French Onion Shepherd’s Pie

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French Onion Shepherd’s Pie is a new spin on an old family favorite. It takes the classic ground beef shepherd’s pie and jazzes it up with condensed French onion soup.  The result is a savory, delicious dinner the whole family will love.

French Onion Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

In our family, Megan is the Shepherd’s Pie guru.  She introduced our entire family to this Easy Shepherd’s Pie years ago.

Have you ever had shepherd’s pie?

The bottom is a ground beef layer that has almost a gravy consistency.  Her version includes carrots and onions. Then layered on top is a creamy, salty mashed potato layer.  Put the two layers together, and all is right in the world.

I love her classic Shepherd’s Pie that I was inspired to make my own version after looking into the cabinet and spotting a can of condensed French Onion Soup.

Condensed French Onion Soup is full of flavor, yet it’s a total shortcut ingredient.

What can you do with French onion soup?

Canned French Onion Soup is for more than regular soup!  Use it as an ingredient in almost any type of recipe.  We use this easy ingredient all time. Enjoy this list of Condensed French Onion Soup Recipes.

Shepherd’s Pie Ingredients:

Ground Beef

Diced Onions (optional)

Pepper

French Onion Soup

Flour

Water

Diced Carrots

Mashed Potatoes (refrigerated, prepared potatoes work great)

Egg

Salt and Pepper

Shredded Cheese (Swiss or Gruyere are the best)

Keep scrolling for the full recipe!

French Onion Shepherd's Pie is a new spin on an old family favorite. It takes the classic ground beef shepherd's pie and jazzes it up with condensed french onion soup.  The results is a savory, delicious dinner the whole family will love.

How to Make Ground Beef Shepherd’s Pie:

For the full recipe and ingredient amounts for French Onion Soup Shepherd’s Pie with Ground Beef, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Prepare a 11 x 7 inch or (13 x 9 inch) dish by spraying with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Brown ground beef and onions; drain excess grease.
  3. Add sliced carrots, flour, pepper, water and French onion soup and bring to a gentle simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Pour mixture into the bottom of the dish.
  5. Mix mashed potatoes, salt, pepper and egg.
  6. Spread over top the ground beef mixture.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle with shredded Swiss Cheese; bake for an additional 5 minutes.

Notes About French Onion Shepherd’s Pie with Ground Beef:

  • This is a spin-off our classic shepherd’s pie recipe. (It’s a fan favorite).
  • We brown the ground beef with diced onions; however, these can be omitted since the condensed French Onion Soup contains lots of onions.
  • I tend to use pre-made mashed potatoes for this. You can use homemade, leftover, instant, boxed, refrigerated, etc.  Use whatever you have on hand. Just be sure to check to taste before adding the salt because you may not need it.
  • The carrots in our French Onion Soup Shepherd’s Pie have a little bite to them. If you like a soft, cooked carrot, try adding them several minutes before the ground beef is completely browned to soften them up.
  • Are you curious why there is an egg mixed into the mashed potatoes?  It thickens up the potatoes and keeps the two layers from mixing while baking.
  • French Onion Soup traditionally uses Gruyere cheese but Swiss is more readily available.  If your heart desires, use Gruyere.
  • Check out our Amazon Store for our favorite pantry essentials (including canned French Onion soup) and kitchen gadgets.

French Onion Shepherd's Pie is a new spin on an old family favorite. It takes the classic ground beef shepherd's pie and jazzes it up with condensed French onion soup.  The results is a savory, delicious dinner the whole family will love.

Why does my shepherd’s pie fall apart?

There’s several possible factors (and solutions) to why your shepherd’s pie falls apart while serving.

  1. The ground beef gravy at the bottom of the shepherd’s pie is to die for; however, if it’s too runny, it might seep up into the mashed potato layer and cause it all to fall apart when serving.  To remedy this, let the meat mixture simmer until thickened, or add a little more flour to thicken it up.
  2. Your mashed potatoes might not be thick enough.  This is an easy fix! Mix in an egg with the mashed potatoes as a binder to hold them together.
  3. When a shepherd’s pie comes straight from the oven, it’s piping hot, allowing it to fall apart when serving.  An easy solution is to let the pie sit for 10 minutes on the counter before serving. 

