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A family favorite, this Easy Homemade Shepherd’s Pie recipe is the ultimate comfort food that can feed an army, or be perfect for lunch time leftovers.  It’s really just a casserole with layers of ground beef, vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes. 

A family favorite, this Easy Homemade Shepherd’s Pie recipe is the ultimate comfort food that can feed an army, or be perfect for lunch time leftovers.  It’s really just a casserole with layers of ground beef, vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes. 

Ok:

I guess I’m in a comfort food state of mind, and this Shepherd’s Pie has been calling my name.

A staple meal in our home, it’s the tried and familiar that satisfies when nothing else will.  Am I right?

Want to know the best part?

This Easy Homemade Shepherd’s Pie recipe is perfect for batch cooking, something you can make on the weekend because it’s the kind of recipe you can double up on and then freeze it in portions – or the whole tray.

How awesome to be able to pull it out of the freezer, add a salad (or not) after you’ve been out all day cleaning up the garden, opening the cottage or campsite.

Or it’s the middle of winter, you’re tired of the short dark days, and your tummy wants real. comfort. food.

A family favorite, this Easy Homemade Shepherd’s Pie recipe is the ultimate comfort food that can feed an army, or be perfect for lunch time leftovers.  It’s really just a casserole with layers of ground beef, vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes. 

In the Spring when we’re trying to get in an early round of golf, and arrive home tired and chilled to the bone, one of our favorite meals is Shepherd’s Pie.  We think it is a perfectly delicious and hearty meal to tuck into!

This easy homemade Shepherd’s Pie cooked in a cast iron skillet actually tastes better the next day.  Yes it does.

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Is your mouth watering yet?  Mine is!

A family favorite, this Easy Homemade Shepherd’s Pie recipe is the ultimate comfort food that can feed an army, or be perfect for lunch time leftovers.  It’s really just a casserole with layers of ground beef, vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes. 

Did you ever wonder where the name Shepherd’s Pie came from?  Well Wikipedia says Cottage pie or shepherd’s pie is a meat pie with a crust of mashed potato. The traditional shepherd’s pie recipe is commonly made with beef or lamb.  It was a staple in our household when my family was growing up, and now it’s a particular favorite of my grandson’s!

Now you can make your Shepherd’s Pie recipe with corn, carrots or peas and carrots combined.  I like to use peas and carrots.  I used to peel and cook raw carrots, but now I find the frozen variety works just as well, and the quality is still very good.

A family favorite, this Easy Homemade Shepherd’s Pie recipe is the ultimate comfort food that can feed an army, or be perfect for lunch time leftovers.  It’s really just a casserole with layers of ground beef, vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes. 

There are a number of good recipes out there, Paula Deen and Ree The Pioneer Woman both have great Shepherd’s Pie recipes.  Even Gordon Ramsay has a Shepherd’s Pie recipe!

What is the best Homemade Shepherd’s Pie in the world?  Why the one you just made yourself, of course.

 My Latest Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Shepherd’s Pie in our home was traditionally made with ground beef and then carrots, and crowned with a thick layer of creamy mashed potatoes.  Over the years I’ve experimented with different toppings, meat combinations and vegetables – and I really like this latest version of the classic shepherd’s pie.

Related: Tourtiere Meat Pie, Spaghetti Pie, 5 Layer Tomato Pie

I’m often asked “How do I make the gravy in Shepherd’s Pie?” The secret to a great Shepherd’s Pie in my opinion, is to make sure the ground meat doesn’t dry out in the oven.  To prevent that, we add beef broth to the ground beef and lamb, right near the end of cooking.  And I also mix in 2 tablespoons of corn starch as thickener.

Did you ever wonder where the name Shepherd’s Pie came from?  Well Wikipedia says Cottage pie or shepherd’s pie is a meat pie with a crust of mashed potato. The dish is commonly made with beef or lamb.  It was a staple in our household when my family was growing up, and now it’s a particular favorite of my grandson’s!

  • 1 lb each of ground beef and lamb
  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • 5 stalks of celery
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cup of frozen baby peas and carrots
  • 2 ½ cups cooked potatoes (russet or Yukon gold)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp corn starch

Using a cast iron skillet

Base:

  • Chop the sweet onion, celery and garlic into coarse pieces and cook in the olive oil until tender – the onions will be translucent
  • Remove the onion mixture from the skillet and set aside
  • Crumble the ground lamb and ground beef and stir both into the skillet
  • Cook over medium heat until the meat is well cooked, and breaks apart easily
  • Add the onion, celery and garlic mixture back into the meat and mix
  • Add a layer of frozen peas and carrots (they will cook in the oven)

shepherds pieTopping:

  • Mash the cooked potatoes until they are light and fluffy (I stir in a 1/4 cup of cream and 1/4 cup of butter)
  • Top the ground beef, carrots and peas with a thick layer of creamy mashed potato and sprinkle with chopped basil

Bake in your skillet, in the middle of the oven at 375F for 55 minutes or until the potatoes are golden.

Dig in!

A family favorite, this Easy Homemade Shepherd’s Pie recipe is the ultimate comfort food that can feed an army, or be perfect for lunch time leftovers.  It’s really just a casserole with layers of ground beef, vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes. 

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Easy Homemade Shepherd's Pie

This Easy Homemade Shepherd's Pie is a favorite supper recipe and combines lamb and beef with carrots and peas, and crowned with golden creamy mashed potatoes. Perfect Comfort Food that satisfies every time!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: North American
Calories: 3604kcal
Author: Judy

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1 onion sweet,medium
  • 5 stalks celery
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups peas and carrots frozen
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 ½ cups potatoes cooked russet or Yukon gold
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp dried basil

Instructions

Using a cast iron skillet

    Base:

    • Chop the sweet onion, celery and garlic into coarse pieces and cook in the olive oil until tender - the onions will be translucent
    • Remove the onion mixture from the skillet and set aside
    • Crumble the ground lamb and ground beef and stir both into the skillet
    • Cook over medium heat until the meat is well cooked, and breaks apart easily
    • Add the onion, celery and garlic mixture back into the meat and mix.
    • Add the broth and keep cooking, to make sure the meat doesn’t dry out.
    • Stir in two cups of frozen carrots, and peas

    Topping:

    • Mash the cooked potatoes until they are light and fluffy (I stir in a 1/4 cup of cream and 1/4 cup of butter)
    • Top the ground beef, carrots and peas with a thick layer of creamy mashed potato and sprinkle with chopped basil
    • Bake in a 375F oven for 55 minutes or until the potatoes are golden and bubbling!

    Nutrition

    Calories: 3604kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 169g | Fat: 295g | Saturated Fat: 128g | Cholesterol: 856mg | Sodium: 1835mg | Potassium: 3613mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 29780IU | Vitamin C: 49.4mg | Calcium: 425mg | Iron: 20.6mg
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    A family favorite, this Easy Homemade Shepherd’s Pie recipe is the ultimate comfort food that can feed an army, or be perfect for lunch time leftovers.  It’s really just a casserole with layers of ground beef, vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes. 

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