Old Fashioned Shepherd's Pie in round glass dish.
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Old Fashioned Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

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Winter time is the perfect time for Old Fashioned Shepherd’s Pie. It’s a hearty meal that’s very filling and warms you up! With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, it’s also the perfect time for this Irish favorite. Shepherd’s Pie is a meal in itself and doesn’t need any sides as it has vegetables, meat, and starch all in one dish!

Old Fashioned Shepherd's Pie
Old Fashioned Shepherd’s Pie

Ingredients You Will Need

  • Ground Beef
  • Onion
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Carrots
  • Mashed Potatoes
Old Fashioned Shepherd's Pie Ingredients
Ingredients for Old Fashioned Shepherd’s Pie

Equipment You May Need

  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Skillet
  • 1.5 Quart Heat-Resistant Glass Bowl
  • Piping Bag
  • Cake Decorating Tips

Helpful Tips for Making Old Fashioned Shepherd’s Pie

  • Using frozen (thawed) cooked carrots will save time.
  • Cut up vegetables ahead of time.
  • To save time, instant mashed potatoes can be used.

Variations and Substitutes

  • Ground turkey can be used in place of ground beef.
  • Instant mashed potatoes can be used in place of regular mashed potatoes.
  • Additional cooked vegetables, such as peas or corn, can be added to the carrots. Make sure to cook in a bigger bowl if you add any additional ingredients.

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Final Thoughts on Old Fashioned Shepherd’s Pie

This Shepherd’s Pie is such a comforting meal. It is great to have in the fall and winter as a standalone dish. If preferred, it can be served with bread, but it is definitely not necessary. I was extremely full from just one helping!

Old Fashioned Shepherd's Pie in round glass dish.

Old Fashioned Shepherd’s Pie

Old Fashioned Shepherd's Pie is a classic savory dish with cooked vegetables and meat, topped with mashed potatoes.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish
Servings 6


  • 1 Pound Ground Beef
  • 2 Tablespoons Onion chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Cups Carrots cooked and diced
  • Cups Potatoes mashed


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Grease 1½ quart heat-resistant glass bowl and set aside.
  • Melt butter in skillet.
  • Brown beef and onion lightly in melted butter.
  • Add salt.
  • Place cooked, diced carrots in bottom of well-greased 1½ quart heat-resistant glass bowl.
  • Over carrots, pour browned beef mixture.
  • Top with mashed potatoes.
  • If desired, place remaining mashed potatoes in a cake decorating bag and use tips to pipe a design on top.
  • Bake at 400°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until potatoes are lightly browned around the edge.


  • Using frozen (thawed) cooked carrots will save time.
  • Cut up vegetables ahead of time.
  • To save time, instant mashed potatoes can be used.
Keyword 1970’s Recipe, Dinner, Irish Recipe, Old Fashioned Shepherd’s PIe, Shepherd’s Pie, Shepherd’s Pie with Instant Mashed Potatoes, St. Patrick’s Day

Adapted from “The American-International Encyclopedic Cookbook” by Anne London, Copyright 1972

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