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Recipe: Tasty Shepherd's Pie with Mashed Cauliflower and Ground Turkey

I love the original shepherds 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

Tasty Shepherd's Pie With Mashed Cauliflower And Ground Turkey Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, mashed

  • cup Parmesan cheese

  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat cream cheese

  • teaspoon sea salt

  • ? teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 pound ground turkey

  • 1? cups hot water

  • cup whole wheat elbow macaroni

  • cup frozen peas

  • 1 (1.25 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix

  • teaspoon paprika

How to Make Tasty Shepherd's Pie With Mashed Cauliflower And Ground Turkey

  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.

Tasty Shepherd's Pie With Mashed Cauliflower And Ground Turkey Nutritions

  • Calories: 328.8 calories

  • Carbohydrate: 22.2 g

  • Cholesterol: 90.3 mg

  • Fat: 14.6 g

  • Fiber: 5.7 g

  • Protein: 30.4 g

  • SaturatedFat: 4.1 g

  • ServingSize:

  • Sodium: 1211.1 mg

  • Sugar: 5 g

  • TransFat:

  • UnsaturatedFat:

Tasty Shepherd's Pie With Mashed Cauliflower And Ground Turkey Reviews

  • 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 didnt realize there were no potatoes and you dont need the pasta

  • I didnt 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

  • 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).

  • 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 (sauted) 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 YUMThen 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....its 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • I suggest using chicken or vegetable broth to enhance flavor.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Decided to make this on a whim. Since most Onion soup mixes are MSG bombs, I had to forego that one. I added dried shallots, and a little extra garlic. Be sure to season the turkey. Without the MSG bomb, you may need to amp up the salt factor here. Id make it again. You should try it out

  • I chose this recipe because it incorporated mashed cauliflower. Instead of baking the recipe in the oven, I used a crockpot. I used venison and not ground turkey. I did not use the dry soup mix. I already had some homemade macaroni and cheese made so I used that instead of the whole wheat macaroni and the water. The mashed cauliflower portion tasted very good. Somebody thought it was mashed potatoes at first. I did use more than a half cup of peas.

  • I am going to make this again and try adding corn. Loved it

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

  • My hubby doesnt like cream cheese so we left that out.

  • 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 Im subbing ground venison for the turkey. The onion soup mix is such an easy way to add a ton of flavor if you dont have a lot of spices. I always triple or quadruple the amount of veggies in the base and often add spinach for extra fiber. This is one of the easiest recipes despite the prep work.

  • Two thumbs up My husband and I loved this recipe. We added it to our Favorite Recipe List to make again Thank you for sharing.

  • This is awesome i used broccoli instead of peas and its soooo good ive never had cauliflower ever and as of tonight i prefer this to mashed potatoes

  • I really do appreciate the attempt in this recipe to make the dish healthy, reduce fat and carbohydrates. But this was really quite bland. I would also just add that the water the directions call for to be added to the meat mixture so that the pasta will cook, must be drained out before putting the meat mixture into the pan. It would probably be better to cook the pasta separately or eliminate it all together.

  • I thought it was delicious. I reduced H2O to 3/4c.and actually added about 1/2c.-3/4c. leftover Alfredo to the cauliflower in the food processor. For veggies I just used peas and carrots. I skipped the pasta. Next time Ill double the cauliflower as it seemed like a fairly thin layer. I topped with cheddar because we love cheese I will definitely make it again Cheers and thank you for a new recipe

  • We both really enjoyed this.. bf said he wishes there was some brown gravy on top.. i thought it was a little on the salty side but bf says its spot on.. i left out the pasta and cream cheese.. subbed edamame (3/4 c) for the peas.. and used Onion Soup Mix (on this site) in place of the store bought stuff.. i roasted the cauliflower and garlic like sheri did.. ty for the recipe

  • Very good.

