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The Best Classic Shepherd’s Pie – AKA Shepards Pie or Cottage Pie. Ground Beef (or lamb) with vegetables in a rich gravy, topped with cheesy mashed potatoes, and baked.

Classic Shepards Pie on a plate

Shepherd’s Pie

So, this is how you spell it:  Shepherd’s Pie.  But, from doing a quick google search, it came to my attention that TONS of people think it’s Shepards Pie.

Irish Shepherd’s Pie

Traditional Irish Shepherd’s Pie would actually call for ground lamb.  The difference between Shepherd’s Pie and Cottage Pie is the meat.  Cottage Pie uses ground beef, while Shepherd’s Pie uses ground lamb.

I called this recipe Shepherd’s Pie.  But, I wrote the recipe so that you could use ground beef or ground lamb.

I typically use ground beef because it is widely available.  But, for a special occasion, like St. Patricks day, I would use ground lamb.

How To Make Shepherd’s Pie

(Note – The full printable recipe is at the bottom of this post)

  • Sauté some chopped onions in olive oil.
  • Add ground beef or ground lamb.

Skillet full of sautéed onions and ground beef for The Best Classic Shepards Pie Recipe

  • Add dried parsley, dried thyme, dried rosemary, salt, and pepper.
  • Stir and cook the meat mixture until the meat is browned.
  • Add minced garlic and Worcestershire sauce.

Adding minced garlic and worcestershire sauce to a skillet of ground lamb and chopped onions for The Best Classic Shepherd's Pie Recipe

  • Cook the garlic for a minute.
  • Add flour and tomato paste.

Adding flour and tomato paste to a skillet full of ground beef and onions for Easy Shepherd's Pie

  • Add beef broth, frozen mixed peas and carrots, and frozen corn kernels.
  • Simmer the meat gravy until it is thick.

Skillet full of the seasoned meat and vegetable gravy for Irish Shepherd's Pie

  • Boil some peeled and chopped potatoes until they are soft.
  • Drain the potatoes

Pot of boiling potatoes for homemade Shepards Pie

  • Add butter, half & half, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Mash the potatoes until smooth.

Mashing cooked potatoes in a pot with butter, half & half, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper for Classic Shepherd's Pie

  • Pour the meat mixture into a casserole dish.
  • Top it with the cheesy mashed potatoes.

A casserole dish with Cottage Pie beef on the bottom and parmesan mashed potatoes being spread on top

  • Bake until the meat is bubbling and the potatoes are golden.

A baked casserole dish of homemade Shepherd's pie

Easy Shepherd’s Pie

Making the best Shepherd’s Pie is not difficult.  But, there are a few steps to it.  You have to make the meat mixture, the mashed potatoes, assemble the casserole, and bake it.

I find that the easiest way to make this dish is to work ahead.  You could make the beef or lamb mixture ahead of time.  Or, you could make the mashed potatoes ahead of time.

Piece of Shepards pie on a plate with layers of mashed potatoes and meat gravy with peas, carrots, onions, and corn

You could also make the whole recipe ahead of time.  Just assemble the casserole, cover the dish, and keep it in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake it.  I find it is best to bake it within 3 days of preparing it.

When you are ready to bake it, take it out of the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before you need to bake it to let it start coming to room temperature.  Uncover it, and bake.

What to serve with The Best Shepherd’s Pie

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A piece of the best shepherd's pie on a plate with layers of cottage pie beef and vegetable gravy topped with parmesan cheese mashed potatoes

Best Classic Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

4.98 from 1090 votes
The Best Classic Shepherd's Pie - AKA Shepards Pie or Cottage Pie. Ground Beef (or lamb) with vegetables in a rich gravy, topped with cheesy mashed potatoes and baked.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


Servings 6 servings
Calories 400 kcal


Meat Filling:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 lb. 90% lean ground beef -or ground lamb
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves -minced
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup frozen mixed peas & carrots*
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels

Potato Topping:

  • 1 ½ - 2 lb. russet potatoes -about 2 large potatoes peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter -1 stick
  • 1/3 cup half & half
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese


Make the Meat Filling.

  • Add the oil to a large skillet and place it over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add the onions. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the ground beef (or ground lamb) to the skillet and break it apart with a wooden spoon. Add the parsley, rosemary, thyme, salt, and and pepper. Stir well. Cook for 6-8 minutes, until the meat is browned, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce and garlic. Stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the flour and tomato paste. Stir until well incorporated and no clumps of tomato paste remain.
  • Add the broth, frozen peas and carrots, and frozen corn. Bring the liquid to a boil then reduce to simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Set the meat mixture aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Make the potato topping.

  • Place the potatoes in a large pot. Cover the potatoes with water. Bring the water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cook until potatoes are fork tender, 10-15 minutes.
  • Drain the potatoes in a colander. Return the potatoes to the hot pot. Let the potatoes rest in the hot pot for 1 minute to evaporate any remaining liquid.
  • Add butter, half & half, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mash the potatoes and stir until all the ingredients are mixed together.
  • Add the parmesan cheese to the potatoes. Stir until well combined.

Assemble the casserole.

  • Pour the meat mixture into a 9x9 (or 7x11) inch baking dish. Spread it out into an even layer. Spoon the mashed potatoes on top of the meat. Carefully spread into an even layer.
  • If the baking dish looks very full, place it on a rimmed baking sheet so that the filling doesn’t bubble over into your oven. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes.** Cool for 15 minutes before serving.


*If you can’t find frozen mixed peas and carrots, you could use ½ cup frozen peas and ½ cup frozen sliced carrots.
**Bake at 400° F.  Start preheating the oven after you make the meat mixture (listed in step 6).


Serving: 1/6th of the recipe | Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 751mg | Potassium: 483mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2860IU | Vitamin C: 7.9mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 2.7mg
Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Keyword Classic shepherd's pie, How to make shepherd's pie, Shepherd's Pie Recipe
Cuisine American, Irish
Author Amanda Finks

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this last night and all 4 of my kids loved it, especially my 4 year old! Will definitely be adding to our rotation. I actually used venison for the meat and it was amazing. Really delicious recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    I followed all instructions, except that I made this with boxed mashed potato topping. Did not have peas or corn, so used diced carrots, diced celery for the peas and diced frozen broccoli for the corn. The seasoning on the meat was great as is, and it was really a good meal.

  3. Tasty and versatile. Don’t leave out the tomato paste–that kicks it up a notch from recipes that don’t call for the tomato paste.

  4. 5 stars
    Hello! Have you ever tried freezing this pie? Made it tonight it was fantastic with double seasoning. It’s so much work. I’m wondering if I can make two at once and freeze one. Thanks!

  5. 5 stars
    I never leave reviews on recipes I try whether I like them or not, this is my honest first one…but my whole family LOVED this dish and they rarely all like the same thing. I followed the meat portion of the recipe exactly, I dished into premade pie crusts and used leftover mashed potatoes so I did not use the potato recipe. I also added a bit of leftover gravy into the meat mix, perfect for using thanksgiving leftovers.

  6. 5 stars
    We made this last night and followed the recipe verbatim and it is excellent! Our picky family loved it! I would not change a thing.

  7. 5 stars
    I make this at least once a month. It is outstanding. Thank you so much! Even if I use ground beef instead of lamb it is amazing and still retains the same flavors. I will make this routinely forever.

  8. 5 stars
    I tried the recipe with turkey meat instead since that’s all I had on hand. It was delicious and a great hit with a picky 6 year old eater. Will definitely do it again. Thank you.

  9. 5 stars
    This is the second Sunday I’ve made this and it’s a WINNER!!
    My family LOVES this Cottage Pie. My wife doesn’t like onions, so I ommit them.
    I also add some Cream Cheese to the potato mixture.
    So, not a “true” Cottage Pie… more like an “Apartment Pie”. LOL

  10. 5 stars
    Oh. My. Gosh. This recipe is so good! A keeper for sure. And I normally can’t stand shepherds pie. I love the flavors – simply fantastic.

  11. 5 stars
    Full disclosure, I have never before made or even eaten Shepherds Pie. It seemed an odd dish. Well I am a believer now. I followed the recipe pretty closely. I think the Worcestershire is the key. Not that I have a reference point. Definitely a great comfort type food for a cold day. Thanks!

  12. 5 stars
    I never leave reviews on recipes. This is, by far, one of the best recipes I’ve made from scratch. I used canned French Green Beans instead of the 1/2 cup of carrots only because I didn’t have any and omg, this was excellent. I also used 2% milk instead of half and half. Everything else, I made to the T. This was SO FREAKING GOOD! thank you 🙂

  13. 5 stars
    Can I freeze this shepherds pie?
    If so. Should I cook before freezing
    I’m making meals for my son !!
    This recipe is simply the best !

  14. 5 stars
    I didn’t have tomato paste, so I skipped that part with the flour. I simply added a bit less beef broth, but still boiled and simmered. It was VERY good, and a big hit with the family!

  15. This dish was delicious. I lightened up on the rosemary and thyme. This dish will have a lot of action over the next few years.

  16. 5 stars
    Great looking recipe. I followed the instructions but used instant Parmesan Garlic Red Potatoes.
    It turned out great. I put the dish in large Ramekins.
    I also used it with Ground Beef and Italian Sausage mix!

  17. 5 stars
    The best Shepherd’s pie ever! I’ve been making it about once a week since I first discovered this recipe. It has become my son’s favorite dish. I use ground beef instead of ground lamb and I also, sadly, omit the parmesan due to food allergy, but it is always, always a hit.

  18. 5 stars
    we’ll have you ever while cooking say to yourself this will be good next day for lunch 😀 we’ll ya I thought that but there was nothing left lol it was delicious

  19. 5 stars
    This is the best Shepherd’s pie I’ve ever had, as well as my first attempt ever making it. It turned out perfect, the potatoes were so amazing and the flavor of the meat and vegetables was incredible. This will be the only way I ever make this again.

  20. 5 stars
    Deeeeeelicious! I followed it precisely except I was out of rosemary. Yum! I like it saucier so added a bit more broth. Those were my only two deviations. thanks!

  21. 4 stars
    I just made this recipe tonight. The rosemary kinda threw me off. Next time, I would probabaly make it without it or half the amount. Other than that, this was a very comforting meal.

  22. Just made this for my hubby! It is delicious! I stuck to the recipe with the ground sirloin except for a couple of swaps of ingredients simply due to what I had on hand. I used vegetable stock instead of beef since it’s what I had on hand. Also I used store bought premade mashed potatoes! Lol Hey, I had them on hand and they made life easy! Turned out so yummy!! Thank you for sharing the recipe!!

