This quick easy Shepherds Pie recipe is one of my favorite easy one pot recipes. It’s so tasty and only takes 30 minutes to make. Perfect for busy nights.
Quick Easy Shepherds Pie
This quick easy Shepherds Pie is one of my son’s all-time favorite dinners. He loves the cheese laced mashed potato layer and the rich filling underneath. I think he had three helpings last night!
For years, I thought Shepherds Pie was a difficult recipe to make. Boy, was I wrong! This is one of my favorite easy one pot recipes. It takes a few minutes to pull together and since it’s prepared in stages, you can work on prepping as the dish cooks.
I’ve labeled this as the best Shepherds Pie recipe because it can even be made ahead of time. There’s no need to stress out at dinner time. You can easily prepare this dish the night before and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to bake it. Make ahead recipes (like this Three Cheese Baked Penne or these Chicken Enchilada’s) are my favorite time-saving tricks for busy nights.
How to Make a Shepherds Pie
Making this quick easy Shepherds Pie couldn’t be easier. You start by cooking ground beef (traditionally the recipe calls for ground lamb), onions and garlic. This is my favorite tool for cooking ground beef – I can’t live without it!
Next, you start building the flavor. The best part about this Shepherds Pie recipe is the rich and flavorful sauce. There are only a few ingredients in the sauce – tomato paste, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce and a few herbs. These all get cooked together until the mixture reduces in a flavor packed sauce.
Next are the vegetables. Traditionally, it’s peas and carrots, but you could add whatever your family prefers. Then the entire skillet gets a layer of cheesy mashed potatoes.
After 15 minutes in the oven, dinner is served!
Tips for Making the Best Shepherds Pie Recipe
- This is a great recipe for using up leftovers. Use leftover mashed potatoes on top and use up any veggies you have in the produce drawer.
- You could easily make this recipe 1 or 2 days ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready. The flavors only get better with time.
- This quick easy Shepherds Pie is easy to double too. My family devours it. Plus, it makes a great lunch the next day. Simply double the ingredients.
- Speaking of doubling the ingredients, why not make two of these and freeze one for another time?
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Items You Need to Make Quick Easy Shepherds Pie
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Quick Easy Shepherds Pie
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 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
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 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.
- Want to scale a recipe up or down? Simply type in a new serving amount and the recipe will automatically adjust!
- When a recipe call for House Seasoning Blend, you can use this recipe or substitute salt and pepper to taste.
- I always use unsalted butter in my recipes.
- I always use a meat thermometor to test for doneness when cooking meat. This one is my favorite.
- When a recipe is made in the oven, it should be pre-heated to the temperature in the recipe, unless otherwise noted.
- The nutritional information provided in this recipe is an estimate. Learn more on how I calculate nutritional information for my recipes.