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Beef Shepherd’s Pie

a pot of beef shepherd's pie
Here’s a one-pot dinner that will satisfy your comfort-food craving. This beef shepherd’s pie is perfect for a healthy recipe with meat and potatoes.

Servings: 8

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 293
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 55mg
  • Sodium: 401mg
  • Carbohydrates: 26g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 19g


Potato topping



Potato topping

  1. Make topping: In a 4-quart saucepan, add the potatoes and cold water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil and cook over medium-high heat until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. In a colander, drain the potatoes. Return potatoes to pan and mash. Set aside.
  3. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the milk, butter, nutmeg and cayenne.
  4. Microwave on high for 20 seconds or until butter is melted.
  5. Add the milk mixture to the potatoes and stir until smooth.
  6. Add scallions and season with salt and pepper. Stir gently. Set aside.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil; set aside.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the beef and cook until just browned.
  4. Add the oil to the pan and heat until hot. Add the onions, carrots and mushrooms, and sauté, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.
  5. Add the tomato paste, thyme, sherry and broth, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
  6. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Simmer uncovered until the mixture is thick and bubbly, about 15 minutes. Season with black pepper to taste.
  7. Pour the beef mixture into a deep 8-inch baking dish.
  8. Spoon the mashed potatoes over the beef and place baking dish on a lined baking sheet.
  9. Bake until the shepherd’s pie is bubbly around the edges, about 30 minutes.
  10. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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