  23. 5 stars
    This is an easy and absolutely delicious recipe. The fact that it can be made ahead and assembled and cooked when needed.

  24. 5 stars
    Wonderful recipe! Made this yesterday evening. Never heard so much mmm-ing from my daughters! I had all the fresh herbs in my garden still, so used fresh instead of dry. And had no milk in fridge so subbed a mixture of heavy cream and sour cream, thinned with water.
    My one daughter confessed that she never liked sheperds pie before. My secret… I couldn’t find my time worn recipe yesterday evening, so I used yours! And yours is going to stay my new go to!

  25. 5 stars
    I thought the Shepherds pie was great! Very tasty and moist! I had also made the Meatloaf and it was wonderful and a weekly dish at our house!

  26. 5 stars
    Absolutely perfect! So delicious. Last night I made this with beef and used the exact recipe which was as excellent as it could be. Husband approved and licked his plate!!!

    1. 5 stars
      Amazing..I used turkey ground meat and it was delicious..hubby loved it as well..will definitely use this recipe again the next time I make Shepherds pie..Thanks for posting it!

  27. I could not get lamb so I used hamburger meat.
    Followed the recipe exactly except I added extra broth to make it more moist. Excellent recipe.

  28. 5 stars
    Oh. Em. Gee!!! This recipe turned out amazing!! I used the double recipe, and I used 4 small/ medium potatoes, and one medium sweet potato, because it had to be used, and it was absolutely amazing.
    5 stars!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    1. 5 stars
      This dish was delicious! Everyone loved it and thought it was the best shepherds pie they had ever eaten. I added a stalk of celery and used frozen mixed vegetables in place of frozen carrots and peas. I also didn’t have thyme so I used marjoram instead.

    2. 5 stars
      Best Shepards Pie I’ve ever tasted. I made this recipe with ground lamb twice and everyone loved it. Will only use this recipe from now on.

  29. 5 stars
    Delicious ! Omitted the rosemary as my husband is not a fan but Wouldn’t change any other part of this recipe and will definitely make this again.

  30. 5 stars
    So good! I’m making this for the second time in a week tonight! Great for a chilly fall/winter night. The first time I did not have parm cheese, I just topped it with a cheddar blend which was good! Tonight I made as written. It’s in the oven as we speak!

  31. 5 stars
    We make shepard’s pie a lot and after trying this recipe, our family agrees this is the BEST we have ever had! We used frozen mixed veggies and also added shredded parm to the top. I didn’t have all of the seasonings so I used an “herbs de Provence” blend (which had all of the herbs needed plus a few!) We used an 8×8 dish and it was perfect. We are definitely saving this recipe!

  32. 5 stars
    The only thing I will change the next time I make this dish is to omit the rosemary. It takes over the dish too much. Other than that, it’s delicious!

  33. 5 stars
    My husband said it was the best he ever had. I will likely cut down on the butter just a bit or add an extra potato. Very delicious!

  34. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner tonight, and it was absolutely delicious. I followed the recipe exactly, and would not change a thing.

  35. 5 stars
    This recipe is great. Since I always add my twist to a recipe I made the following changes.
    Used half ground beef and half ground lamb
    Added a diced jalapeño
    Doubled the Worcestershire sauce
    Added fresh corn cut off the cob
    Added a prepared packet of gravy using the cup of broth from the recipe
    Sprinkled shedded melty cheese on top

    1. When you say you used a prepared packet of gravy using the cup of broth from the recipe. Did you add that to the shepherds pie mixture or as a gravy like topping?

  36. 5 stars
    Awesome recipe, great flavor! I only made a few modifications. I added diced mushrooms, slightly more beef broth and a tablespoon of “Better than Bullion” to the meat. It’s delicious either way!

  37. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe my 9 year old wouldn’t eat my sisters but he ate all of this one. The spices really create a wonderful bite.

  38. 5 stars
    Loved it. Not for everyone but I also added a splash of bourbon to the ground beef as I was cooking that. Wife and picky 9-year-old son both loved it. Also skipped the cheese due to lactose intolerance, still very yummy.

  39. 5 stars
    This is a very delicious recipe. It is totally worth making over and over. This will become a staple for our household. A great dish as things get colder outside.

  40. 4 stars
    Tastes great! I used about 3/4 of a stick of butter instead of the whole stick. I also forgot to add the parm cheese to the potatoes. I sprinkled it on after it came out of the oven and it was still great.

  41. 5 stars
    I used ground turkey and followed the filling instructions as far as seasoning, (double garlic) etc. The veggies were a matter of cleaning out the fridge ….parts of: parsnip, delicato squash, frozen peas, green beans, corn, and celery.
    The topping was microwaved cauliflower mixed in food processer with cream cheese, butter and garlic powder.
    It was a hit with my family.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  42. 5 stars
    The first time we made it we follow the recipe exactly and enjoyed it so much we are having it again.
    Second time we have made this recipe, we added a bit more salt, bit less rosemary, increased of beef broth by a quarter of a cup and increase the vegetables by half of a cup. Just personal changes and I always like more veggies! Otherwise the taste

  43. Made your Shepard’s Pie recipe, my husband loved it and he is famous for being a fussy eater! It is delicious!!

  44. 5 stars
    This was excellent: the entire family raved. I used venison instead of beef and added a bit of Cajun seasoning.

  45. 5 stars
    I have made this Shepard’s Pie several times – It’s Delicious. Doubled the recipe in a 9 X 13 dish for potluck get togethers it’s always a big hit.

  46. 5 stars
    First time I’ve ever made or eaten Shepherd’s Pie. I made it with caribou and it was SO good! I used less butter & milk instead of half & half. Only thing I need to do differently is to cut in half for me and my husband!

  47. 5 stars
    This is an excellent recipe! The family loved it. It is the best shepherd’s pie I ever ateI
    Thank you very much!

  48. 5 stars
    I can’t wait to start getting recipes. And can’t wait to try this shepherds pie. Making a double batch. Extra potatoes!

  49. 4 stars
    What a great feel good meal on a cool rainy fall Sunday! Delicious! I added fresh mushrooms to the onion, used fresh parsley because I had some, and only had chicken broth so I used that. It was pretty easy, my family enjoyed it! Thanks for posting!

  50. 5 stars
    I wish I could post an image of the final product. I grew up on a Sheep ranch and my mother would make this dish in the fall during potato harvest for all the workers in the field. I made this recipe exactly as recommended (with Lamb) and it was amazing. I will be making this in the future. I recommend baking it in a convection oven to get a nice brown to the potatoes.

    1. 5 stars
      This is delicious. The best shepherds pie I’ve ever made. Followed the recipe exactly and wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you!

  51. 5 stars
    A great base with lots of flavor. I used herbs that I had on hand including fresh thyme & parsley. I had left over mash to use up. I added a tiny bit of parm to them while re-warming them but also did a light sprinkle on top of the potatoes before popping in the oven.
    I like the idea of single portions and used some mini copper dutch ovens I had, creating single serve portions. Fun! I’ll definitely be using this recipe again in the future. Just wish I could share a pic of my finished product….!

  52. 5 stars
    This was a simple to prepare and very nice shepherds pie. Easy to be flexible with and add your own spin. Personally I like a little heat so I added a jalapeño to the onion step. And if you want a guilt free version try using the parsnip cauliflower purée over at love and lemons in place of potatoes. No dairy, no butter, no guilt and it was delicious with this!! Yummy!

  53. 5 stars
    This recipe is the choice for birthday dinners for 2 kids. It’s perfect and the mashed potatoes have become my go to recipe as well.

  54. 5 stars
    As said by previous reviews, prep time on this was wayyyyy longer than 20 mins, and both me and my partner teamed up to make it. Other than that, great recipe! Ultimate comfort food. Kids went back for seconds, which never happens. Yum!

  55. 5 stars
    So delicious!!!! My husband and (11yr) daughter both went for seconds and enjoyed it as leftovers. This will become a staple in our home.

  56. 5 stars
    Great recipe! One of my family’s favorites. Only thing I would add is to drain the grease left over from cooking the meat.

  57. 5 stars
    This was a great recipe, I also doubled it and used a 9×13 pan. Served it with homemade mustard pickles and my husband had two large servings! Definitely on the rotation🙂

  58. 4 stars
    Great recipe and dish. My only critique is that this recipe is quite light on the Worcestershire sauce. You can easily double the amount of that particular ingredient for enhanced flavor.

  59. 5 stars
    Made it for the 2nd time for last night’s dinner. Both my husband and my nephew went back of seconds. Very easy to make and there’s room to add or subtract ingredients. We’re having leftovers for dinner tonight, & my husband is very happy about that.
    Thank you for sharing.

  60. 5 stars
    I made a double batch of this on a whim… And it was absolutely delicious. The only things I did different were a can of mixed veggies instead of frozen and added a half cup of red wine. Thank you!

  61. 5 stars
    My whole life I have never been a Shepard pie fan. Always trying something different. Wow! Just wow! I I I love this recipe. My family gobbled down the whole pan. Ty! I finally found a awesome recipe. Thanks for sharing….. this is so GOOD !!!!!

  62. 5 stars
    outstanding! doubled the recipe using 90% lean beef peas/carrots/and corn, extra worcestershire sauce and some leftover roasted fresh tomatoes with the paste, better than bullion /one tsp of tomato paste/ a little butter in the beef mixture. this recipe signifies the start of the fall season, we all love it!

  63. 5 stars
    I’ve made this several times, and most recently for a friend recovering from surgery. She just messaged me that her family loved it! I couldn’t take credit, so I forwarded your recipe. It really is the very best recipe!

  64. 5 stars
    Absolutely a favorite to be added to fall and winter dishes.. I did use a frozen mix of peas, carrots, green beans and corn, and only cooked briefly to maintain a moist/gravy like consistency through oven baking. Thoroughly enjoyed the outcome, delish!! Tysm for sharing!!

  65. 5 stars
    This was the first time I’d ever had Shephard’s Pie and it was wonderful. The meat/gravy was so rich and flavorful. We are definitely adding this one to our rotation!

  66. OMG! I just tied this recipe and it is as what my nieces called it, “the bomb”! I recommend this recipe 1000%!
    Thank you😊

  67. 5 stars
    My family loves this recipe! I usually double it for our family of 7 and it works great. If there are any leftovers they get fought over.

  68. 5 stars
    I don’t make Shepherd’s Pie or Cottage Pie often. Tried this recipe and my husband LOVED it. Wants it added to the meal rotation. So easy!

  69. 5 stars
    Terrific recipe! I very much like the parmesan cheese & garlic powder incorporated into the mashed potatoes. I have always made my shepherds pie topped with sharp cheddar cheese.

