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Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe – Favorite Comfort Food

When you are looking for some wholesome comfort food, this Shepherd’s Pie Recipe is going to be a fast favorite. Simple ingredients, easy preparation, and a one-dish casserole everyone will enjoy. This recipe features ground beef or lamb, vegetables, and herbs, topped with creamy mashed potatoes then baked to perfection.

Layered meat and vegetable cottage pie

Layered meat and vegetable cottage pie

How to Make a Classic Shepherd’s Pie

When making Shepherd’s pie, there are lots of options for meat and vegetables. The potato topping can be any mashed potato recipe you like. It can have cheese included in the recipe or omit it.

You can use mashed sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes. Michelle created my favorite mashed potato recipe from The Last Food Blog; you can find her recipe HERE.

Scrubbed fresh carrots, celery, potatoes, and garlic onion to prepare the savory meat and vegetable pie.

Fresh Vegetables for Shepherd's Pie

Fresh Vegetables for Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • Ground lamb or beef
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Herbs de Provence or Rosemary, thyme, and sage
  • Flour
  • Tomato paste
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • beef broth when using beef, and chicken broth when using lamb
  • Frozen peas or frozen corn
  • Fresh parsley
  • Topping 3.75 cups of mashed potatoes

Tip: If you have cooked ground meat frozen, your prep time will be less than 20 minutes.

Brown ground beef or lamb

Brown ground beef or lamb

Brown the ground meat and drain the fat set aside. Then over medium-high heat, saute onions and garlic.

Saute garlic and onion

Saute garlic and onion

Once the onion is translucent, add diced carrots and celery cook until vegetables are tender. Add the browned ground beef, dried herbs, and flour the onion mixture cook for 2 minutes.

Spoon in tomato paste and beef stock and cook for 4 minutes. Add Worcestershire sauce and frozen peas (or frozen corn), stir in reduce heat, and cook for 4 minutes. Then allow the meat mixture to cool to room temperature.

Prepare mashed potato recipe.

Butter a 2-quart casserole dish.

Add meat mixture to the prepared casserole baking dish.

Top with Mashed potatoes.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 50 minutes, and the mashed potatoes are lightly browned.

Shepherd's Pie serving

Easy Shepherd's Pie

Easy savory meat and vegetable pie. This is America's favorite Shepherd's Pie Recipe.
4.75 from 8 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, British, Comfort Food, Irish
Keyword: Classic Shepherd's Pie, Easy Shepherd's Pie, Shepherd's Pie, Shepherd's Pine Recipe
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 351kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef (low fat) or ground lamb
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 tsp Herbs de Provence
  • tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • ¾ cup frozen peas
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley
  • cups mashed potatoes

Instructions

  • Scrub potatoes, carrots, and celery with a vegetable brush
  • Preheat over to 375 degrees F
  • While the potatoes are cooking, dice celery, carrots, and onions
  • Add olive oil to skillet and saute onion and minced garlic for 2 minutes then add carrots, and celery and continue to saute until the carrots are tender.
  • Add the browned ground beef, dried herbs, and flour to the onion mixture cook for 2 minutes
  • Spoon in tomato paste and beef stock and cook for 4 minutes
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce and frozen peas stir and cook 4 minutes then and allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes
  • Place the meat mixture in a buttered casserole dish
  • Prepare mash potato recipe (see notes)
  • Place 3 3/4 cups of Mashed Potatoes on the meat mixture
  • Bake 25 - 30 minutes until it is bubbly and golden brown
  • Sprinkle fresh chopped herbs on top before serving

Notes

When you are looking for some wholesome comfort food this Shepherd's Pie Recipe is going to be a fast favorite. Simple ingredients, easy preparation, and a one-dish casserole everyone will enjoy. This recipe features ground beef or lamb, vegetables, and herbs, topped with creamy mashed potatoes then baked to perfection.
Mash Potato Note:
I wanted to share my favorite cheesy mashed potato recipe.
Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's Pie

Nutrition

Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 243mg | Potassium: 990mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 5384IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3mg
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Mashed Potatoes

Tip: You will need 4 cups of mashed potatoes. 

You can top the casserole with your favorite mashed potato recipe. I like to use different mashed potato recipes to make it special this cheesy mashed potato recipe is my favorite.

 

This recipe is perfect for serving dinner guests. Choose a pretty casserole dish, serving spoon, place settings, and napkins to make it special.  I serve it with a fresh crunchy fall salad, maple balsamic Brussel sprouts, and refreshing pineapple upside-down cake.

Shepherd's Pie Casserole

Shepherd’s Pie Casserole

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

Saute onion and garlic

Saute onion and garlic

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

 

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Bon appétit,

Kippi

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Amy

Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

I haven't had Shepherds pie for such a long time. I always liked it a lot. I think that it is time to make it again. This recipe looks really good. Thank you for sharing.

Crissy

Friday 17th of July 2020

Looks delicoius, Kippi! I've never made this before and look forward to trying it.

Kerryanne

Thursday 16th of July 2020

It is such a classic recipe and definitely one of our families favourites too Kippi. You have inspired me to put it on the menu for this week... my hubby will be thrilled. Thank you for sharing your recipe at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be featuring your Shepherd's Pie recipe at tonight's party and pinning too. Hugs, Kerryanne

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Friday 10th of July 2020

This looks delicious! I will definitely have to try!

Olivia O'Hern

Tuesday 7th of July 2020

This shepherd's pie looks so yummy, can't wait to try the recipe.

Kippi

Wednesday 8th of July 2020

Thank you so much for your visit today. Have a great week. Hugs, Kippi

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