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Simple Shepherd’s Pie

by Laura

I am sharing a simple Shepherd’s Pie today. This version is ready in under an hour. This recipe utilizes ground beef, frozen vegetables, and instant potatoes to make it come together quickly.

I did some research and discovered that Shepherd’s Pie dates back to 1854. This dish was a way to use any kind leftover roasted meat. The dish was traditionally lined with mashed potato, as well as having a mashed potato crust on top.

This version only has mashed potatoes on top, but also is then topped with shredded cheddar cheese. The base is made with ground beef, a can of tomato soup, a packet of beef stew seasoning, frozen vegetables, and water. Once the beef is browned, you add in everything else and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.

Now is the time to add the beef mixture to a baking dish. Then you prepare the instant potatoes according to package directions and spread over the beef mixture. The last thing you do in sprinkle with cheese before baking in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

Now since there is just 3 of us at home now, I split these between two 8 inch square baking dishes. I baked one for dinner. I allowed the other pan to cool and ended up freezing it for another night. When I was ready to use it for a future dinner, I thawed it in the fridge and then baked the same.

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Simple Shepherd’s Pie

  • Author: Laura
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x


  • 1/2 (13 oz) box of mashed potatoes (plus the ingredients required to make them- butter, milk & salt)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 (12 oz) bag frozen mixed veggies
  • 1 (10.75 oz) can condensed tomato soup
  • 1 (1.5 oz) pkg beef stew seasoning mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 12 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Prepare 1/2 of the box of  mashed potatoes according to the package directions.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, brown the ground beef until fully cooked. Drain off any excess grease.
  4. Mix in the can of tomato soup, frozen mixed veggies, beef stew seasoning mix and 1/2 cup of water to the browned beef. Bring to a simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Spread the beef mixture into the bottom of a greased 9×13 baking dish. Spread the mashed potatoes over the top of the beef mixture, then sprinkle with cheese.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until the cheese starts to brown. Serves 6-8.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
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The recipe is adapted from The Lazy Dish.

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