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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.

Slice of Shepherd's Pie on a plate with a fork

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.

This Shepherd’s Pie with instant mashed potatoes makes dinner extra quick, yet still as yummy as can be!

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 Shepherds. 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!

picee of shepherd's pie on plate with a casserole dish in background

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 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:

piece of pie on a plate with a fork

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 though, 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...

Step One: Sauté Onions

  • While the oven preheats, add oil to a pan and sauté the onions over medium-high heat.
  • Remove onions to a plate and set aside.

Step Two: Brown the Beef

  • Add the beef to the pan and brown it until no pink remains.
  • Drain the excess fat from the pan, the return to the heat.
brown the beef for Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Step Three: Thicken

  • Slowly stir in the flour, and allow to cook for one minute.

Step Four: Sauce

  • Add the beef broth, followed by the ketchup, stirring well.

Step Five: Add Vegetables and Seasonings

  • Return the onions back to the pan along with the mixed veggies.
  • Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.

Step Six: Simmer

  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
saute meat and veggies

Step Seven: Prep Potatoes

While the beef and veggie mixture simmers, go ahead and prepare the mashed potatoes.

prepare mashed potatoes

Step Eight: Transfer

  • Next, evenly spread the meat and veggie mixture in the baking dish.

Step Nine: Layer

  • Spread the mashed potatoes on top.
add layer of potatoes on top and beef and veggie mixture

Step Nine: Cheese

  • Cover with a layer of shredded cheese.
shepherd's pie in dish topped with a layer of shredded cheese

Step Ten: Bake

  • Toss it in the preheated oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

And that’s it! Easy-peasy Shepherd’s Pie is ready to enjoy! Doesn’t it look SO delicious?!

shepherd's pie recipe fresh out of oven

Pro Tip: once the Shepherd’s Pie is on the plate, stir it up until the potatoes, meat, and veggies are all mixed together…mmmmm…so 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.

slice of Shepherd's Pie with form on a white plate

More Easy Dinner Recipes

If you like this simple Shepherd’s Pie recipe, then I think you will love these other quick and easy dinner recipes!

Dessert Recipes

Every time I hear the word ‘pie’ it makes me think of dessert. So of course, I just had to share some dessert recipes featuring pie that pair perfectly with this Shepherd’s Pie!

And if you’re looking for a vegan pie option, this recipe is a must-try!

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Easy Shepherd’s Pie Printable Recipe

Yield: 4 people

Shepherd's Pie Recipe with Beef

shepherd's pie recipe fresh out of oven

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


  • 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


  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.


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:



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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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.


Tuesday 16th of December 2014

My favorite are Applewood Smoked Bacon Flavored Mashed Potatoes.


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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