Turkey and Pea Cottage Pie

Turkey and Pea Cottage Pie

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By Julia Turshen

A simple and hearty dinner, this cottage pie features ground turkey, vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes. Even if you don’t need anything else with this pie, a green salad would make a nice accompaniment.

Storage: Refrigerate for up to 4 days.

From cookbook author Julia Turshen.


Measuring cup

Servings: 46 (makes a 10-11 inch pie)


Time icon

Active: 35 minutes|

Total: 55 minutes

  1. Step 1

    In a large cast iron skillet (10 to 11 inches), bring 1 inch of water to a boil. Salt generously and add the potatoes. Reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, until tender, about 15 minutes, adjusting heat as needed to maintain a gentle simmer.

  2. 2nd step

    Drain the potatoes well and transfer them to a large bowl. Add sour cream and half-and-half milk and mash until smooth. Season to taste with salt and toss gently to combine.

  3. Step 3

    Wipe the pan thoroughly, put it over medium heat and heat the oil until shimmering. Add the turkey, carrots, onion and garlic powder and season generously with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the turkey is cooked through and the vegetables begin to soften, about 6 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Place a rack 6 inches from the broil element and preheat your grill.

  5. Step 5

    Stir the flour into the turkey mixture, then slowly stir in the broth to form a smooth sauce that thickens slightly and coats the turkey and vegetables, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the peas and Worcestershire sauce, then spread the mashed potatoes evenly, transfer to the oven and toast for 5-7 minutes or until fully browned. Let sit for a few minutes, then divide into shallow bowls and serve hot.


If you can’t have dairy >> use dairy-free sour cream and an unsweetened, non-dairy creamer in place of half-and-half.
To make it vegetarian >> use vegan ground meat instead of turkey, vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and vegetarian Worcestershire sauce.
Looking for more greens? >> Incorporate a bag of chopped frozen spinach with the peas.
Do you prefer sweet potatoes to regular potatoes? >> Use them instead.
To make it gluten-free >> use gluten-free all-purpose flour instead of regular flour.
Do you prefer chicken, beef or lamb? >> Use one instead of turkey.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (with whole milk), based on 6

  • Calories


  • Fat


  • saturated fat


  • Carbohydrates


  • Sodium

    263 mg

  • Cholesterol


  • Protein


  • Fiber


  • Sugar


This analysis is an estimate based on the available ingredients and this preparation. It should not replace the advice of a dietitian or nutritionist.

From cookbook author Julia Turshen.

Tested by Kara eldest.

Published on May 8, 2024

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