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Quick and Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

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Seasoned ground beef and mixed vegetables are sauteed in a rich gravy, layered in a dish with creamy mashed potatoes, then topped with a layer of cheddar cheese before being baked to perfection in this easy Shepherd’s Pie recipe. It’s the ultimate comfort food!

One of my family’s favorite comfort food recipes is Shepherd’s Pie (aka Cottage Pie). Over the years I’ve played around with the recipe until I came up with what my family tells me is the best shepherd’s pie recipe they’ve had.

In this quick and easy dinner recipe, ground beef and vegetables are sauteed in a rich gravy, topped with fluffy mashed potatoes and a layer of cheddar cheese, then baked to perfection.

Seasoned ground beef and mixed vegetables are sauteed in a rich gravy, layered in a dish with creamy mashed potatoes, then topped with a layer of cheddar cheese before being baked to perfection in this easy Shepherd's Pie recipe.

I hope your family likes it as much as mine!

Shepherd’s Pie vs Cottage Pie

Shepherd’s Pie is a dish that originated in Ireland and the U.K. Over time, it became very popular around the world.

True Shepherd’s Pie recipes call for ground lamb instead of beef. And some versions use onion instead of mixed veggies.

When made with ground beef, some began calling it Cottage Pie instead of shepherd’s. I’ve always called this particular version of the recipe shepherd’s pie.

Whatever you choose to call it, this tasty recipe is one of the most delicious, easy, and filling comfort food recipes around!

easy shepherd's pie recipe

How to Make Shepherd’s Pie

Made with tender beef, lots of veggies, creamy mashed potatoes, and topped with a layer of cheddar cheese, this recipe is truly one of the best I’ve ever made!

You’ll find the complete list of ingredients and instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

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shepherd's pie on a fork

Shepherd’s Pie Ingredients

This recipe is a prime example of how just a few common ingredients can be transformed into a delicious meal! In fact, I bet you have most of the ingredients in your kitchen right now.

All you need to make it is:

Made with seasoned ground beef, mixed vegetables, fluffy mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese, this Shepherd's Pie recipe is the ultimate comfort food.

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe Instructions

Another reason why I love this recipe is because it calls for instant mashed potatoes and frozen mixed vegetables. That means it comes together in very little time. In thirty minutes or less you can have a meal fit for a king!

When you do have some extra time, I highly recommend you try making it with homemade mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables. It’s even better!

Getting back to this easy dinner recipe

First you saute the onions and then brown the beef.

brown the beef for Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Then you add in some flavoring along with the veggies.

saute meat and veggies

Let those simmer while you prepare the mashed potatoes.

prepare mashed potatoes

Next, tranfer the meat and veggies to a baking dish, and layer the mashed potatoes on top.

layer mashed potatoes on top of beef and veggie muxture

Sprinkle on some cheese and toss it all in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes…

sprinkle shepherd's pie with cheese

…and you’re done! Doesn’t it look SO yummy?!

shepherd's pie recipe fresh out of oven

Tip: once the food is on the plate, stir it up until the potatoes, meat, and veggies are all mixed together…mmmmm…good!

How Do I Thicken Shepherd’s Pie?

Shepherd’s Pie is notorious for falling apart easily once you cut into it. However, there’s an easy way to thicken it.

Simply mix one heaping tablespoon of cornstarch with two tablespoons of cold water. Stir this mixture into the ground beef and vegetable mixture. It will slowly thicken the sauce as you stir.

You may need to add a little more cornstarch depending on the amount of liquid in your pan.

Made with seasoned ground beef, mixed vegetables, fluffy mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese, this classic Shepherd's Pie recipe is quick, easy, and absolutely delicious!

Easy Shepherd’s Pie Printable Recipe

Yield: 4 people

Shepherd's Pie Recipe with Beef

easy shepherd's pie recipe

Seasoned ground beef and mixed vegetables are sauteed in a rich gravy, layered in a dish with creamy mashed potatoes, then topped with a layer of cheddar cheese before being baked to perfection in this easy Shepherd's Pie recipe.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 packages instant mashed potatoes
  • ¼ - ½ cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • ½ large onion, chopped
  • 1 - 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2  cups frozen mixed veggies, thawed
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 ½ tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2  tbsp ketchup
  • ¾ cup beef broth
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Prepare Oven: Preheat the oven to 375°. Place a rack in the middle.
  2. Saute onion: Over medium-high heat, saute the onions in the oil until tender and beginning to take on a little brown color. Remove the onions to a plate and hold until later.
  3. Brown Beef: Add the ground beef to the pan and cook until no pink color remains. Drain the excess fat.
  4. Thicken: Stir in the flour, cook for 1 minute.
  5. Season: Add in the beef broth and ketchup, mix well.
  6. Simmer: Add the onions back to the pan along with the mixed veggies, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Make Potatoes: Prepare the mashed potatoes following instructions on the packet.
  8. Layer: Spread the ground beef and vegetable mixture in an even layer on the bottom of a 2 quart casserole dish. Top with the mashed potatoes and sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  9. Bake: Place dish in the preheated oven for 15 - 20 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted.

Notes

If the sauce is still too thin, combine 1 heaping tbsp of corn starch with 2 tbsp cold water. Stir in this mixture to the ground beef and vegetable mixture. Stir well.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 569Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 119mgSodium: 851mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 7gSugar: 7gProtein: 38g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.

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Lorraine

Monday 16th of April 2018

I have never peeled a potato since found the Instant ones

Alaina Bullock

Monday 16th of April 2018

They do make things easier, don't they??!!

Allisha Gold

Sunday 21st of December 2014

I like the 4 cheese kind! The more cheese the better! :)

Alejandra Carreno

Thursday 18th of December 2014

These are the best tasting instant potatoes I've ever had.

Cheryl

Tuesday 16th of December 2014

My favorite are Applewood Smoked Bacon Flavored Mashed Potatoes.

David

Tuesday 16th of December 2014

My favorite are the roasted garlic, but it is by a small margin. I love them all.

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