Shepherd's Pie



10 min


40 min


6 adult servings

Shepherd's Pie

Photo: Maya Visnyei

This vegetable-packed Shepherd's Pie recipe is a hearty and healthy suggestion from reader Catherine Dishman of Stratford, Ont. Make it in advance for a quick weeknight dinner later.


  • 1 1/2 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes , peeled and quartered
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter , divided
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 tsp salt , divided
  • 1/4 cup grated cheddar , divided
  • 1 cup peeled, chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 lb. extra-lean ground beef
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic
  • 4 tsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sodium-free beef broth
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup fresh or defrosted frozen green peas


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Place potatoes in a pot of cold salted water and bring to a boil. Cook for 15 min or until tender when pierced with a fork. Drain. Return potatoes to a pot over low heat for 1 min to evaporate any remaining water. Add 2 tbsp butter and mash until combined and fluffy. Add milk to loosen, season with 1⁄4 tsp salt and stir in half of cheese. Set aside.
  • Heat remaining 2 tbsp butter in large frying pan over medium. Add carrot, onion and celery and sauté for 5 min or until beginning to soften.
  • Turn heat to high. Add beef and garlic, and sauté, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, for 5 min or until meat begins to brown. Add flour, stirring for 2 min to cook out floury taste.
  • Add stock, Worcestershire, mustard and thyme. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 min or until broth has reduced and thickened and made the meat saucy. Season with remaining 1⁄2 tsp salt and pepper and stir in peas.
  • Transfer beef mixture to a deep 9-in. ovenproof casserole dish. Spread mashed potatoes overtop. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 15 min or until sauce is bubbling. Turn to broil and cook until potatoes are golden.


You can make this well ahead and refrigerate, but it will need more time in the oven to heat through.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 334,
  • Protein
  • 22 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39 g,
  • Fat
  • 15 g,
  • Fibre
  • 3 g,
  • Sodium
  • 670 mg.

Originally published in the Today’s Parent April 2014 issue.