Check out this awesome post full of recipes that use French Onion Condensed Soup!

French Onion Shepherd's Pie is a new spin on an old family favorite. It takes the classic ground beef shepherd's pie and jazzes it up with condensed French onion soup.  The results is a savory, delicious dinner the whole family will love.
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French Onion Shepherd's Pie

French Onion Shepherd's Pie is a new spin on an old family favorite. It takes the classic ground beef shepherd's pie and jazzes it up with condensed french onion soup.  The results is a savory, delicious dinner the whole family will love.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Casserole, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy shepherd's pie, French Onion Shepherd's Pie, French Onion Soup Shepherd's Pie, Shepherd's Pie
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 481kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced (optional)
  • 1/2 cup carrots, sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 10.5 ounce condensed French Onion soup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 22-24 ounces prepared mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese

Instructions

  • Prepare a 11 x 7 inch dish by spraying with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Brown ground beef and onions; drain excess grease.
    French Onion Shepherd's Pie is a new spin on an old family favorite. It takes the classic ground beef shepherd's pie and jazzes it up with condensed French onion soup.  The results is a savory, delicious dinner the whole family will love.
  • Add sliced carrots, flour, pepper, water and French onion soup and bring to a gentle simmer for 5 minutes.
    French Onion Shepherd's Pie is a new spin on an old family favorite. It takes the classic ground beef shepherd's pie and jazzes it up with condensed French onion soup.  The results is a savory, delicious dinner the whole family will love.
  • Pour mixture into the bottom of the dish.
    French Onion Shepherd's Pie is a new spin on an old family favorite. It takes the classic ground beef shepherd's pie and jazzes it up with condensed French onion soup.  The results is a savory, delicious dinner the whole family will love.
  • Mix together mashed potatoes, salt, pepper and egg.
    French Onion Shepherd's Pie is a new spin on an old family favorite. It takes the classic ground beef shepherd's pie and jazzes it up with condensed French onion soup.  The results is a savory, delicious dinner the whole family will love.
  • Spread over top the ground beef mixture.
    French Onion Shepherd's Pie is a new spin on an old family favorite. It takes the classic ground beef shepherd's pie and jazzes it up with condensed French onion soup.  The results is a savory, delicious dinner the whole family will love.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with shredded Swiss Cheese; bake for an additional 5 minutes.
    French Onion Shepherd's Pie is a new spin on an old family favorite. It takes the classic ground beef shepherd's pie and jazzes it up with condensed French onion soup.  The results is a savory, delicious dinner the whole family will love.

Notes

  • This is a spin-off our classic shepherd's pie recipe. (It's a fan favorite).
  • I tend to use pre-made mashed potatoes for this. You can use homemade, leftover, instant, boxed, refrigerated, etc.  Use whatever you have on hand. Just be sure to check to taste before adding the salt because you may not need it.
  • The carrots in our French Onion Soup Shepherd's Pie have a little bite to them. If you like a soft, cooked carrot, try adding them several minutes before the ground beef is completely browned to soften them up.
  • Are you curious why there is an egg mixed into the mashed potatoes?  It thickens up the potatoes and keeps the two layers from mixing while baking.
  • French Onion Soup traditionally uses Gruyere cheese but Swiss is more readily available.  If your heart desires, use Gruyere.
  • Have you ever tried condensed French Onion soup?  It is great in so many recipes including Crock Pot Pork RoastFrench Onion Joes and French Onion Rice Casserole

Nutrition

Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 629mg | Potassium: 1229mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1432IU | Vitamin C: 64mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 2mg

 

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French Onion Shepherd's Pie is a new spin on an old family favorite. It takes the classic ground beef shepherd's pie and jazzes it up with condensed French onion soup.  The results is a savory, delicious dinner the whole family will love.

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2 Comments

  1. This was easy and delicious. I didn’t have carrots so I subtituted peas and mushrooms. I also just made the meat mixture and spooned it over mashed potatoes. I would make it again for sure.

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