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The Best Shepherd’s Pie Recipe Ever!

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A simple version of the classic meat and vegetable comfort food casserole topped with cheesy garlic mashed potatoes, this is the best Shepherd’s Pie recipe you’ll ever make!

OK – so I may be tooting my own horn a bit too much here, but in all honesty this really was the.best.Shepherds.Pie.I.have.ever.eaten!

Like Macaroni and Cheese, Shepherds Pie is one of those things that is easy to grab from the frozen food section, then pop in the oven to bake so you may be saying to yourself:

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Why would I ever make Shepherd’s Pie from scratch?!?

I’ll tell you why:
Frozen Shepherds Pie tastes like cat food compared to this.  

Yes, my Shepherds Pie may LOOK like cat food, but I assure you it’s delicious!  My middle daughter had seconds, my oldest daughter had thirds, and my husband ate all that was remaining later that night.  

In my house no leftovers means the meal was good! Other meals where we have no leftovers is my Easy Cheesy Tuna Casserole, my Homemade Creamy Macaroni and Cheese and my Instant Pot Seafood Chowder.

A simple version of the classic meat and vegetable comfort food casserole topped with cheesy garlic mashed potatoes, this is the best Shepherd's Pie recipe you'll ever make! #easyshepherdspie #casserole #gluten-free #groundbeef

What makes this recipe special?

Ahhhh… I am so glad you asked that question! The light, fluffy, FLAVOURFUL mashed garlic parmesan whipped potatoes on top is what sets this Shepherds Pie apart from any that you have ever had before.  This Shepherds Pie is topped with Garlic Parmesan Whipped Potatoes (the potatoes are so good that I may need to feature them in a separate recipe on their own).  

Garlic and Parmesan Cheese are my not-so-secret ingredients.  Before baking the Shepard’s Pie I also topped it with fresh Parmesan so that the cheese would form a delicious crust on top.  Yummy to my tummy!

In this recipe I share the stove top directions for the whipped potatoes, but if you prefer, you could use my Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe to save time and effort.

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A simple version of the classic meat and vegetable comfort food casserole topped with cheesy garlic mashed potatoes, this is the best Shepherds Pie recipe you'll ever make! #easyshepherdspie #casserole #gluten-free #groundbeef

How do I store leftover Shepherd’s Pie:

Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours of cooking, cover the pie with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Can I freeze Shepherd’s Pie:

Yes you can! After baking, let the skillet cool to room temperature. Transfer the shepherd’s pie to an airtight container and place in the freezer for up to 2 months. You can also cover the casserole dish tightly with foil, or plastic wrap, just make sure it’s tightly covered.

How do you reheat frozen Shepherd’s Pie? What temperature and how long? Do I need to thaw it overnight?

When ready to eat, reheat the frozen shepherd’s pie (covered with the foil) for 1 hour in a 350ºF oven. If you thaw the pie in the fridge the night before, you can cut that time in half.

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A simple version of the classic meat and vegetable comfort food casserole topped with cheesy garlic mashed potatoes, this is the best Shepherd's Pie recipe you'll ever make! #easyshepherdspie #casserole #gluten-free #groundbeef

Can I use store bought mashed potatoes to make this recipe:

Yes, you can, but this recipe won’t taste as good if you do. Store bought mashed potatoes can be used or leftover mashed potatoes. The Garlic Parmesan whipped potatoes is what gives this recipe it’s flavour. To save time and effort, make the mashed potatoes by following my Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes recipe.

Can I use frozen veggies to make Shepards Pie?

Yes, of course. Frozen veggies saves time, but feel free to use fresh veggies, such as carrots, peas and corn.

When you dig in you get a spoonful of mashed potatoes, some crispy bits, meat, and vegetables all in one bite. It’s pure comfort food.  Enjoy!

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A simple version of the classic meat and vegetable comfort food casserole topped with cheesy garlic mashed potatoes, this is the best Shepherd's Pie recipe you'll ever make! #easyshepherdspie #casserole #gluten-free #groundbeef

The Best Shepherd's Pie Recipe Ever

Yield: 5
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

A simple version of the classic meat and vegetable comfort food casserole topped with cheesy garlic mashed potatoes, this is the best Shepherds Pie recipe you'll ever make!

