Homemade Shepherd’s Pie

Sharing my shepherd’s pie recipe today!  My Homemade Shepherd’s Pie is the ultimate comfort food, perfect for Sunday Dinner!

shepherd's pie

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie is by far my kids’ favorite dinner. My oldest tends to even beg for it for breakfast from time to time! My husband asked, why are you posting this recipe? I said…..it’s just really good! Nothing crazy, just good ol’ fashion comfort food 🙂  Since my boys start school today (woohoo, Mom is cheering!)  I decided to post their most favorite recipe in the whole wide world.  It’s perfect for a weeknight dinner if you have a little extra time on your hands or even better for Sunday dinner. I know there are a zillion takes on Shepherd’s Pie….and it seems that I love them all but take a peek below and see how I like to do it  🙂

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How To Make Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

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I always start with the potatoes since they take the longest. Peel, dice and boil!

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Slice and dice those onions to get ready for the beef layer of the pie.

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Saute the onions and garlic then add the beef and green beans.

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After those potatoes are fork tender, drain, transfer to a mixing bowl….add a little butter, salt, pepper, garlic salt and milk. There’s no perfect measurement for seasoning…everyone likes it a little different. Mix a little, stop and taste. Add seasoning according to your liking 🙂  Ah, the perfect mashed potatoes! Is there anything better?

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I made a simple homemade sauce for the meat layer that included a little butter, flour, salt, pepper and chicken broth. Whisk until nice and thick then pour right in the beef 🙂

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Let the layering begin:  The beef goes in first, then top with mashed potatoes and cheese! Bake until hot.

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Easy Shepherd’s Pie

Serve this perfect Sunday Dinner Recipe with some roasted vegetables and a side salad.  The whole family loves this one!


Homemade Shepherd’s Pie

This Homemade Shepherd's Pie is the ultimate comfort food! It's perfect for Sunday dinner or for bringing to a potluck!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 436kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 2 1/2 lbs peeled diced potatoes
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Lawry’s garlic salt
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh minced garlic
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 Cups green beans


  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Cup chicken broth
  • 1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • Place peeled and diced potatoes into a large pot of water. Bring to boil and boil for 13-15 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Drain and transfer to the bowl of a stand or electric mixer. Mix in butter, salt, pepper and garlic salt. Slowly add milk until nice and creamy. Keep tasting potatoes to see if you need more seasonings. When done to your liking, set aside for a few minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Heat oil into a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onions until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, beef, salt and pepper; cook until browned. Stir in green beans then reduce heat to low.
  • To prepare sauce, melt butter into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour, salt and pepper then slowly add in chicken broth until thick and creamy. Add sauce to meat mixture then transfer to bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Pour mashed potatoes over meat mixture then top with shredded cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted through.


Calories: 436kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 701mg | Potassium: 894mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 645IU | Vitamin C: 22.9mg | Calcium: 208mg | Iron: 6.3mg
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  2. Maggie

    This looks sssoooo good, I sometimes can’t believe that I cannot figure out what to make for dinner, I love to cook and now it’s just me and hubby I get the “grey fog of doom” trying to make something that I have never made or not made in a long time,this will fill the bill and cut through my fog doom,lol. This looks delicious and I can’t wait to make it. Shopping tomorrow for ingredients I don’t have, thank you so much.

  3. Shannon

    Made this two weekends in a row on super snowy days. My family LOVES it! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  4. Natasha

    I made this tonight for my picky hubby, and he LOVED it! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing recipes with amateurs like me. You have really helped me become interested in cooking and baking and going out of my comfort zone in the kitchen!

  5. Tara

    Made this over the weekend, and it received rave reviews from my husband! I’ve never had Shepherd’s Pie let alone made it, but this was so simple…and so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Nancy

    You are my new best friend! I just made this and my family loved it!
    I added a few things, gravy master, worcestershire sauce, corn, carrots and peas. Also, I added a beef cube to a cup of water. (I didn’t have any chicken broth on hand).

    Thank you SO much!


  7. Connie

    I love this with the ground beef and left over mashed potatoes and veggies that are in the refrig. I also like to make it with leftover chicken or turkey (after a holiday) and also use the leftover stuffing, mashed potatoes, veggies. I haven’t cooked either lately so this is a reminder to do it this week.

