Easy Shepherd’s pie is loaded with veggies, ground beef or lamb in a rich sauce. Topped with creamy, cheesy mashed potatoes.
This is one of my families most loved recipes. A complete meal in a single one pan skillet. The ultimate winter comfort food, that’s so easy you can make it for a weeknight meal.
This is one of those dishes that can be made ahead for an easy meal, or even frozen. Plus it gets better as the flavors mesh together.
Tips to make Shepherd’s Pie
- Ground beef or lamb can be used for this recipe. I always use ground beef!
- The 1/2 cup red wine adds tremendous richness to the sauce. But you can leave it out if desired.
- Reducing the sauce into a gravy consistency is highly recommended. You don’t want it to watery.
- Cooling the sauce a bit ensures that the mashed potatoes won’t sink into the meat mixture.
- Making sure your mashed potatoes are warm helps them spread evenly over the meat mixture.
- This is made in an 12 inch oven safe skillet such as a cast iron. But it can also be baked in a casserole dish.
What is Shepherd’s Pie?
- Traditionally, shepherd’s pie is an Irish dish made with ground lamb. Here in the states its generally made with ground beef (which technically makes it a cottage pie). It is equally delicious either way you choose.
- Basically, a casserole with cooked meat and vegetables in a rich gravy, with creamy mashed potatoes on top. A great way to use or repurpose leftovers. I have a Turkey Shepherd’s Pie that I make every year from Thanksgiving leftovers.
Can I freeze Shepherd’s pie?
Yes, this is a perfect meal prep meal. Bake it as directed, let it cool completely. Cover with foil and place in freezer for up to two months. Heat in an 350 degree oven for about an hour or until heated through. (You can thaw it in the fridge overnight and reduce the reheat time considerably.)
More comfort food recipes
- 1- 1/2 lb ground beef or lamb
- 1 onion finely diced
- 1 carrot finely diced
- 2 celery ribs finely diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 3 cups beef stock
- 1 beef bouillon cube
- 2 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
- 2 dried bay leaves
- 3/4 cup frozen corn
- 3/4 cup frozen peas
- 1 -1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
- Fresh parsley
New GroupMashed Potatoes
- 2 1/2 pounds potatoes (I use Russet)
- 2/3 cup warm milk
- 6 tablespoon melted butter
- 4 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat a 12 inch oven safe skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef salt and pepper and cook until browned. Drain beef and remove and set aside.
- Add in onion, carrots and celery cook for 3 minutes or just until soft. Add in garlic and cook and another minute.
- Stir in flour, and tomato paste and cook another 30 seconds or so.
- Pour in wine, stock bouillon cube, worcestershire sauce, thyme, bay leaf and add the ground beef back into the pan. Simmer 20 minutes.
- Remove bay leaves and add in corn and peas. If you didn't prepare in an oven-safe skillet, transfer to a 2 quart oven-safe dish. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes the longer the better. ( You want the layers to stay separate while baking.)
- Add diced potatoes to a pot of cold water. Add 2 teaspoons salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Drain the potatoes in a strainer, then pour potatoes back into your pot. While the potatoes are still hot add in your melted butter, warm milk and cream cheese. Using a hand mixer, mix until creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Spread warm mashed potatoes over meat mixture.
- Using a fork to make lines in the potatoes, and sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the top.
- Place skillet on a baking sheet to prevent bubbling over into the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until top is golden.
- Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley if desired.
If using leftover mashed potatoes you will need approximately 5 cups. Make sure to warm them up before spreading.
Amount Per Serving Calories 682 Total Fat 36g Saturated Fat 18g Trans Fat 1g Unsaturated Fat 14g Cholesterol 141mg Sodium 758mg Carbohydrates 48g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 5g Sugar 7g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 40g