Shepherd's Pie Casserole is the ultimate comfort food—a hearty, savory dish with roots in British cuisine. This delicious casserole combines seasoned meat and veggies topped with creamy, mashed potatoes. It's perfect for busy parents and home cooks looking to serve up something warm and satisfying.

Shepherd’s Pie Casserole


Meat Filling

  • 1 lb ground beef or lamb
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Mashed Potato Topping

  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese for topping

Optional Additions

  • 1 cup corn (fresh or frozen)
  • Fresh herbs (parsley, thyme) for garnish

Step-by-Step Instructions

Preparing the Meat Filling

  1. Heat the Olive Oil: In a large skillet over medium heat, add 1 tbsp of olive oil.
  2. Brown the Meat: Add the ground beef or lamb, cooking until browned. Drain any excess fat.
  3. Add Vegetables: Stir in diced onions, carrots, and garlic. Cook until vegetables are tender.
  4. Season and Simmer: Mix in tomato paste, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes until the mixture thickens.
  5. Incorporate Peas: Finally, stir in the peas and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

Making the Mashed Potato Topping

  1. Boil the Potatoes: Place peeled, cubed potatoes in a large pot of salted water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Mash the Potatoes: Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Add butter and milk, mashing until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Assembling and Baking

  1. Preheat the Oven: Set your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Layer the Casserole: Spread the meat filling evenly in the bottom of a casserole dish. Spoon the mashed potatoes over the meat, spreading to cover evenly. For an extra touch, sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on top.
  3. Bake to Perfection: Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden and bubbly.

Serving and Storage Tips

  • Serve Hot: Shepherd's Pie is best enjoyed hot, straight from the oven. Pair it with a fresh green salad or steamed veggies for a complete meal.
  • Store Leftovers: Allow any leftovers to cool before storing them in an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 2 months. Reheat thoroughly before serving.


  • Vegetarian Option: Substitute the meat with lentils or a plant-based ground meat alternative.
  • Sweet Potato Topping: Swap out regular potatoes for sweet potatoes for a nutritious twist.
  • Gluten-Free: Ensure all broth and seasoning ingredients are certified gluten-free.


There you have it—a classic Shepherd’s Pie Casserole recipe that’s easy to customize and sure to please your family. We’d love to hear how your Shepherd’s Pie turns out! Share your feedback and any unique variations you tried. Happy cooking!

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