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Easy Healthy Shepherds Pie on a Budget

Simple Shepards Pie

Easy Healthy Shepherds Pie Recipe

Shepherds Pie is one of the most revisited recipes for us, as it’s so easy to make!

While the traditional shepherds pie recipe uses lamb or mutton, I like to stick with ground beef. You can use whatever you feel like, but I wasn’t a fan of chicken (yes I’ve tried it). 

Regardless of what meat you decide to use, a Shepherd’s Pie or Cottage Pie, is a casserole or meat and vegetables layered with mashed potatoes. This wonderful concoction is then baked until the mashed potatoes are slightly browned. 

Simple Shepards Pie

Homemade Shepherds Pie

An easy and quick Shepherds Pie that you can make on a budget!
Prep Time 1 d 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 450 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 lbs Russet Potatoes
  • 1 1/2 lb Ground Beef
  • 1/2 can Corn
  • 1/2 can Peas
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Basil
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 pack Shredded Cheese (your choice of type)
  • 3/4 cup Whole Milk

Instructions
 

Potato Prep

  • Skin and chop all potatoes into 1 inch cubes.
  • Boil potato cubes in water until soft.
  • Drain potatoes and put in mixing bowl.
  • Mix in Whole Milk, Butter, & Shredded Cheese (your preference for amount of cheese) while mashing the potatoes until all clumps are gone.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

Beef Prep

  • Stove top fry the ground beef until nearly brown.
  • Drain fat and drippings from the pan.
  • Mix in Worcestershire Sauce, Basil, Garlic Powder, Salt & Pepper.
  • Continue cooking until fully browned and remove from heat.

Vegetables Prep

  • Stove top cook peas and corn until soft.

Combining & Baking

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Layer meat and vegetables together in a baking pan or bowl. If you're using a bowl, you can make multiple layers.
  • On top of the meat/veggie mix, lay an even layer of mashed potatoes.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until mashed potatoes are desired crispiness.
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Shepherd’s Pie Variants

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This recipe has been around for a LONG time so there will undoubtedly be other recipes for this dish. I prefer the simple way I make it since that’s how my family always cooked it. 

That being said, some people add extra ingredients such as carrots or onions. Another great example of this recipe is from Simply Recipes where she adds beef broth! Definitely a nice addition, but I’m a lazy cook.

If you try this recipe or have another variant yourself, please leave a comment about it below and also check out our snack options!

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