Shepherd's Pie


Shepherd's Pie

This traditionally hearty dish will be a welcome easy dinner after any hard day at work.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dinner
Cuisine Irish
Servings 8 people


Mashed Potatoes

  • 2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbs butter, melted


  • 1 1/2 lb ground chuck (Try it with lamb, turkey, bison, and venison too!)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (Check out our handy how-to video)
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 2 tbs flour
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 cup broth
  • Paprika, for garnish
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Add potatoes, 1 tbs salt, and enough water to cover the potatoes to a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat and reduce to a simmer and cook until tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Drain the potatoes and return to the pot. Turn pot on low heat and let potatoes rest until they stop steaming, about 5 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and mash the potatoes to get ride of big lumps.
  • While the potatoes are still hot, add the melted butter and heavy cream. Mix until smooth.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425 F. While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the filling.
  • Heat a large, oven-safe skillet or Dutch Oven over medium-high heat. Brown and crumble meat for 3-4 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add chopped onion and carrot and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Sprinkle flour into skillet, tossing to coat and mix in, then cook for about 1 minute.
  • Add tomato paste, broth, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, and thyme, then stir to combine. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to let simmer on low until the sauce thickens slightly, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in corn and peas to the mixture and remove from heat.
  • If using an oven-safe skillet, top the mixture in the pan with the mashed potatoes. If not, transfer to a baking dish before topping with the mashed potatoes. Garnish with paprika.
  • Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet (to catch any drippings) and bake until potatoes are browned, 10-15 minutes. Let cool about 10 minutes before serving.


Like so many amazing dishes, this is a great one for leftovers. Got some leftover roast?--Chop it up and skip the ground beef. Made an extra large batch of mashed potatoes?--Use 'em up here! This one's also great to top with cheese, or mix it up with Roasted Garlic Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes.