Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

A Hearty Twist: Irish Turkey Shepherd’s Pie Recipe with Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Calling all comfort food enthusiasts! This Irish Turkey Shepherd’s Pie recipe is a warm and inviting twist on the classic dish, offering a delicious and satisfying meal for the whole family.

This shepherd’s pie features ground turkey, a versatile and lean protein that readily absorbs the rich flavors of the savory filling. But feel free to get creative! My recipe is easily adaptable. Swap the ground turkey for lamb for a more traditional experience, use ground chicken for a lighter option, or go meatless entirely for a vegetarian version.

Turkey Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Simple Yet Satisfying

This Irish shepherd’s pie boasts a depth of flavor thanks to a combination of aromatic vegetables, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and a touch of fresh rosemary. The result is a hearty and comforting dish that’s sure to leave you wanting more.

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The Perfect Mash Topping

The true star of any shepherd’s pie is undoubtedly the creamy mashed potato topping. For this recipe, I recommend preparing a batch of my Garlic Mashed Potatoes beforehand. The simplicity of the recipe allows the flavors of the filling to shine through, while the creamy texture creates a delightful contrast. Check out the recipe and video here!

With its irresistible combination of savory filling, creamy mashed potatoes, and versatility, this Irish Turkey Shepherd’s Pie recipe is sure to become a family favorite. So, gather your ingredients, embrace the comfort food spirit, and create a delicious and heartwarming meal everyone will enjoy!

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Irish Turkey Shepherds Pie

Recipe by Jason Hill – CookingSessions.com
Chef Jason Hill shows you how to make an Irish turkey shepherds pie recipe that's inspired by a well known Irish restaurant. This easy shepherds pie gets its rich flavor from tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and chopped fresh rosemary.
A traditional recipe for shepherds pie calls for ground lamb, but we are going to use ground turkey for a healthier shepherds pie. You can also use ground beef, or omit it all together for a vegetarian shepherds pie.
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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine British, Irish
Servings 4


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary plus a few sprigs for garnish
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey, or your favorite ground meat (Leave out for vegetarian shepherd's pie)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup beef stock or broth
  • 2 cups green peas
  • 1 garlic mashed potatoes see my separate recipe
  • 4 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Melt butter in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add diced onion, diced celery stalks, diced carrots and minced garlic. Saute until vegetables are softened somewhat, about 8-10 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary, stir, and then add ground turkey.
  • Cook turkey until browned. Next, stir in tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and beef broth. Stir again, and then mix in the green peas.
  • When most of the liquid has cooked off, spoon the mixture into four 16 ounces ramekins, leaving about 1 inch of space. (You can also use a standard 13×9 casserole dish for a family-style meal.)
  • Top with the prepared garlic mashed potatoes and spread evenly. Garnish each ramekin serving with 1 tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese. Or, if serving in a casserole dish, garnish the entire topping with desired amount of grated parmesan cheese.
  • Bake in a preheated 375 F oven for approximately 30 minutes, or until the potato topping looks golden brown. Top each serving with a sprig of fresh rosemary and enjoy!
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AboutJason Hill

Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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