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Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd’s Pie


Traditional shepherd’s pie is made with lamb, but this version uses ground beef. It’s classic comfort food and a favorite cold weather dinner. This recipe feeds four hungry people but can stretch to feed six if you have other things (i.e. salad, veggies) on the side.


  • 4 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2 inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ large yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 4 large carrots, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the potatoes and boil them for 10-15 minutes or until fork tender.
  2. While the potatoes are boiling, melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the onions and carrots and cook them until they start to soften, approximately 8-10 minutes. Add the garlic and beef, using a spatula to break it up as it cooks. Add 1 teaspoon of salt.
  3. Sprinkle the flour over the top of the beef and stir. Add the beef stock and Worcestershire sauce. Let it simmer until the juices thicken.
  4. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Mash the potatoes to break them up. Add the butter and heavy cream. Continue mashing until the potatoes are smooth and the cream and butter is incorporated. Season with the black pepper and 2 teaspoons of kosher salt.
  5. Add the peas and parsley to the beef and vegetables and stir to combine. Top the beef with the mashed potatoes and spread them into an even layer. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan over the top of the potatoes.
  6. Turn the oven to broil. Place the skillet on a sheet pan (in case anything bubbles over the edges of the skillet) and place it under the broiler. Keep and eye on it and once the potatoes start to take on some golden edges, remove it from the oven and serve.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 794
  • Sugar: 9.5g
  • Sodium: 2260.1mg
  • Fat: 51.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 26.3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 20.2g
  • Trans Fat: 0.4g
  • Carbohydrates: 52.1g
  • Fiber: 9.2g
  • Protein: 32.7g
  • Cholesterol: 159.7mg

Keywords: shepherd's pie, beef shepherd's pie