  70. 5 stars
    This was the first time I made shepherds pie and it was the best shepherds pie I’ve EVER had. That’s how good the recipe is! Followed it to a T and it came out perfectly 🙂

  71. Absolutely perfect! It took me an hour from start to finish but it was well worth it and definitely qualifies for the “made with love” label’

  72. 5 stars
    Shepherds pie is my husband’s favorite dish…I only use this recipe and always make a double patch…it doesn’t last long. ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!

  73. 5 stars
    I’ve been using this recipe for the last three years and has become a family favorite, including at Thanksgiving!!! I’ve adjusted a little by removing pepper & W. Sauce, due to allergies, and added a layer of Swiss and pastry with crushed crackers on top. Also adjusted for Turkey, Vegetarian & Vegan and all taste FANTASTIC!

  74. 5 stars
    My family loves this recipe so much!! Even my picky toddler can’t get enough of it! We make it at least every other week. Thank you!!

  75. 5 stars
    You’re right, this is the best tasting Shepherds pie ever. I’m saving this to use over and over. We love bison and it was delicious plus there’s leftovers for tomorrow!

  76. I tried this recipe for the first time tonight and it was wonderful. Followed the directions exactly and it was a hit.

  77. 5 stars
    Although its my first try to bake this, it came out to be very nice. My children loves it. I should bake it longer though.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  78. 5 stars
    One of the best shepherd pres I’ve ever had, certainly the best I’ve ever made. I’ll continue using this recipe from now on. I used ground lamb, and followed everything pretty closely. Only difference is I used a 12 oz bag of mixed peas, carrots, corn and green beans, which was perfect amount and combination in my opinion.

    1. 5 stars
      First time making Shepherds Pie. Didn’t have time to make potatoes so used ready made refrigerated mashed potatoes and added some garlic powder and butter. One of my favorite go to recipes. Delicious.

  79. 5 stars
    Made this for my family tonight. It was a huge hit asking for second’s. My husband even ate his vegetables, lol. Wouldn’t change a thing.

    1. 5 stars
      Delish!! I’m autistic and have some sensory issues with most veggies so I cooked the onion with some fresh carrot and celery and added some frozen riced cauliflower in the broth and blended it to a creamy texture with my immersion blender. It turned out perfectly! Delish with all the veggie flavor and nutrition but none of the weird textures 🙂

    2. 5 stars
      I’ve made this twice now and it’s my son’s favorite. Takes awhile to get the potatoes and meat and vegetable mixture prepared but it’s worth it!

    1. 5 stars
      I added more vegetables but followed the recipe. It was the best I have had ever!! And I made it!!!
      Going to Save this recipe Amanda Finks!!!

  80. 5 stars
    This is a wonderful recipe!!! Delicious and flavorful – very different from the run -of-the-mill shepherd’s pie! I used Idahoan instant spuds which worked very well on top. The parmesan cheese is a nice touch!!! Yum!

    1. No, you just need to be sure to cook the raw vegetables almost soft before baking. I did and was not aware of the difference other tasting amazing but crunchy. After a couple times, mince them and it’s delicious!!

  81. 5 stars
    So happy to find your site! Made this dish for two finicky eaters. We are still letting 3yr old give it another try but the 1yr old ate it with gusto. And she’s the real tough one. Grand Pop loves it too. Easy to keep on rotation with basic ingredients. Thank you, it’s a keeper!

    1. Is there a reason that it calls for the herbs to be dried? I prefer fresh, but don’t know if that would somehow mess it up.

    2. 5 stars
      Very good flavor- I used 1/2 of butter in recipe and potatoes were creamy and flavorful. I would double the peas, carrots and corn next time. Great comfort food meal!

    3. 5 stars
      You could use fresh but it’s a lot easier and quicker with frozen. 🙂 I would steer clear of canned, it would ruin the flavor.

    4. 5 stars
      I use fresh carrots, corn, and parsnips. I sauté them a little before adding. Still do frozen peas because I prefer them over canned and don’t want to mess with prepping fresh.

  82. 5 stars
    All your recipes are really delicious. I did make this Shepperd Pie and it’s truly delicious. This can feed a big crowd on Game day. It’s so popular with my family.

  83. 5 stars
    Ok. I gave this a 5 star because it really is delicious, but i have a complaint!
    20 minute prep time! Give me a massive break. Exaggeration abounds. It takes longer than that to gather the ingredients let alone prepare them. Let’s say 45 minutes prep time – if you are quick and with no distractions. Someone is on a different time scale. But again the recipe is a delicious one and definitely worth the “prep time”.
    Next time i will make extra potatoes – licking the bowl was a treat.

    1. 5 stars
      I used canned corn, fresh cut carrots and subbed canned cut green beans for the peas, was still so yummy. Was a lot more prep time than I was expecting for a shepherds pie (first time ever making one) but it was easy and worth it and will make again and sure to get easier once I get the recipe memorized.

    2. 5 stars
      This recipe is great! I used ketchup instead of tomato paste, and used instant mashed potatoes, a good brand, not the basic store brand. It made it so much easier, and I like these potatoes better than any I could have mashed myself.

    3. 5 stars
      Using Idahoan instant potatoes was delicious and a real time saver. Better than my mashed potatoes from scratch.

    4. I don’t know if it is the case for this recipe, but typically recipes don’t count gathering/prepping time, and assume that you have the ingredients nearby and measured out ready to go.

  84. 5 stars
    Absolutely LOVE this recipe! Listen, I do not enjoy cooking. It’s just not something that’s ever interested me, but I cook because I have to eat. This receipt was so straightforward and simple, there was no room in wording that make me question if I was doing it right. It was easy, pretty fast, and super tasty! Such comfort food, and you can even make a cute pattern on the top of your potatoes with a fork! Thank you for this recipe!!

  85. 4 stars
    This recipe was super easy to follow and prepare and eat! Personally just for next time I might only use 3/4 of a stick of the unsalted butter. Otherwise the flavors were delicious.

  86. 5 stars
    Great recipe, I use lamb. Turns out perfect every time. Funny tho, each time the portion changes online (1x, 2x, 3x) you changed the poundage of the amout but each time it still says 2 large potatoes. That’s ok, I just eyeballed it anyway.

  87. 5 stars
    Love this recipe so much.

    For people with less time on their hands, 8oz idohoan buttery instant mashed potatoes are still super yummy! Added half the butter and half and half, same amount of spices and they turned out great.

  88. 5 stars
    Honestly, I’ve been making Sheperd’s pie for decades now, and always liked it, but never loved it — this is my new go to! This was absolutely incredible. I may not have measured precisely, and I subbed frozen veggies for fresh, but the addition of tomato paste and Worcestershire made this a win. Only thing missing – a link to pin this on Pinterest for easy saving!

  89. 4 stars
    I made this and everyone enjoyed it but I really think it needs a few modifications. The grease definitely needs to be drained off after browning because mine ended up too greasy. I had to mop grease off the top with a paper towel after baking. The dish was overly salty on the whole and the recipe for the mashed potatoe topping seemed a bit off. I couldn’t bring myself to add the whole amount of butter recommended and it also just seemed to be a thinner layer of potatoe than I usually see I’m a shepherd’s pie. But, on the whole, a pretty good recipe.

  90. 5 stars
    The whole family loved this dish! I didn’t have enough mashed potatoes so I added a layer of tater tots on top which were definitely a hit with the kids. Overall, great flavor and an easy dish to prepare.

  91. 5 stars
    This is by far the best tasting shepherd’s pie recipe I’ve ever had. It’s easy to prepare and even my picky eaters gobble it up!

  92. Is th measurement for the Worchestershire sauce 1 Tablespoon ? I look forward to making this and am concerned for 1 Tablespoon. Thanks and make it a good day.

  93. 5 stars
    Wow so delicious! I’ve always loved this meal but have never made it because my daughter and husband have had versions they hated…. Well they sure enjoyed this ! Thanks for an awesome recipe 👍🏻😀

    1. 5 stars
      This is the best Sheppard’s pie recipe I have tried in a very long time! Lots of flavor and creamy garlic & cheese potatoe topping. Yum!

    2. 5 stars
      This recipe is awesome! I followed the recipe except I didn’t have Worcestershire sauce (replaced with 2 tsp soy sauce and 1 tsp apple cider and red chili powder). I made it as Shepard’s pie and a deconstructed Shepard’s pie. The second time I added way more fresh carrots and frozen peas to get more veggies in my kids and the kids devoured it that I barely had enough food for me. This mashed recipe was phenomenal. Definitely, will include as part of the rotation!

  94. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner (drained the juices from the meat prior to adding Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste) and it was a hit. I had family over so I tripled the receipt so we can have leftovers. Didn’t have much leftovers 😂, everyone enjoyed. Definitely keeping this receipt. Thank you for sharing.

    1. 5 stars
      Hands down best shephards pie recipe I’ve tried yet. Little greesy but I’ll just cut back on the butter next time.

    2. 5 stars
      Great recipe! It was a hit! Make sure to have all of your ingredients ready to go for a dish like this so you’re not scrambling around the kitchen. I’d also recommend putting the potatoes on while you are cooking the meat to save time.

      I think I may use the potato recipe as a side dish in another meal because they are just so buttery and savory.

    3. 5 stars
      I did. I subbed things simply to use what I had on hand. Fresh carrots, frozen peas, canned corn and cheddar cheese. I switched tomato sauce for the paste, and simmered it down a little more. It was perfect consistency and delish. Everyone loved it! I’ll definitely make this again.

  95. 5 stars
    This was so good, out of all the Shepherd pie recipes I am glad that I picked this one!!! I will be making this for sure in the colder months ahead.

  96. 5 stars
    This was delicious! Only had 3 potatoes, 2 Russet and 1 Sweet potato. Combined them to make a thin topping. The addition of Parmesan cheese and spices put the potatoes over the top. Was wondering about the calorie content, is 400 calories correct?

  97. 5 stars
    Delicious! The seasonings make the difference. Unused ground turkey and beef broth to give it that beefy flavor. Would definitely make again.

  98. 5 stars
    The best ever…quick and easy and the best tasting Sheppards pie I’ve ever had!! Can’t ever make enough for my family.

  99. 5 stars
    My granddaughter said “Nana will you make me a Shepard pie? Of course I couldn’t refuse. I was looking at recipes and came across your recipe Oh my goodness it was easy to make and so very good !! She was pleased with it as well. She said yours is so mush better than mommas😂 I most definitely will be making this again. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us .

  100. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe, but in honour of my grandma who made this for us frequently, 50 years ago, I added maple baked beans, so I “ britished it up a bit”. It was delicious.

