Cauliflower Shepherd's Pie

This easy Shepherd's pie is lightened up with a cheesy cauliflower topping and ground turkey filling.

Cauliflower Shepherd's Pie
Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

Traditionally, shepherd's pie is filled with ground lamb and topped with mashed potatoes. This lighter springtime twist features a creamy and cheesy cauliflower topping. Mix spreadable seasoned cheese, such as Boursin, with cooked cauliflower to make a luscious mash that tops a healthy filling of ground turkey, carrots, peas, and pearl onions. Fresh tarragon brightens the dish, which makes a delightful centerpiece for a family-style meal or potluck.


  • 1 20-oz.pkg. frozen riced cauliflower

  • 1 5.2-oz. pkg. garlic-and-herb cheese, such as Boursin

  • 1.50 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound ground turkey

  • 2 cups frozen peas and carrots (from a 15-oz. pkg.)

  • 1.50 cups frozen pearl onions (from a 14-oz. pkg.)

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1.50 cups lower-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon, plus more for serving

  • .50 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Cook cauliflower rice according to package directions. Drain, pressing with a spoon to remove liquid. Transfer to a food processor; add cheese and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Process until smooth.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a 12-inch broiler-safe skillet over medium-high. Add turkey; cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned, 5 to 7 minutes.

  3. Preheat broiler with rack 6 inches from heat. Add peas and carrots, onions, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt to skillet; cook over medium, stirring, until onions soften, about 3 minutes.

  4. Sprinkle mixture with flour; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Slowly stir in broth. Bring to a simmer over medium-high. Simmer, stirring often, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in tarragon and pepper.

  5. Spread cauliflower mixture over turkey. Place skillet in oven. Broil until bubbly around edges, 5 to 8 minutes. Top with tarragon.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

478 Calories
28g Fat
25g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 478
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 32g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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