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Whether known as shepherd's, shepard's, or cottage pie, these savory all in one potato topped meat pies are a delicious way to use up leftovers. This page contains recipes for shepherd's pie.


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By 5 found this helpful
August 17, 2011
This is one of those dishes you plan leftovers for - leftover mashed potatoes, in this case. Leftover fresh veggies are nice too.


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 - 2 tsp. herbs of choice
  • 1 jar beef gravy
  • 1 bag of your favorite frozen veggies
  • 1 can cream style corn
  • enough leftover mashed potatoes to make your crust 2 or so inches thick
  • grated cheese (optional)


Brown the ground beef and drain the fat off. Add the herbs, onion, green pepper, and garlic, and cook until almost soft. Mix in the gravy and pour into your casserole.

Mix the bag of veggies (thawed) and the cream style corn. Pour over top of the meat mixture.

Mound the potatoes on top and smooth down. Bake in a 375 degree F oven until hot and bubbly, and the potatoes are lightly browned.

You may like to sprinkle grated cheese over top in the last 2 minutes in the oven.

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

By Free2B from North Royalton, OH

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By 2 found this helpful
March 13, 2018

I made this using ground turkey and it came out wonderful. Lots of healthy veggies inside to make a complete meal!


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 6 to 10

Source: Real Simple Magazine Feb 2018 with changes


  • 4 cups mashed potatoes (homemade or boxed)
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground chicken, turkey or beef
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken stock (I use a chicken bouillon cube in one cup water)
  • 2 medium medium carrots
  • 1 can peas
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Make 4 cups of boxed mashed potatoes according to box instructions, or use leftover mashed potatoes.
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  3. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in large skillet and add ground meat. Cook until browned. Break up and transfer to baking dish.
  4. Wipe out skillet (or it will brown like mine did in the photo!) Add 1 tbsp. oil and add chopped onion, celery and garlic, stirring occasionally until golden about 5 minutes.
  5. Return meat to skillet and stir in tomato paste cooking one minute more.
  6. Add chicken stock and simmer for 7 to 8 minutes.
  7. Add carrots, peas and Worcestershire sauce. Stir for about 4 minutes.
  8. Transfer mix to a 9 X 13 inch or 3 quart baking dish.
  9. Spoon and spread mashed potatoes on top.
  10. Bake until filling is golden brown in spots on top, about 20-25 minutes.
  11. Delish!
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September 15, 2014

This recipe is my son-in-law's Grandmother, who makes it with Pork and Beans!

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By 1 found this helpful
November 11, 2010

This recipe is as versatile as my imagination can make it. And so very easy! It also never fails to please anyone I've ever served it to - even the fussiest of kids love it!

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March 21, 2011

A little twist on this long time dish. Mix onion and ground beef together and place in a roasting pan. Sprinkle corn over top evenly. Pour the broth over top.

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November 18, 2013

Easy and filling.

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By 0 found this helpful
January 19, 2007

Recipe for Elegant Tuna Shepherd's Pie. Combine the tuna, peas, carrots, mushroom pieces, soup and milk and mix well. Beat the onion into the mashed potatoes.


Arrange half of the potato mixture in a greased 2 qt. casserole and top with the tuna mixture.

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September 10, 20050 found this helpful

Tips and recipes for making Shepherd's Pie.

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October 17, 2008

Brown the ground beef and drain grease. Stir in the Italian seasoning and beef broth. Slowly add the flour until thick. In a 9x13 inch greased pan put a layer of the meat mixture on the bottom.

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October 9, 2008

A twist to the Shepherds Pie. I needed a twist and this is so yummy that I think the regular one is no more. Simple, easy and good.

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July 27, 2008

This Tater Tot Casserole recipe is an easy kid-friendly twist on Shepherd's Pie that pleases everyone with its crispy tater tots, melty cheese, and beefy filling! Parents will appreciate the fact that nutritious veggies are mixed in and that it's a perfect meal-in-one. Try it on the "meat and potatoes" lovers in YOUR family!

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September 3, 20050 found this helpful

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Spray 1 1/2 qt baking dish with non stick cooking spray. Press cold potatoes onto bottom and up the sides of casserole dish.


Bake for 20 minutes or till edge is golden.

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By 4 found this helpful
September 26, 2011

Shepherd's and cottage pies originated in Britain. I think they were ways of taking leftovers and making them into something different and delicious.

What we call shepherd's pie, made with ground beef, is actually cottage pie. Shepherd's pie is made with lamb, ground or small chunks, thus the "shepherd". Either way, they are both great examples of good comfort food.

I have seen many, many recipes for shepherd's pie. But I think it is one of those dishes that, if you know the basics of how it is made, doesn't need a recipe. It is easiest to make when you plan a good meal to have leftovers. My favorite uses leftover roast beef, gravy, vegetables, and mashed potatoes.


To make it this way, make a nice roast beef your favorite way, with lots of good, rich gravy. Make extra mashed potatoes, and extra veggies; whatever veggies you think would be good in your pie.