  101. 5 stars
    Wow! This Shepherd’s Pie recipe is delicious. I made it for the first time tonight and my family loved it. My 11 year old said it was in her top 3 favorite recipes now. I made the recipe as written, just had to sub gluten free flour. Turned out perfect!

  102. 5 stars
    This was delicious. I did add a bit more Worcestershire because I love it and I was out of carrots but had frozen peas and corn. So I added chopped cabbage that I needed to use with the onions. This is a perfect Shepherds pie recipe!

  103. 5 stars
    I made this tonight for dinner. I accidentally thawed cubed beef steak instead of ground beef. (I still chopped it up into small pieces and used it.) I also added 1/2 cup red wine and 1/2 cup veggie broth instead of one cup of beef broth. I also didn’t have any corn or mixed veggies so instead I used a can of fire roasted tomatoes and it still turned out great!! I also added shredded ghost pepper cheese instead of parm. I will definitely make this again!! 😍🤤🤤🤤😍

  104. 5 stars
    This was so good and easy to make. Thank you for the recipe. I did make it with a can of Manwich sauce in replace of tomato paste, because I didn’t have any on hand. Turned out super yummy!

  105. Made this for my brother and his wife for the freezer when their baby came early. They are begging me
    To make it again. Best they ever had they said. I think the definite thing that makes it is the rosemary.

    Awesome recipient

  106. 5 stars
    My second time making this recipe, and it’s just as delicious as the first time. My folks loved it, too!

    The first time I made it, I made the mashed potatoes according to the recipe – so good! (My new go-to recipe for homemade mashed potatoes.) This time, as a time saver, I used the Bob Evans mashed potatoes from the refrigerator section of the grocery store. I mixed them up with a couple tablespoons of butter and garlic powder, then added the parmesan cheese. It turned out just as tasty!

    Thanks for the recipe.

  107. I’ve made this twice now. Once following the recipe with minor changes such as seasoning since I found I didn’t have fresh garlic or thyme. Family loved it! Second time I used milk rather then half and half. Still a huge success. Usually I have at least a serving left of dinner they can have for lunch the next day, but neither time have I had so much as a spoonful, but neither have they asked for a snack after. 🙂

  108. 3 stars
    It was runny and had a lot of grease, next time I would brown & drain meat mixture before mixing in spices and Tomato Paste. My husband and granddaughter like it though they thought it a bit runny also.

  109. Last year about this time, made this for “Girls Week” at St. George Island, FL, 8 of us. I made no side sides, but 1 of the ladies cut tomatoes with mozzarella cheese. We almost ate all of it. everyone raved! Then, we simply had to ,finish it! This recipe is so easy to follow, needs no adjusting, except size, maybe.
    I made some for my boss & his wife when he was recovering from knee surgery. They loved it. Also made for my son & girlfriend; they were totally impressed. Lamb is new to her; I introduced lamb during holidays over 6 years ago. The ground lamb is the best; never tried this with beef.
    I’m taking your marvelous Shepherd’s Pie again this weekend, (tomorrow) by request. I added apple salad & baked butternut squash this time.
    You did great, thank you so much from all of us. Sooooooooo yummy!!!!! And nutritious.

  110. 5 stars
    Whoa! I tasted the meat filling when i was taking it off burner and was THIS close to devouring whole pan right on the spot ;o

  111. 5 stars
    This was so good . This recipe is a keeper and I would consider making this for company . My husband loved it!

  112. 5 stars
    Perfection. Added a little layer of cheddar cheese between meat/potato layers. Made brown gravy and ate this over biscuits!

  113. 5 stars
    This is by far the best Shepherd’s pie I’ve ever had. I’ve made it twice—once all beef and once half pan half beef. I prefer the all beef. It was so good I couldn’t wait to make it again.

  114. I tried this recipe today. I did not have any tomato paste so I substituted ketchup. It was delicious and I definitely will make it again. My husband said it was very tasty.’ Thank you. I also did not use paarmesan cheese but shredded sharp cheddar.

  115. 5 stars
    Hello. Do I need to drain the fat after browning the beef? Looking forward to a great evening dinner.
    Thanks, John.

  116. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe so much! It is easy to follow and the result is delicious. The mashed potatoes with the cheese gave the flavor an extra twist. Thank you so much for this recipe. Will definitely be doing it again!

  117. 4 stars
    This recipe turned out great, but it took way more time than the recipe described. I spent over 2 and half hours preparing this dish for my family as it was described. Also, I would recommend using a fork and putting furrows on top of the dish right before you put it in the oven, and also consider spraying it with a bit of cooking spray. That should crisp the top right off for a nice finish.

  118. 5 stars
    I remember Shepherds pie from my childhood. I always found it bland and gross. Not this recipe! So simple and easy to make yet packed with flavour. Keeps well so good for work lunches. Will make again

  119. 5 stars
    The best Shepards’s (cottage) pie I’ve ever made!!! The mashed potatoes on top are also delicious, I would use that recipe for mash on its own it’s so good! The recipe was so easy to follow and the video was a good addition for extra reference. Thank you for posting an incredible recipe and sharing it with people like myself who really appreciate a hearty and tasty meal!

    1. 5 stars
      I want to start off by saying that I am not the best cook, but this recipe was easy to follow. A perfect comfort meal with good flavor! I plan to check out more recipes.

  120. 5 stars
    This was my first time making a shepherds pie. I have avoided them because my mom used to make them all the time and I did not like it. My husband asked for it so I gave it a shot and omg it was so good!! Nothing like I remember! (Sorry mom). Will definitely be making this again.

  121. 5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious and would definitely work for feeding company at the house. It was no trouble to make either. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I don’t eat beef & was wondering if ground chicken would work? I’ve been hungry for Sheppard’s pie for awhile, your recipe looks delicious & easy to follow.

    1. 5 stars
      Great recipe! I added fresh grated horseradish and fresh grated ginger. Also, ground to Turmeric and ground curry powder for extra flavor and health benefits.

  122. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe like 3 times already so you could say I love it lol. It’s a lot of prep work but it’s definitely worth it!!

  123. 5 stars
    I made this following the recipe and it was a huge hit. Thank you so much for this! I’m hoping to make the 18 serving and take some to my coworkers. Yummm

    1. 5 stars
      Great traditional recipe….I used lamb, turned out delicious. Making it again today but am going to use ground venison/ground pork for a twist.

  124. 5 stars
    yummy yum yum! I just pulled the second dish out from the oven. My family loved this recipe. I love to cook and am quite savvy in the kitchen yet I wanted something new to make so it stays fun for me. I have cooked all types of dishes and played with ingredients, herbs, spices, rues, sauces, spreads etc., So when I came across your recipe I was excited to get started. Thank you <3

  125. This Shephard’s pie was a very good choice for dinner. It was the first time I have ever tried it.

  126. 5 stars
    I love this recipe but don’t have tomato paste on hand so I’m gonna add a tad bit of tomato sauce and see how it goes.

  127. 5 stars
    Yum! I tried this once and I keep coming back to it. I sub in half sweet potatoes with the white. And if I am feeling especially healthy, I omit the white potatoes and add mashed white beans to the sweet potatoes. I find the time to prepare is more than what they say but it is worth it!!

  128. 5 stars
    This just may be the greatest recipe I’ve ever been gifted. I make this at least once a month, sometimes twice. I’ve tweaked it for my own taste and I will make this as long as I can stand in front of an oven. Thank you. I truly appreciate it.

  129. 5 stars
    After arguing with myself, I finally decided to try this recipe after 20 years of cooking my tried and true pie, and I’m very thankful that “persistent me” won the argument! This has Excellent flavor and it’s an easy recipe to follow. I admit though, “skeptical me” was very nervous about the tomato paste, but it proved to compliment the dish quite nicely. My husband loved it and threw portion control to the wind tonight, and didn’t save room for dessert! This will definitely be my new Shepherd’s Pie recipe. Out with the old, and in with the new!

    1. 5 stars
      We used rosemary the first time and could not eat it, the next time omitted rosemary and just made for the 4th time we love it!!

  130. 5 stars
    Great recipe. Directions are very easy to follow. I have all the ingredients already didn’t have to go shopping for the ingredients which was nice.

  131. 5 stars
    It’s a traditional comfort food. If you are worry about gaining weight, I think this recipe is not for you :).
    Best outcome of any cooking recipe is always rely on the best ingredients. Lucky for us here, the meat (lamb or beef) is always flavoursome, so, no adjustment needed for this recipe, just perfect. Thank you Amanda …..

  132. 5 stars
    Just made this tonight and it is really good. The meat filling was a tiny bit salty, but I tasted that as I was cooking so I put a little less salt in the potatoes to balance it out. Perfect! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Will definitely make this again!

  133. 5 stars
    best shepherds pie. ill never go back to anything else. seasoning is the best. mashed potatoes are so well seasoned. i could eat this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. just divine.

  134. 5 stars
    Delicious and easy and I already had all the ingredients on hand which made it a perfect meal. We made it with lamb and left out the rosemary – mostly because it was the one ingredient I didn’t have. My picky family loved it. I will for sure make this recipe again.

  135. 5 stars
    This truly is the best shepards pie! This recipe is a keeper. I didn’t have half and half so I used beef stock and it still turned out awesome.

  136. 3 stars
    This dish was good but not great. It lacked flavor so more spices & hamburger are needed. The potatoes were very high in calories because of the half and half, butter and parmesan cheese. I always say, if I’m going to eat something with high calories, it better be great. This was good but I would not say great. The next time I will add more spices and hamburger & make the potatoes with a healthier substitute for the butter.

    1. 5 stars
      Definitely deserves the 5 star rating. Everyone enjoyed the entree. It’s a bit of work incorporating all the ingredients but we’ll worth the effort.

    2. 5 stars
      Shepherd’s Pie is not meant to be low calorie, low fat, or healthy. It’s “comfort” food. Your comments is silly.

  137. 5 stars
    Absolutely Delicious. Made it with frozen peas and carrots – added a can of drained corn. Then topped this with Cheese, bacon bits and chive before baking. Huge hit! The Worcestershire and sautéing the onions/garlic/meat was perfect. Highly Recommend

    1. 5 stars
      the greatest pie ever. i absolutely love it. tysm for the recipe. great seasonings, and perfect mashed potatoes. just love. 😻

  138. 5 stars
    This shepard’s pie is amazing. I’ve made it twice now, my son loves it. I think I might try it with beef next time but this is my go to shepard’s pie recipe.

    1. 4 stars
      I just made this followed the directions (don’t think a recipe should be rated if not followed). After making the hamburger mixture and letting it sit a bit, I agree with Marilyn more spices were needed . Needed more potatoes so made a small batch more. Was good will make again.

