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Easy Shepherd's Pie

Posted: July 28

Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

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Easy Shepherd’s Pie is a hearty comfort classic! It’s the perfect meal for a cold winter night. Tender ground beef is mixed with veggies and topped with creamy mashed potatoes and baked to golden perfection! Easy Shepherd’s Pie is savory, nourishing, and delicious as leftovers the next day.


1 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and chopped
kosher salt, to taste
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup sour cream
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup frozen corn
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon parsley, freshly chopped, for garnish


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2

In a large pot, cover the potatoes with water and add a generous amount of salt.

Step 3

Bring the water to a boil and cook until the potatoes are totally soft, about 16-18 minutes.

Step 4

Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot.

Step 5

Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes until somewhat smooth but still with chunks of potatoes.

Step 6

Add the melted butter, milk, and sour cream.

Step 7

Mash the potatoes with the butter, milk, and sour cream until fully incorporated and season with salt and pepper. Try not to over-mash, as this will result in gluey potatoes. Set it aside.

Step 8

In a large, ovenproof skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil.

Step 9

Add the onion, carrots, garlic, and thyme and cook until fragrant and softened, about 5 minutes.

Step 10

Add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Drain the fat from the skillet.

Step 11

Stir in the frozen peas and frozen corn and cook until warmed through, about 3 minutes.

Step 12

Season with salt and pepper.

Step 13

Sprinkle the meat with the flour, stirring to evenly distribute.

Step 14

Cook the mixture for 1 minute more and add the chicken broth.

Step 15

Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook until thickened slightly, about 5 minutes.

Step 16

Top the beef mixture with an even layer of the mashed potatoes and bake until there is very little liquid visible and the mashed potatoes are golden, about 20 minutes.

Step 17

Broil the top of the shepherd’s pie if desired.

Step 18

Garnish with parsley before serving.

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