Introduction: Easy Shepherd's Pie

This is a delicious comfort food on a blustery cold day, like today; windy and 53 degrees.

Step 1: Ingredients:

1 lb. lean ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 bag (19 oz.) frozen mixed vegetables

¼ cup paste

1 can (14.5 oz.) Hunts diced tomatoes

1/3 cup ketchup

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon thyme leaves

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground pepper

½ cup beef broth

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, opt.

¼ cup water, opt.

4 cups mashed potatoes

Step 2: Potatoes:

Leftover mashed potatoes are perfect for shepherd's pie. But if you don't have left overs, make a new batch.

Note: I used Russet: potatoes, high in starch, they are ideal for making mashed potatoes, as well as frying or roasting potatoes.

Step 3:

In a medium skillet, over medium heat, cook the gr. beef until it is no longer pink.

Step 4:

In a large skillet, over medium heat, add 3 tablespoons of butter, then chopped onions. Cook onions 3 minutes.

Step 5:

Add the garlic and stir to combine. cook another minute, making sure not to brown the garlic, as it'll turn bitter.

Step 6:

Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooked onions with garlic to add to mashed potatoes.

Step 7:

Add the ground beef to the large skillet with onions and garlic and stir to combine. Cook another 3 minutes.

Step 8:

Add tomato paste to meat mixture, mixing to combine.

Step 9:

Add the can of diced tomatoes, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce, and stir to combine.

Step 10:

Add beef broth and stir to combine.

Step 11:

Add the thyme, salt, and pepper

Step 12:

Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, simmer slowly 10 to 12 minutes or until the sauce is thickened slightly.

Step 13: Oven:

Pre-heat oven to 350° F.

Step 14:

Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, add 2 tablespoons butter and the pkg. mixed vegetable. Cook over medium heat until vegetable s are bright and crisp.Stir constantly for even cooking.

Step 15:

Add the to the beef mixture, stirring to combine. Stir frequently until the sauce comes to a boil; cook 1 minute.

Step 16: Optional:

To thicken meat veggie sauce: whisk together the flour with cold water. Add to mixture to beef mixture. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened.

Step 17:

Spoon beef mixture evenly into greased baking dish.

Step 18:

Top with the mashed potatoes, starting around the edges to create a seal to prevent the mixture from bubbling up and smooth with a rubber spatula.

Step 19:

Sprinkle the top with paprika.

Step 20:

Place on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 25 to 35 minutes or just until the potatoes begin to brown.

Step 21:

Cool slightly before serving.

Step 22: Enjoy!

I'd love to hear comments,!


DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-10-10

This looks really good. I have never tried it with the tomato paste before. I'll have to try that next time.


Thank you for stopping by, adding the tomato paste enriches the flavor as it thickens the mixture.

APuckNut (author)cyann042016-10-10

Just for your education, if you use beef it's Cottage Pie. If you use lamb it's shepherd's pie ;)

cyann04 (author)APuckNut2016-10-21


Michael_oz made it! (author)APuckNut2016-10-16

So what is it called with Chicken?


Above recipe, with some white wine and a few more herbs/spices. Turned out yummy.

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cyann04 (author)Michael_oz2016-10-19

Great job!!! Proud of you!!!!!

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