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Shepherd’s Pie with Cheddar Mash

Shepherd’s Pie is a hearty, filling dish featuring meat, vegetables, and gravy under a fluffy bed of mashed potatoes. Bake this up for some ultimate comfort food.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, English
Keyword cottage pie, pie, savory pie, shepherd's pie, st patrick's day
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 436 kcal
Author Jessica Fisher


  • 6 large russet potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef or chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper plus more to taste
  • 1 cup green beans or peas
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 2-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large pot of salted water, boil the potatoes until very tender.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add the beef, onion, carrots, and mushrooms and cook until the beef is browned and the onion is translucent. Add the flour and stir until the drippings have completely absorbed the flour. Stir in the broth and spices. Simmer until thickened. Stir in the green beans or peas. Spoon this mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  4. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them and return them to the pot. Mash the potatoes until very fine. Add the butter and continue mashing, until the butter is melted and incorporated into the potatoes. Stir in the milk and cheddar cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Spoon the mashed potatoes over the meat mixture, taking care to seal the mashed potato topping all the way to the edges of the pan.
  6. At this point you can chill the pie and refrigerate to bake later or chill, cover and freeze up to 2 months. Before baking, thaw the pie in the refrigerator .
  7. Bake the pie for 30 minutes or until the filling is bubbly and the top is golden brown. If the pie is very cold, you may need to increase the baking time up to an hour.
Nutrition Facts
Shepherd’s Pie with Cheddar Mash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 436 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 484mg21%
Potassium 1096mg31%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 3315IU66%
Vitamin C 13.4mg16%
Calcium 184mg18%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.