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French Onion Shepherd's Pie
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins

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.

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
Author: Barbara
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 (10.5) ounce cans of condensed French Onion soup
  • 22-24 ounces prepared mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  1. Prepare a 11 x 7 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 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.

Recipe 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