Ground Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

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This ground turkey shepherd’s pie is a cozy weeknight dinner that’s ready in 30 and the entire family is going to love. 


Mashed Potatoes

  • 6 medium russet baking potatoes, washed and quartered
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ½ to ¾ cup milk
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


Shepherd’s Pie

  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 small onion, chopped (about ½ cup)
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced into ¼-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca starch or 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme or poultry seasoning 
  • Chives, for garnish


  1. Over medium-high heat, bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the potatoes and let cook for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender.
  2. Drain and add 1/2 cup milk, 3 tablespoons butter, 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Mash to combine and set aside. 
  3. While the potatoes cook, in a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the turkey and onion. Cook for 6 minutes, breaking up the meat with a spatula as it cooks. 
  4. Add the carrots, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and remaining salt to the meat. Cook for 9 minutes or until the carrots are softened. 
  5. In a small bowl, whisk the flour or tapioca starch with the chicken broth until the starch is dissolved to create a “slurry”.
  6. Add the slurry to the skillet, along with the peas and dried thyme. Stir to combine and reduce the heat to low. Bring to a simmer and cook for an additional 3 minutes. 
  7. Spread the mashed potatoes over the turkey mixture and top with the remaining Parmesan cheese. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes or until the potatoes are heated through.  
  8. Remove from heat, top with chives, and serve. 



For a cheesy crust on top of the potatoes, set your oven on broil. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of shredded cheese over the mashed potatoes and place the oven-safe skillet in the oven. Broil for 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted and lightly browned.