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easy shepherd's pie recipe

Shepherd's Pie Recipe with Beef

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.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, casserole, easy recipe, one-pot meals
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 400kcal
Author Alaina Bullock
Cost $18


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


  • Prepare Oven: Preheat the oven to 375°. Place a rack in the middle.
  • 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.
  • Brown Beef: Add the ground beef to the pan and cook until no pink color remains. Drain the excess fat.
  • Thicken: Stir in the flour, cook for 1 minute.
  • Season: Add in the beef broth and ketchup, mix well.
  • 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.
  • Make Potatoes: Prepare the mashed potatoes following instructions on the packet.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 400kcal