I love the original shepherd's pie and this is a healthy alternative to lower your carb intake. This is a great comfort food meal any time of year! It is amazing how well mashed cauliflower substitutes for mashed potatoes. Try it. Your family will love it!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

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  • Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower; cover and steam until tender, 10 to 12 minutes.

  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir garlic until softened, about 2 minutes.

  • Blend cauliflower, garlic, Parmesan cheese, cream cheese, salt, and pepper in a blender until smooth.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground turkey in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease. Stir water, macaroni, peas, and soup mix into turkey; simmer until pasta is tender yet firm to the bite, 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Pour pasta mixture into a 9x13-inch baking dish. Spread cauliflower mixture over pasta mixture. Sprinkle paprika over the top.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

This can be made ahead and baked at a later time. Just adjust the bake time to 35 minutes if coming out of refrigerator.

A great side vegetable is whole kernel corn. It is awesome piled on top or added to the pie!

Nutrition Facts

329 calories; protein 30.4g 61% DV; carbohydrates 22.2g 7% DV; fat 14.6g 22% DV; cholesterol 90.3mg 30% DV; sodium 1211.1mg 48% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
01/28/2016
I love to read recipes and adapted them to my taste and needs. This was a very good base. What I did: roasted the cauliflower with the garlic and olive oil for 15 min at 425. While that roasted, I browned the ground turkey then added the onion soup packet and about 1/2 cup of beef broth to moisten things. Put that in the bottom of a 9x11 dish, added frozen corn and green beans (what ever veggies you like will do) Salt and pepper. Then I took the roasted cauliflower and Parmesan Cheese and cream cheese and blended it in the food processor. Topped it onto the veggies and then topped that with some low fat cheddar cheese. Baked at 425 for 20 min, until cheese was melted and slightly browned. My family didn't realize there were no potatoes and you don't need the pasta! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/11/2019
I suggest using chicken or vegetable broth to enhance flavor. Read More
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47 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 27
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
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Rating: 4 stars
01/28/2016
I love to read recipes and adapted them to my taste and needs. This was a very good base. What I did: roasted the cauliflower with the garlic and olive oil for 15 min at 425. While that roasted, I browned the ground turkey then added the onion soup packet and about 1/2 cup of beef broth to moisten things. Put that in the bottom of a 9x11 dish, added frozen corn and green beans (what ever veggies you like will do) Salt and pepper. Then I took the roasted cauliflower and Parmesan Cheese and cream cheese and blended it in the food processor. Topped it onto the veggies and then topped that with some low fat cheddar cheese. Baked at 425 for 20 min, until cheese was melted and slightly browned. My family didn't realize there were no potatoes and you don't need the pasta! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2016
I didn't add the pasta but used a mixed bag of frozen veggies with peas corn and green beans. Very savory loved the garlic with cauliflower mash! Also added some shredded cheddar to top before baked awesome!..thanks Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2015
Awesome, made it from left over turkey from cooking the carcass, and broth. Will make it again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/09/2019
I really liked the cauliflower top. But I thought the meat could use more seasoning, so added a couple of teaspoons of mediterranean spice mix. And added a bit of gravy mix / thickener to the broth in the mix. It really needed it. And, instead of the macaroni, I used more vegetables (zucchini). Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/01/2018
OK. So I doubled the recipe on this one. I tend to cook in bulk. I am a huge fan of anything really onions and garlic. My changes to this recipe included: using a little purple onion (left overs) and 1 small yellow onion and 4 cloves of garlic (sautéed) added to the cauliflower mix along with the parmesan and cream cheese. I threw in some butter and a sprinkle of Italian bread crumb mixture too! YUM! Then for the turkey ground I pre-made some bouillon cube mix. 2 cubes to be exact. I then cooked the ground turkey. Drained and brought back to the pot and added in mixed veggies (green beans carrots and peas) I threw in the bouillon cube mix and then used a can of french onion fried crisps. It all squished together and came out beautifully. I also gave it a sprinkle of Lawry seasoning and pepper. Even though I know there is salt in the crisps. I then layered the cauliflower then meat mixture incorporating some left over (very small amount) of mozzarella and layered the Colby and Monterey jack sprinkles between the meat and cauliflower with the "mashed potatoes" on top and sprinkle of cheese over. Not sure how this really happened as I have never made it before but it smells amazing and Im excited to see what my husband thinks. pray for us! side note....it's delicious! EXCEPT.... the meat is kinda wet now so we are going to add another 20 minutes to firm up a bit in the oven. Same temperatures and everything. drool. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2015
I used this recipe and made a few ingredient adjustments, it came out perfect. It was so yummy and everyone loved it. I would certainly make this again with the cauliflower as a healthy alternative. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/11/2019
I suggest using chicken or vegetable broth to enhance flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2019
Love love it. The only change I made was I added more cream cheese in the cauliflower. I used about 4 oz instead of one tablespoon. I also put it in a 8 X 8 pan. Was perfect. Better then the original. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2020
THIS WAS DELISH! I added some Worcester sauce to get more of a beefy flavor and used an italian 4 cheese blend instead of just parmesean. It was fabulous. I would recommend using an immersion blender for the mashed cauliflower so you can get a truly creamy result. This just became a family favorite! Read More
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