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shepherds pie made up in a cast iron pan

Cheesy Shepherds Pie

An easy ground beef dinner recipe that is the best of comfort food! Shepherds Pie (or cottage pie when made with ground beef) is a quick and easy family meal. In the oven in less than 15 minutes!
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CourseMain Course
DietGluten Free
Keywordcasserole, cast iron, ground beef, healthy comfort food, potato
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Servings4 people


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablepoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cups frozen mixed veggies
  • 1 cup beef broth, low sodium if possible.
  • 1 teaspoon Worschershire sauce
  • 1 24 oz pkg mashed potatoes depending on the size of your pan you may find that you don't use the whole thing.
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded gouda cheese
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  • NOTE: I prepare and bake this dish all in my cast iron pan. If you don't have a cast iron pan simply use a saute pan to make the meat mixture and transfer to a greased 9 by 9 or 10 by 10 pan (loaf or pie pan also works) and bake it in that.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a large cast iron pan (or medium skillet if you aren't using a cast iron pan), heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute for about 5 minutes or until they are translucent.
  • Add the ground beef and saute until cooked through and no longer pink.
  • Add the garlic, pepper, parsley, tomato paste, salt, and flour. Saute, stirring constantly, for about 2 minutes to create a thick paste (often called a roux).
  • Stir in the broth, veggies, and Worcestershire sauce, scraping the bottom of the pan to get off any little bits.
  • Bring to a gentle boil and remove from the heat. (If you are using a baking pan, transfer the meat mixture to your baking pan.) This, my friends, is your delicious homemade gravy!
  • In a separate container, stir together (you may need to use a small bowl, sometimes the potatoes come in a large enough package to simply mix them in the package) the potatoes, cheese, garlic powder, and salt.
  • Spread the potato mixture on top of the meat mixture in the cast iron pan or 10 by 10 pan, if using instead.
  • Use a fork to create cross hatches (like the edge of a pie crust or a peanut butter cookie top) so that you'll get nice browning on top.
  • Bake at 400 degrees, uncovered, for about 30 minutes. Broil, if needed, for an additional 5 minutes or until golden and brown on top. Note: if your pan is quite full it is wise to put a baking dish under it to catch anything that might spill over and make a mess.
  • Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve.



Calories: 1087kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 68g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 2050mg | Potassium: 1671mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3033IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 500mg | Iron: 5mg