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Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

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This Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe is the ultimate Irish comfort food. Shepherd’s Pie (or Cottage Pie) with hearty beef & fluffy mashed potatoes this pie will become a family favorite. It has tons of flavor and is hands down is one of my favorite recipes. This hearty dish is quick and easy to make. Perfect for a busy weeknight or perfect for a Sunday dinner.

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The Best Classic Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

For this to be a true classic shepherd’s pie recipe it would have to be made with lamb or minced beef. But, since I could not get my kids to try lamb. I will put a little American spin on it and use ground beef. I find using ground beef is a more affordable option as well. Others will say it is not a true shepherd’s pie if it does not include lamb. But as long as some people are still saying it “shepards pie” I think ground beef will be just fine.

Shepherd’s Pie Ingredients

Meat filling

  • Olive oil
  • Yellow onion
  • Ground beef
  • Salt
  • Thyme leaves
  • Rosemary leaves
  • Parsley leaves
  • Ground black pepper
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Fresh garlic
  • All purpose flour
  • Ketchup
  • Beef Broth
  • Frozen pea and carrot mix
  • Frozen corn kernels
Shepherd's Pie Filling

Cheesy Potato Topping

  • Russet Potatoes
  • Unsalted butter
  • Half & half
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Paprika
  • Cheddar cheese

How To Make This Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

(Note – The full printable recipe is at the bottom of this post)

First, you will need to saute the yellow onion in the olive oil until they become golden brown. Then add the ground beef and break it apart.

Ground Beef and Onions

Next, add parsley, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Cook for 6-8 minutes Stirring occasionally until meat is completely brown.

Shepherd's Pie Spices

Then, add the garlic and let it cook for about 1 minute or until it is golden brown. Next, add the Worcestershire sauce and stir until fully incorporated.

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Add flour and ketchup to the ground beef mixture. Mix until the flour make a nice creamy roux.

Making Roux with Ground Beef Juices

The final step of the ground beef filling is to add the beef broth, frozen peas, carrots and corn kernels. Cook until the beef broth comes to a boil. Then, reduce heat and let simmer for 4-5 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Ground Beef with Ingredients

Last, spread out the ground beef filling in a 13 x 9 baking dish. Make sure to spread it evenly and set aside.

Ground Beef Filling

Peel and cut potatoes into 3/4 inch cubes. Place the the potatoes into a large pot or saucepan. Cover the potatoes with water and add 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Bring the water to a boil then reduce to a simmer. cook until tender and easily crushed with a fork. Drain the potatoes in a colander and then return to pot and mash. Incorporate the unsalted butter, half & half, garlic powder, salt and black pepper. Mix until the potatoes are creamy and well combined. Then, Scoop the potatoes on top of the ground beef and smooth them with a rubber spatula.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Finally, add the paprika and cheese cheese on top of the potatoes.

Mashed Potatoes and Cheese

Place on a tin foil lined baking sheet and cook at 400 degree’s on the middle rack for 25-30 minutes or until the potatoes begin to brown. Let your Shepherd’s pie rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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Can I Make This Home Made Shepherd’s Pie Ahead Of Time?

Making a classic shepherds pie is not hard. But, it can be a bit time consuming. So you can make the meat filling or potatoes a head of time. Then, add them to a baking dish when your are ready to make the casserole. I find it is best to finish it within a couple of days of making the other ingredients. When you are ready to eat it. Remove it from the refrigerator and let it warm up at room temperature for about 20 minutes. Then, uncover it and bake at 400 degree’s for 25-30 minutes.

How To Store Shepherd’s Pie

This recipe makes such good left overs. I love how all the flavors in the beef filling marinate and taste amazing the next day. When storing it in the fridge. Make sure to completely cover the the dish with plastic wrap. To try and form a air tight seal. The leftovers will keep for up to three days. If you plan on keeping it longer that that. Freeze the portions immediately that you are not going to use with in 3 days.

Can I Freeze Shepherd’s Pie?

Yes, this is a great freezer meal recipe. The best way to freeze this casserole is to let it cool down to room temperature. Then place at least two layers of plastic wrap over the baking dish. This will help prevent freezer burn. I also like to place it in Jumbo Freezer Bags to help keep it fresh. It will stay good in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Once you are ready to heat up the shepherd’s pie. Place it in the refrigerator over night to thaw it out. Then Place in a 400 degree preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

Close up of Shepherd’s pie on a white plate garnished with fresh parsley.

Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe

This Easy Shepherd's Pie Recipe is the ultimate Irish comfort food. Shepherd's Pie (or Cottage Pie) with hearty beef & fluffy mashed potatoes this pie will become a family favorite.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cottage pie, shepherds pie, shepherds pie recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 538kcal

Ingredients

Beef Filling

  • tbsp olive oil
  • cups yellow onion (diced)
  • 2 lbs ground beef (I prefer to use 80/20)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • tsp thyme leaves
  • 2 tsp parsley flakes
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups frozen mixed peas and carrots
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels

Cheesy Potato Topping

  • 4 large russet potatoes or 8 small / medium russet potatoes (Cubed into ¾-inch squares)
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter
  • cup half & half
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • tsp paprika
  • 1/3 cup cheddar cheese (grated)

Instructions

How To Make The Ground Beef Filling

  • Preheat oven to 400 Degrees and coat a 13×9 baking dish with cooking spray. Then set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat add in olive oil. Once the oil is hot add the onions and cook 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the ground beef, parsley, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Cook for 6-8 minutes and break apart the ground beef with meat chopper or spoon. Stir occasionally until meat is completely browned.
  • Add in garlic and cook for an addition 1 minute.
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce, flour and ketchup to the ground beef mixture. Stir until fully incorporated and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the beef broth, frozen peas and carrots and frozen corn kernels. Cook until the beef broth begins to boil. Then, reduce heat and let simmer for 4-5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • In the prepared baking dish spread out the ground beef filling. Make sure to spread it out into an even layer.

How To Make The Cheesy Potato Topping

  • Peel and cut potatoes into 3/4 inch cubes. Place the potatoes in a large pot. Cover the potatoes with water and add 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Bring the water to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cook the potatoes until the can be smashed with a fork. Cook time will be 10-15 minutes.
  • Drain the potatoes and add them to your KitchenAid mixer. I you don’t have a mixer a hand mixer or potato smasher will work fine.
  • Then, cut the butter stick into 1 tablespoon pieces and spread them evenly on top of the potatoes
  • Next, add the half & half, garlic powder, salt and black pepper and mix until the potatoes are smooth and creamy.
  • Scoop the potatoes on top of the ground beef filling. Carefully spread them into a even layer.
  • Sprinkle the paprika over the potatoes evenly. Then, add the cheddar cheese on top of the potatoes.
  • Place the in the oven and bake at 400 degrees. Place a baking sheet on the shelf under the pie. I have found that this recipe will sometimes boil over and the baking sheet will save your oven. Cook for 25-30 minutes.
  • Then, let cool for 10 minutes before serving and garnish with fresh chopped parsley. Enjoy!

Notes

*This shepherd’s pie recipe can easily be halved. Just place in a 9 x 9 baking dish and cook for 20 – 25 minutes.
**Make sure to bake uncovered
***Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 538kcal | Carbohydrates: 35.1g | Protein: 29.1g | Fat: 31.8g | Saturated Fat: 12.6g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 582mg | Potassium: 1057mg | Fiber: 5.7g | Sugar: 6.7g | Vitamin D: 8µg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 16mg

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