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Shepherd’s Pie is a comfort food classic and I’m happy to share my favorite version with you! It’s easy and it’s basically a whole meal in one pan!
I used a new skillet from the Anolon Accolade cookware line and it made cooking this dish even easier! These skillets are non-stick (but you can use metal utensils on them…what?!) and they can go straight from the stove top to the oven. I used the large 12″ skillet so I could make a big meal and have left-overs. CLICK HERE to learn more about this amazing cookware line!
Here’s what you need to make the Shepherd’s Pie:
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 2.5 pounds of ground beef
- 1 small yellow onion – chopped
- 4 large cloves of garlic – minced
- 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves
- 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper
- 1 cup of frozen peas and carrots mix
- 2 tablespoons of corn starch
- 1 cup beef broth
- About 5 cups of mashed potatoes (you can use these GARLIC CREAM CHEESE MASHED POTATOES or refrigerated ones.)
- 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese (you can substitute any cheese you like!)
Like I said above, I make this in my large 12″ Anolon skillet so that I can have a hearty meal with left-overs for lunches throughout the week. I can’t recommend this skillet enough! It heats evenly thanks to its thick bases, slimmer walls, and ultra-tough rims. It’s also non-stick (REALLY actually non-stick!!) thanks to its sapphire-reinforced, triple-layer coating!
Now back to the shepherd’s pie! Add the olive oil, meat, onion, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper to the pan and cook until the meat is browned. This should only take about 10 minutes at most. I like to drain the fat off of my meat after this step but that’s up to you. Just note that the dish might be a little greasy if you don’t drain off the fat.
Next you can add in the peas and carrots. You can totally add in any veggies you want! I’ve mixed in corn and green beans before too and it’s great! After stirring in the veggies, goes the corn starch and beef broth. This ends up making a really yummy gravy.
Once you’ve cooked the beef broth for just a couple of minutes, you can top the meat mixture with the mashed potatoes. If you want to make homemade mashed potatoes, these garlic cream cheese potatoes are to die for!! If not, just use instant or refrigerated ones…I won’t judge! If you do use store-bought mashed potatoes, you can always doctor them up with some butter and salt or even sour cream!
Top the shepherd’s pie with cheese then take the pan straight from the stove top to a preheated 400 degree oven and bake for 30 minutes. If the top doesn’t get as golden as you’d like, just set the oven to broil and watch closely for a couple of minutes.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2.5 pounds ground beef
- 1 small yellow onion - chopped (about 1/2 cup)
- 4 large cloves of garlic - minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper
- 1 cup frozen peas and carrots mix
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup beef broth concentrate
- about 5 cups mashed potatoes (homemade or instant is fine)
- Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
- If you are making homemade mashed potatoes, start those first then move along to the shepherd's pie. Click here to see my recipe for garlic cream cheese mashed potatoes.
- Heat a 12" pan (I use Anolon) over medium high heat and add the olive oil, meat, onion, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper to the pan and cook until the meat is browned.
- Add in the peas and carrots and stir to combine.
- Sprinkle the corn starch over the meat/veggie mixture and then stir until you see no more white. Then add in the beef broth and cook until it starts to bubble. (Just about 2 minutes)
- Top with the mashed potatoes. If you are using refrigerated or instant, just make sure to warm them first according to the package directions.
- Top the mashed potatoes with the parmesan cheese and place in the oven for 30 minutes.
- If you'd like the top to be browned more after the 30 minutes, just set the oven to broil and watch very carefully for just a couple of minutes.
- Let the shepherd's pie rest for 10 minutes before serving then enjoy!