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Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

Skillet Shepherd’s Pie is a comforting meal perfect for any time of year. Tender ground beef and veggies in a rich and savory sauce, topped with fluffy mashed potatoes. It’s classic comfort food!

this easy shepherd's pie recipe is the ultimate comfort food.

Skillet Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

When I am craving some comfort food after a long day, I always think of meat and potatoes. And one of the best dishes is a classic shepherd’s pie.

I can’t think of a better dish to bring the whole family around the table on busy weeknights.

Not only that but it’s a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes.

Other skillet meals:

ingredients for cast iron skillet shepherd's pie

Ingredients Needed

Ground beef – Lean ground beef. Substitute ground lamb if preferred.

Onion – I like a sweet or yellow onion.

Veggies – Use the frozen vegetables to make it easier.

Broth – Use beef broth or beef stock for the best flavor.

Soup Mix – Use any onion soup mix but I prefer the Beefy Onion Soup Mix.

Mashed potatoes – Prepared mashed potatoes or make your own homemade. Substitute mashed cauliflower.

Spices – Garlic powder, rosemary, thyme, 

Pantry staples – Olive oil, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, melted butter, salt, black pepper.

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How to Make Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

First: Preheat oven to 375F. On the stove top in a oven safe, 12 inch, large skillet, add the olive oil and heat over medium heat.

Add the diced onion and ground beef. Cook until no longer pink.

Second: Add in the tomato paste, salt, pepper, garlic powder, rosemary, and thyme. Stir to combine. Cook for another 1-2 minutes.

Third: Sprinkle in the soup mix into the meat mixture. Stir, and pour in the broth, Worcestershire sauce, and vegetable mixture.

Stir to combine and simmer for 3-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and carefully spread the mashed potatoes on top.

Fourth: Drizzle with melted butter and bake for 20 minutes or until the top is lightly golden brown. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and serve.

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

traditional dish for a cold winter night is skillet shepherd's pie

How long does it last?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave or in the oven at 350F until warmed through.

Can I freeze it?

You can freeze skillet shepherd’s pie for up to 3 months. If you don’t want to have your skillet in the freezer for all that time, or are using a cast iron skillet, I recommend transferring to a casserole dish.

Bake and then bring to room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap and then aluminum foil and freeze.

When ready to enjoy, thaw overnight in the fridge, then bake at 350F for 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165F.

scoop of cottage pie with a spoon in it

What’s the difference between shepherd’s pie and cottage pie?

Traditional shepherd’s pie is made with ground or minced lamb. Hence the name “Shepherd’s pie.”

If it’s made with ground beef, like this recipe, it’s called a cottage pie. But I have always known it as Shepherd’s pie and most use the term interchangeably.

More into a pie crust instead of mashed potatoes? Travel to Scotland as that’s how it’s served there.

fork of mashed potatoes and veggies

Tips for No Leftovers

  • Top the mashed potatoes with shredded cheddar cheese if preferred.
  • Use your favorite ground meat (beef, lamb, or ground turkey)
  • Use your favorite mix of veggies. I like the peas, carrots, corn, and green beans.
  • You can leave it smooth or use a fork to make a design on the top.
  • If you don’t have an oven-safe skillet, transfer the ground beef mixture to a casserole dish for baking.

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skillet shepherd's pie with with a scoop missing.

This cast-iron skillet shepherd’s pie is a delicious meal for meat and potato lovers. This savory pie is perfect all year round but mostly for St. Patrick’s Day.

skillet shepherd's pie with a spoon

Skillet Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Skillet Shepherd's Pie is a comforting meal perfect for any time of year. Tender ground beef and veggies in a rich and savory sauce, topped with fluffy mashed potatoes. It's classic comfort food!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 packet (1.9oz) Beefy onion soup mix
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 ½ cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 4 cups mashed potatoes, prepared
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. On the stove top in a large (12 inch) oven safe skillet, add the olive oil and heat over medium heat.
  3. Add the diced onion and ground beef. Cook until no longer pink.
  4. Add in the tomato paste, salt, pepper, garlic powder, rosemary, and thyme. Stir to combine.
  5. Cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle in the soup mix, stir, and pour in the broth, Worcestershire sauce, and mixed veggies.
  7. Stir to combine and simmer for 3-5 minutes.
  8. Remove from the heat and carefully spread the mashed potatoes on top.
  9. You can leave it smooth or use a fork to make a design on the top.
  10. Drizzle with melted butter and bake for 20 minutes or until the top is lightly golden brown.
  11. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and serve.

Notes

  • Top the mashed potatoes with shredded cheddar cheese if preferred.
  • Use your favorite ground meat (beef, lamb, or ground turkey)
  • Use your favorite mix of veggies. I like the peas, carrots, corn, and green beans.
  • You can leave it smooth or use a fork to make a design on the top.
  • If you don't have an oven-safe skillet, transfer the ground beef mixture to a casserole dish for baking.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 454Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 1072mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 6gSugar: 6gProtein: 27g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and we can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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