Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe

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4.72 from 28 votes
This Shepherds Pie recipe is an easy, warm and comforting meal. This Irish Pub staple is so satisfying and easy to make it is truly one of the best ground beef recipes ever.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Shepards Pie in a dutch oven

This Shepherds Pie recipe is an easy, warm and comforting meal. The Irish Pub staple is so satisfying and easy to make it is truly one of the best ground beef recipes ever and I bet you have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen right now.

Shepards Pie in a dutch oven

American Shepherds Pie is really a Cottage Pie. It is made with a ground beef mixture. True Shepherds pie is made with mutton or ground lamb and you can easily use it in my recipe.

Recipes like this Shepherds Pie are a great way to utilize leftovers. Find out more of its origins here.

Why Shepherds Pie Recipe Works

My super easy Shepherds Pie recipe is a great ground beef recipes because it is made in one pot. You can add any vegetables you have on hand or add your kids favorite vegetables to make this ground beef casserole recipe your own. Plus it only takes 30 minutes!

How to Make Ground Beef Casserole – Step by Step 

  • Prepare Oven: First, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Second, heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium high heat.  
  • Ingredients to Pan: Next, add ground beef, onion, garlic, House Seasoning Blend, thyme and Rosemary;
  • Brown: Meanwhile, brown and chop the beef. I love this Ground Beef Chopper.  Then cook until beef is cooked through and then drain excess fat from the pan.
  • Thicken: Later stir in flour. Then add tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and beef broth.
  • Boil : Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes and then peas and carrots into the beef mixture.
1st 3 steps of making shepherds pie
  • Cheese: Mix cheddar cheese to prepared mashed potatoes. 
  • Spread: Finally, spread potatoes on top of beef mixture 
  • Bake: Lastly, bake for 15 minutes or until potatoes are lightly browned. 
The final 3 steps of Making shepherds pie

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CAN I FREEZE THIS  EASY BEEF CASSEROLE?

Yes! Make extra and put it in the freezer for a quick make ahead meal. This ground beef casserole Pie freezes beautifully and will be such a family favorite they will ask for it often!

Lasts in the freezer for up to 3 months in an airtight container. Simply, add to the cooking time if you are going to cook it frozen or alternatively, thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Red dutch oven with a scoop of shepherds pie

Will I Be Able To Make this Shepherds Pie Ahead of Time?

My beef dish can be prepare the night before. Keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to bake it. Make ahead recipes are lifesavers for my busy schedule, here are a few examples to try:


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Expert Tips for Making the Best Shepherds Pie Ground Beef

  • Add Some Guinness: Change the flavor by adding some Guinness beer to your sauce!
  • Make Individual Casseroles: Put the casserole in individual casserole dishes to make your presentation fancy. Make extra and freeze them!
  • Use Pre made Mashed Potatoes: If you don’t have any leftovers, don’t worry, there are some great pre-made frozen and boxed options in the refrigerator and freezer section. Or try using Tator Tots!
  • Try Cauliflower: Carb Conscious? Top with Mashed Cauliflower.

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Shepards Pie in a dutch oven

Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe

4.7 from 28 votes
This Shepherds Pie recipe is an easy, warm and comforting meal. This Irish Pub staple is so satisfying and easy to make it is truly one of the best ground beef recipes ever.
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Servings: 4 people
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon House Seasoning Blend
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried Rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 4 cups mashed potatoes prepared
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add ground beef, onion, garlic, House Seasoning Blend, thyme and Rosemary; cook until beef is cooked through.
  • Drain excess fat from the pan.
  • Stir in flour.
  • Add tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and beef broth.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Stir peas and carrots into the beef mixture.
  • Add cheddar cheese to prepared mashed potatoes.
  • Spread potatoes on top of beef mixture.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until potatoes are lightly browned.

Expert Tips

  • Add Some Guinness: Try changing the flavor by adding some Guinness beer to your sauce!
  • Make Individual Casseroles: Put the casserole in individual casserole dishes to make your presentation fancy. Make extra and freeze them!
  • Use Pre made Mashed Potatoes: If you don’t have any leftovers, don’t worry, there are some great premade frozen and boxed options in the refrigerator and freezer section. Or try using Tator Tots!
  • Try Cauliflower: Carb Conscious? Top with Mashed Cauliflower.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 702kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 1220mg | Potassium: 1216mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3670IU | Vitamin C: 56.7mg | Calcium: 273mg | Iron: 4.5mg

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19 thoughts on “Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    Tasted really good and delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing shepherds pie recipe! Will surely have this again! Loved it!

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  2. 5 stars
    I thought this recipe was great! Only thing I’m curious about is what size casserole dish you used. You never discussed transferring the beef mixture to a baking dish. I had several to choose from, but went with the 9×13. I’d wished I’d used the small one.

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  3. 5 stars
    So tasty! And easy to make, too! I love your tip to use pre-made mashed potatoes, that really streamlined the prep for me. Thanks!

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  4. 5 stars
    Love, love, love Shepherd’s Pie and this is a delicious and easy recipe we all loved! I’d give it 10 stars if I could! It’s that good!

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  5. 5 stars
    I just make this and put in the freezer for an easy dinner for my family while I’m out of town. Comfort food is always a hit in our house!

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  6. 5 stars
    This was amazing – I must admit though the second time I made it I switched out the Ground Beef for Minced Lamb and it tasted as good if not more like the pub shepherd’s pies I’ve had before.

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  7. 5 stars
    This shepherd’s pie recipe is amazing! It was mouthwateringly delicious. It’s not only a great comfort food recipe for the fall and winter months, but it’s absolutely perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

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  8. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I have never been a Shepard’s Pie kinda girl, even though my husband LOVES it because I am not a big dough eater. However, this has a thin top layer, so it was perfect for my tastes and my husband loved it, too! Yum! Thanks for sharing!!

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  9. 5 stars
    I could eat Shepherds Pie any day of the week and I especially love that this one only takes 30 minutes! Perfect for an easy weeknight meal 🙂

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  10. 5 stars
    My kids love shepherds pie. Although in England shepherd pie is always made with ground lamb (hence shepherd in the name) and cottage pie is made with ground beef.

    So funny how languages change country to country 😀

    I love the inclusion of cheese over the mash :.

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    • I had no idea there was a different name for the beef version. I noted in the post that you’re supposed to use lamb but my family prefers beef. And, cheese makes everything better in my book 🙂

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