  • I doubled the meat half turkey n beef. Used 1/2 head cauliflower riced n 1 bag of riced cauliflower . Increased the cream cheese to 1/4 cup. Forgot the pasta still very tasty

  • I had issues with this recipe. There was not enough liquid in the cauliflower mixture to blend in my blender, so I had to empty it and blend in two batches in a smaller chopper that I have. Lots of blender parts and bowls to wash after that Perhaps it should have specified a food processor. I dont know if I had a small head of cauliflower or what, but there was barely enough to cover the turkey mixture - just a thin, skimpy layer. The turkey mixture also needed more liquid - turned out very dry after baking. I wondered if the cauliflower couldnt have been cooked in the microwave -- much simpler Altogether, a frustrating experience.

  • I made this recipe for the first time and it turned out beautifully. I didnt have any frozen peas so I substituted with a can of corn. A friend of mine doesnt like cooked cauliflower but really enjoyed the new twist on an old favorite. I will definitely make it again.

  • Made this with 98% lean ground beef and used 2 small potatoes to the cauliflower. Instead of macaroni, I lined the bottom of the pan with some dry pot pie noodles and it made a great bottom for lifting out with a spatulad.

  • I made the recipe as given except with a minor change. I used frozen mixed vegetables with the turkey. The cauliflower is creamier than mashed potatoes and the whole family ate it and said it was really good. THEN I told them it was cauliflower. Trickery works Even my husband, who generally has an aversion to vegetables, liked it :) Thank You

  • So delicious I didnt have cream cheese so I subbed in sour cream, and the mashed cauliflower still came out well

  • I like the flavor, but it doesnt taste like shepherds pie

  • I added chopped onion and celery leaves to the turkey as it cooked and used gluten free elbow macaroni. It was so delicious

  • Added some extra cauliflower Fabulous recipe Shared with all my friends

  • 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.

  • This was wonderful I took one shortcut, using a bag of steamable riced cauliflower, which lent itself very well to the blender anyway - just had to make sure I drained it well. That cut down on the prep time dramatically, as we had already browned the ground meat in a big batch from a day prior. I transferred the meat to the baking dish using a slotted spoon, as there was water leftover after the pasta cooked. Instead of paprika on top, I added shredded cheddar. Otherwise, we stuck to the recipe, but used a deep Pyrex bowl for baking (perfect for 1 lb of ground meat). This was so fantastically yummy, it will be going on our list of usual meals in the rotation

  • This is a good lightened version. I left out the pasta, as did several other reviewers. My husband has no idea the "potatoes" are actually cauliflower. Try it

  • I liked this, may make again, but not loved (my requirement for a 4 or 5 star rating) and Im not sure why. I used bagged riced cauliflower, which probably wasnt as good as fresh cauliflower would have been. Anywho, it was decent. I will say I was shocked at the calories in one serving, 350 or so. Then I realized it only makes 4 servings. Thats a quarter of a 9x13 casserole So now, that seems really reasonable and healthy, allowing lots of bites for little calories.. I used mashed potatoes instead of cauliflower on my husbands side. He thought it was ok.

  • Next time will use immersion blender as someone suggested. Added dash of worchesteshire and heinz57 and used beefy onion mix so turkey really does taste like beef. Didnt miss the mashed potatoes at all.

  • The perfect recipe to make when you need to pull something together quickly with whatever random items you have in your fridge/freezer/pantry I used frozen cauliflower, frozen vegetables/Trader Joes barley + veggie pack instead of noodles and random spices instead of onion soup packet. II used goat cheese instead of parmesean and added a layer of shredded cheddar on top of the meat/veggies before the cauliflower. I used a 10oz bag of frozen cauliflower plus another half bag. While that steamed in the microwave. I browned turkey with garlic, onion powder, parsley, onion salt, pepper (eye ball it). I drained the cauliflower in a collander. Blended cauliflower with cream cheese and goat cheese. On the stovetop I cooked a bag of frozen trader joes veggie/barley mix. Mixed it with the turkey. Layered that at the bottom of a 9x9 pan, layer of shredded cheese (to bind layers), layered cauliflower mash on top. Cooked for 20-25 minutes. DELICIOUS

  • This is SO GOOD The cauliflower topping is to die for, and Ill be making that again and again just as a side dish. I sauted the garlic just in some olive oil spray, to save calories, and it was fine. Also used frozen mixed veggies and increased that to 1 cup, because cup didnt seem like enough. The family is still swooning over this one

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