Simple Shepherd's Pie Recipe
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Simple Shepherd's Pie Recipe

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If I know my day will be hectic, I'll pull the meat mixture for this convenient, family-pleasing pie out of the freezer to thaw. And if you use frozen or instant mashed potatoes to top the pie, it's even quicker to fix. —Paula Zsiray, Logan, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cans (12 ounces each) home-style beef gravy
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 2 cups frozen peas and carrots
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS (for each casserole):
  • 2 to 3 cups mashed potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Paprika


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the gravy, vegetables and onion. Spoon half into a greased 2-qt. baking dish or four oven-safe 2-cup dishes. Top with mashed potatoes. Drizzle with butter and sprinkle with paprika.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Place the remaining beef mixture in a freezer container and freeze for up to 3 months.
  3. To prepare frozen casserole: Thaw in the refrigerator; transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Top with the potatoes, butter and paprika; bake as directed. Yield: 2 casseroles (4 servings each).
Originally published as Shepherd's Pie in Quick Cooking May/June 1998, p34

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Reviewed Mar. 1, 2016

"Needs a bit more seasoning. I'm going to try it with the rote that dblbogey49 mentioned and maybe add some Mexican spices to it. I like using the packets of instant mashed potatoes made by Idahoan I think when I don't feel like making mashed or have any leftovers. But, if it's not made with lamb (hence the word Shepherd), it's called a "Cottage" pie."

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2016

"Very easy to make and you can use any vegetables you like, I also added minced garlic about a 1/4 teas. Will certainly made this one again and again."

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"Yum . . . I used canned corn, peas, carrots, Rotel and beef gravy with instant mashed potatoes. I will be making this again!"

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014


Reviewed Dec. 2, 2013

"This is a quick and easy recipe! I used some leftover ground veal and added some cubed and sauteed mushrooms along with the veggies. Started fixing it at 4, we were eating at 5."

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