  8. charlotte

    EXCELLENT! The taste is really good. I used corn and peas as alternatives since I don’t have beans.Honestly, I m eating right now.

    Thank you and keep up the delicious recipe!

  9. Suzanne

    Hello! My family loves this recipe–I have made it many times!! Thank you! I love your blog!

    Quick question, can this be made in the moring and baked later in the day? Thanks!

    How is your baby doing? I hope y’all are doing well!

  10. Rachel

    My husband claims I made shepherd’s pie too much when we were first married….I don’t remember that! I haven’t made it in years, but I am definitely making this recipe…. Maybe it will re-kindle his love for the dish:)

  11. Robyn

    This was amazing. My kids had seconds…My husband took the leftovers to work and one of my kids said..”Dad you are taking the last of the Shepherd pie. That is not fair”
    Love it!

  12. Camie

    I don’t know how I missed this… good thing I found it a few days ago 🙂 I just made it for my family for dinner tonight…. a HUGE hit! One of our new favorites for sure. And I never thought of putting hot sauce on this… my husband and I LOVED IT!!! Thanks for ANOTHER great one 🙂

    1. Jenny

      So glad to hear it Camie, this is one of our family favorites too! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  13. Tracy

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was sooooo good! Nothing like comfort food on a cold night. The only thing that I did different was use about half the amount of onion that the recipe stated. Next time I make it, I might add some corn to the meat mixture because we like corn with our mashed potatoes anyway.

  14. Leigh

    Just made this tonight and it was a big hit!! My husband and I devoured it and I can’t wait to eat the leftovers tomorrow!

  15. Missy

    MMMMMM, I’ve made this twice
    (this week)
    and it’s amazing!
    It’s my new fav.

  16. Reagan @ Recipesmademyway

    I tried shepherds pie a little bit ago using leftover roast shredded up w/ carrots and potatoes and french style green beans, it was really good! I love things that are so simple but still taste so good!

  17. Brandi

    I made this last night and it was super good!! I used ground turkey instead of beef and it turned out well. It was easy to put together and it’s something I’ll be making frequently now 🙂

  18. LT

    Definitely one I’m going to try. This looks yummy and very kid friendly…hehehe. Anything for the kids right? Thanks for sharing.

  19. Brandi

    This looks super good! I plan on making it soon. Do you think it would be okay to use canned green beans for this dish?

  20. Marcia

    I have the ultimate picky eater and he cleaned his plate last night. We will definitely have this again for dinner! I followed the recipe exactly and it was easy and delicious. Thanks Jenny!

  21. Merideth

    We made this for dinner last night and it was a hit! Best homemade shepherds pie we’ve had! It’s a keeper! Thanks Jenny!

  22. Cheri Clark

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was fabulous! Comfort food at its finest. Thank you for such a simple and wonderful recipe. I can’t wait to try some others. Oh, and BTW you are 110% right about adding Sriracha sauce, delicious!

  23. Sharie Thompson

    Comfort food is my fav!
    This recipe is in my oven right now. Thanks for posting a recipe where I have all the ingredients in my kitchen. Didn’t even have to leave home! Can’t wait until the timer goes off 😉

  24. Stephanie Manley

    This looks fabulous kids or not, I have never seen such a tasty looking Shepherd’s Pie!

  25. Cookin' Canuck

    This is such a comfort dish for me. My grandmother would always make shepherds pie when the weather turned cold, but she used ground lamb in her version. Hot sauce on the side is a “must”.

  26. Angie

    I’ve never made, this, but I have had a Cuban version made by a friend. This looks amazing, I have to put it on the to make list!

  27. Jason

    Great shepherd pie! Sriracha is wonderful on just about any comfort food there is. Great recipe for the fall/winter coming right around the corner.

  28. Laura Warnke

    Mmmm..one of my favorite comfort foods. What a perfect time of year to make Shepherds pie. The weather is cooler and I am looking forward to doing some cooking this weekend and trying out your recipe. My husband and I do love hot sauce, but never thought of putting in on Shepherds pie. Sounds wonderful!

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