  139. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. I have made it twice now and it is probably the best shepherd’s pie I’ve ever had. I like to use ground lamb and add extra carrot and peas. I also have been using chicken broth instead of beef broth.

  140. 5 stars
    I have made shepherd’s pie many times. This recipe, ever so slightly tweaked, was by far the best we’ve had. I made a double batch for 4 of us and one of the my sons and my husband demolished it in 2 meals! They both begged me to make this a weekly staple. It was seriously delicious!

  141. 5 stars
    This is excellent!! I did not have rosemary so I used poultry seasoning. It was EXCELLENT! Will make again soon and double. Leftovers were great too!

  142. 5 stars
    Crowd pleaser! Simple and everyone loved it. Will be making again. Added an extra 2 potatoes though 🙂

  143. 5 stars
    I followed the recipe, except I put half of the mashed potatoes on the bottom of the Casserole dish, then meat mixture, mashed potatoes and topped with cheese. It was so good. I will make this again.

    1. My husband is diabetic so I didn’t want to use all potatoes. I cooked cauliflower with the potatoes and mashed together. This made it more diabetic friendly.

  144. 5 stars
    Fantastic recipe! I was looking for authentic Shepherds Pie, and this is it! I substituted a fresh carrot (diced very small) as I had none frozen, and used ground lamb as well as lamb bone broth (we make all our own broths). Excellent flavor, just like my Irish neighbor in Oxfordshire, England used to make for me when she was helping out my mom. Thanks for this!

  145. 5 stars
    Really delicious meal! One thing I had to change about my pie was the amount of mashed potato topping. I used four potatoes instead of two, and I actually ended up needing two more. Will be making this again!

    1. 5 stars
      Soo delicious! My husband and I give this a 5 star rating, even though I used packaged potato mix, and a healthy vegan margarine instead of butter and cheese. But the filling was so flavorful! (I also chopped a fresh carrot to replace the frozen, and it worked out fine.

    1. 5 stars
      Done it four times for home and did in christmas vegetarian for my son its just a brilliant recipe all the family enjoyed it.

  146. 5 stars
    absolutely delicious, well done to whoever made this recipe. I used strong cheddar instead of Parmesan

    1. 5 stars
      I’m making it for the second time now, I’ve followed the recipe exactly, it’s delicious and smells amazing.

  147. 5 stars
    Another great dish! This is my second time making it and it was just as good as the first. This will be added to my regular rotation 😊

  148. 5 stars
    My mother in law is almost 80years old and a great chef. She says this was the best she ever had. I won. Saving the recipe.

    1. 3 stars
      I absolutely loved everything about it except for the Thyme. I used 1/2 of what it called for and only one person in my family would eat it.

      Next time, no thyme. Otherwise it is great.

  149. 5 stars
    My first time making this
    Only thing I didn’t have was fresh herbs
    I just cooked meat added everything and used instant mashed potatoes. Everyone liked it Mext time I want to add fresh mushroom yum

  150. 5 stars
    Family loved it. Easy to make. I’ve made it using a pkg of instant potatoes and just as good

    1. 5 stars
      I made this recipe and had to triple the ingredients cuz I had alot more mince meat to use! It turned out awesome!
      Only thing that I did a little differently was I added a little sage and a little smoked Paprika but not alot! Everyone absolutely loved it!

  151. 5 stars
    I’ve made this several times now…don’t change a thing! Everyone loves it!! Very easy to put together and makes A LOT!! Thanks so much for the recipe!!

  152. 5 stars
    Simply delishious and quite easy to make! We have a household that doesn’t care for thyme, so used oregano instead, which worked very well!

  153. 5 stars
    My husband and I make Shepherd’s Pie together. He gets on browning the ground and I get on chopping onions and measuring everything else. This is our Go-To base Shepherd’s Pie recipe. We’ve made it at least ten times and it’s delicious, savory, comfort food every time. We use this seasoning blend and do little tweaks and variations to suit us. Tonight’s variation will be skin-on sweet potato mash instead of white potatoes, but we’ve also made it with ground turkey, Beyond Ground, bell peppers, spinach, mushrooms etc.. We love this recipe because It’s inexpensive, nutritious and one helluva way to elevate frozen peas & carrots. We can even fit this recipe into our Whole30 Nutrition Plan by simply eliminating the wheat flour. What’s not to love?

    1. 5 stars
      I agree with Crystal. Sweet potato mash topping is a delicious counterpoint to the gaminess of the lamb!

    1. 5 stars
      It’s absolutely amazing!!! I’ve made this recipe over and over again m. It always gets compliments when I get to share ❤️ Yummy!! Very easy to make 🤤

      1. 5 stars
        Can’t recommend this recipe more! From 92 year old mother in law to young grandchildren, it is a hit. This recipe keeps my med school grandson coming back for visits. And it’s sooo easy. Everyone says best shepherds pie ever.

  154. 5 stars
    I’ve been making Shepherd’s Pie or Cottage Pie for awhile and always have been told that I make them great, but this recipe is just perfect. I play around with some of the proportions (a bit more Worcestershire and beef broth, maybe a bit more garlic for the mashed potatoes), but I don’t stray far from anything you’ve laid out here. Thank you!

  155. 5 stars
    It turned out great. Was easy to make and my husband loved it. Will definitely add to our meal plan. Thank you for sharing.

  156. 5 stars
    best i have made. love the worshtershire and parm and tomato. The amount of flour for thickening was perfect. And the tase was amazing.

  157. 5 stars
    Finally, a recipe that’s both easy and tasty without cream soup! For those dairy sensitive, this is the recipe. Easy to adjust to your tastes.

  158. 5 stars
    This!!! It’s my go to recipe. I use to make shepherds pie but nothing like this. This recipe is comfort food and we all LOVE it! I gave my neighbour the recipe and she’s anxious to try it since she hears me raving about it. Thank you! I didn’t change a thing as it is delicious as is and hearty. I honestly have to STOP myself from eating the whole thing 🙂 I make this once every week as it is that yummy:)

    Thank you for this amazing recipe!!

  159. 5 stars
    I did 2lbs of ground beef bc I buy the cheap kind and added an extra half amount of every other ingredient and it came out perfectly. Delicious and a hit with the fam!

  160. I’ve always loved Shepherd’s pie since I was a kid, so this was great. Also, I have to make this in a few days for culinary day soooo…

  161. 5 stars
    Just made this. Really really yummy and relatively easy. I used lamb. Husband ate half. Lol. Doubling would be a good idea! Thanks.

  162. 5 stars
    Very tasty recipe! My husband loved it. Next time I will double it. The only change I made was using fat free milk instead of the cream. Definitely a keeper!

  163. My family and I love this recipe! It always turns out perfectly.

    If I wanted to make this Gluten free for someone with Celiac’s, would there be a way to substitute or omit the flour?

    1. Im not sure if someone who can’t have flour can have cornstarch but if so you can use cornstarch as a thickener instead of flour.

    2. I have celiac and made this with 1-to-1 gluten free baking flour. It turned out wonderfully. They sell small bags of premixed 1-to-1 gluten free flours and they’re perfect substitutes for small amounts of flour like this recipe.

  164. 5 stars
    I had my own version of Shepherd’s Pie but THIS recipe will be my permanent version! The gravy that it makes is absolutely delicious! My husband loved this recipe. 🙂

  165. 5 stars
    I made this yesterday with the lamb. This is hands-down the best Shepherd’s pie I’ve ever eaten. I will be making this routinely. Thanks!

  166. 5 stars
    I’ve been searching for a good shepards pie recipe and I finally found it. Now I just need to burn some Irish peat in the fireplace to complete the experience

  167. 5 stars
    I’ve made SP throughout the years. I decided tonight I wanted to try a different variation than my usual. I came across the recipe and decided to give it a try. We loved it! I thought I had dried rosemary on hand; I did not. A quick Google search gave me some suggestions (I went with Thyme). I will be using this receipt from now on!!!!

  168. 5 stars
    Just outstanding. I use the entire 16 ounce package of frozen peas and carrots and double the corn. It uses all everyday ingredients. Leftovers are great, too. It takes longer than 20 minutes to prepare.

  169. 5 stars
    This looks like an improvement on Shepherd’s pie recipes I’ve made in the past! Thanks!
    Question: would it freeze well? I need to make a big casserole ahead and freeze it. I’m hoping it will freeze well. Thank you!

  170. 5 stars
    Wow, this is the best Shepherd’s pie recipe I have ever tried. I grew up with my English mom’s recipe, but this is better. I didn’t have Worcestershire sauce on hand, so I used soy sauce. The flour and tomato paste really helped make the meat part rich and a nice texture. Divine.

  171. Can I make the meat portion and refrigerate over night, then add the potato portion when I’m ready the next day?

  172. 5 stars
    This is the best recipe for shepherd’s pie. I had fresh herbs available so I substituted that. I also mixed the tomato paste and flour with a little of the broth to make a smooth paste before I mixed it into the meat mixture. t was YUMMY!!

  173. 5 stars
    I used a mushroom plant based ground
    And it turned out fabulous!!
    (Lion’s mane mushroom crumble.. sold at Superstore B.C, Canada).
    This is definitely a keeper recipe 💕

  174. My mom made this for us as kids and it was really good, Mine was never as good as hers, I tried your recipe and my daughter’s boyfriend asked if I could move in with them and make it every night. They live in Rhode Island and I live in NY so I can’t deliver as often as he would like. Thanks so much. You are an amazing CHEF!

  175. 5 stars
    I make this all the time and just wanted to add for anybody wanting to make this a little leaner- it is delicious with ground chicken or turkey (sub beef broth for chicken as well). I also too it with cheddar cheese before baking of course!

  176. I’d like to double this. Any adjustments or just double ingredients? Also, I’m using leftover short ribs. Suggestions? Will it affect the gravy process? Mahalo

  177. I’ve made this recipe numerous times now and I ALWAYS have to make a double portion because my husband and two teenage boys would devour it. KUDOS for sharing this and all my boys say THANK YOU!

  178. 5 stars
    So delicious! The meat came out perfect. I added a layer of stuffing before I added the potatoes because my husband is addicted stuffing. He said it’s the beat shepherd’s pie he’s ever had.

  179. 5 stars
    Wow had some leftover 60th Birthday dinner, prime rib, shrooms and mashed potatoes. This was freaking fabulous

  180. Made mine with ground elk that I got last season. Also added some wild sage and used fresh rosemary, basil and oregano. It was fast and simple and made enough for a few days of food. I skipped the potato prep and bought easy make parmigiana instant mashed potatoes, put in plastic bag and cut the tip to layer it nicely on top. 10/10

  181. This recipe was delicious. I doubled the recipe, omitted the flour and tomato paste and added a little more Worcestershire sauce. Also, I used fresh carrots and canned peas — no corn. Had it for Easter dinner along with fresh green beans, a tiny ham and pigs in the blanket.

