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Shepherd's Pie from The Wholesome Dish

March 9, 2024 • 0 comments

Shepherd's Pie, Shepards Pie, Cottage Pie - whichever you prefer to call it - is delicious. This recipe I shared has 3 steps: making the meat mixture, mashed potato topping, and putting the two together. And it's worth it. We make ours with Grass-Finished Ground Beef, but it could also be made with Ground Lamb as would be traditional for this dish.
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  • Servings: 6


  • (1 lb) Ground Beef
  • (2 tbs) Olive Oil
  • (1 cup) Chopped Yellow Onion
  • (2 tsp) Dried Parsley Leaves
  • (1 tsp) Dried Rosemary Leaves
  • (1 tsp) Dried Thyme Leaves
  • (1/2 tsp) Salt
  • (1/2 tsp) Ground Black Pepper
  • (1 tbs) Worcestershire Sauce
  • (2) Garlic Cloves, minced
  • (2 tbs) All-Purpose Flour
  • (2 tbs) Tomato Paste
  • (1 cup) Chicken Broth
  • (1 cup) Frozen Mixed Peas & Carrots
  • (1/2 cup) Frozen Corn Kernels
  • (1 1/2 to 2 lbs) Russet Potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-in cubes
  • (1 stick) Unsalted Butter
  • (1/3 cup) Half & Half
  • (1/2 tsp) Garlic Powder
  • (1/2 tsp) Salt
  • (1/4 tsp) Ground Black Pepper
  • (1/4 cup) Parmesan Cheese


This recipe is being shared from The Wholesome Dish. We substituted chicken broth for the beef broth, but either one works great!


  1. Add the oil to a large skillet and place it over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add the onions. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the ground beef (or ground lamb) to the skillet and break it apart with a wooden spoon. Add the parsley, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Stir well. Cook for 6-8 minutes, until the meat is browned, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the Worcestershire sauce and garlic. Stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the flour and tomato paste. Stir until well incorporated and no clumps of tomato paste remain.
  5. Add the broth, frozen peas and carrots, and frozen corn. Bring the liquid to a boil then reduce to simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Set the meat mixture aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.


  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot. Cover the potatoes with water. Bring the water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cook until potatoes are fork tender, 10-15 minutes.
  2. Drain the potatoes in a colander. Return the potatoes to the hot pot. Let the potatoes rest in the hot pot for 1 minute to evaporate any remaining liquid.
  3. Add butter, half & half, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mash the potatoes and stir until all the ingredients are mixed together.
  4. Add the parmesan cheese to the potatoes. Stir until well combined.


  1. Pour the meat mixture into a 9x9 (or 7x11) inch baking dish. Spread it out into an even layer. Spoon the mashed potatoes on top of the meat. Carefully spread into an even layer.
  2. If the baking dish looks very full, place it on a rimmed baking sheet so that the filling doesn’t bubble over into your oven. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes.** Cool for 15 minutes before serving.


*If you can’t find frozen mixed peas and carrots, you could use ½ cup frozen peas and ½ cup frozen sliced carrots.**Bake at 400° F.  Start preheating the oven after you make the meat mixture (listed in step 6).