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spoonful of ground turkey shepherd's pie

Ground Turkey Shepherd's Pie with Buttery Cauliflower Mash

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  • Author: amycaseycooks
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Ground Turkey Shepherd's Pie with Buttery Cauliflower Mash is delicious comfort food. This recipe is lightened up with ground turkey and a mashed cauliflower topping. Frozen mixed vegetables speed up the recipe prep.


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  • For the cauliflower mash ~
  • 1 medium cauliflower, cut in florets, about 4 to 5 cups
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • kosher salt
  • pepper
  • For the meat and vegetable filling ~
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 10-ounce bag frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Paprika


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Make the cauliflower mash ~ Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the cauliflower and garlic and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender. Drain the cauliflower in a colander and return to the pot. Add the salted butter and Parmesan cheese and mash the cauliflower. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside
  3. Make the meat and vegetable filling ~ In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add the extra virgin olive oil. When the oil is heated, add the onion, mushrooms and garlic. Sauté for 3 to 4 minutes or until the onions are translucent and the mushrooms begin to lose their moisture and soften.
  4. Add the ground turkey, kosher salt and pepper and cook until the turkey is browned and crumbled, about 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste.
  5. Sprinkle the ground turkey with the flour and stir to incorporate.
  6. Add the red wine and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly reduced. Stir in the mixed vegetables and parsley.
  7. Divide the meat and vegetable filling between 4 ~ 2 cup glass containers or other oven safe dishes. Top with the mashed cauliflower and sprinkle with paprika.
  8. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until piping hot. Remove from the oven and serve.


  • Sub in frozen cauliflower ~ My first choice is to use fresh cauliflower for the mash. In a pinch, use frozen cauliflower florets instead.
  • Use your favorite ground meat ~ Ground turkey is used for the meat filling. Ground beef, veal, lamb, pork or a combination of meats are also good filling substitutes.
  • Substitute for the red wine ~ Instead of red wine (Merlot and Pinot Noir are delicious options) use chicken or beef stock.
  • Add different frozen veggies ~ Feel free to add your favorite frozen vegetable combinations.
  • Make single servings ~ Instead of serving the casserole family style, portion the savory filling and creamy topping into individual servings. Some options for serving the shepherd's pies are 2 cup glass containers, small metal pie pans or small foil pie pans. Not only do the single size meals fit into today’s busy lifestyle but, they are fun to eat.
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: entree
  • Method: cook on stovetop and bake
  • Cuisine: Irish


  • Serving Size: 1 single serving
  • Calories: 391
  • Sugar: 5.9 g
  • Sodium: 629 mg
  • Fat: 18.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.3 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18.4 g
  • Fiber: 5.8 g
  • Protein: 40.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 130 mg