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Tasty Shepherd's Pie with Mashed Cauliflower and Ground Turkey

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"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!"
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1 h servings 329
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. 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.
  3. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir garlic until softened, about 2 minutes.
  4. Blend cauliflower, garlic, Parmesan cheese, cream cheese, salt, and pepper in a blender until smooth.
  5. 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.
  6. Pour pasta mixture into a 9x13-inch baking dish. Spread cauliflower mixture over pasta mixture. Sprinkle paprika over the top.
  7. 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

Per Serving: 329 calories; 14.6 22.2 30.4 90 1211 Full nutrition

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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 roaste...

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The recipe was a little hard to follow in my opinion. I loved using cauliflower as mashed potatoes for the first time but other than that.. not very impressed.

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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 roaste...

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 bef...

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 ove...

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 alternat...

Awesome, made it from left over turkey from cooking the carcass, and broth. Will make it again!

This is a great recipe that you can tailor. I did not use cream cheese or cheese so it was dairy-free. I love this recipe and make it once a week sometimes using mashed potatoes and tonight I'm ...

So delicious! I didn't have cream cheese so I subbed in sour cream, and the mashed cauliflower still came out well!

OMG!!! This dish is so good. I added more veggies and ex out the macaroni. I will definitely make this again and use more cauliflower because my baking did is huge.

I made it with corn (like the picture suggests) instead of peas. Delicious!