Old Fashioned Shepherd’s Pie

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Shepherd’s Pie is warm, hearty, and absolutely delicious! This is the recipe the whole family will be begging for again and again!

Irish food tends to be on dinner tables across the United States this time of year. Shepherd’s pie is a comfort staple. We keep things simple with this classic recipe and love to use ground lamb instead of ground beef. It’s warm, inviting and delicious. Hats off to the Irish!

Do you prefer vegetables to meat? More meat than vegetables? This recipe is very forgiving, allowing you to adjust it to your own personal taste. We love the extra texture from the veggies, but can’t deny the saltiness of the meat. Give yourself a balanced ratio of the two, and you’ll find yourself licking the plate clean.

  • What’s the difference between Shepherd’s Pie and Cottage Pie?

    Oh, the terms Shepherd’s Pie vs Cottage Pie. There are some strong opinions out there. “Cottage pie” has been in use since 1791, when potatoes were introduced as an affordable edible crop for the poor. Since 1877, the term “shepherd’s pie” has been synonymous with “cottage pie,” regardless of whether the meat used is lamb or beef. More recently, the term “shepherd’s pie” is used when the meat is lamb, and “cottage pie” when the meat is beef. We like to call it Shepherd’s Pie, no matter what meat is in it.

  • Do I have to use red meat?

    We get it, not everyone can or likes to eat red meat. Whether you use ground beef or lamb, red meat will bring out the best flavor in this dish, but ground turkey is also acceptable.

  • Note in advance:

    This dish shouldn’t be made all in advance because mashed potatoes don’t reheat well. If you want to save some time, you can make the meat and vegetable stuffing ahead of time and freeze or refrigerate it until you’re ready to bake. If you choose to freeze, make sure the filling is completely thawed before baking. Go ahead and follow the recipe to make fresh mashed potatoes right before you’re ready to bake.

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A plate of old fashioned shepherds pie covered with melted cheese

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A plate of old fashioned shepherds pie covered with melted cheese

Shepherd’s Pie is warm, hearty, and absolutely delicious! This is the recipe the whole family will be begging for again and again!

Preparation time 35 minute

cooking time 25 minute

total time 1 Hour

raw material

Mashed potatoes:

  • 4 big Russet Potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt


  • 1 to 1 1/2 pound ground lamb or ground beef
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 Moderate white onion diced
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cup beef soup
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Frozen Peas and Carrots
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 cup cheddar cheese reached the apex


  • Add the potatoes to a large pot of boiling water. Cook potatoes until tender, 15-20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, cook ground lamb (or ground beef) in large skillet over medium-high heat until browned, about 5 minutes. Add onion and sauté until soft and translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Add 2 tablespoons of butter and allow to melt completely before adding flour, stirring until fully combined and cooking for 1-2 minutes. Pour in the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a simmer. Add frozen peas, carrots, corn and thyme. Stir occasionally until the sauce thickens.

  • At this point the potatoes should be done. Drain and mash using a potato masher or hand mixer. Add the butter, cream cheese and salt until everything is melted.

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9×13 pan. Spread the meat and vegetable mixture on the bottom of the pan. Top with a layer of mashed potatoes. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top.

  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes, until the cheese is warm and bubbly.

Calories: 864kcal | carbohydrate: 58G | protein: 37G | fat: 54G | Saturated fat: 29G | cholesterol: 163mg | sodium: 996mg | Potassium: 1553mg | fiber: 5G | sugar: 4G | Vitamin A: 3082unit | Vitamin C: 20mg | calcium: 361mg | iron: 6mg

Old Fashioned Shepherd's Pie