This is the perfect weeknight meal! This shepard’s pie is easy, tasty and quick to make. With saucy meat topped with mashed potatoes and ooey gooey cheese, it’s everyone’s favourite.
Weeknights are busy around here. With homework and then running off to activities, we need meals that are fast but filling. This shepard’s pie fits the bill.
I know typically shepard’s pie is made with ground lamb but we have always used ground beef to make this cozy meal. Another secret ingredient – tomato soup! A can of condensed tomato soup makes the perfect saucy beef filling.
The ground beef mixture is topped with a layer of potatoes. This is a great dish to make when you want to use up some leftover mashed potatoes. (Is there such a thing as leftover mashed potatoes?) If you don’t have potatoes or feel like taking a shortcut, a package of mashed potatoes works just as well and makes this easy recipe even easier. I only used two cups of mashed potatoes in this dish making a thin layer but you can always double the amount for a better potato ratio.
The cheese to top off this delicious casserole is optional. This is not the case at our house though. I feel like cheese on everything is ideal. We usually add a lactose free cheddar as it works well with meat and potatoes.
This is a great dish to prepare on the weekend and then just pop in the oven during the week. Since everything is cooked anyways, you just need to bake it until everything is warmed through and the cheese is melted.
This recipe is from my childhood. It’s definitely a favourite around here and brings back so many memories every time we eat it.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
- 1 284mL can tomato soup
- salt and pepper
- 2 cups mashed potatoes (add more if you love potatoes)
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
- Brown the ground beef in a non-stick skillet.
- When half cooked, add the onion and garlic and cook until both the beef and onion are cooked.
- Add the tomato soup, the frozen vegetables and season.
- Transfer the meat mixture to a pie plate or an 8" x 8" dish.
- Top the meat with the mashed potatoes and the cheese.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.