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This easy Shepherd’s Pie makes a cozy and delicious dinner that’s ready in around 30 minutes making it the perfect weeknight dinner!

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Shepherd’s Pie

I’m sad to say, I didn’t grow up eating a Shepherd’s Pie. But it’s the flavors of the savory meat, vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes that bring me to that cozy, happy place of the stick-to-your-bones food we ate when I was a kid.

I love that this easy Shepherds Pie recipe only takes around forty minutes (with at least half of that as down time while it bakes). I went out of my way to make sure there was the right ratio of filling to potatoes. I’ve come across a lot of other Shepherd’s Pie recipes that were super heavy on the potatoes, and it was always a little much for me. This makes a cozy and easy weeknight dinner the whole family will love.

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Tips for making this Shepherd’s Pie recipe

  • I used a frozen veggie mix of corn, carrots, peas, green beans and lima beans, but you could always used whatever frozen veggies you prefer.
  • This recipe makes a smaller pan, around 8×8 or 9×9. If you need more you can always double the recipe for a 9×13 pan.
  • I use the tips of a fork to rough up the potatoes a tad before topping with paprika and baking. It helps form a nice crust.

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Frequently asked questions about making this Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

  • Can you prepare Shepherd’s Pie in advance? Yes- I’d prepare everything up until baking and then bake before serving. You may need to bake it a little longer since you’ll want to refrigerate it if you’re assembling in advance.
  • Can I reheat Shepherd’s Pie? Yes- I reheat this in the microwave.
  • How long does Shepherd’s Pie last? 3-4 days covered in the refrigerator.
  • Is Shepherd’s Pie traditionally made with lamb? Yes- one might also call this cottage pie as traditional Shepherd’s Pie is made with lamb. But I tried to keep it as simple as possible with ingredients that we usually have in our pantries, refrigerators and freezers.
  • What if I don’t cook with alcohol? No problem, just replace the wine with additional beef broth.

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Make it a meal!

A few great recipes to round out and complete this meal would be:

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Helpful tools:

  1. Large saute pan
  2. Wooden spoon
  3. Chef’s knife
  4. Cutting board
  5. Measuring cups
  6. Measuring spoons
  7. 9″ x 9″ baking pan

Video Tutorial for making Shepherd’s Pie

5 from 1 vote
This is the best Shepherd's Pie recipe! It's so easy to make and comes together pretty quickly as well. It's a super simple mix of beef, vegetables and mashed potatoes that is sure to please the whole family!
Shepherd's Pie
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

This easy Shepherd’s Pie makes a cozy and delicious dinner that’s ready in around 30 minutes making it the perfect weeknight dinner!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Shepherd's Pie
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Jessy Freimann, The Life Jolie
  • 1 lb. of ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cups of frozen mixed vegetables
  • 3 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 14 ounce can of beef broth
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • 1/4 tsp. of pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. of Herbes de Provence
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
For the Mashed Potatoes:
  • 5 cups of diced potatoes peeled and boiled until fork tender
  • 4 Tbsp. of butter
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • 1/4 tsp. of pepper
  • 3/4 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • Paprika
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Brown beef over medium heat, breaking it up with a spoon. Once it's brown, drain the oil and set the meat aside.

  2. Add onion, garlic and mixed vegetables to the pan. Saute for 10 minutes and then sprinkle with cornstarch and mix it well.

  3. Add wine, broth, salt, pepper, Herbes de Provence and Worcestershire Sauce and your meat and cook over medium high heat for 10 minutes or until the sauce reduces and thickens a bit. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.

  4. While the beef simmers, mix up all mashed potato ingredients (except for the Paprika) until well combined and not lumpy.

  5. If your skillet isn't oven safe transfer the meat mixture to a pan that is. 

  6. Carefully cover the beef with a layer of mashed potatoes. Used a fork to rough up the top a bit and sprinkle lightly with paprika (hold it high so that it distributes evenly). 

  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve immediately.

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  • Reply
    Gaye @CalmHealthySexy
    March 29, 2016 at 12:26 pm Hi Jessy - This looks delicious. Shepherd's Pie is one of my oldest son's favorite meals. Thanks so much for sharing with the Let's Get Real party.
    • Reply
      March 30, 2016 at 1:15 pm Thank you Gaye- I hope you and he enjoy it!
  • Reply
    March 29, 2016 at 1:14 pm Thanks so much for sharing this with the Let’s Get Real party.
  • Reply
    February 21, 2019 at 11:05 pm It looks really amazing! Can't wait to try it!
  • Reply
    October 17, 2020 at 2:54 pm What size can of beef broth?
    • Reply
      Jessy Freimann
      October 27, 2020 at 10:50 pm Sorry, I missed that- it's a 14 ounce can and I just updated the post- thanks for pointing that out!

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