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shepherds pie with herb on top

Shepherds Pie

This classic Shepherd's Pie is made with hamburger, vegetables, and seasonings, then topped with creamy mashed potatoes.   
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
broil time 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 418kcal
Author Amber


potato layer

  • lb potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper



  • Cover the potatoes with water and cook until fork tender, drain well.
  • Using a hand masher or mixer, mash the potatoes and add the butter, heavy cream, sour cream, salt and pepper.
  • While the potatoes are boiling, brown the ground beef.  
  • Add the onion, garlic and thyme to the pan and saute for 2 minutes.  Remove the meat from the pan and keep warm.
  • Melt the butter and stir in the flour, then cook for a minute till it no longer smells raw.
  • Whisk in the broth and cook till it is thickened, then whisk in the worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, and paprika.
  • Add the mixed vegetables and simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Return the meat to the pan, stirring to combine.
  • Preheat the broiler to 500° and move the rack up to the top of the oven.
  • Pour the mixture into a 9x13-inch pan.  Spread the potatoes evenly over the top and place under the broiler for 5 minutes, or until the top has lightly browned.
  • Remove and rest for 5 minutes before serving.


  • Some like to add some cheddar cheese on top of the pie before removing it from the oven.
  • You can add any vegetables you want.  It’s a great way to add more vegetables to your diet.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • This dish can be frozen for 3 months.  Thaw and reheat in the oven before serving.


Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 401mg | Potassium: 814mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2718IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 3mg