Shepherd's Pie Recipes

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

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

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I grew up on Shepherds Pie! Someone recently told me they were making it, and I haven't had it in years. I had not gone shopping yet, but I keep a few staple items on hand. So this is how I made my quick and easy Shepherd's Pie.

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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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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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Easy and filling.

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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, 2005

Tips and recipes for making Shepherd's Pie.

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Nice, hearty, and easy to make.

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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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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, 2005

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

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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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June 16, 2018

Does anyone remember a recipe that was on the box of Carnation instant mashed potatoes back in the late 70s or early 80s? Some ingredients were hamburg, Carnation evaporated milk, Carnation mashed potatoes, tomato paste, and bread crumbs. It was delicious. I made it all the time back then, but my memory is fading. I would appreciate the help if anyone knows the recipe.

Thank you.


June 17, 20180 found this helpful

When I was very young, my mom made something she called shepherd's pie that sounds like what you are describing. This seems to be the current version of it....with fresh potatoes (you could just use instant and follow the package for them).

You may be able to find the exact receipe doing a Google Images search for Carnation Recipes from those years. Sadly, the print for me is too small to read when I do this...but younger eyes may be able to see it better :)

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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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