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Quick and Easy Shepherd's Pie

Updated on October 21, 2014

I'm all about the quick, under 40 minute meals and 5 or less ingredients! This doesn't mean you have to give up flavor just because of this. This meal is one of my favorites because it combines a lot of my favorite things - mashed potatoes, ground meat, and tomato flavors all into one big pie! This meal is also especially great on cold days as it just warms the soul. You can also choose the ground meat to incorporate into this meal, whether it is ground beef, ground chicken, ground turkey or ground pork - any of these meats will make this meal simply delicious.

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Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Family of 4, with left overs!
  • 4 medium-sized potatoes, chopped
  • Ground meat, pork, beef, turkey, chicken etc.
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Tomato soup
  • Black pepper
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Cheese, optional, shredded
  1. Pre-heat oven to 380 degrees celsius.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  3. Place diced potatoes into pot of boiling water.
  4. While potatoes are boiling, fry up your ground meat in a pan. (when the meat is done frying, I like to throw out in the garbage any excess oil from the meat as ground-meat tends to produce oils - just make sure you don't throw the oil in the sink!)
  5. Pour the can of tomato soup into the ground meat, along with half a can of water.
  6. Pour frozen vegetables into your meat and soup mixture.
  7. Pour your meat/soup/vegetable mixture into an oven-safe pan (I've used a ceramic pan but any tin pan with edges at least 2 inches high will do).
  8. When potatoes are soft, drain the water and add a cup of milk to the pot. Use a masher (or fork if you don't have a masher!) to mash up the potatoes. Grind up some pepper into your mashed potatoes.
  9. Pour your mashed potatoes on top of your meat mixture and spread evenly across.
  10. Top your layer of mashed potatoes off with some shredded cheese (not required, but if you are a cheese lover, why not!)
  11. Place your pan into the oven for about 20 minutes - you can do longer if you would like to make your top layer slightly crisp or use your broiler option on your oven and leave in there for about 5 minutes.

Meat Mixture, before the mashed potatoes go on

I can just eat this mixture! We've got ground meat, tomato soup, and frozen vegetables all mixed into one!
I can just eat this mixture! We've got ground meat, tomato soup, and frozen vegetables all mixed into one!

Shepherd's Pie, after mashed potatoes get layered on and cooked in the oven

The finished product up close and personal!
The finished product up close and personal!


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