  182. 5 stars
    Outstanding! So delicious and not difficult to make at all. I prepared the mashed potatoes first then the meat mixture. Doubled the recipe and family just loved it!

  183. 5 stars
    so good! first time making shepherd’s pie. & I am 60 !! used canned peas & corn. fresh carrots chopped & cooked. I loved the flavour. Would make it again! followed recipe …

  184. I made the lamb version today. Shepherd’s pie has always been a favorite of my son, but he super loved this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  185. 5 stars
    I used lamb and ground beef, with avocado oil and vegetable broth. Absolutely delicious, first time ever making this dish. My family loved it even the picky little ones.

  186. My Dad called this dish “delightful” at least 3 times. It was so good, we couldn’t stop eating. We finished a 8×8 tray between the two of us. Luckily, I took a portion of everything and put it into a bread pan to freeze for another day.

    Yum yum yum!!!

  187. 5 stars
    I have a family of picky eaters and this recipe was a major hit! Most went up for seconds (those who had any room left)! I will definitely be putting this recipe on rotation:)

  188. I have been wanting good shepherd’s pie for a couple of months now and was excited to find this recipe. My mom made shepherd’s (cottage) pie when I was growing up but never really wrote down what she did. This recipe was great and my brother and I really liked it. Very similar to what we had growing up. I changed a handful of things due to preference or what I had in the kitchen. I realized last minute I was out of rosemary so I subbed for italian seasoning and sage. I used a sweet onion instead of yellow onion and subbed the half and half with heavy cream. I didn’t weigh my potatoes but I do know I had more than 2 lbs. I only peeled one potato and kept the skins on the other two. Also accidentally overfilled the garlic as I was measuring over the bowl, so there was extra garlic powder. You know when you tap-tap-tap to fill the measuring spoon then it all comes crashing out? It all worked out though since I did use more than enough potatoes. Lastly, baked in a 7×11 metal pan. One thing that I like about this dish is that it is a little bit foolproof and allows you to use up what’s in your kitchen. I remember sometimes my mom would use instant potatoes, sometimes covered in cheddar cheese, sometimes different veggies, varying typs of gravy and seasoning.

  189. 4 stars
    I was confused with the recipe only stating 2 large potatoes. Seemed like more in the video. I stuck to recipe, cut back butter because thought 1 stick was a lot for only 2 potatoes. In hindsight, wish I had used more potatoes in order to have a thicker layer on top. First time making SP! Will make again!

  190. 5 stars
    This is simply the best shepherd’s pie! We’re a plant-based family, so I use plant-based mince instead of beef, and replace the butter and cream with plant-based alternatives, but otherwise I stick to the recipe. I have made this so many times for guests, who are usually meat-eaters, and they all always go for seconds, saying how delicious it is. I have never come across a plant-based shepherd’s pie that is a winner, but with some personal preference adaptations, your recipe definitely is! I keep it close to hand, because I come back to it so regularly.

  191. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe. The herb mix and Worcestershire really complement the taste of the filling. I always seem to have left over rice from take out so I used 3/4 lb meat and added cooked rice to the filling with the liquid for a thickener instead of the flour. Also substitute milk and Greek yogurt for the cream in the potato topping. Thanks for sharing!

  192. 5 stars
    I’ve made this several times for my family it’s a must at least twice a month!!! I make it with the beef and I double the recipe the pan that uses a 13 by 9 by 2.

  193. 5 stars
    I’ve tried several version, and I thought this one was delicious! I felt it was an easier recipe, that really didn’t take as much time as I thought. I had to sub fresh carrots, that I slightly steamed, with a half of a can of peas.

  194. Recipe looks amazing. Got everything I needed to make it tonight now just realized I forgot the tomato paste. Is there a substitute?

  195. 5 stars
    Served this recipe for a church covered dish. Loved by all. They took the leftovers home and washed my dish, lol.

  196. I needed a quick dinner. I followed this recipe except I used instant brown gravy instead of the tomato paste. I used fresh carrots only 3 small ones.
    1/2 of a green pepper, 1 small onion and a can of creamed corn
    Only garlic powder, no other spices.
    I used instant mashed potatoes. I put cheddar cheese on Top of meat mixture and again on top of the mashed potatoes. Yum

  197. Absolutely delicious! This recipe has quickly become a staple in my home. I really enjoyed making it as well and it’s a pretty simple recipe if you’re used to cooking, even for beginners. Definitely double the recipe if you’re feeding more than 2 people. My boyfriend has a big appetite and I don’t think it would have been enough for the two of us if I didn’t double up.

  198. This is an easy recipe for Shepherds Pie. We loved it. I did substitute catsup for the tomato paste because I didn’t have any. It is flavorful and I will definitely make it again.

    1. Yes! I make this in a huge batch and I portion it out in single servings for my adult children because they love it so much. I don’t cook it in the oven, I leave that to the person eating it to do.

    2. Yep. For me, thawing for at least an hour before reheating works best. I reheat in the oven @400. I’ve never tried microwaving, but I bet it would be okay for small portions

  199. 5 stars
    I absolutely love this recipe and so does my boyfriend I juts add a little more of Worcestershire sauce cause he loves it so much! make this recipe soo many times.

  200. 5 stars
    Love the meat gravy recipe. I actually put it over baked potatoes (included sweet). Soooo yummy and healthier.

  201. 5 stars
    Yummy. I used fresh carrots and they need a bit more cooking. So I added them before the frozen corn and peas. Also, I omitted the parmesan cheese from potatoes. It would have been good with cheddar too, I just got busy and forgot. Haha. Directions make it easy to follow

  202. This is my boyfriend’s favorite. A weekly request comes in for this recipe! So simple and easy, and amazing results every time! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  203. 5 stars
    I made this today. It is so good. I made it on a charcoal grill the smokiness in the meat was awesome. Really enjoyed this recipe I’ll be making this recipe again and again.

  204. 5 stars
    Growing up I HATED Shepherds pie. Now I think that was just because of how my mom made it. I used this recipe tonight and fell in love! I didn’t have any Worcestershire sauce but it didn’t REALLY need it to be good. I also used canned corn and peas instead of frozen and it was no issue. Super easy recipe with a delicious outcome. Will definitely be making this again in the future!

  205. Thanks for this recipe, I used Guinness for the liquid (added a tsp of better than bullion beef base)

    1. 5 stars
      I cannot agree more this recipe is exactly on I avoid making shepherd’s pie because the recipe is so convoluted this recipe is so easy. I have to say this is my first food review for a recipe and it’s 5 stars all the way.

  206. Great recipe! Instead of creamed potatoes I used Palmini Mashed which is mashed palm hearts. My first time eating Shepherd’s Pie and we loved it! Thank you!

  207. 5 stars
    I tried this for the first time for St Patricks day. It was amazing. The best part was there were no flavors that were overpowering, they just all complimented each other perfectly! The meat mixture reminded me of the meat pies I had in Australia…SO GOOD!

  208. 5 stars
    My husband refuses to eat corned beef or cabbage, so I made this for St. Patty’s Day. I’m glad I gave it a try. Absolutely delicious.

  209. 5 stars
    This is an excellent Shepherd’s Pie recipe. Because my husband and I don’t like strong spice flavors, we halved the rosemary and thyme. I didn’t have frozen carrots, so I used fresh and precooked them a bit. In addition, I made the recipe a day ahead and refrigerated it until ready to bake, and it was delicious. This is a keeper and a great make-ahead dish for family or friends.

  210. Loved this recipe I substituted half the broth for Guinness beer and added a heavy beef bouillon spread as well. I used cheddar cheese instead of Parmesan… makes more sense to me being Irish myself lol. I loved this though and it came out great!! I also doubled the recipe and used heavy cream and sour cream for the mashed potato’s 🙂 happy saint patty’s day everyone!

  211. 5 stars
    This was the best Shepherd’s Pie I have ever made. Absolutely delicious! Everyone wanted the recipe. Thanks for all the great tips. The flour and tomato paste are both what I think was always missing from mine. In the past, I was always wanting to add something. Loved it.

  212. Hello, I made this in mini crocks and it was amazing. I just finished making it in bulk. Recipe times 5. It filled three half trays. I’m just unsure how long to cook it tomorrow and at what temp. I see I should take it out of the frig to get close to room temp first. Any suggestions?

  213. 5 stars
    The best shepherds pie I have ever made. I have made this recipe so many times, I get so many compliments. My family loves this. Thank you s9 much for sharing

  214. 5 stars
    I followed this exactly except for I used ground chicken and chicken broth. It was easy and excellent! I appreciate the measurements for the vegetables, made it easier to create a mix when I did only had individual veggies. Family loved it for Pi day! Thank you.

  215. 5 stars
    This is by far one of the best recipes I have made in my 44 years on Earth! Haha. I never eat this cause it usually has big beef chunks or lamb. My boyfriend’s daughter is 6 and won’t eat anything. She gave it a thumbs up!! Will def be a regular here! Love it!

  216. 5 stars
    Wow, this is so delicious. I made this from minced venison. Didn’t stay once, thanks for the recipe.

  217. This was so good. My family loved it. It takes a while to prep but is well worth it. I did change the cheese to Colby Jack as I was out of Parmesan, and used fresh Rosemary from my garden. Thank you so much for posting.

  218. 5 stars
    This was my first time making Shepherds Pie and my whole family loved it! Definitely going to keep this in the dinner rotation.

  219. I found this recipe about a year ago, and I make it often – everyone loves it! I do a shortcut though for busy weeknights – I buy the pre-made mashed potatoes in the refrigerated section. My fussy family has no idea – they think the mashed potatoes are homemade – and they rave over this dish.

  220. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. My way of helping those with sensitive gums, I put the dry herbs in a grinder and make them in powder, that way the dry herbs like rosemary or thyme does not get in between your teeth.
    My family loves this dish. I also drained all the liquid fat from the cook ground lamb.

  221. 5 stars
    This was the best shepherd’s pie we’ve ever eaten, but instead of putting half and half in potatoes, put hellmans mayonnaise instead.

  222. 5 stars
    My mother an I made this with substitutes. Instead of lamb or beef, we used chicken. We boiled it and removed the bones. We didn’t use frozen vegetables; we used canned vegetables. We drained the cans and rinsed them with chicken broth. We used corn and sweet peas. We also cut some scallions and celery and added them to the peas and corn. Topped with mashed/creamed potatoes. Baked at 350 for 30 minutes. Be sure to put the dish on a cookie sheet in case it boils over. It was delicious and we will make this again and again.

