Leftover Turkey Shepherd's Pie is the ultimate comfort food. Veggies are cooked until soft, lightly seasoned, then mixed with leftover shredded turkey meat. Top with mashed potatoes and bake until bubbly and golden. It's an easy and delicious way to repurpose your Thanksgiving dinner.

A wooden spoon scooping out some shepherd's pie.

Can't decide what to do with all the leftover Thanksgiving (or Christmas) turkey? We love this recipe for its simplicity and warm and cozy vibes.

5 reasons you want to make turkey shepherd's pie

  1. Comfort food wins every time.
  2. Tender turkey + lots of veggies + soft mashed potatoes = dreamy.
  3. Spend 20 minutes chopping and sauteeing veggies and assembling this pie, then you can pop it into your oven and pat yourself on the back. You've just made a delicious meal in only 20 minutes.
  4. Depending on how you choose to make your mashed potatoes, this recipe can a healthy, Whole30, paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free shepherd's pie.
  5. It's a simple meat/potatoes/veggies dinner that will make everyone at your table smile.

Assembling the leftover turkey shepherd's pie.

How to make this turkey shepherd's pie recipe

As we use cooked turkey and mashed potatoes in this recipe, it's super easy to make. But even if you need to boil and mash some potatoes, this is still a pretty simple recipe.

  1. Saute some veggies in your biggest (ovenproof) skillet.
  2. Add some flavor with garlic, tomato paste, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  3. Stir some turkey into the mix then spread those mashed potatoes over the top.
  4. Bake.

And that's all there is to it.

Is this a healthy turkey shepherd's pie recipe?

It definitely can be! 

It's made with all-natural, whole foods that are 100% healthy. The only part that may not be healthy are the mashed potatoes if they were whipped with loads of cream. We often use chicken stock in our mashed potatoes, which makes has a great flavor AND makes them perfectly soft.

Turkey shepherd's pie on a plate.

More recipes that use Thanksgiving leftovers

Are you swimming in a pile of turkey dinner leftovers? That seems to happen to us every year! Here are a few of our favorite recipes that turn those leftovers into something new.

Turkey soups:

Everything else:

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Leftover Turkey Shepherd's Pie

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Leftover Turkey Shepherd's Pie is the ultimate comfort food. Veggies are cooked until soft, lightly seasoned, then mixed with leftover shredded turkey meat. Top with mashed potatoes and bake until bubbly and golden. It's an easy and delicious way to repurpose your Thanksgiving dinner.


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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups shredded turkey
  • 1 ½ cups frozen peas
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 cups mashed potatoes (see notes)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large ovenproof skillet. (See notes) Add the onion and cook until it begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the carrots and celery and cook until they soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Push the veggies to the side of the pan then add the tomato paste to the middle. Let it cook for 2 minutes, until it begins to smell sweet. Mix the veggies into the tomato paste then add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat.
  4. Add the shredded turkey, peas, chicken stock, and thyme to the pan. Mix then season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Spread the mashed potatoes over the top then bake for 25 minutes.

Notes

If you don't have leftover mashed potatoes, boil 4 peeled and quarted Russet potatoes until soft. Drain the water and mash with butter, salt, and either cream or chicken stock.

Cold mashed potatoes are quite firm. You may find it easier to warm them slightly or let them sit at room temperature for a while before spreading them on top of the turkey.

If you don't have a large, ovenproof skillet, you can transfer the turkey and veggies to a baking dish.

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