Savory Shepherd’s Pie

Discover the heartwarming comfort of this Shepherd’s Pie, a traditional dish that perfectly marries the rich flavors of seasoned ground meat with a smooth, cheesy potato topping. This dish offers a delightful blend of textures and tastes, making it an ideal meal for family dinners or cozy nights in.

Why You’ll Love This:

  • Rich and Hearty Filling: The combination of ground beef or lamb with a medley of vegetables creates a savory and satisfying base.
  • Creamy Potato Topping: The mashed potato layer, enhanced with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, adds a creamy, cheesy touch to the dish.
  • Comfort Food Perfection: This classic recipe is a quintessential comfort food, perfect for warming up on chilly evenings.


For the Meat Filling:

  • Olive oil: 2-3 tbsp
  • Ground beef/lamb: 1 lb
  • Yellow onion (chopped): 1 medium
  • Carrot (diced): 1 large
  • Celery (chopped): 1 rib
  • Garlic (minced): 2 cloves
  • Tomato paste: 2 tbsp
  • Worcestershire sauce: 2 tbsp
  • Seasonings: Salt, pepper, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp parsley, thyme leaves (or 1 tsp dried thyme)
  • Beef broth: 1 1/2 cup
  • Frozen peas: 1 cup

For the Mashed Potato:

  • Potatoes: 5 medium
  • Butter: 4 tbsp
  • Mozzarella cheese: 1 cup
  • Parmesan cheese: 1/4 cup + extra for topping
  • Milk: 1/2 cup
  • Seasonings: Salt, pepper


  1. Meat Filling: In a pan over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Brown the ground meat for 4-5 minutes, breaking it apart. Add onions, cooking for 2-3 minutes. Add carrots, celery, garlic, and tomato paste, sautéing for 4-5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, oregano, parsley, and thyme. Stir in Worcestershire sauce and beef broth, simmering covered for 4-5 minutes. Add peas, cook until tender, then set aside.
  2. Prepare Potatoes: Boil potatoes until tender. Mash them with butter, milk, mozzarella, Parmesan, salt, and pepper.
  3. Assemble: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spread meat filling in a 9×9 inch baking dish. Top with mashed potatoes, smoothing evenly. Sprinkle additional Parmesan on top.
  4. Bake: Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Let rest for 15-20 minutes before serving.

Enjoy this fulfilling and delicious Shepherd’s Pie, perfect for a cozy dinner!

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