Shepherd's Pie Recipes

Category Casseroles
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.


Share on ThriftyFunCheck out these recipes. If you have made this recipe please submit a photo and let us know how it worked. Or, add your own recipe variation.

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

Comment Was this helpful? 6
Read More Comments

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.
  2. Advertisement

  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. Advertisement

  8. Add carrots, peas and Worcestershire sauce. Stir for about 4 minutes.
  9. Transfer mix to a 9 X 13 inch or 3 quart baking dish.
  10. Spoon and spread mashed potatoes on top.
  11. Bake until filling is golden brown in spots on top, about 20-25 minutes.
  12. Delish!
  13. Advertisement

Comment Pin it! Was this helpful? 2
Read More Comments

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

Comment Was this helpful? 7

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.

finished casserole

Comment Pin it! Was this helpful? 2

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!

Comment Was this helpful? 1

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.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes

Easy and filling.

Comment Was this helpful? 1

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.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes

September 10, 2005

Tips and recipes for making Shepherd's Pie.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes

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.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes

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.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes

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!

Comment Was this helpful? Yes

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.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes


Share on ThriftyFunThis page contains the following solutions. Have something to add? Please share your solution!

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

Comment Was this helpful? 4
Read More Comments


Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.

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
Best Answer

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.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question...

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.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
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.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
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!

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question...

May 20, 2014

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

Read More Answers
Load More

Food and Recipes Recipes CasserolesSeptember 21, 2011
Summer Ideas!
Pest Control
Coronavirus Tips
Back to School Ideas!
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCoronavirusCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Published by ThriftyFun.
Desktop Page | View Mobile
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Generated 2020-08-12 09:15:23 in 2 secs. ⛅️️
© 1997-2020 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Add to PageAsk a Question