I could eat the whole pan! This recipe is that good, but not just on your taste buds. It’s great on your wallet too. With cheap ingredients and hearty flavor, Shepherd’s Pie is one of my family’s favorite meals.
I should really make two pans so I can have some more leftovers! This stuff gets eaten like candy at my house. So, if you like leftovers or making freezer meals, this is a great recipe to double or even triple.
Easy Homestyle Shepherd’s Pie Recipe
3 Cups Mashed Potatoes
1/2 Lb Ground Turkey or Beef
3 Carrots Chopped
1/2 Onion chopped
1 Tablespoon Butter or Oil for sauteing (optional)
1 Medium Zucchini chopped (Optional)
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
4 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
1 Cup Beef or Chicken Broth warmed in the microwave
1 Teaspoon Brown Sugar
1/4 Teaspoon Thyme
1/4 Teaspoon Steak Seasoning (Optional)
1/2 Cup Frozen Peas
1/2 Cup Frozen Corn
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 1/2 Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
Prep: This meal takes some chopping and prep work, but if you enlist a helper to peel and chop for you, it’s a breeze. My daughter likes to help me peel the carrots and if I’m making the mashed potatoes at the same time, she helps peel those too.
Unless I’m in a hurry, I like to have my daughter help with the chopping to develop more confidence with a knife. She is young, so I help cut the carrots into chunks and she finishes the job; cutting them into smaller pieces.
Preheat your broiler to low if you are eating the Shepherd’s pie immediately. Place a heavy pan with a lid on medium high heat and start cooking the ground meat and carrots. Cover and cook for 7 minutes stirring and breaking up the meat occasionally.
Add the onions and cook until they are soft; about 5 minutes. If you are using ground turkey, you might have to add a tablespoon of butter or oil so the onions can caramelize and not stick to the pan.
Next, add the zucchini, worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, and warm broth. Stir until combined and season with thyme, steak seasoning, salt and pepper. With the lid off, cook for 5-10 minutes or until the sauce has thickened slightly.
Stir in the frozen veggies and cook until it simmers. Then turn of the heat and put your meat sauce in a 11×13 inch pan. Top with mashed potatoes and cheese and place under the broiler until the cheese is golden and bubbly.
If you want to cook this later or put it in the freezer, don’t put it under the broiler. Just cover with foil and put in the refrigerator or freeze. When you’re ready to cook, preheat the oven to 375 and cook for 30 minutes (60 min. if frozen) remove the foil and cook for 10 minutes more or until the cheese is golden and bubbly.
This is why I need to double the recipe. My little man eats just as much of it as I do! That’s how I know it’s good.
Do you like Shepherd’s Pie? What are your family’s favorite meals?