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Ground Turkey Shepherd's Pie in a cast iron casserole dish.

Turkey Shepherds Pie Recipe

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  • Author: chefjar
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


Enjoy a comforting Ground Turkey Shepherd's Pie, perfect for weeknight dinners! Made with lean turkey, mixed veggies, and topped with creamy mashed potatoes, it's a healthier twist on a classic.


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ medium onion diced, about 1 cup
  • 2 ribs celery diced, about 1 cup
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • ½ teaspoon EACH: Onion Powder, dried thyme, dried rosemary, dried sage
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup Half and half
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube , or 1 tsp better than bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups frozen vegetables, (peas, carrots, corn, green beans)
  • 5 cups warm mashed potatoes
  • Fresh parsley or thyme for garnish


Prepare the Potatoes

Prepare the Filling

  • Melt the BUTTER in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the diced ONIONS and CELERY, and sauté them for 3 minutes. Then, add the GARLIC and cook for an additional minute.
  • Increase the heat to high and add the GROUND TURKEY together with the SEASONINGS ( onion powder, dried thyme, rosemary, sage, black pepper and salt) to the pan. Cook and crumble it until it's fully cooked. Then, drain off any excess grease.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-high. Sprinkle FLOUR over the mixture and stir to coat.
  • Gradually add the CHICKEN BROTH and HALF and HALF, whisking continuously.
  • Add chicken BOUILLON CUBE and WORCESTERSHIRE  SAUCE, and stir to combine. Allow to simmer until the mixture gets thicker.
  • Mix in the FROZEN VEGETABLES, stirring to combine and heat them through. Then, take the pan off the heat.


  • If your skillet isn't safe for the oven or broiler, transfer the filling to a lightly greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
  • Allow the filling to cool a bit, then gently scoop warm potatoes on top. Use a silicone spatula to spread the warm potatoes into an even, smooth layer over the filling. Be gentle and avoid pressing down too hard to keep the potatoes on top.
  • If you like, you can use a fork to make a 'raked' design on top of the potatoes. Then, put the dish in the preheated oven and bake it uncovered for 10 minutes.
  • Turn the broiler to high (550 degrees) and let the top of the dish brown for about 4 minutes. Keep a close eye on it to make sure it doesn't burn. Avoid using glass or Pyrex baking dishes for this step.
  • Take it out of the oven and garnish with fresh thyme or parsley. Let the dish sit for 5 minutes before serving.


Storage: Keep it in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days, or you can freeze it for up to 3 months.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Category: Ground Turkey Recipes
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 536 kcal
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 930 mg
  • Fat: 17 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 56 g
  • Fiber: 7 g
  • Protein: 42 g
  • Cholesterol: 123 mg