Affordable Family Dinners – Shepherd’s Pie

An easy shepherd’s pie recipe is here with frozen vegetables and ground beef. Topped with fluffy mashed potatoes, this is comfort food in a bowl.

Today’s affordable family dinner recipe is courtesy of the Stark County Hunger Task Force.

In England, shepherd’s pie is traditionally made with lamb, but in the United States, it is more common to use ground beef. This recipe is made with ground beef, but lamb can be easily substituted.

This recipe can be made up to 2 days in advice, but is is recommended that all of the ingredients be prepared separately and then assembled right before baking. It can also be stored as leftovers in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

The mashed potatoes in this dish are delicious, but if you’re looking for a low carb version, you can find recipe for cauliflower shepherd’s pie at

1 1/2 lb. potatoes, peeled
4 tbsp. melted butter
1/4 c. milk
1/4 c. sour cream
Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. fresh thyme
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 c. frozen peas
1 c. frozen corn
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
2/3 c. low-sodium chicken broth
1 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley, for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Make mashed potatoes: In a large pot, cover potatoes with water and add a generous pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and cook until totally soft, 16 to 18 minutes. Drain and return to pot.
  2. Use a potato masher to mash potatoes until smooth. Add melted butter, milk, and sour cream. Mash together until fully incorporated, then season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Make beef mixture: In a large, ovenproof skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion, carrots, garlic, and thyme and cook until fragrant and softened, 5 minutes. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink, 5 minutes more. Drain fat.
  4. Stir in frozen peas and corn and cook until warmed through, 3 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Sprinkle meat with flour and stir to evenly distribute. Cook 1 minute more and add chicken broth. Bring to a simmer and let mixture thicken slightly, 5 minutes.
  6. Top beef mixture with an even layer of mashed potatoes and bake until there is very little liquid visible and mashed potatoes are golden, about 20 minutes. Broil if desired.
  7. Garnish with parsley before serving. is one of our favorite resources for easy, delicious family meals.

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