Ingredients

For Meat Mixture

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef lean
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper or to taste
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1.9 oz dry onion soup mix I used Knorr, 55g pkg
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup Canned corn, (drained) I used Green Giant Niblets
  • 1 carrot, diced

For Mashed Potatoes

  • 6 large potatoes peeled and cut into cubes
  • 4 tbsp butter softened
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper or to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp parsley fresh, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Boil the potatoes: Start by first cooking the potatoes in boiling water for about 15 minutes or until fork tender. While the potatoes are cooking, you can prepare the meat mixture.
  2. Prepare the meat mixture: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef to the skillet, season it with the salt and pepper and cook it for abut 5 minutes or until it's no longer pink, breaking it up as you go along.
  3. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 3 more minutes until the onion softens and becomes translucent. Add the onion soup mix, beef broth and stir.
  4. Stir in the corn and carrots and cook for a couple more minutes. Set aside. Be sure to drain the corn before adding to the meat mixture.
  5. Preheat the oven 350 F degrees.
  6. Prepare the mashed potatoes: Drain the potatoes then add them to a large bowl. Add in the butter and using a potato masher, mash until smooth. Add the milk, half of the Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt and pepper and whip with a mixer until smooth.
  7. Finish assembling the shepherd's pie: Spread the potatoes over the meat and smooth with a spoon. Take a fork and rough up the top a bit and sprinkle the pther half of the Parmesan cheese on top. garnish with a bit of parsley.
  8. Bake: Place the casserole dish in the oven and bake for 40 minutes until golden brown on top.
  9. Garnish with more parsley and pepper and serve warm.

Notes

How do I store leftovers: Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours of cooking, cover the pie with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Can I freeze this: Yes you can! After baking, let the skillet cool to room temperature. Transfer the shepherd's pie to an airtight container and place in the freezer for up to 2 months. You can also cover the skillet tightly with foil, or plastic wrap, just make sure it's tightly covered.

Can I use store bought mashed potatoes: Yes, you can, but this recipe won't taste as good if you do. Store bought mashed potatoes can be used or leftover mashed potatoes. The garlic/Parmesan whipped potatoes is what gives this recipe it's flavour.

To save time and effort, make the mashed potatoes by following my Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes recipe.

Can I use frozen veggies: Yes, of course. Frozen veggies saves time, but feel free to use fresh veggies, such as carrots, peas and corn.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 5 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 581Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 1379mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 6gSugar: 5gProtein: 36g

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Jordan

Tuesday 9th of March 2021

Do you drain the corn?

Janice - Salads for Lunch

Tuesday 9th of March 2021

Yes, drain the corn, if you don't the Shepherd's pie will be runny. Thanks for pointing this out, I will update the recipe directions.

Tish

Sunday 24th of January 2021

How do you bake it once it’s frozen? What temperature and how long? Do I need to thaw overnight?

Janice - Salads for Lunch

Sunday 24th of January 2021

When ready to eat, reheat the frozen shepherd's pie (covered with the foil) for 1 hour in a 350ºF oven. If you thaw the pie in the fridge the night before, you can cut that time in half.

Heather

Thursday 1st of October 2020

What size of casserole dish did you use? I couldn't find that information on the recipe.

Jennifer

Saturday 1st of August 2020

I had to have done something wrong cause mine is more like soup on the bottom?

Janice - Salads for Lunch

Sunday 2nd of August 2020

I'm sorry to hear that, what liquids did you add that may have caused that?

Christina

Sunday 19th of April 2020

Do you freeze with the potatoes?

Christina

Sunday 19th of April 2020

@Janice - Salads for Lunch, It was absolutely delicious! I doubled the recipe to freeze some.

Janice - Salads for Lunch

Sunday 19th of April 2020

Good question! Yes, it can be frozen with the potatoes.

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