Classic Shepherds Pie

What Shepherd’s Pie lacks in photo appeal, it more than makes up for in taste and ease of preparation.  I like to put it on the menu a day or two after a big meal that includes mashed potatoes and green beans.  Instead of sticking my leftovers in the fridge, I can cook up some hamburger and throw this meal together in a flash.


Classic Shepherd’s Pie

  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 4-6 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can green beans, drained
  • 1 can tomato soup (11 oz.) or tomato sauce
  • salt and pepper

Brown hamburger and onion.  Drain.  Spread meat mixture in bottom of 9×9 (ish) baking dish.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Layer green beans, tomato soup, and potatoes on top of hamburger.  Bake uncovered at 350° for 30 minutes or until potatoes are lightly browned.

Shepherds Pie easily adapts into many variations.  How do you make yours?

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  1. Oh, yeah! I love me some shepherd’s pie!! 😀 I use cream of chicken soup and make garlic mashed potatoes for mine, but I bet my kids would love this variation, too!! 😀

  2. Interesting, I make my Shepherds pie very different. I use potatoes, 2 cans of cream corn and hamburger fried up with onions. A little paprika on the top and voila! I’ll have to try your version out 🙂

  3. I make mine a little like Stephanie; hamburger meat browned with a little finely chopped onion and worcestershire sauce, (frozen) corn, and potatoes. I also top mine with cheddar chese. My mother, however, makes it just like you–with the tomato sauce and green beans. Both ways are really good!

  4. I love this!- Mainly because I can’t stand tossing out leftover potatoes! 😉

  5. Good way to use left over potatoes:-)

  6. My version of shepards pie came from my great grandmother who lived in Wales. I use one pound ground beef, carrots, and peas. I then pour in one cup of brown gravy. Then top with regular mashed potatoes. I then bake it in the oven until it gets all bubbly and crispy on top. So delicious!!

  7. I make mine with *gasp* instant potatoes! (although my SIL, MIL and her sister, who are definitely old-school, didn’t know the difference until I told them!). The base is hamburger, 1 can of Vegetable Beef soup, a little gravy (homemade is best but I’ve been known to use canned), and a small can of corn. Then a generous amount of instant potatoes on top. I think there are green beans in the soup but I might swap more of those for the corn next time! Thanks for the idea 😀

  8. To be honest, my favorite shepherd’s pie comes from the Black Eyed Pea–I think they make it with their leftover meatloaf—but since I don’t live anywhere near a Black Eyed Pea restaurant anymore, I think I’ll have to try to make this one!

  9. How funny…I was going to post my Shepherd’s Pie recipe today, too! Mine is very different, though, using ground turkey instead of beef and onions and celery instead of green beans. This one looks very good, though!

  10. I don’t actually make Shepherd’s Pie because the first (and only) time I tried it was when a former roommate’s mom made it… with unseasoned ground beef and instant potatoes. Salt, pepper, and ketchup helped, but I remained very unimpressed. Yours looks much more flavorful!

  11. My family is weird and won’t eat any casseroles or any comfort foods like that. Me? I would eat the whole pan 🙂

  12. We love Shepard’s Pie–thanks for that reminder. I make mine with green beans and corn–not tomato sauce, topped with cheese. I’ll have to give your version a try.

  13. I mix hamburger with Cream style corn, a can of cream of mushroom soup, and then usually a can of regular corn, or green beans. Then put the mashed potatoes over the top. My kids love it! 🙂

  14. Here’s my recipe. I just made it last night!
    Hope you get to feeling better! Take your vitamin c and drink some echinacea tea.
    (Sorry, I can’t help it, I mother everybody.) 😉

  15. Shepherds Pie always looks so good to me, but I’ve never tried making it! I think my family might not care for it, but I guess I won’t know until I try, right?

  16. My son was just asking me for shepherds pie. I’ll have to make it this week. THANKS!!! Geri

  17. I LOVE Shep. Pie…absolutely my fave meal. But I, too, make mine like Stephanie does. Do you know that Shepherds Pie is an Irish meal, and in Ireland they use lamb??!! It looks more like a stew! I used to hate it when I was a kid, because my Irish grandmother made it that way…until someone shared a new version with my mother (thank God), and all was well in our house! Thanks for the different version. I’ll have to try it! Sounds like something my Italian MIL would like!

  18. I married an Englishman and first had this dish at my ILs’ house. My MIL makes hers with a combo of ground turkey and soy, with bubbly melted cheddar over the mashed potatoes, and it’s fantastic. My vegetarian cookbook has a great version made with lentils. Interesting trivia, shared by my ILs: true shepherd’s pie is made with ground lamb; if the dish is made with any other protein, it’s called cottage pie.

  19. I’ve never made shepherd’s pie before. It looks good though. My family doesn’t like there food “mixed up” much.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe though.

  20. I’m from England and I love Shepherd’s Pie! It is ground lamb though – ground beef makes it Cottage Pie. I make mine by combining onions, ground lamb, tomato paste, water (or red wine) and fresh parsley. Then I layer that at the bottom and put a layer of sauted leeks and carrots on top of that. I put a thick layer of mashed potato on top and grate cheddar cheese on top of that. Seeeriously yummy! 🙂 This post has my mouth watering!!

  21. I have not made shepherds pie in years, thanks for the reminder. This recipe looks great.

  22. I think I may be the only person to never make Shepherds pie. Thanks for your recipe and inspiration!

  23. My hubby LOVES Shepherds Pie! I brown hamburger with onions and lots of seasonings. Mix with cheesy mashed potatoes and sweet corn and top with cheese! Sooo yummy!

  24. I have to laugh every time I see a Shepherd’s Pie recipe. This was a staple in our house growing up although we had it with corn. I didn’t care too much for it then – I don’t seem to like anything mixed in with my mashed potatoes. I guess it’s like that whole “floaters” in my drink phobia – yuck! Left home and went to Shepherd College in WV where we had – do you see where I’m going with this? – you guessed it – Shepherd’s Pie once a week. If we had corn and mashed potatoes on Tuesday, we were guaranteed to have Shepherd’s Pie on Wednesday or Thursday! By mid-sophomore year, I was eating cereal for dinner on those nights! I haven’t touched Shepherd’s Pie in 20 years. Maybe it’s time to get over my phobia by trying out some of these variations! Hubby and the kids would probably enjoy it.

  25. Donna Cable says:

    cream of mushroom soup and Tatter tots. YUMMY!

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