The next day, mix the drained veggies, and the meat, cut into bite-size chunks, into the gravy, and whatever herbs you like. Heat it on the stove until it's nice and bubbly. Put all of it into your baking pan, or casserole.

The next step is the mashed potatoes. You can mix some shredded cheese into them. Cheddar is traditional cheese. Then spread the potatoes across your meat mixture, covering it all. This is easiest when you warm up the potatoes in the microwave.

Then put it in a 325 degree F oven until it is heated through and the potatoes are lightly browned; about 30 minutes. You can sprinkle cheese across it now, then put it back in the oven until it is melted.

This can be made exactly the same using leftover roasted lamb. If you don't have gravy with your lamb, you can use jars of chicken or beef gravy. Rosemary is a wonderful seasoning with lamb.

A more common recipe calls for browning ground beef or lamb with onions and maybe a little garlic. Then you add in frozen mixed vegetables and herbs. Top with mashed potatoes and cheese and bake.

The point is, make it to your taste! The basics are simple, meat and veggies in gravy, topped with mashed potatoes, and maybe some cheese. Use the meat you like, the herbs and veggies, and cheese you (and your family) like. It would even be good as a vegetarian dish, with veggies and herbs in your sauce of choice topped with mashed potatoes. Want another change of pace? Mash the potatoes with carrots, parsnips, or turnips mixed in.

Home cooking can be so creative. When you start straying from the recipe, or even making up you own dishes, you are expressing yourself and choosing the flavors and ingredients that appeal to your family. This is when the kids start talking about "my mom's/dad's recipe for...". If you are a beginning cook, try changing a recipe just a little. Maybe you will like it better with more garlic, or dill instead of basil, or with any change you happen to be thinking of.

Shepherd's/cottage pie can be a good place to start.

By Free2B from North Royalton, OH

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By 0 found this helpful
May 28, 2009

When I was a child (50 yrs ago), Mama made a sort of "Shepherd's Pie" that had ketchup, as some of the burger ingredients and mashed potatoes and peas for the topping. I've tried to duplicate it and always end up with a recipe that's not as simple as hers. I think she got the recipe from a can of peas. Any ideas? Thanks.

By Charlene from Concord, NC


May 28, 20090 found this helpful
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This is my wife Ingrid's recipe:

1 1/2 lb. lean meat (lamb or beef), cooked
1/2 oz. drippings or butter
2 medium onions, diced thinly
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. dried mustard
1 1/2 c. chicken stock

Potato Topping:
4 large potatoes, cooked and mashed
1/4 - 1/3 c. milk
1/4 c. chopped parsley (if lamb, use mint as well)
1/2 tsp. ground pepper
salt to taste
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 oz. butter

Brush casserole dish with melted butter or oil. Preheat oven to 375 to 415 degrees F (hot). Trim meat; cut into cubes or grind. Melt drippings or butter in a large pan. Add onions and cook until golden. Sprinkle in flour and mustard; gradually add stock. Stir until smooth. Bring gravy to boil; reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Stir together meat, parsley, mint (if lamb), pepper, salt and gravy. Remove from heat and spoon into dish.

Topping: Combine potatoes, milk, salt, and pepper. Mix until smooth and creamy. Spread evenly over meat. Rough up surface with a fork. Bake 40-45 minutes. Potato topping should be golden brown.

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By 0 found this helpful
September 17, 2011

Does anyone have a shepherd's pie recipe?

By Jimmie


September 18, 20110 found this helpful

There should be that type of recipe in cookbooks or else google it and see what you come up with.

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September 19, 20110 found this helpful

My husband and I really liked this one using carrots instead of mixed vegetables.

4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
5 carrots, chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ketchup
3/4 cup beef broth
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain and mash. Mix in butter, finely chopped onion and 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste; set aside.

2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add carrots and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, mash and set aside. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C.)

3. Heat oil in a large frying pan. Add onion and cook until clear. Add ground beef and cook until well browned. Pour off excess fat, then stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Add ketchup and beef broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

4. Spread the ground beef in an even layer on the bottom of a 2 quart casserole dish. Next, spread a layer of mashed carrots. Top with the mashed potato mixture and sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese.

5. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

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September 19, 20110 found this helpful

Can't give you measurements on this but here is what I do. Fry hamburger. Drain. Add 1 large can of vegetable beef soup. My hubby requested sauteed onions & cooked carrots to add also. Place in baking dish. Top with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle on cheese if you like. Bake @ 350 to desired heat & enjoy!

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May 20, 20140 found this helpful

My son-in-law loves home cooking, my daughter loves quick box cooking! He asked me to make shepherd's pie using pork 'n beans. Not cottage pie, he swears it only has potatoes, meat, and pork n beans. Help! Anyone have a recipe?

By Irish


May 23, 20140 found this helpful

I found this recipe on as submitted by Sophie Scott. She writes:
"This is a hearty English meal, made with lamb mince, hence the name! Although it is called a pie it doesn't use any pastry and is so cheap, quick and easy to make, you'll enjoy making it! This is a 'larder cupboard' recipe, which means you can substitute for whatever you have handy in the cupboard!"
The recipe has great reviews and you can substitute ground beef for the lamb. I hope it will help you.


