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Shepherds Pie

Updated: Dec 17, 2023

bowl with ground beef and vegetable mixture in gravy topped with mashed potatoes and melted cheddar cheese
Shepherd Pie / Cottage Pie

This shepherds pie recipe uses a ground beef and pork mixture rather then the traditional lamb. Apparently that makes this a cottage pie technically but we have always called it shepherds pie so that is what it shall be. This is a very comforting dish to eat. It has all the things you need to fill your tummy on a cool day. With lots of vegetables, meat, creamy potatoes and topped with melted cheese, what more could you want out of a dinner. This is super easy to make, and makes great left overs for the next day. This is one of those recipes that once you have made it, you don't need a recipe anymore; It is that easy to make. This dish has been enjoyed by my family since I was a kid. It is one of our regular meals around here. Now I am sharing it with you and hopefully your family will enjoy it as much as mine.


showing each layer of shepherds pie, meat and vegetables, then potatoes, then cheese
Shepherds Pie Layers

- 1 lb ground beef pork mix

- 1 Large diced onion

- 2 Large carrots peeled and diced

- 3/4 Tsp salt

- Dash of pepper

- 1 tsp basil

- 1 Can drained cut wax green beans

- 1 Can drained cut wax yellow beans

- 1 Can condensed tomato soup

- 2 Tbsp beef broth powder dissolved in 1/4 cup water, plus 1 tbsp Corn starch powder.

- 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce

- 1 Can of sliced mushrooms or 1 cup or so fresh mushrooms. (Optional)

- 1/4 cup frozen corn and or frozen peas (Optional)

- 8 to 12 medium white potatoes peeled, diced and cooked. (For more flavor cook in chicken broth flavored water.)

- 1/2 Cup warmed milk

- 1 Egg beaten

- 1 to 2 Cups cheddar cheese

- 2 Tbsp Parsley

casserole dish with shepherds pie and melted cheese on top.
Baked Shepherds Pie Casserole
Rectangular baked shepherds pie top view of melted cheese topping
Baked Shepherds Pie


- Cook your peeled, diced potatoes, drain and mash until smooth adding your warm milk, salt, parsley and whipped. Set aside.

- Fry onions and mushrooms until lightly browned, remove and set aside.

- Cook beef/pork in same pot until cooked through. Add mushrooms and onions back to the pot and then add tomato soup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, basil, beef broth in water mix and cook for a few minutes to combine.

- Pour mixture into a baking dish (deep square casserole dish or rectangular will both work) and add in canned beans, chopped carrots and corn/peas mixing it all together. (note feel free to add whatever vegetables you desire.)

- Drop heaping dollops of your mashed potatoes onto the meat mixture, then spread evenly.

- Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese of your preference on top.

- Cover and bake at 350 F for approximately 25 to 30 min until juices are bubbling at the sides and carrots are cooked. Remove from oven and allow to rest with the lid on for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve hot and enjoy.

Check out the video here on my you tube channel "Sweet and Savoury @hollysrecipes22"

1 Portion of Shepherds pie, side view on white plate
Shepherds Pie

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