This Turkey Shepherd’s Pie is the ultimate easy dinner. A Healthy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe made with ground turkey and veggies. Easy and yummy!
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This Healthy Shepherd’s Pie is the perfect, healthy light dinner. Learn how to make this, shepherd’s pie with ground turkey in under an hour for a hearty meal!
Shepard’s Pie is such a classic comfort food! Something about warm mashed potatoes, veggies, and beef baked with a creamy golden topping is unmatched.
We love taking classic comforting dinners and making them a little lighter, healthy, and hearty simply by switching up a few ingredients and loading up on the veggies, like in our Zucchini Lasagna and Healthy Chicken Pot Pie.
Make no mistake, you would never know this is healthy, it even has a golden, creamy topping just like the traditional recipe!
Why We Love Healthy Shepherd’s Pie with Ground Turkey
There is so much to love about this classic pie. we love it for so many reasons:
- Hearty & Nutritious – This healthy shepherd’s pie is packed with veggies adding so much nutrition, and making this pie so filling
- Tastes like the ‘real’ thing – You won’t be able to tell that this shepherd’s pie is healthy because it’s so creamy and flavorful!
- Perfect cold weather food – There’s nothing better than cozying up with a big plate of warm comforting food on a cold day!
Turkey Shepherd’s Pie Recipe Ingredients
To make this recipe you’ll need:
- russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
- cauliflower florets
- parmesan cheese
- olive oil
- ground turkey
- onion, garlic, carrots
- dried spices
- chicken broth
- tomato paste
- frozen peas & frozen corn
You can find substitutions for all of these ingredients below in the green shaded box.
How to make Shepherd’s Pie with Ground Turkey
- Boil potatoes and cauliflower florets for 10 minutes, until soft.
- While the potatoes/cauliflower cook, heat olive oil in a pan. Brown ground turkey for 5 minutes. Add onions, garlic, and carrots. Cook for an additional 5 minutes until the turkey is cooked through.
- Add salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, chicken broth, tomato paste, and frozen peas and corn. Stir until combined.
- Drain cooked potatoes & cauliflower.
- In a large mixing bowl, mash the potatoes, cauliflower, olive oil, garlic powder, pepper, and parmesan cheese.
- In a greased dish, layer the ground turkey/veggie filling. Top with mashed potatoes/cauliflower filling.
- Bake at 350° for 30 minutes until the topping is golden brown.
Substitutions for Shepherd’s Pie Recipe with Ground Turkey
Vegetables: Feel free to add more veggies to this recipe. If they are frozen, just make sure they are defrosted and drained. Green beans would be a great addition.
Potatoes: Any potato will work in this recipe, just make sure they are peeled and chopped. We like yukon gold or russet best. You can also use leftover mashed potatoes as the topping!
Cauliflower: We use cauliflower to lighten up this recipe. If you are not a cauliflower lover, feel free to use more potatoes instead. Or, to lighten it up, even more, swap out the potatoes for even more cauliflower!
Parmesan Cheese: Parmesan cheese is optional, but highly recommended. It adds a ton of flavor to the recipe.
What can I use instead of tomato? Tomato really helps to add flavor to the pie. You can skip it if you don’t have it, but it won’t be as delicious!
Serving Suggestions for Turkey Shepherd’s Pie
This comforting shepherd’s pie with turkey is so good on its own. We also love having it with a warm bowl of soup. Our favorites are Crockpot Potato Soup, Chicken and Vegetable Soup, and Beef Barley Soup!
How to store Ground Turkey Shepherd’s Pie
Storing: You can store this pie in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Freezing: This recipe will last in the freezer for up to 2 months once cooked and cooled. No need to defrost, simply bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for 1 hour and enjoy!
Reheating: You can reheat this recipe in the microwave, toaster oven, oven, or on the stove. We recommend covering it with aluminum foil if reheating it in the oven.
Ground Turkey Shepherd’s Pie Recipe FAQs
They are very similar. Traditionally a Cottage Pie is made with ground beef and Shepherd’s Pie is made with ground lamb.
Make sure to cook until the topping is golden brown, but sometimes shepherd’s pie will fall apart some. It’s still delicious!
This recipe is 256 calories per 1 cup serving.
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Turkey Shepherd’s Pie
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic about 2 garlic cloves
- ½ cup carrots diced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 cup chicken stock low or no salt
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 cup frozen corn
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees & prepare a grease 8×8 baking dish.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stove. Add potatoes and cauliflower florets. Boil for 10 minutes, until soft.
- While the potatoes/cauliflower cook, heat olive oil in a pan. Brown ground turkey for 5 minutes. Add onions, garlic, and carrots. Cook for an additional 5 minutes until turkey is cooked through.
- Add salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, chicken broth, tomato paste and frozen veggies to the turkey mixture. Stir until combined.
- Drain cooked potatoes & cauliflower.
- In a large mixing bowl mash the potatoes, cauliflower, olive oil, garlic powder, pepper, salt, chicken broth and parmesan cheese.
- In a 8×8 baking dish (9×13 will also work) layer the ground turkey/veggie filing. Top with cauliflower/potato filling.
- Bake at 350 for 30 minutes until the topping is golden brown.