Hearty Shepherd's Pie Recipe
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Hearty Shepherd's Pie Recipe

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Fresh rosemary adds great flavor to the convenience products used in this comforting recipe. “This is great on cold days and makes a very filling meal with just a piece of corn bread.” Melissa Birdsong - Gilbert, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (8-1/2 ounces) peas and carrots, drained
  • 1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups prepared instant mashed potatoes
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened and cubed
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 419 calories, 22g fat (12g saturated fat), 91mg cholesterol, 985mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 23g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the soup, peas and carrots, mushrooms, water, rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, salt and pepper; heat through. Transfer to a greased 9-in. deep-dish pie plate.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the mashed potatoes, cream cheese, sour cream and remaining garlic powder until blended. Spread over top. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through and potatoes are lightly browned. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Shepherd's Pie in Simple & Delicious March/April 2010, p35

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Igraine32 User ID: 7006585 171379
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2014

"This is the best shepherds pie I've ever had. The rosemary really gives it a unique flavor. Very savory. And the mashed potatoes on top were sooo good. My son couldn't wait for it to be done and he gobbled it up!"

cassiecooker69 User ID: 7716978 187538
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

"I was undecided about what to make for dinner & came across this recipe. I changed a few things--made the mashed potatoes, added more water & mixed vegs, no rosemary. It came out delicious & comforting. My son who is a picky eater asked me to make it for him again the next day. If it passes muster with him, it's a winner!"

dvierzen User ID: 7402990 188423
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2014

"Delicious, easy to make. My fiance and I loved it!!"

kmarqui User ID: 3651843 211527
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"I added in frozen peas and corn plus I did 1/2 pond each ground beef and pork. What a great comforting meal."

obsessedwithfood User ID: 3724663 190729
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"I loved, loved, loved this recipe. I thought all the ingredients went well together. My husband, on the other hand, said it was just ok. I don't think he cared for the flavor of the dried rosemary. Oh well, leaves more for me! The only thing I changed was I used the frozen peas and carrots instead of canned."

proud_mamma_050810 User ID: 4837659 186523
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2011

"I have been looking for a great shepherd's pie recipe for a long time. this one is great! my kids even loved it :) i cant wait to make this again. also i used thyme instead of rosemary"

tjt0906 User ID: 3108009 171377
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2011

"Delicious recipe! I modified it to exclude the rosemary and used cream of potato soup instead. it was a huge hit with the family!"

PACountryGirl User ID: 5675087 170981
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2010

"A great way to use up extra mashed potatoes. The whole family enjoyed it."

pammywammy User ID: 468245 175448
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2010

"I loved this recipe. It was so good and easy. I used healthy request soup to lighten it up a bit and a pouch of betty crocker mashed potatoes"

nursechef User ID: 4715518 170980
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"This was really good! I did use fresh mushrooms and cooked them with the beef and onions instead of canned mushrooms. As others have stated, the only thing I would change is maybe use less salt. There's so much flavor it doesn't really need it."

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