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You can use pre-cooked mashed potatoes to quickly whip up this Easy Shepherd's Pie for a dinner that your entire family will love.
Easy Shepherd's Pie
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins

This family-favorite meal uses ground beef and your favorite vegetables. To make it fast and simple, use pre-cooked mashed potatoes to quickly whip up this Easy Shepherd's Pie for a dinner that your entire family will love.

Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy shepherd's pie, ground beef shepherd's pie, shepherd's pie with ground beef
Servings: 6
Author: Megan
  • 22 to 24 oz. mashed potatoes real, refrigerated, frozen, dried - your choice
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup carrots sliced (we use baby carrots)
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt divided (may omit salt in potatoes if using pre-cooked mashed potatoes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper divided
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 large egg slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup 2 oz. shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Garnish: chopped parsley optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cook potatoes according to package directions; set aside.
  3. Brown beef and onion (optional) in a skillet on medium-high heat.
  4. Drain and put back in skillet with carrots over medium-high heat.
  5. Stir in flour, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  6. Add broth. Cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  7. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 11 x 7-inch glass backing dish.
  8. In a mixing bowl, combine mashed potatoes, egg, 1 teaspoon salt (optional) and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. If using pre-cooked mashed potatoes, you may want to taste potatoes before adding the egg to see how they are seasoned. If they are already salted appropriately, you can omit the salt.

  9. Spoon over beef mixture and smooth evenly across the dish.
  10. Bake for 25 minutes.
  11. Sprinkle with cheese, and bake an additional 5 minutes.
  12. Garnish with parsley if desired.
Recipe Notes
  • If using the 4-5 oz. dried mashed potato packets, you may want to use 2 packages for a thick covering.
  • If you don't have an 11 x 7 baking dish, use any 2 or 3 quart baking dish. Or separate into smaller baking dishes.
  • This recipe is easy to double or triple.
  • Try our French Onion Shepherd Pie if you want a new version to try. 
  • Looking for more ground beef recipes? Try our Spaghetti Pie and Easy Taco Salad.