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Simple Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Simple Shepherd's Pie Recipe

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. YIELD: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).

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GinnyCP User ID: 6237134 244763
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."

firewoodqueen User ID: 7560210 242737
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."

dblbogey49 User ID: 8191203 216424
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!"

joansie1355 User ID: 7504165 23668
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014


Tigsy User ID: 3098964 52371
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."

ballbreaker51860 User ID: 4670301 28155
Reviewed 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."

Ms. Nita User ID: 5956222 28154
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2013

"Sorry, this is five stars!"

Ms. Nita User ID: 5956222 46314
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7120643 59772
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

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

smr203 User ID: 6536829 28152
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2012

"I added cheese to my and that make it the 5th star."

HERBALTLADY User ID: 5655777 22050
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"I used peas and carrots I had on hand, added beef gravy, leftover meatloaf with beefy onion mix with a little ketchup in it and leftover mashed potatoes. I mixed cut up chedder cheese cubes in the potatoes and added a few herbs and seasonings on top. :)"

murrell006 User ID: 2357453 52780
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2011

"I have made several times. This recipe can be changed to suit the veg. you have on hand. This time I was out of gravy in a jar and sub. gravy from an envelope and is turned out great. I used real onion & garlic in the ground beef."

Cricket's Mom User ID: 5890965 50979
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2011

"I did not have beef gravy or frozen Veggies. I used canned mixed vegetables from Del Monte that has carrots, corn, green beans and a few limas. I did not have beef gravy, so I took one and a partial envelope of Liptons Onion soup mix, mixid it with 24 oz of h2o and some corn starch to thicken. I added some onion powder and garlic powder, mixed this all together with the cooked beef, put mashed potatoes on top and baked it at 350 for 30 min. I then sprinled grated chedder cheese on top and cooked it another 5 min. to melt the cheese. My men folk loved it and went back for 2nd and 3rd helpings."

ladymluv09 User ID: 5285938 52779
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"I didn't think it was too bland at all. This is not a flavorful dish. I enjoyed it so much though. I just used corn and peas since I didn't have any carrots on hand. I cannot wait to defrost the second batch some time and make it again. I used instant potatoes and they were not runny one bit."

shif77 User ID: 4836630 22048
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"So simple and quick! Since there were only two of us eating, I halved the recipe, no freezer space for the other half! To spice it up, I used thyme, black pepper and paprika and refrigerated potatoes to save time. Good recipe for ground venison. Can't wait to make again!!"

mgsoileau User ID: 4801253 52369
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2010

"I agree too bland. I added cumin, garlic powder, salt & pepper."

mariebica User ID: 2272645 202679
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2010

"Too bland."

marysf User ID: 4221636 202678
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2010

"Use package of mashed potatoes, any flavor, from the fridge(no frozen) section of grocery. better texture and flavor than instant potatoes and faster prep that fresh potatoes unless your using leftover mashed potatoes."

stamback User ID: 4743333 23334
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2009

"I like to store several of these in a Ziploc in my freezer. It's easy to make ahead of time."

Cottage1 User ID: 1698672 50918
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2009

"I used instant mashed potatoes in this recipe, it really was runny."

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