Turkey Shepherd's Pie

Jessica Strayer


A little more light than normal.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Homemade shepherd's pie is a heavenly dinner when the weather gets cooler and this turkey shepherd's pie is fantastic. It has rustic vegetables that are cooked with the ground turkey. Then, it's baked with a layer of creamy potatoes on top. Using ground turkey (rather than beef or lamb) lightens up the calories but not the flavor. We loved this easy shepherd's pie recipe.

Test Kitchen Tip: If you would like to pipe on the potatoes to make the shepherd's pie look pretty (like we did), add 2 more tablespoons of butter to the potatoes to make them even smoother and pipeable. The Test Kitchen


★★★★★ 2 votes

25 Min
45 Min


  • 2 large
    potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 c
    Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp
    butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 c
    white onion, diced
  • 2 medium
    carrots, chopped
  • 2 medium
    celery stalk
  • 1 lb
    ground turkey
  • 3 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp
    rosemary, dried
  • 1 tsp
    thyme, dried
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    black pepper
  • 2 c
    unsalted chicken stock

How to Make Turkey Shepherd's Pie


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and pour in enough water to cover potatoes.
  3. Set pan over high heat and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer 10 minutes, until potatoes are fork-tender.
  4. Drain potatoes.
  5. Transfer to a large bowl. Add Velveeta chesse and butter. Mash until smooth.
  6. Season to taste with salt and set aside.
  7. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  8. Add onion, carrots, and celery. Cook until soft; about 3 minutes.
  9. Add turkey and cook until browned, breaking up the meat as it cooks; about 5 minutes.
  10. Add flour, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper; stir to coat. Add broth and bring to a simmer. Simmer until mixture thickens (about 3 minutes).
  11. Transfer turkey mixture to a 9-inch, deep-dish pie plate.
  12. Spread mashed potatoes over top and using the back of a spoon, make decorative swirls over the top. Bake until potatoes are golden, about 30 minutes.

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About Turkey Shepherd's Pie

Course/Dish: Turkey Savory Pies
Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: American
Collection: Comfort Classics
Other Tag: Healthy

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