Asparagus Shepherd's Pie Recipe
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Asparagus Shepherd's Pie Recipe

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Shepherd's Pie takes a testy twist with this version. Between the fluffy mashed potato topping and the savory ground beef base is a bed of tender, green asparagus. Even my kids ask for big helpings. —Steve Rowland, Fredericksburg, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of asparagus soup, undiluted
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • Paprika

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 264 calories, 10g fat (0 saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 436mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a saucepan, cover potatoes with water; cook until very tender. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in soup and pepper; pour into a greased 2-qt. baking dish.
  2. Cook asparagus in a small amount of water until crisp-tender, about 3-4 minutes; drain and place over beef mixture.
  3. Drain potatoes; mash with milk, butter, sage and salt. Spread over the asparagus. Sprinkle with cheese and paprika. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Asparagus Shepherd's Pie in Taste of Home April/May 1997, p29

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chinadoll2008 User ID: 1574460 229769
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2015

"Really good! Will definitely make this again. Maybe add some broccoli, too. I forgot to cut the asparagus up and just laid it across the beef mixture but it turned out fine. I might add just a smidgen more of the seasonings for added flavor."

jsgoldn User ID: 6355243 15621
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2014

"Delicious. I used cream of celery as well; I'm sure any would work. I actually forgot about cutting the asparagus in pieces and just laid them down in a line over the beef. Yum!"

Femminapsicotic User ID: 5189269 39791
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2014

"My family loves this recipe!"

bubbabluejones User ID: 5797873 201962
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2012

"Made this tonight, subbed cream of celery instead of cream of asparagus soup and used instant potatoes. YUMMO!! Will be a regular in our house."

daisey5 User ID: 146806 18001
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"This was a great dish. I could not find the cream of asparaagus soup so I used low fat cream of celery soup. I also used instant mashed potatoes to speed things up."

sransom99 User ID: 4429982 19188
Reviewed May. 18, 2011

"This was wonderful, my whole family had seconds or thirds...I made it with cream of chicken soup as that is what I had on hand and added a little bit of broccoli as I didn't have enough asparagus and it was amazing, I will definately make it again!"

simpson5togo User ID: 5383749 17935
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2011

"Loved this!--All in family did too. Used cream of mushroom and cheddar because it was what I had and loved it, tho found some crm of asaparagus and will use in next batch. Also used bag of frozen asparagus cooked two minutes and it was great. Will prob add two bags next time as we love asparagus. KEEPER!!!"

LF Mom User ID: 5574598 39238
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2010

"I've brought this dish to several families when babies were born; and it ALWAYS gets fabulous reviews!"

bannhaman User ID: 4404947 43198
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2010

"My husband is a really pick eater, and he and I both really enjoyed this. I added just a touch of prepared horseradish to the meat mixture and used refrigerated microwave mashed potatoes to speed it up a little on a weeknight."

linsvin User ID: 1584655 39790
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2010

"This is comfort food at its' best! The rubbed sage was the perfect spice to accompany the asparagus. The mozzarella cheese on the potato topping was a bonus to my taste buds."

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