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Shepherd's Pie

Lean ground turkey has significantly less saturated fat than beef. It tastes rich and earthy when simmered with chipotle chili powder. Carrots and peas brighten the filling, while yogurt, stirred into the mashed potatoes and parsnips, adds calcium.

  • Servings: 8
Shepherd's Pie

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2010


For the Filling

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon chipotle or regular chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 6 ounces frozen peas (about 1 1/2 cups)

For the Topping

  • 1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 parsnips (6 ounces), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Make the topping: Place potatoes and parsnips in a medium saucepan, cover with water by 2 inches, and bring to a simmer. Cook until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Drain, reserving 2 cups cooking liquid. Pass potatoes and parsnips through a ricer. Stir in yogurt and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Season with pepper.

  2. Make the filling: Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook onion, celery, carrots, and garlic, stirring, until tender, 10 to 12 minutes.

  3. Add turkey; cook, breaking up any large pieces, for 5 minutes. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, the thyme, and chili powder; season with pepper. Whisk together cornstarch and reserved 2 cups cooking liquid; add to turkey. Boil for 1 minute. Stir in peas. Transfer to a 2-quart round or oval baking dish; top with potatoes. Bake until bubbling and top is browned, 35 minutes.


Reviews (3)

  • Preety Mohata 20 Jan, 2015

    Surely I will give it a try..
    Enjoy yummy recipes at

  • swimlat 9 Feb, 2012

    I just made this recipe this week and can't wait to make it again! It was SOOOOO good!!!!

  • Knitwit84 21 Nov, 2011

    I LOVE this recipe. I've been making it since I first saw it in MArtha Stewart living in 2010. Depending on what's on sale, I'll sometimes make it with ground chicken instead. So delicious. A definate must make!

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