2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, divided
2 cups miniature marshmallows (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Place the sweet potatoes in a large pot, and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until very tender. Drain; cool slightly.
Put the potatoes into a large pot and add the sugar, and then add the next 3 ingredients includes the vanilla. Mash sweet potato mixture with a potato masher. Fold in 1/4 cup pecans. Place the potato mixture into an even layer in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup pecans; top with marshmallows (optional). Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until golden. Eat and enjoy!