Food Recipes Simple Shepherd's Pie 4.8 (9) 6 Reviews Our simple shepherd pie recipe works great for a comforting family meal any night of the week. It's the classic meat and potatoes combo—with lots of love. By Ananda Eidelstein Ananda Eidelstein Instagram Website Ananda Eidelstein is a vegetable-loving food writer, recipe developer, and editor. She is the former Senior Food Editor at REAL SIMPLE magazine. Prior to writing and editing feature stories, having her own monthly vegetarian column, and developing over 300 recipes during her time at RS, she was the Assistant Food Editor at Rachael Ray Every Day. She has also gained experience in the test kitchens of Martha Stewart's Living, and Saveur magazines, in catering, TV, and a Michelin-starred restaurant in New York City. Ananda is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, now known as the International Culinary Center, with nearly a decade of culinary and food media experience. Real Simple's Editorial Guidelines Updated on August 23, 2022 Print Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Greg DuPree Hands On Time: 40 mins Total Time: 1 hrs 50 mins Yield: 8 to 10 servings Jump to Nutrition Facts If there were a definitive ranking of comfort foods, shepherd's pie might just be number one. Step one: make a batch of buttery mashed potatoes. Step two: cook up a mean vegetable-enriched beef filling. Step three: enjoy fire-side with a cozy blanket and a glass of red wine. Okay, that might be overkill, but the red wine should be doable. If you can't find red new potatoes for the topping, substitute with another waxy potato like Yukon gold or fingerlings. Ingredients 2 ¼ pounds red-skinned potatoes, scrubbed 1 ½ cups whole milk, heated to a simmer 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 3 teaspoons kosher salt, divided 1 ½ pounds ground beef 1 pound cremini mushrooms, quartered (about 4 cups) 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves 1 medium onion, finely chopped 2 ribs celery, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 3 tablespoons tomato paste 1 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock 2 medium carrots, chopped 2 ¾ cup frozen peas (from a 10-oz bag) 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce Directions Preheat oven to 425°F. Cover potatoes with cold water in a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook until tender when pierced with a fork, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain and return to pot. Add warm milk and butter; mash until creamy. Season with 1½ teaspoons of the salt and several grinds pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add beef and cook undisturbed, until browned on bottom, about 4 minutes. Add ½ teaspoon of the salt. Continue cooking, breaking up pieces with a wooden spoon, until browned all over, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer beef to a bowl. Wipe out skillet. Using same skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high. Add mushrooms and ½ teaspoon salt; cook undisturbed until golden, about 3 minutes. Add thyme and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until golden all over, about 2 minutes. Transfer to bowl with beef. Using same skillet, heat remaining tablespoon oil over medium. Add onion, celery, and garlic; cook until golden, stirring occasionally, 5 to 6 minutes. Return meat and mushroom mixture to skillet and add tomato paste; cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Add stock and remaining ½ teaspoon salt; simmer until slightly thickened, 7 to 8 minutes. Stir in carrots, peas, and Worcestershire; cook until peas are crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer mixture to a 9 x 13-inch (or 3-qt) baking dish. Spoon then gently spread mashed potatoes on top. Set baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until filling is bubbling and top is golden in spots, 18 to 22 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 439 Calories 23g Fat 37g Carbs 24g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Calories 439 % Daily Value * Total Fat 23g 29% Saturated Fat 9g 45% Cholesterol 71mg 24% Sodium 978mg 43% Total Carbohydrate 37g 13% Total Sugars 9g Protein 24g *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.