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Family Favorite Shepherds Pie

There are hundreds of thousands of Shepherds Pie recipes on the internet. There is a reason why. Shepherds Pie is really. Good. Food. Our family loves Shepherds Pie. When I ask, “What do you guys want for dinner?” …this is the answer. A simple meal prepared from hearty and wholesome ingredients. You can’t go wrong.

Family Favorite Shepards Pie

You can never go wrong with Shepherds Pie.

This recipe is one of my family’s favorite. My husband loves it. The kids love it. I love it.

Plus it is really a breeze to make. Simple ingredients. Easy preparation. Wholesome REAL food.

Think about it. Beef, veggies, and mashed potatoes. Topped with cheese. Sink your fork into that!

peas and carrots in a colander

Don’t get me wrong. I love creative recipes. I love getting crazy in my kitchen with bold flavors and spices. But sometimes the family wants what the family wants.

And the family wants this simple and easy Shepherds Pie.

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We started ours with lean ground beef. A traditional shepards pie is made with lamb, but that is not readily available where we live. Beef sure is! (My mom and dad have a small cattle farm and my freezer is fully stocked!)

You really can’t get this recipe wrong. Ground lamb, ground beef, even ground pork or turkey would be fantastic in this rustic casserole recipe.

Creamy and buttery homemade mashed potatoes on top of this shepherds pie casserole

This recipe is easily prepared in a baking dish. You can double this recipe for a crowd. (Or make one now, and freeze one for later.)

On top of our ground beef and easy gravy recipe, we spread a layer of frozen peas and carrots. You can use any veggie mix you would like. This recipe is great with a cauliflower, broccoli and carrot mix. Or the standard corn, beans, peas and carrots.

My crew loves the peas and carrots.

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Golden cheese and French fried onions on top of our shepherds pie

It seems like everyone has their favorite part of a Shepherds Pie. Mine? The mashed potatoes. Duh! Buttery and creamy mashed potatoes top this yummy shepherds pie recipe off.

But we did not stop there. Shredded sharp cheddar cheese adds another layer of OMG flavor to this classic dinner recipe. My kids insist on the french fried onions. (I like them, too.)

So tell us, when are you going to try our Family Favorite Shepherds Pie recipe?

A helping of shepherds pie on a plate with a fork

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Sheperds Pie
4.6 from 5 votes

Family Favorite Shepherds Pie

Lean ground beef with a simple homemade gravy, topped with peas, carrots and a thick layer of buttery and creamy mashed potatoes. Topped with cheddar cheese and french fried onions for a savory twist. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 270 kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

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  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 8 medium russet potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 16 ounces package frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups water or beef broth
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk more if needed
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1/2 cup french fried onions more if desired
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Cook That

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x12 baking dish with non stick spray.
  2. In a skillet on medium high, cook ground beef, diced onion, and half the salt and pepper until the beef is browned. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and flour. Cook and stir for 3 minutes until the flour is distributed and browned.
  3. Slowly stir in the water or beef broth. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until thick, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. While beef is cooking, place peeled and cubed potatoes in a large pot of cold water. Heat to high and boil until potatoes are tender and easily pierced with a fork. Drain COMPLETELY. Return potatoes to the pot. Add butter and remaining salt and pepper. Mash with a large fork or potato masher to desired consistency.
  5. Add milk and continue to mash until potatoes are smooth. Adjust amount of milk as needed.
  6. Spread the beef and gravy mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  7. Top evenly with the bag of peas and carrots. Then spread the mashed potatoes evenly over the top.
  8. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese and french fried onions.
  9. Bake in oven for 40 minutes until heated through and the cheese is melted and golden.
  10. Rest for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Family Favorite Shepherds Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 270 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 66mg22%
Sodium 756mg33%
Potassium 408mg12%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 5730IU115%
Vitamin C 7.4mg9%
Calcium 150mg15%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    April 1, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Awesome recipe, family devoured it. I already make delicious mashed potatoes and I substituted fresh carrots for even more flavor. Thought there might be leftovers but nope, it’s gone.

    • Reply
      April 1, 2018 at 10:36 am

      Glad you loved it. Great call on the fresh carrots. (My kids love this one and ask for it all the time.) I appreciate you taking the time to let us know.

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