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Almost Shepherd's Pie

Almost Shepherd's Pie

Lisa Kamolnick
Not quite authentic, Almost Shepherd's pie is nonetheless delicious. It's great meal for families or for a meal train.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Fusion, Irish
Servings 8 people
Calories 473 kcal


Bottom layer:

  • 1 ½ lb ground beef
  • 2 C fresh or frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 2 medium garlic cloves minced
  • 1 TBSP Worcestershire
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp rosemary
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 TBSP paprika
  • 3 oz tomato paste

Top layer:

  • 4 C mashed potatoes


  • 2 C shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 TBSP paprika


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In large skillet, combine ground beef, salt and pepper and cook on medium until done. Drain and set aside.
  • Add olive oil to skillet, add thyme, rosemary, and parsley. Add onion and garlic and sauté until onion becomes translucent.
  • Add beef back into skillet. Add Worcestershire and stir mixture well, bringing to heat.
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  • Add frozen vegetables and stir well. If using frozen vegetables, allow to thaw in meat mix before moving to next step.
  • Add tomato paste and paprika and stir well. Cook until flavors marry and remove into 9 x 13 casserole dish. Spread evenly in the dish.
  • Cook mashed potatoes and spread evenly on top of the meat and vegetable layer. Tip: Drop large spoonfuls all over top then spread with spatula.
  • Sprinkle cheddar cheese across top of dish and then sprinkle paprika.
  • Cook for about 20 to 30 minutes to heat through and serve warm. You may wish to cover the dish with foil for the first 20 minutes then remove foil for 5 to 10 minutes more to avoid burning the cheese and potato topping.


Serving Suggestions
Shepherd’s pie makes an excellent one-dish meal. 
For a vegetarian version, substitute ground beef with a plant-based protein of similar texture. Substitute non-dairy milk for mashed potatoes (avoid vanilla flavored!) and use vegan cheese for a vegan version. To reduce sodium, avoid canned veggies and beans and use lower sodium products where possible. 


Serving: 1gSodium: 542mgCalcium: 249mgVitamin C: 35mgVitamin A: 3862IUSugar: 3gFiber: 4gPotassium: 811mgCholesterol: 90mgCalories: 473kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 13gFat: 27gProtein: 26gCarbohydrates: 33gIron: 3mg
Keyword gluten free, low sodium option, mashed potatoes, non-vegetarian option, Shepherd's Pie, vegan option, vegetables
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