  223. 5 stars
    Super easy and delicious. I have made this twice. Doubled the recipe because it is so good. Great to make ahead and heat up later.

  224. We lower the carb content by using mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes. If you add just a few potato flakes to the cauliflower, the taste and consistency is nearly identical to potatoes.

  225. 5 stars
    I make this recipe often. It is easy to make, and taste delicious. I normally have the ingredients on hand as well.

  226. 5 stars
    Love, love, LOVED this recipe! So easy and made my house smell sooooooo good. I doubled the recipe and thank goodness I did. My Son In Law and his friend ate over half of it! This is definately a keeper!!! Thank you for another great recipe Amanda!

      1. I just mad this and doubled it. I put it into two 9×13 aluminum baking pans from the dollar store. I think it could have fit doubled in a deep 9x 13 regular glass dish though . Also, I sprinkled some cheddar cheese on top of the potatoes before baking as well as adding the Parmesan cheese into the potatoes.

    1. 5 stars
      We doubled the recipe too… perfect recipe for making ahead and giving to friends and family that are going through tough times!

  227. 5 stars
    Great recipe but my potato topping was only a half inch thick and the picture made it look at least 2 inches thick.. Followed the directions per badem.

  228. 5 stars
    Hands down the best! Perfect recipe! I did add a tablespoon of wine and did not use cheese. So very good!! Thank you!!!!

  229. 5 stars
    I made this tonight…but doubled the Recipe. It was Amazing! My kids like a little bit of kick or spice to each meal. So I sprinkled Cayenne pepper over the first potato mixture and I had to add 3 more potatoes and butter , cheese etc on top because I needed more to cover the meat and veggies. The gravy was amazing! Thanks so much!

  230. Would it be okay to use yellow potatoes instead of russet potatoes?
    Trying to avoid driving in the wintery weather to the grocery store haha.
    Thank you!!

  231. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious
    Hearty and comforting
    The ground beef was tasty and the mash potato had it’s own taste harmonizing each other
    No leftovers….

  232. 5 stars
    This turned out amazing, everything was spot on only added a tiny bit of chilli powder to the mince for a kick but everything else was great. Went down a treat thank you!

  233. 5 stars
    This was delicious. Didn’t have any tomato paste so used drained garlic and olive oil tomato bits and put them in the food processor and used the liquid with beef bouillon for the broth. A variation my mom would make when I was little was to use a taco seasoning packet with the meat portion and top with a jiffy cornbread mix or two and add cheddar cheese in top of that the last ten minutes of baking. Yum.

  234. Can i use fresh carrots and peas, and canned corn? all i have in the house right now.. should i blanch the carrots, before

  235. 5 stars
    Delicious, I used ground turkey and chicken broth; still came out great and I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow!! Thank you!!!

  236. 5 stars
    Recipe was great. If you want to use fresher veggies like asparagus, orange pepper, carrots, brussel sprouts, etc.. dice them into quarter inch pieces and add them after onions sauteed a minute, but before the meat.
    Then continue following recipe.
    I didn’t put parmesan in mashed potatoes, but cooked and extra potato for a thicker mashed potatoes topper

  237. I am making this for families at church that have been going through some hardships. Can it be frozen? Also, I am planning to freeze in 2 serving increments – any suggestions on how long it would need to bake from frozen?

  238. 5 stars
    Made it exactly as posted. Absolutely loved it!
    I’ve been making sp for years this is even better than my dads. Next time and there will be a next time I’m adding mushrooms. Thanks for posting this recipe

  239. This was delicious!!! Just the kind of comfort food I was craving. Question: I have so much left over, can I freeze this? Not sure how the masked potatoes will do frozen?

  240. 5 stars
    Such a great recipe! Added a bit more salt than what the recipe calls for after the meat/veggies were cooked (used low sodium beef broth so that might have been a factor) but otherwise followed the recipe to a T and it came out amazing. Will definitely be making this again!

  241. 5 stars
    So flavorful/herby – I feel like I’m in the French countryside! I’ve made it twice with ground deer meat – it freezes well, too. Thank you for this!

  242. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe. I doubled for 9×13 pan. Great flavor! I used a bit more beef stock in meat and about half the butter in the potatoes. Highly recommend making this.

  243. I’ve tried several Shepherd’s Pie recipes over the years and this one is, by far, the best! Hubs agrees. This is now my sole recipe for this dish, which has now graduated to the regular rotation. Thank you, Amanda, for sharing! Yum:)

  244. 5 stars
    Really good recipe with a diverse number of ingredients to give it an amazing depth of flavor! A hit with my wife and kids, I’ll be making this recipe again and again for years to come!

  245. 5 stars
    I made it just like the recipe and it was wonderful. and i’m the type of person who adds a little this and that. But I’ve found if you follow the recipe the first time, and it’s good, don’t mess it and tell the cook this…so I did. Thank you

  246. 5 stars
    Made this and it was delicious! Great go to for a fast weeknight recipe! Uses all the staples that are in the house.

  247. So trying this recipe but thinking about making it in my large muffin pan for individual ‘pies’ that I can make and freeze.

  248. 5 stars
    Yummm.. just made this and it came out so delicious. I had to make few subs because I didn’t have everything, but stuck to the quantities and flavour profile. The meat sauce came out creamy and flavourful, as did the potatoes. Will my super picky toddler eat this? Probably not haha. But that’s ok – more for me.

  249. 5 stars
    I had no Worcestershire Sauce and used Bragg’s Liquid Aminos instead- but quadruple since it’s relatively weaker/waterier. Success!

  250. 5 stars
    I didn’t find the prep time very accurate, even though I made the potatoes in advance it still took me 35 mins to make and assemble everything. I have made it twice in the past month great taste profile. Easy home cooked meal with mostly staple ingredents.

  251. 10/10 recommend!! This was amazing.

    New tip: make upside down. Place potatoes on the bottom, veggies in the middle, and meat on top so the sauces seep into the layers below. Did this by chance (added to stored my leftover potatoes from a precious meal) but will do on purpose from now on!

  252. 5 stars
    We are a picky group of 3. Dinner is a challenging meal. MIL doesn’t eat beef or pork, I will not eat mushrooms or olives and the hubby, well … it just depends. We used impossible burger and chicken broth and it was very good. I think next time I may add a small amount of red chili flakes, or not. Thank you for this recipe,

  253. 5 stars
    I made this recipe exactly as written except o switched out 99% FF ground turkey breast for ground beef. So delicious! What I loved was the Parmesan cheese mixed into the potatoes. So scrumptious!

  254. 5 stars
    Soo yummy! My grandmother always made Shepards pie when we were younger this definitely hit the spot and brought back some memories!

  255. 5 stars
    I made this yesterday and gave some to my Irish dad. He loved it! I’ve made shepherds pie many times but found this by far to be the best. I’ll be making this again!

  256. 4 stars
    This was my first crack at shepards pie and we loved it! Next time I will make more potatoes though. Prep time for me was no where near 20 minutes, however, the investment was worth it!

  257. 5 stars
    Since my family is a vegetarian, I swapped out the ground beef with Impossible Meat. It was sooo good! My daughter and SIL said it was the best shepherds pie they have ever had.. and I tend to agree. Definitely a keeper recipe! Thanks!

  258. 5 stars
    This recipe has become a staple in my household! I am currently dairy free, so I substitute oat milk for the half and half, and use dairy free butter and Parmesan. Even my toddler and husband who are not dairy free LOVE IT! I usually use lamb, but the grocery store was out of it so I subbed buffalo and that was another great alternative.

    I did see a review about the potatoes taking a long time- I do always start the recipe with the potatoes, and cook everything else while the potatoes are coming to a boil/boiling. Then everything is ready to go into the oven at about the same time!

    Thank you so much for this meal that will certainly be served at our table for many years to come!

  259. This is hands down the best cottage pie recipe! It’s actually cold down here in Miami right now and the warm yummy smell coming from the oven was amazing… and it tastes just as good!

  260. 5 stars
    I’ve been craving a really delicious Shepherd’s Pie, but have never eaten what I considered a really good one in a restaurant. Time to make my own! I tweaked this one a little, as one does: I used fresh carrots cut into nice little cubes and added them to the onions after a few minutes. I cooked the tomato paste in there by itself for a minute to make it less raw tasting. I only added 1 Tblsp. of flour…2 would have made it too thick for my taste. And, very importantly, I added a squeeze of Sriracha (less than 1 Tblsp.). This mashed potato recipe looks good, but I used a stand-by that I knew I would love….it involves butter, cream cheese, sour cream, and green onions. Dotted with butter.
    So so so good. Just me here, so I consumed it over the course of 4 days. Reheats in the microwave very well, especially in a little glazed pottery dish that holds its heat for a nice long time.
    The ONLY thing I might change is to make it in an 8×8 pan so that the meat layer is thicker. I would not, then, use all the potatoes. I’d like the proportions to be more 2/3 meat, 1/3 potatoes, much as I love the latter.
    Thank you so much for this recipe!

  261. 5 stars
    This was SO good. I keep going back for more bites, which I never do. I added some mushrooms to the onions, just because I had some I needed to use. I didn’t have beef broth so I used chicken broth. And, because I’m lazy, I just used pre-made potatoes. But still – awesome!

  262. 5 stars
    Difficult to put together–my first time making this. But it came together beautifully. I had to use instant potatoes and it was still great.

  263. 5 stars
    great recipe but seriously, has ANYONE managed to do this with 2lbs (“two large potatoes”) of potatoes?
    Just one tip… piping the mashed potatoes makes this a much easier recipe to execute 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this.

  264. 5 stars
    Wonderful! Followed recipe but did add 1/2 cup of mushrooms, 1/2 cup of red wine, a few more shakes of Worcestershire sauce, and a touch more salt to the meat mixture. After topping with the potatoes (used mixture of milk and sour cream instead of half and half) also spread some melted butter on top of the potatoes before placing the dish in the oven. It browned nicely on top and was yummy. Thanks for the recipe.

  265. 5 stars
    Worthy making it again only thing I’d add on side is a salad next time will try w ground lamb this was delish received rave reviews 🙂

  266. 5 stars
    Great easy recipe. So delicious! I didn’t have dried rosemary and subbed dried sage. I also didn’t have beef broth in the house and used chicken broth. Even with those subs it was wonderful.

  267. 5 stars
    Made 4 of these at once for ourselves and friends in need and they tasted just like growing up at home on the farm in England! Delicious and plenty of flavor. Made them with mule deer meat ground up with beef fat and bacon. So we renamed ours to game pie or Montana pie. Thankyou so much for a great recipe!!!

