This is The Easiest Recipe for Shepherd's Pie and it is perfect for those nights when you want an old fashioned comfort food dinner but don't feel like spending a lot of time standing over a hot stove preparing dinner.
Sometimes you just want comfort food...something warm and filling, loaded with creamy mashed potatoes, carbs and fat...
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What Is Shepherd's Pie
Shepherd's pie is a recipe that originated in the United Kingdom. I won't bore you with the history of it, but it's a classic recipe that dates way back to the 18th century!
Also called cottage pie, it's usually made with ground beef, lamb, or sausage, mixed with a gravy, and topped with cheesy mashed potatoes and baked to perfection.
The Easiest Recipe for Shepherd's Pie
The Easiest Recipe for Shepherd's Pie is really good, and as the title suggests, it is very easy to make! The ground beef had a lot of flavor and I think would be fine to use those flavors for ground lamb or even ground turkey if you wanted a little healthier version of Shepherd's Pie.
You can even sprinkle cheddar cheese on the top of the creamy mashed potatoes before putting this dish into the oven, and it will turn out nice and crispy!
If you're a fan of easy casserole recipes, then make gluten-free chicken pot pie next. It's made with chicken, veggies, gravy, and topped with a buttery crust.
I like to add a layer of cheddar cheese over the ground beef - in between the meat and the veggies - for a little fun twist sometimes! Cheese just makes everything better, doesn't it?
That is my daughter Angeline's favorite way for me to make it, but then again, she prefers that I add cheese to everything! I can't complain, because I love making a Cheesy Easy Shepherd's Pie too!
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How to Make The Easiest Recipe for Shepherd's Pie
You'll be surprised at how easy it is to make homemade shepherd's pie! It's no wonder it has been a popular dinner recipe for hundreds of years.
All the exact ingredient amounts are in the printable recipe card. First, here is what you'll need from the store.
- Ground beef
- Chopped onions
- Beef bouillon cubes
- Worcestershire sauce
- Frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
- Mashed potatoes
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You can used instant mashed potatoes or even the pre-made tub of mashed potatoes to make this dish easier!
Here are some photos and an overview so you can see how to make shepherd's pie.
Preheat oven to 400. Grease a pie plate with nonstick cooking spray. Add ground beef and onions to a skillet and heat over medium high heat until beef is browned. Drain the grease.
Spoon the mashed potatoes on top and spread them out evenly.
Bake for 25 minutes or until potatoes begin to brown. Serve immediately.
How many people does shepherd's pie feed?
This recipe makes enough for six people.
How to store shepherd's pie
Keep leftover shepherd's pie in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Can you freeze shepherd's pie? Yes, you can! It will stay fresh in the freezer for up to six months.
The Easiest Recipe for Shepherd's Pie serves 6 people.
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Easy Shepard's Pie
- 1 lb ground beef
- ¼ cup chopped onions
- 2 beef bouillon cubes
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 bag 12 oz, frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
- 4 servings mashed potatoes
- -I used instant potatoes the box required water, butter, milk and potatoes
- Preheat oven to 400. Grease a pie plate with nonstick cooking spray.
- Add ground beef and onions to a skillet and heat over medium high heat until beef is browned. Drain grease. Add bouillon cubes, water and Worcestershire sauce and continue to heat until cubes are dissolved and liquid is mostly absorbed.
- Spoon meat into pie plate. Top with vegetables. Spoon potatoes on top and spread evenly.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until potatoes begin to brown.