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Herbed Shepherd’s Pie

"This one-dish meal pleases the meat-and-potato lovers in my family...and they also get their veggies," writes field editor Margaret Wagner Allen of Abingdon, Virginia.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    4-6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth, divided
  • 3 to 4 bay leaves
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 pound potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour


  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in 1 cup broth, bay leaves, cloves, pepper and thyme. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place potatoes in a large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover; cook 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain. Mash potatoes with milk, butter, chives and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir in cheese; keep warm.
  • Add vegetables and remaining salt to the beef mixture. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk flour and remaining broth until smooth. Gradually stir into beef mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Discard bay leaves and cloves.
  • Transfer beef mixture to a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Top with mashed potatoes. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 10 minutes or until heated through.

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  • aheinonen
    Jul 15, 2014

    This has been a favorite of my family for several years! Very tasty and the mozzarella in the mashed potatoes is delicious.

  • angeles78
    Oct 8, 2011

    One of our family's favorite fall recipe!!! :-)

  • krystaljoy
    Mar 3, 2010

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  • ajwheeler
    Oct 28, 2008

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    Oct 20, 2008

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  • bentlybeagle
    Mar 22, 2008

    Use cheddar or mixed cheese. Added corn starch instead of flour, green beans and 1/2 can tomato paste

  • thormd
    Jul 12, 2006

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