Make Super Easy Shepherd's Pie with Leftover Mashed Potatoes

If you are left with load of mashed potatoes after your holiday meal, take a break from turkey and use those leftover potatoes to make super easy, super comforting shepherd's pie. This recipe can be thrown together quickly with ingredients you have on hand. It will be just a matter of minutes before you are tucking into a delicious dish of meat and vegetables in creamy gravy topped with a crispy potato crust.

Easy Shepherd's Pie


1/2 pound lean ground beef or lamb (see note)

1 medium onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1 pound bag frozen mixed vegetables

1/2 cup beef broth

1 can reduced fat cream of mushroom soup

2 cups leftover mashed potatoes

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Cook meat, onion, garlic and thyme in large skillet until meat is no longer pink and onion is tender. Drain off excess fat.

Add vegetables and beef broth. Bring liquid to a boil, then cover and reduce heat and steam vegetables for five minutes. Stir in cream of mushroom soup and heat through. Salt and pepper to taste.

Assembled pie before baking
Assembled pie before baking
Hot out of the oven
Hot out of the oven

Transfer meat and vegetable mixture to 1-1/2 quart deep baking dish and spread leftover mashed potatoes over the top (you may need to reheat the potatoes slightly in the microwave to make them easier to spread). Top with grated cheese.

Bake 30 minutes until potatoes and cheese are browned and crispy.

Serves four.

Note: Traditional shepherd's pie is made with lamb. When made with beef, the dish is known as cottage pie.

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rjsadowski 5 years ago

How about using leftover turkey and leftover mashed potatoes? That way you can kill to birds with one stone.

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Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

I haven't made this dish in years. Thanks for the reminder because I have loads of leftover turkey. Voted up and bookmarked!

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DeborahNeyens 5 years ago from Iowa Author

You definitely could use leftover turkey in this recipe. although sometimes after all that turkey on Thanksgiving I'm ready for a little red meat! Thanks for the comments, rjadowski and Arlene.

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Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

Hahahaha. Deborah, I have not started on the Thanksgiving leftovers. I need to use them for something. Otherwise, I would make the shepherd's pie with red meat.

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DeborahNeyens 5 years ago from Iowa Author

Have you ever heard of turkey and dressing sandwiches? It's an Iowa thing - mix up the leftover turkey, stuffing and gravy and serve it on buns. It's bascially bread on bread. That's what we're having today while watching the Iowa-Nebraska game with family.

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Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

Are you CHANNELING me??? I love that! Thanks for the idea. In fact, I have been trying to leave the comfort of my sofa to make those for breakfast. Delicious! I am inspired! Football? Shhhhh! Hubby promised to take me shopping for a new camera.

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jenubouka 5 years ago

One of my favorites, great pics.

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DeborahNeyens 5 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, jenubouka!

Arlene, glad you are finally getting that new camera!

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coolsarv 5 years ago

seams to be delicious......

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DonnaCosmato 5 years ago from USA

This sounds good, and thanks for including the tip on how to make it with beef rather than lamb. My family won't touch lamb and shepherd's pie (or cottage pie) is just such a frugal way to use leftovers and stretch that grocery budget. Excellent hub; voted up :)

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DeborahNeyens 5 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks for reading and commenting, coolsarv. It's surprisingly good for how easy it is.

Thanks, Donna. I think either meat works fine, although some would take issue with me calling it shepherd's pie if it doesn't have lamb in it.

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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

Umm-mm! I have to make this, though it will have to be 'cottage' rather than 'shepherds'. Never heard that before. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

I just made some cottage pie last week. I'll have to try it with the mushroom soup. It looks great.

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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, MT. I always keep a couple of cans of mushroom soup in the pantry for emergency meals. There are just so many ways to use it. And, truth be told, I don't always wait for leftover mashed potatoes to make this dish. Sometimes I mash up some potatoes just because I'm craving shepherd's pie!

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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Sounds great! I'd like to link my hub on mashed potatoes to this one. Voted up!

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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, vespawoolf. I'll look for it and link back.

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Magdaleine 4 years ago

looks very delicious. will try it..

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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Magdaleine. It's delicious and easy. Can't beat that.

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