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Super Shepherd’s Pie

Cooking Method
Difficulty Intermediate
Prep Time: 30 min Cook Time: 40 min Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 8
Best Season Spring

This version of the traditional Shepherd's Pie is filled with rich flavors, making it a great choice for St. Patrick's Day or any time you want a hearty meal the whole family will love.

Adapted from Art And The Kitchen

  • 7 cups potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (lean)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup corn, frozen
  • 1 cup peas, frozen
  • 1 cup green beans, frozen (optional)
  • 1 dry beef gravy packet (1 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded (optional)
  1. Peel and chop potatoes. Cook in a pot of salt water until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain water.

  2. Add butter and milk to potatoes and mash together. Set aside.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  4. In a large pan crumble ground beef and add salt and pepper. Cook until meat is browned, then spoon into a bowl, retaining the grease in the pan. Set meat aside.

  5. Drain off all but approximately 1 tablespoon of grease from the pan. Add onions, carrots, and garlic and cook until tender.

  6. Stir in corn, peas, and beans, and cook 4-5 minutes.

  7. In a separate pan, prepare gravy according to package directions. When gravy has thickened, add tomato paste and thyme.

  8. Add gravy mixture and ground beef to vegetable mixture, and mix thoroughly.

  9. Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Spoon mashed potatoes on top and spread evenly.

  10. Cover and bake 30 minutes. Remove cover and add cheese if desired. Bake an additional 10 minutes uncovered to lightly brown the potatoes or to melt the cheese if added.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 545kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 111mg37%
Sodium 951mg40%
Potassium 1123mg33%
Total Carbohydrate 44g15%
Dietary Fiber 6g24%
Sugars 7g
Protein 33g66%

Calcium 15 mg
Iron 25 mg
Vitamin D 79 IU

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

  • You can substitute potatoes prepared from potato flakes (i.e. instant potatoes) for the hand-mashed potatoes.
  • You can substitute frozen vegetables (carrots, corn, peas, and green beans) by thawing them first before cooking.

Fun Fact: Traditionally, a Shepherd's Pie is made with lamb. When any other meat is used (such as ground beef in this recipe), it is correctly called a Cottage Pie.

Keywords: ground beef, vegetables, potatoes