  268. 5 stars
    This was an excellent recipe! I added some mushrooms to the meat mixture and I used leftover mashed potatoes instead of making fresh. I also added a 1/4 cup of Parm to the top of the potatoes and drizzled them with 2 T melted butter. It was an excellent way to use leftover mashed potatoes.

  269. 5 stars
    Delicious, but it did not hold up as it looks in the picture. I think I will use less broth for the next batch and double the potatoes.

  270. 5 stars
    Wonderful recipe, perfect for winter!
    My husband wants me to make it for his snowmobile trip with buddies. If frozen, can this go straight in the oven, or would it need to be defrosted first?

  271. First time making Shepherd’s Pie and wow this recipe is easy and turned out fantastic! Very tasty. Definitely a keeper.

  272. 5 stars
    Very easy and delish
    I cheated and used simply smart potatoes
    Will defined make this dish again

  273. 5 stars
    I made this last night using 1/3 lb lamb and a lb of ground beef. It was delicious! I’m not a big fan of lamb by itself, but mixing it with the ground beef gave just enough flavor to make this dish stand out! Also I omitted the Rosemary, since my husband can’t have it, and doubled the Thyme. Thank you for adding a new favorite to my list.

  274. 5 stars
    Delish! I did all the cooking in my Braiser ~ while the Potatoes were boiling. Then I just layered on the Potatoes and baked the whole thing in the Oven. Super easy Super fast
    I Doubled the Recipe~ It was a Meal for 4 adults !
    Using LAMB & YUKON GOLDs ~ All of your spices and seasonings were delicious~I didn’t change a thing !
    We aren’t into alot of dairy so for the Potatoes ONLY used 1 butter stick for 8 large Yukon Golds ! That’s It ~ nothing else! Yukons whip up well and taste the best !

  275. 5 stars
    I made a sirloin roast in the crockpot the night before for dinner… I used the leftovers (which tbh were kind of dry) in this recipe and it was one of the best things EVER…weirdly I had all the ingredients except frozen carrots on hand and it was pretty easy to throw together. My boyfriend ate half the pan for dinner. I am sending this recipe to everyone!

  276. 5 stars
    We’ve made this twice, using our left over holiday mashed potatoes. YUM! Has everything you need in it. My 9 yr old boy even had seconds both times! My husband enjoyed it so much, he ate all the left overs!

  277. 5 stars
    Easy recipe to follow. I love that it gives approximate times that each step should take for cooking. freezes well and tastes great! I have had demands to make it within a few days of the first time I made it! I have even added it to my meal prep sundays and split into smaller portions for when not everyone is home for a quick and easy meal that I can just toss in my toaster oven.

    There are alot of components but for the most part, I had all ingredients on hand so don’t really need to take time to plan ahead.

    I think the only part that I ‘tweaked’ was the potatoes as my family loves the potatoes and had to double that part of the recipe the 2nd time.

  278. 5 stars
    Made this plenty of times and it never disappoints! Sheppards pie has been one of my favorites since I was a little kid and this recipe is by far the best one I’ve tried yet. I’ve followed it to a T and it’s turned out perfect but it was still just as great the times I’ve had to substitute a few ingredients. I have made it in the past by substituting half and half for 2% skim milk, using regular ground beef and draining it, and using canned vegetables rather than froze
    n (they were a little mushy but still great flavor)! Thank you for this recipe, definitely deserves the 5 stars!

  279. 5 stars
    The only thing I substituted was using sweet potato instead of white potato for the topping. This recipe was very good and it’s in my meal/menu rotation now

    This recipe should be 10 stars a very delicious and filling meal and my family loves it. Next time I’ll make a bigger batch because there were hardly any leftovers

  280. 5 stars
    It’s rare that a recipe actually lives up to the hype, but this one absolutely does. All I can say is “daaaamn Gina!”. So.freaking.good!!!!!

  281. 5 stars
    What do you recommend for cooking if frozen? I’m assuming to freeze it before baking. Should I just extend the baking time? Cover with foil at first? Thanks!

  282. 5 stars
    Wonderful dish 🙂 I’ve made about 3 times already 🤍 enjoyed this recipe with added green beans and chickpeas as well 🥲 and broiled cheese and/or breadcrumbs on top 🙂 thank you so much for sharing this excellent dish!!

  283. 5 stars
    My first attempt at Shepherd’sPie and it was a rousing success! True, there are a few steps involved, but with the guidance of this well-written recipe, it is easy for any one to make this delicious dish. Give it a try. You won’t be disappointed. Enjoy!

  284. 5 stars
    Used a mixture of ground beef and ground lamb and topped the mashed potatoes with some grated Romano cheese. Outstanding!

  285. 5 stars
    This is the best I’ve tried and I’ve tried a bunch. I make it exactly to the recipe and nobody has ever not loved it. When somebody is trying it for the first time, I make sure to have a copy of the recipe printed out because I know they’re going to ask for it.

  286. 5 stars
    Grew up thinking my Mom’s shepherds pie was the greatest. We both use this recipe now. It’s simple, and for anyone wondering, it is exceptional with ground venison.

  287. 4 stars
    This recipe is easy and delicious 😋. Next time. I will probably not use a whole stick of butter as it made the mashed potatoes a little too wet for my taste. I’ll try 2/3 of a stick and see how it comes out. Other than that, phenomenal recipe.

  288. Best shepherds pie ever! I followed the recipe exactly except I used fresh herbs instead of dried. If you do, use 1 tablespoon fresh instead of 1 teaspoon dried. It was amazing!

  289. 5 stars
    This is the best Shepards pie I have ever made and eaten, my family loves this.
    It has become a family favourite. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.💜💜💜

  290. Can I substitute olive oil for butter? And what non dairy product could replace the half and half! We keep a kosher home so cannot mix meat with dairy.

    1. I used non dairy butter and then saved some of the starchy water from boiling the potatoes – which was a pretty good non-dairy substitute for the half and half when making mashed potatoes.

    2. We are kosher also and I am going to try this with Impossible Beef so I can use the dairy ingredient. Otherwise, I have found oat milk to be a great pareve substitute. Instead of butter, I would use something like Smart Balance margarine.

    3. My SIL keep a kosher home and uses veggie crumble or she will use ground meat and oat milk or another dairy alternative for the half and half. She says the myokos dairy alternative butter is the best! Hope that helps. We don’t mix red meat and dairy, so I just always use ground turkey and follow the recipe.

    4. I just use some of the water the potatoes were boiled in until the potatoes are the consist I like. If you boil your potatoes in less water with salt it makes for a nice, flavorful and starchy substitute. I don’t ever use milk or 1/2 and 1/2 in my mash anymore.

    5. 5 stars
      My daughter is allergic to dairy so we made a dairy free version of this and it was delicious! For the half and half I got a can of coconut cream unsweetened and mixed it with one can of rice milk. You can use your favorite non dairy milk just be sure it is unsweetened. The recipe only calls for 1/3 cup so I just put the rest in the fridge to use for something else. No one could even taste a hint of coconut. It was perfect.

    6. I also am making a Kosher version. i am going to make this tomorrow and plan to use “plant butter” i think it’s by Country Crock and non dairy and for the milk sub i always use Oatmilk in my mashed potatoes for a meat meal
      ( look for ine that says ” extra creamy!)

    7. Yes, you can absolutely sub the butter for oil… Also, if you need to use a dairy substitute you can go for almond milk or soy milk… You can also use a little bit of coconut milk (which is what I use)

  291. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe!! So very easy to make and delicious flavor!! Used ground turkey because its what I had, needed to use up a container of fresh mushrooms and gave my potatoes some extra Half and half till I was satisfied with their consistency… Definitely putting this one in my fall/winter rotation!!

  292. 5 stars
    I did not believe the 5.0 with 500 reviews. I followed the recipe exactly except I did refrigerate for 24 hour. I also used about 4 Oz of sour cream and less butter and and half and half. I think it would be good with 1/4 cup or so of chopped mushrooms. All that said, this is the best shepherd’s pie I have ever had.

  293. I’ve made this a while now, but forgot exactly how. Goggled and came across this gem. This is by far the best SP recipe I’ve tried. A staple in our home. And my 14 yr old loves it, so that’s a huge deal lol… thx for sharing!! Merry Christmas 🎄….

  294. 5 stars
    I only added frozen peas to cooked Hamburg and about a teaspoon of herbs de Provence & 1/2 tsp garlic powder. I made a layer of buttered/salt & peppered mashed carrots & yellow turnips. I added shreddded cheddar jack to mashed potatoes for top layer. Oh my gosh! It is so good on a cold December night…

  295. 5 stars
    Everyone loved it! I substituted a bag of frozen stir fry vegetables and also added a cup of shredded cheddar cheese to the potatoes.

    Will definitely make this again on a winter night!

  296. I made this for dinner last night. Yummm! I used butter to sauté onions and garlic in a cast iron Dutch oven, then put them in the instant pot. Next I cut the chuck roast into four chunks and browned it in some olive oil in the same Dutch oven.

  297. Thank you for sharing-never done this before- added a few spices(adobo,sofrito,basil). My family loved it, my granddaughter asked for seconds.. Please keep up the good work

  298. I am working as DH here in HK and my boss love it!it’s just that it didn’t hold when we cut it became look like a stew 😬

    1. I think if you let it “rest” for 15 minutes,the mixture solidifies a bit and it won’t be stew-like.

    2. I have never cut a shepherd’s pie. I often make it in individual containers and we. eat right our of it or scoop it out, sop up gravy with biscuits. I use Yves ground round instead of beef. Delicious recipe!

  299. 5 stars
    Just made this dish for my husband’s birthday with deer meat. It was a huge hit with the family. Thank you for sharing this lovely dish.

    1. 5 stars
      The first time I made it with venison it was great but second time I added bacon fat with the venison during frying and it was even better!

  300. 5 stars
    It was looking like alot of filling so I used a 9×12 pan to prevent over flow. If you do this make 2.5 lbs of potatoes for a thicker topping.

  301. 5 stars
    I have been making Shepherd’s pies for a long time and I have tried several recipes that was consist of celery soup mushroom soup with along with cheddar cheese which is not good for us but this was very very good I follow the steps not in the same order you know but I did and it’s really really good
    You guys have to try it

    1. I want to make this, but I have a question: for the Parmesan cheese, should that be shredded? Grated? Thanks!

  302. 5 stars
    Wow! The most delicious Shepherd’s Pie I have ever made, thank you!

    I didn’t have beef broth so I added some chopped up crimini mushrooms to the onion mixture. There’s plenty of water in the mushrooms so I didn’t need the broth, and it added a nice meaty flavor!

    I also used half potatoes and half cauliflower for the topping. I just like the flavor and lighter texture.

    This will definitely be a regular dish for me and my family from now on 🙂