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Simple Shepherd’s Pie

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
    2 casseroles (4 servings each)


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • GinnyCP
    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.

  • firewoodqueen
    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.

  • dblbogey49
    Dec 30, 2014

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

  • joansie1355
    Jan 3, 2014


  • Tigsy
    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.

  • ballbreaker51860
    Nov 25, 2013

    The Way I would make this is to simply take left over Beef Stew and put it in a large baking dish and put moist Mashed Potatoes on top n bake it for a hour with bisquits.

  • PoohGal79
    Jun 25, 2013

    No comment left

  • Ms. Nita
    Mar 8, 2013

    Sorry, this is five stars!

  • Ms. Nita
    Mar 8, 2013

    I had never made Shepherd's Pie and tried this recipe. I didn't have canned gravy, so made my own using bouillion. I added celery, garlic, although I don't think I'd use garlic the next time. My husband and I really liked this and I will make it again.

  • grbaker
    Mar 6, 2013

    I subsituted green beans and tomato soup, added onions, instant potatoes on top and shredded cheese. Very good!