Easy Shepherd’s Pie

A Few Words…

With the weather getting colder, I’m looking for new recipes using ground beef. This is an oldie, but goodie!

You can definitely be a little creative and try using ground turkey or ground chicken. Mix sweet potato with regular potatoes or you can even try it with mashed cauliflower if you don’t want to use potatoes!

My family loved this delicious meal, and I know because there wasn’t a morsel left!

Easy Shepherd's Pie

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Serves 4-6

Meat Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef (I used lean beef)
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 2 tsp. dried thyme
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbs. flour
  • 2 tbs. tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups mixed peas, carrots and corn kernels (I used canned that was rinsed well, but you can use frozen)

Potato Ingredients:

  • 3-4 medium Russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbs. margarine (I used a plant based, dairy free one)

Make the meat:
Put the oil in a large skillet on medium heat. When warm add the chopped onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the ground beef, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper and mix well. Use a wooden spoon to break up the meat and cook until the meat is no longer pink.

Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and garlic. Add the flour and tomato paste and stir until all combined. Add the water and vegetables, raise the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and let simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes.

Place the peeled and quartered potatoes in a large pot. Cover the potatoes with at least an inch more of water, add a bit of salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer for about 20 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.

Drain the potatoes and then mash them in a bowl using a potato ricer or masher. Add garlic, salt, pepper and margarine.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Pour the meat mixture into a 7x11 baking dish and spread it evenly. Spoon the mashed potatoes on top and spread it carefully over the meat mixture. I like to sprinkle a little paprika on top of the potatoes.

Bake for 30 minutes. If the potatoes haven't browned enough (every oven is different), place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes.

Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.