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Simple Shepherd’s Pie

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min.

Makes

2 casseroles (4 servings each)

If I know my day will be hectic, I'll pull the meat mixture for this convenient, family-pleasing simple shepherd's 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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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.

Quick and Easy Shepherd’s Pie Tips

What are some variations of this simple shepherd’s pie recipe?

Make your own creamy mashed potatoes for this simple shepherd’s pie recipe, or streamline it with ready-made mashed potatoes from the grocery store. For some extra flavor, add 1/2 teaspoon of thyme and rosemary, or your favorite seasoning blend. Otherwise, you can add other freezer veggies that you need to use up!

How do you store this simple shepherd’s pie?

Store your shepherd’s pie in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze it (before adding the potatoes) for up to 3 months. Here are more things you might not know about shepherd’s pie!

What can you serve with simple shepherd’s pie?

A fresh salad or a side of roasted cauliflower would taste great with this hearty recipe. Follow it with a light dessert like berry pavlova, or a meringue with fresh berries.

Elizabeth Harris, Taste of Home contributing writer