bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees.

sweet potato casserole layered with pecans and mini marshmallows.

Can you make sweet potato casserole ahead?

Yes.  Peel, boil, and drain sweet potatoes, add in butter, half and half, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and brown sugar.  Mash until potatoes are smooth.  Transfer to an oven safe casserole dish.  Make topping for sweet potatoes and place over them in the dish.  Cover with plastic wrap and then foil and place in the refrigerator until ready to cook.  When ready to bake, top mini marshmallows and cook for 25 minutes.

How to cook sweet potatoes for casserole?

You can cook the sweet potatoes for sweet potato casserole a couple of ways:

  1. Peel potatoes and cut into cubes.  Place in a large pot and cover with water.  Boil for 8 minutes, until tender, drain, and mash.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, clean potatoes, poke with a fork several times and bake for about 90 minutes or until tender.  Let cool, peel and then place in a large bowl and mash.

Can you freeze sweet potato casserole?

Yes, but it has to be done carefully.  Do not add any of the spices, such as pumpkin spice mix, until you are ready to cook it at a later time.  Mash the sweet potatoes and place in desired casserole dish and allow to completely cool.  Cover tightly with plastic wrap and then place a lid on top to seal.  Put in freezer until ready to use, at that time you can thaw and add in any spices, marshmallows and pecan toppings.

sweet potato casserole on a white plate with a gold spoon.

This easy sweet potato casserole with marshmallows will be perfect on your table this Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Easy Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole is savory recipe that finds it's way to table during the Holidays. This simple casserole made of sweet potatoes, marshmallows, and pecans will be a decadent addition to all your side dishes this season.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword sweet potato casserole, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 507 kcal
Author Shannon

Ingredients

  • 3 lb sweet potatoes peeled and cut into cubes
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup brown sugar

For pecan-brown sugar topping:

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 2-1/2qt casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large pot place cubed sweet potatoes and cover with water. Boil 8 minutes until tender and drain. Add in butter, half and half, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and brown sugar. Mash until creamy.

Transfer to prepared casserole dish and set aside. In a medium bowl mix all ingredients for topping and sprinkle over the top of sweet potatoes. Top with mini marshmallows and bake for 25 minutes and marshmallows are golden brown.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Sweet Potato Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 507 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 119mg 5%
Potassium 674mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 78g 26%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 38g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 489.5%
Vitamin C 5.1%
Calcium 8.9%
Iron 10.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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