4 large baking potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup milk
2 pounds ground lamb
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cube beef bouillon
12 button mushrooms, sliced
1 onion, finely chopped
1 (16 ounce) can baked beans
1 (12 ounce) can canned diced tomatoes
3 tablespoons brown gravy mix (optional)
1 (15 ounce) can carrots, drained (optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2. Place the potatoes into a saucepan and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until tender enough to pierce with a fork, about 10 minutes. Drain and mash with butter and milk to your desired texture.
3. Meanwhile, crumble the ground lamb into a large skillet. Cook and stir until no longer pink. Season with Worcestershire sauce and beef bouillon. Add the mushrooms and onion; continue to cook and stir until tender. Transfer the contents of the skillet to a large casserole dish.
4. Mix the baked beans, diced tomatoes, gravy mix and carrots in with the lamb. Dollop big blobs of mashed potatoes over the top and carefully spread evenly to cover the entire top. Rake over it with a fork to create a crispy texture on top when it browns.

5. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is browned and crisp.

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November 10, 20100 found this helpful


  • 1 1/2 lbs hamburger, ground round or something that does not have a lot of fat.
  • onions (optional)
  • peppers (optional)
  • 2 cans corn or favorite vegetables (drained)
  • Leftover potatoes or boxed potatoes


You can add whatever you want to the hamburger; onions, peppers, etc. while you brown the hamburger. Drain hamburger when done.

Put hamburger into a 10 or 12 in pie pan or small square pan whatever you have on hand,

Drain 2 can of corn or favorite vegetables (in cans), I have found corn seems to give this a really good taste. Using the regular soup size cans for your vegetables.

Empty drained corn over hamburger and spread around on top.

Then, if you have at least 2 cups potatoes left over from a meal. Or you can buy a box of potatoes, using the whole box. Use as much butter or salt while making the potatoes as suits your taste. (I have found the more butter and just enough salt make instant potatoes really good.)

Last thing to do spread potatoes over corn. Add a little butter and some pepper on top or cheese, whatever your little heart desires.

Do not cover you do not have to grease the pan either. Put into 350 degree F oven.

Bake for 30 minutes or the potatoes are golden brown.

Note: The nice thing about this recipe is the fact that you can put it together so quickly and you can put it together the night before also using anything but aluminum pans to keep in the frig. Take it out and bake.

If you do this it will take a little longer to bake. depending on how your oven heats. I would say at the least 15 min extra. You can make a salad or have rolls to add to the meal because every thing you need is right there in that pan. I love it! I hope anyone who tries this will like it just as much as I do. You can do just about anything you want for this recipe to make it your own. It's quick and easy and you usually have the items on hand.

Source: The source is my Mother in law, I have been making it for about 30 years.

By Darlene from Fairview, PA


Easy Shepherd's Pie

We just had this for dinner last night..The only difference is that we use cans of creamed corn instead..I learned to make this years ago when I married a Frenchman from Quebec,it was a popular meal with his family..And now it is a popular meal within my family... (01/21/2008)

By Dawn Lacoste

Easy Shepherd's Pie

I make this twice a month. I prefer the taste of frozen veggies, microwaved first and then added, they stay crispy this way.I use the frozen mix of peas and carrots (be careful with the lima beans, they can be hard) and green beans. If you have any cook the veggies in some stock, for even better flavor, or dissolved bouillon plus water per the directions.

Also I save some gravy whenever I make a roast and freeze it, I add it to the beef after its browned. I don't add onions to mine, I don't know why I didn't like the flavor, even though I love onions.

PS I use only 1 lb of ground beef with good results and if you are using instant potatoes, make the recipes that serves 8. That gives good coverage.

PPS Be careful adding any additional spices, it really doesn't need any. Garlic doesn't really go with this dish, even though its seems like it would (I tried that too). (01/22/2008)

By Robin

Easy Shepherd's Pie

sounds delicious. if i were to use leftover potatoes, how would i prepare it? thanks
mitra (01/23/2008)

By Mitra

Easy Shepherd's Pie

This is almost the same as how I make mine (my Mom's recipe), but I add a can of condensed tomato soup to the hamburger after it's browned and then stir in the veggies (whatever I have on hand). I'm going to try it with creamed corn, that sounds interesting and I love creamed corn. (02/01/2008)

By Sheri Larsen

Easy Shepherd's Pie

This is almost the same as how I make mine (my Mom's recipe), but I add a can of condensed tomato soup to the hamburger after it's browned and then stir in the veggies (whatever I have on hand). I'm going to try it with creamed corn, that sounds interesting and I love creamed corn. (02/01/2008)

By Sheri Larsen

Easy Shepherd's Pie

I use the g-Spout to drain off my greasy hamburger fat. (10/05/2009)

By Kimber Ha

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