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Shepherd’s Pie

This simplified version of Shepherd’s Pie will be ready in 30 minutes and tastes delicious, making it the perfect weeknight meal!

Shepherd's Pie in 30 minutes? Heck yes! Super easy weeknight dinner option.

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Y’all, this recipe is straight out of my childhood. It’s simple, it’s filling, and it pleases everyone’s tastebuds! Doesn’t hurt that it comes together in about 30 minutes, over half of which is baking.

Real talk: you can definitely use instant mashed potatoes here. I love homemade and the box stuff is nowhere near, I get it. But I also get that throwing together dinner in less than 30 minutes is a high priority at the end of the day, so instant potatoes it can be! That being said, the homemade stuff doesn’t take a ton more time. 

Shepherd's Pie in 30 minutes? Heck yes! Super easy weeknight dinner option.
Shepherd's Pie in 30 minutes? Heck yes! Super easy weeknight dinner option.

First, brown the beef. While that’s browning, start on the potatoes. Once the beef is browned, drain the fat.

Shepherd's Pie in 30 minutes? Heck yes! Super easy weeknight dinner option.

Add veggies, spices, and soup. Stir until everything is coated with the soup.

Shepherd's Pie in 30 minutes? Heck yes! Super easy weeknight dinner option.

Meanwhile, finish off your potatoes. Instant potatoes aren’t nearly as good as homemade, but wayyyyyy faster for a night when you don’t have the energy to do it all.

Shepherd's Pie in 30 minutes? Heck yes! Super easy weeknight dinner option.

Transfer the meat into a circular Le Creuset or 8×8 inch baking dish, then cover with potatoes. Logan is a perfectionist made sure there’s perfectly equal coverage. I usually just scoop them on in great big dollops until they’re all in the dish. Your call.

Shepherd's Pie in 30 minutes? Heck yes! Super easy weeknight dinner option.

Bake uncovered for 20 minutes and you’ve got dinner done!

Shepherd's Pie in 30 minutes? Heck yes! Super easy weeknight dinner option.

Hearty, filling comfort food. And almost stupidly easy to make!

Tools you’ll need: 8×8 baking dish or Le Creuset, large skillet.

Shepherd’s Pie

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: weeknight meal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can green beans drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp dehydrated onions
  • 1 cups mashed potatoes real or instant

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. 
  • Brown ground beef. While that’s cooking, prep the mashed potatoes. For better tasting instant ones, use whole milk or cream and garlic salt.
  • Once the beef is done, remove grease. Throw in the vegetables, dehydrated onions and can of condensed soup. Season to taste with salt & pepper. 
  • Stir until everything is coated in the soup. Transfer the beef mixture into a 9×9 inch baking dish. Top with potatoes. 
  • Bake for 20 minutes until the tips of potatoes are just beginning to brown and the bottom layer is bubbling.

This is one of our best go to dinners, and it’s also one of my husband’s favorites! Don’t you love it when delicious food is also easy??

Shepherd's Pie in 30 minutes? Heck yes! Super easy weeknight dinner option.

What’s on your go-to weeknight meal list? I’d love some inspiration!!

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