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Simple Shepherd’s Pie

Season: Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter,

Meal: Dinner, Lunch,

Protein: Beef, Cheese, Chicken, Turkey,

Ingredients: Carrot, Frozen Vegetables, Green Beans, Peas, Sweet potato,

This savory pie is a quick dinner delight.

Makes 6 Servings

  • 2 potatoes, large with skin, diced
  • 1/3 cup milk, skim
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey, 85% lean
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 package frozen mixed vegetables (10 ounces)
  • 1 can vegetable broth, low sodium (14.5 ounces)
  • ground black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder (optional)
  • shredded cheese (optional)
  1. Place diced potatoes in saucepan. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer (about 15 minutes). Or, see our time-saving tip.
  2. Drain potatoes and mash. Stir in milk and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 °F.
  4. Brown turkey in a large skillet. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Quick Tip: Add a sprinkle each of ground black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder to your ground meat and during Step 5 to increase you flavor profile! Fresh minced garlic and diced onion are also delicious to brown with your meat, when available.
  5. Add vegetables and broth and sprinkle more seasoning, if desired. Bring to a slow boil.
  6. Spoon vegetable-meat mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish. Spread potatoes over mixture. Bake 25 minutes.
  7. Serve hot. Garnish with shredded cheese (optional).


  • Potatoes can be cooked in the microwave to save time. Poke potatoes all over with a fork, and microwave for 5 minutes. Using heat protection, flip the potatoes and cook five more minutes until tender. Allow to cool for a few minutes before handling to mash them. Try this recipe with sweet potatoes as your topping!
  • Ground chicken may be substituted for turkey. If you don't have lean ground poultry on hand, lean ground beef is also an option.

Recipe adapted from USDA MyPlate.