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Shepherd’s Pie Bake

For a real meat-and-potatoes meal, try this satisfying layered casserole. It's easy to assemble with lean ground beef and fresh or leftover mashed potatoes. —Carolyn Wolbers of Loveland, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 6 medium potatoes
  • 1 pound carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) fat-free beef gravy
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Peel and cube the potatoes; place in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cover and cook for 20 minutes or until tender. Add 1 in. of water to another saucepan; add carrots. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until crisp-tender, about 7-9 minutes. Drain.
  • In a large nonstick skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the carrots, gravy, 1/2 teaspoon salt, sage, thyme, rosemary and pepper. Transfer to a shallow 3-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • Drain the potatoes; mash with milk, butter and remaining salt. Spread over meat mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 40-45 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 390 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 859mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 6g fiber), 30g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 2 vegetable, 1/2 fat.
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  • murrworm88
    Feb 22, 2016

    As is, this is good. However, I use the TOH "Ready Gravy Mix" and it takes it to 5 stars! Last night, I used 1.5 lbs of ground elk meat and doubled the gravy-absolutely delicious! I like just a touch more rosemary and I use cheddar rather than parm. Great dish!

  • CYNTN37043
    Jul 23, 2014

    I didn't have a jar of gravy so I used a packet mix and it turned out fine. I used cheddar cheese on top. Very savory dinner!

  • Elise123
    Nov 4, 2013

    I make this exactly as it is. It's a favorite and kids love it.

  • Rotavele
    Jul 26, 2011

    I love this recipe! I add cheddar instead of parmesan. It's perfect after a day of hunting or fishing in the cold. Hands down in my top 5 favs.

  • pairofducks
    Feb 6, 2011

    My husband loved this! added peas and used instant potatoes and it worked great - plus it is easy

  • Lisateachs2
    Oct 21, 2010

    Very good! Love fall comfort food...I used ground chicken and chicken gravy, and a bag of mixed vegetables in place of the pound of carrots.

  • Sharene
    Aug 28, 2010

    We made our own gravy instead of using a jar product. We added celery & mushrooms and used season salt instead of regular salt. It turned out great!

  • Ladylynn6
    Apr 25, 2010

    Although I've thought about adding other veggies, I have yet to do it. It's a favorite of my family just as it's written!

  • firenanny
    Aug 16, 2009

    I liked this recipe- but I used ground turkey instead of ground beef, and I added celery and corn. I also topped it with cheddar cheese instead of the parmesan. My husband loved it!

  • lilsister107
    Jun 15, 2009

    my husband and enjoyed this recipe. however, we changed up the parmesan for light shredded cheese. we also mixed peas in with the carrots. it was great.