Shepherd's Pie

Ground Beef, Veggies and a Creamy Mashed Potato Topping - the perfect 1 dish meal!

AuthorSara Bojarski Prep Time: 0:15:00
Cook Time: 0:50:00
Total Time: 1:05:00
Serving Size: Serves 4-6 Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 Cups small dice Carrot
  • 4 small dice Celery Stalks
  • 1 small dice Onion
  • 4 minced Garlic Cloves
  • 2 lbs Ground Beef (80/20)
  • 1 tsps Fennel Seeds
  • 1/2 tsps Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 T Butter
  • 1 Cup Frozen Peas
  • 2 Potatoes (peeled, cut into 1" cubes)
  • 2 tsps Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2/3 Cups Tomato Puree (mixed with 2/3 cup Water)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • Pinch Cayenne
  • 3 T Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Milk (2% Milk)
  • 1 Cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Heat up a large pot over a medium high heat. Add your ground beef, and cook until there is no more pink in the meat. Drain through a sieve and reserve.
  • Return the same pot to the stove and place over a medium high heat. Add your butter and once it's melted, add in your fennel seeds and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook for about 1 minutes. Now add in your onion, carrot and celery. Cook about 15 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Add in your garlic and cook another 2 minutes.
  • At this point, add back your beef, and add in your peas, tomato puree with water, Worcestershire Sauce, salt, pepper and cayenne. Cook over a medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring often.
  • While that is cooking, in a separate pot, add your potatoes and cover with water. Season the water generously with salt (about 2 Tablespoons). Bring to a boil, and cook the potatoes until they're completely fork tender. Drain the potatoes and pass through a ricer or mash with a hand masher. Stir in your butter, milk and cheese - season with salt (I used 1/2 teaspoon).
  • Meanwhile, place your oven on high broil. To Assemble the Shepherd's Pie - get a large oven-safe baking dish (I used a 9" x 9" dish). Lay down your beef mixture evenly, Top with your mashed potatoes in an even layer. Place under your broiler for a few minutes just to lightly brown the top of the potatoes to give a nice crunch. Serve hot.