Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

Turkey Shepherd's Pie Recipe
This Turkey Shepherd’s Pie Recipe is healthier than traditional versions, but feel free to use your favorite meat, or omit it completely.

Shepherds pie is one of those classic British recipes that’s satisfying, comforting, and most, of all, delicious! Today, I’m going to show you how to make a turkey shepherd’s pie recipe that’s inspired by a well known Irish restaurant. This easy shepherd’s pie gets its rich flavor from tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and chopped fresh rosemary.

We’re cooking it in four individual ramekins, but you can also use a traditional 9×13 casserole dish.

A traditional recipe for shepherds pie calls for ground lamb, so if you like lamb, feel free to use it. For a chicken shepherds pie, use ground chicken, and for a beef version, use ground beef.  Vegetarians can omit all the meat. Just have fun with it!

Before beginning this recipe, prepare a batch of my garlic mashed potatoes and keep them on hand. You’ll need this for topping the pie.

turkey shepherd's pie recipe

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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