Shepard’s Pie Recipe


One of my husband’s favorite things to eat is Shepard’s Pie. Since it is Friday and he had such a long week at work, I figured he deserved some comfort food. Shepard’s Pie is an English dish but I’m pretty sure my version is straight-up American; being that I use ground beef instead of lamb. It’s a dish that combines meat, veggies, and (my husband’s all-time favorite) MASHED POTATOES! Notice, mashed potatoes was not lumped in with the veggies, in this house it’s a food group of it’s own. Even at our wedding we had a mashed potato bar. To make this savory comfort food you will need:

Shepard’s Pie mixture

  • 1 lb ground beef (I use the leanest I can find)
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 large onion, chopped into tiny pieces
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 paprika
  • Canned veggies (We use corn, carrots, and peas. Also low sodium is ideal)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
  • 1 tablesppon flour

Mashed potatoes

  • 1-2 cups milk
  • 3-4 peeled, washed, and quartered potatoes
  • 1/2-1 stick of butter
  • Sprinkle of salt


  1. Brown ground beef in skillet, drain grease, and return to pan.
  2. Add onions and garlic to pan, cook with hamburger until onions are clear. If needed add a little beef broth, to cook onions/garlic.
  3. Add beef broth,ketchup, nutmeg, and paprika. Bring to simmer.
  4. Once bubbling, add in vegetables. MAKE SURE TO DRAIN THEM FIRST!
  5. Let them cook for about 2 minutes.
  6. After the veggies are heated through, add flour and stir. This should give the mixture a thicker consistency. Add flour as needed to get the consistency you want. I like mine to be similar to a runny gravy.
  7. Layer in a casserole dish once done.
  8. Preheat oven to 400°.

It should look something like this before you add it to the casserole dish. (This was before I added flour- if you want it really thick you can add cornstarch)



Mashed potatoes and Final Touches:

  1. Boil quartered potatoes 10-15 minutes until tender.
  2. Drain water. Return to where ever you will be doing the “mashing.”
  3. Add in butter, milk, and salt. Mix util nice and creamy.
  4. Add the potatoes on top on the Shepard’s pie mixture.
  5. Sprinkle with cheese and paprika if you feeling fancy.
  6. Bake in oven 30 minutes or until bubbly and top is browned.

That’s it! Dinner is served! This dish is actually pretty easy to make but I have heard of people making it really quick with instant potatoes. Where I come from, there is NO shortcut to potatoes. I am so ashamed for even mentioning the unspeakable-instant potatoes. BUT, whatever floats your boat. I know sometimes even Southern mom’s don’t have time for ALL that. I just know the one thing I can never skip on making homemade is mashed potatoes. A sure way to my man’s heart is through his belly!

What are some of the dishes you make for loved ones? I love finding new tasty dishes.

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