Simple Shepherd's Pie


It doesn't get simpler than this easy ground beef casserole, otherwise known as a Shepherd's pie. This classic favorite never gets old! Make up a Simple Shepherd's Pie for a wonderful weeknight meal. It's an easy dish that will comfort you and your family on chilly winter nights, and it's also a great recipe to make for the holidays. Comfort food is always a staple during the winter and this Shepherd's pie recipe is no exception. Simple ingredients come together to create a delectable ground beef and potato forward recipe that you won't be able to stop yourself from enjoying every last bite of!

Cooking Time45 min

Cooking MethodCasserole


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • garlic powder and seasoning salt to taste
  • 3/4 ounce package brown gravy mix
  • 2 cans (10 3/4-ounce) cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen sliced carrots, thawed
  • 10 ounces package frozen peas, thawed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups potatoes, peeled, cooked and mashed
  • paprika to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Brown beef and onion in a skillet; season to taste with garlic powder and seasoning salt. Drain; pour into a large bowl.
  3. Stir in gravy mix, soup, water, carrots and peas; mix well.
  4. Spoon into a greased 9 inch deep-dish pie plate; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Spread mashed potatoes over top; bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with paprika.

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Ground beef in in there again, why not? I like ground beef just like the royal family. I know, they like this dish so much, so British, so tight upper lip. The British people love potatoes and beef with their own distinct flavors.

There is nothing more comforting than shepherds pie. I love the mashed potato topping. I like to add lots of cheese to the top of my shepherd pie. I also maintain that you have to have peas with shepherds pie, never leave them out! It's starting to get cold now as winter approaches and this a perfect meal for a cold winters night.

I haven't made Shepherds Pie in a while I will have to try this one. I would substitute the frozen peas and carrots for a can of peas and carrots. I would not use the brown gravy mix, just use one can of soup and a half to one can of water. Also, sprinkle some cheese on top during the last few minutes of cooking. To make the potatoes do you make like you usually would with butter and milk?

Ground beef or pork recipes are very popular among my family members and this Simple Shepherd's Pie will surely be another hit with them. We always have ground pork omelet in our menu. Ground pork mixed with green peas, carrots, red bell pepper, and the usual salt and pepper to taste. Although this one is cooked like a pie, there's not gonna be a problem because it's cooked similar to omelet which has been my family's comfort food.

This is Cottage Pie. Shepherd's Pie is made with lamb not beef. That said, a good recipe if you eliminate most of the water.

Next time I'll only use 1 cup of water. Did not stand up as a pie. Was way too runny. But my family said it was still good.

I would not use any water, too runny!

I like this recipe,but next time i will make it with a store bought rotisserie chicken,and chicken gravy.

Tried the recipe today and the taste was all there but found it to be very soupy....I thought from the beginning it was too much liquid but I followed the recipe to a tee and I was took a much larger pan and was very soupy. did anyone else find this to be true......We all loved it but what can I do to make it more together...thanks

Try omitting one can of the soup and 1 1/4 cups of the water. Should tighten it right up.

looks like a good recipe to personalize to ones own tastes (choice of veggies & meat)

sound like a good one. let you know later

Sounds good, going to make for dinner tonite.

so nice and tasty

You are making this British ex-pat extremly puzzled with your assumption that Shepard's Pie is made with 'Ground Beef', even if it's the American version. Shepards look after SHEEP, therfore Shepards pie is made from ground LAMB & in some cases Mutton but it's not really advisable as mutton has to be treated a whole different way to lamb. On the other hand a Cottage Pie can most certainly be made of ground beef & in fact should be.

American's tend to call this dish Shepard's Pie no matter what kind of protein is used.

Hi danielrmcmahon 2057362, Thank you for your comment, but this is more of an American Shephards Pie. The traditional ones do have lamb, but there are other version's out there. -Editors of RecipeLion

hey lion this is cottage pie. shep's pie ALWAYS has lamb. you are better than this.

@dlucas 7071581: Thanks for all the suggestions about making this recipe vegetarian! We're glad you enjoyed the recipe! -- RecipeLion Editor

It was excellent! I changed it up a little because I don't eat meat.I used morningstar crumbles and onion soup mix instead of brown gravy.I also made it in individual crocks so I could make my families with meat and i p;ut under broiler after baking to brown like a stuff baked potato.YUM!!!!

Another vegetarian version, my personal favorite, is to simmer lentils in crushed tomatos, with the tomato juice, and chopped onions. Once lentils have soaked up the juice & are softened, transfer to pie pan, then top with the mashed potato (I usually season the potato with sage, garlic, and a little sea salt). Very tasty!


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