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Shepherd's Pie

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  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Ingredients 10
  • Servings 6
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This easy shepherd’s pie is a savory ground beef and veggie mixture topped with billowing garlic mashed potatoes. It’s a yummy comfort food casserole that’s easy enough for weeknight dinners yet impressive enough for guests!
Updated Nov 10, 2023
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What is Shepherd’s Pie?

For starters, it’s an economical way to have a hot and hearty dinner! Our easy Shepherd’s pie is seasoned ground beef and frozen veggies in a beefy gravy, all tucked in cozy beneath a generous layer of garlic mashed potatoes.

Why is This an Easy Shepherd’s Pie?

Our Shepherd’s pie uses two short-cuts to get dinner on the table faster: frozen mixed veggies mean there’s no cleaning or chopping a lot vegetables and refrigerated garlic mashed potatoes takes the work out of making the potatoes before topping your pie.


  • 1 1/2 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 bag (12 oz) frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1/4 cup Muir Glen™ organic tomato paste (from 6-oz can)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups Progresso™ beef flavored broth (from 32-oz carton)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (24 oz) refrigerated garlic mashed potatoes
Make With
Progresso Broth


  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 2 1/2-quart round or oval baking dish with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain.
  • 3
    Reduce heat to medium. Add frozen mixed vegetables, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until thoroughly heated.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix broth and flour with whisk until well blended. Add broth mixture to beef mixture. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Spoon beef mixture into baking dish.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, cook mashed potatoes as directed on package. Spread evenly over beef mixture.
  • 6
    Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Part of what makes this Shepherd's Pie recipe easy is the fact that the ingredients are fully cooked before your layer them together in the baking dish, so you’re just heating them up until hot and aromatic.
  • tip 2
    Sprinkle 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (2 oz) onto mashed potatoes before baking for a cheesy topped Shepherd's Pie.
  • tip 3
    A main-dish pie is a great way to use that extra pound of ground beef. Try a few varieties of frozen vegetables you have stashed in the freezer for a different twist on this Shepherd's Pie recipe.
  • tip 4
    If you aren’t sure about the volume (how much the dish will hold) of your casserole dish, pour in measured amounts of water to be sure you won’t overflow it with the pie filling.
  • tip 5
    Ground beef is the usual, budget-friendly go-to for weeknight meals, but stock up on other ground meats when they’re on sale. Ground turkey, chicken, or pork would be great in this easy Shepherd's Pie recipe. Cook the ground meat with the onion until thoroughly cooked; continue with recipe.
  • tip 6
    Refrigerated mashed potatoes are easy and nice to have on hand. Try any flavored refrigerated mashed potatoes to top this main-dish pie.
  • tip 7
    If you like your Shepard’s pie cheesy, you can sprinkle 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese over the potatoes before baking.
  • tip 8
    Put those sad, frozen chopped veggies that have been lurking in the back of your freezer to use! You can use any chopped frozen veggies in this recipe, for a new flavor twist every time.
  • tip 9
    Shepard’s pies are a great way to extend a pound of ground beef into a warm and tummy-filling dinner. Feel free to substitute other ground meats for the ground beef, such as ground chicken or turkey or even pork when they are on sale or you want to change it up.
  • tip 10
    You can make sure your casserole dish is large enough to fit all the delicious ingredients and won’t bubble over onto the floor of your oven if you measure it first, by filling it with 2 1/2 quarts of water first. Dump out the water and wipe out the dish before spraying with cooking spray.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to bake Shepherd’s pie if the ingredients are already hot?

When you cook the ground beef and the veggies, it’s only heating up the veggies, not actually making them tender. For the best Shepherd’s pie, baking not only cooks the veggies, but gives the flavors get a chance to hang out and mingle, making the end result much more flavorful.

How do I know my ground beef is thoroughly cooked?

Break open a few of the crumbles and check to see that there no pink remaining inside.

Why do I add the broth and flour mixture to this easy Shepard’s pie?

The broth and flour create a thickened gravy that adds moistness and a chance for all of the yummy ingredients to stick together.

Nutrition Information

350 Calories, 18g Total Fat, 24g Protein, 21g Total Carbohydrate, 5g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • We’re all looking for ways to stretch our food dollars. Shepard’s pie was originally created to economically use up leftovers, like roast beef, which was commonly made on Sundays. They remain as a clever way to use up those foods in the fridge or freezer that no one wants to touch. Our video will show you how easy it is to put one together! Or try our mini Shepard’s pot pies, for a fun twist.
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