Easy Shepherds Pie

Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe - Family Fresh Meals recipe

You know, some people make fun of English and Irish cooking, calling it boring and bland. I say these people have never tasted a good shepherd’s pie.

Shepherd’s pie, or cottage pie, got its start across the pond back in the late 1700s, when potatoes were still a fairly new thing over there. People who worked on the land (like shepherds) got the idea of stretching out their meat by putting in in a pot with veggies and gravy, then adding a nice, filling layer of mashed potatoes on top. And voila, a classic recipe was born.

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One nice thing about this dish is that it’s so flexible. For instance, the meat can be either ground beef or lamb, or even a vegetarian substitute. You can change up the veggies in the mix, too. My version has green pepper, onion, corn, and frozen peas and carrots, but you can swap in any kind of veggies your family happens to like.

With meat, veggies, and that hearty topping of potatoes, this Easy Shepherd’s Pie is a complete meal in one dish. It’s a nice tip of the hat to Irish cooking for St. Paddy’s Day, or a filling meal at any time of year.

Easy Shepherds Pie

INGREDIENTS:

1 ½ pounds ground beef (I used 93/7)
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bag frozen peas and carrots mix (or whatever veggies your family likes)
1 can corn, drained
½ t celery salt
Pepper, to taste
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup beef broth
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
4 cups mashed potatoes

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Place ground beef, green pepper, onion and garlic in a large skillet.Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe - beef, onions and bell pepper in a pan

2. Cook until ground beef is no longer pink.Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe - browned beef, onions and bell pepper in a pan
3. Add frozen vegetables, corn, celery salt, and pepper to the skillet.Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe - browned beef and vegetables in a pan
4. In a small bowl mix together beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and cornstarch. Pour over beef and vegetable mixture and cook 2-3 minutes over medium heat.Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe - pouring sauce in pan
5. Pour beef and vegetable mixture into a 9×13 baking dish.Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe - beef and vegetable mix in baking pan

6. Top with mashed potatoes.Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe - mashed potatoes placed on top of casserole
7. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. If you like your potatoes more brown on top you can put them under the broiler for 1-2 minutes. Watch them closely so they don’t burn!Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe - Cooked Beef Shepherds Pie
8. Remove from oven and let cool. Serve warmEasy Shepherds Pie Recipe -A slice of shepherds pie - Family Fresh Meals

4.86 from 7 votes

Easy Shepherds Pie

Author Corey Valley
With meat, veggies, and that hearty topping of potatoes, this Easy Shepherd’s Pie recipe is a complete meal in one dish. A perfect St. Patrick's Day recipe!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef I used 93/10
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 bag frozen peas and carrots mix or whatever veggies your family likes
  • 1 can corn drained
  • ½ t celery salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 4 cups mashed potatoes

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Place ground beef, green pepper, onion and garlic in a large skillet.
  • Cook until ground beef is no longer pink.
  • Add frozen vegetables, corn, celery salt, and pepper to the skillet.
  • In a small bowl mix together beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and cornstarch. Pour over beef and vegetable mixture and cook 2-3 minutes over medium heat.
  • Pour beef and vegetable mixture into a 9x13 baking dish.
  • Top with mashed potatoes.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. If you like your potatoes more brown on top you can put them under the broiler for 1-2 minutes. Watch them closely so they don’t burn!
  • Remove from oven and let cool. Serve warm

Nutrition

Calories: 475kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 525mg | Potassium: 1011mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3910IU | Vitamin C: 58.2mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 3.7mg

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9 Comments

  1. I’ve always understood Shepherd’s Pie to be made with lamb and Cottage Pie to be made with beef – both are good! I’ve been looking for more options for ground beef or lamb so I’ll be trying this soon!

    1. Yes, that was the goal, to make an easy Sheppard’s Pie. I know many people have a hard time find ground lamb.

  2. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe. Flavor was awesome. I used onion salt instead of celery salt (only because I didn’t have any) and sprinkled grated cheese on top of the potatoes. I will definitely make this again.

    1. So happy you loved the recipe!

  3. Jason Higgins says:

    How much is one bag of frozen vegetables? There are several sizes.

    1. You’ll want to use a 16 oz bag

  4. Can I make this a day in advance?

  5. 4 stars
    Love Shepards Pie! Decided to toss in Italian seasoning…onion and garlic powder…basil powder…and Lawry’s Seasoning and made my potatoes with 1 cup of shredded colby jack;)