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The Best Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Shepherd’s pie has been a comfort meal of mine since I was a kid! With layers of ground beef, corn, mashed potatoes, and cheese, this super simple casserole just makes me happy and takes me back to my childhood. 

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So yes, I know the correct term for this dish is Cottage Pie. Traditionally, when made with ground beef it is Cottage Pie and when made with mutton it is Shepherd’s Pie. I grew up calling it Shepherd’s Pie though, and despite inconsistencies, the naming shall remain the same to me. 

This is my number one comfort food dish. When I just need a taste of my childhood innocence, I find myself in the kitchen whipping up a delectably delicious Shepherd’s Pie. 

How to Make Shepherd’s Pie

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If you want to create this favorite of all favorite Irish comfort foods, all you need is a few key ingredients that can be easily picked up at your local grocery store

  • Ground Beef
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes (Or make your own from scratch if you prefer) 
  • Canned Corn
  • Worchestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 Diced Onion
  • Cheese

This is a super simple recipe. Packed with flavor and great leftover too! 

Cottage Pie Step by Step Recipe

Get started by preheating your oven to 350°

First thing’s first, you are going to want to brown your ground beef. In a pan with your diced onion, cook the ground beef until it is fully browned. Once fully cooked, mix in 1-2 Tbsp of Worchestershire sauce. Remove from heat and place in a baking pan. 

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The next step is going to be to make your mashed potatoes. I honestly use instant mashed potatoes. You can definitely use homemade potatoes, but that just takes too much time for me personally. I don’t just use the instant mashed potatoes right from the bag though. 

When I make instant mashed potatoes, I like to jazz them up a little bit.  In order to make these instant powdered potatoes taste amazing, I add butter, some sour cream, and dry ranch seasoning to them! It may sound odd but it is SO delicious. 

instant mashed potatoes for cottage pie

While you are making your mashed potatoes, you can co ahead and pour your drained canned corn on top of your cooked ground beef. 

corn on top of beef for shepard's pie

Layer on your mashed potatoes on top of the corn. Spread it on until it is a nice even layer! 

Top generously with shredded cheese! Yes, load it up, I promise I will not judge you. 

shepherd's pie with cheese on top

Now all you have to do it pop your pan into the oven. Cook uncovered for 25-30 minutes until the cheese is all melted and everything is hot throughout. 

Let your shepherd’s pie cool down a bit after cooking and enjoy it! 

Get the Printable Shepherd’s Pie Recipe Here 

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5 from 2 votes

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's pie, a classic comfort food with layers of ground beef, corn, mashed potatoes, and cheese!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, casserole, Irish
Keyword Cottage Pie, Shephard's Pie
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 people


  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Onion Diced (optional)
  • 1 can Corn Drained
  • 1 package Instant Mashed Potatos
  • 1-2 tbsp Worchestershire Sauce
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheese


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°

  2. Brown ground beef along with the diced onion.

  3. Add in worchestershire sauce once the beef is fully cooked.

  4. Place the beef into a large baking pan.

  5. Make your instant mashed potatoes.

  6. While your potatoes cool, pour your drained corn on top of your ground beef.

  7. Spread the cooled potatoes over top of the corn into a nice smooth(ish) layer.

  8. Top with as much cheese as your heart desires.

  9. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes.

  10. Let cool and enjoy!

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April Suroviec

Friday 17th of March 2023

How many packets of instant potatoes would you use? How much of the “extras” would you add to the potatoes?


Friday 17th of March 2023

I usually use two packs of instant potatoes when I am making it for my family of 4. For the extras, I honestly eyeball it, start with a little then keep adding to taste.


Monday 27th of February 2023

Get request from a client to cook shepherd pie since she doesn't like eat corn, but she loves shepherd. I did looking on Google and found your receipt. Now I doing cooking your recipe....i will my client love it too .......thanks


Thursday 26th of January 2023

I love this easy dish, and actually prefer it this way compared to adding broth or gravy. Thank you!


Thursday 26th of January 2023

So happy you liked it!


Sunday 22nd of January 2023

So good ! Making it again tonight.

Jason Smith

Tuesday 5th of May 2020

I'd been looking for something new to serve for a snack. This Shepherd's pie recipe caught my attention as its ingredients are healthy and packed with nutrients. I would like to add some twists by adding some squash. Do you think it will still taste great? Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! I look forward to more interesting snack ideas from this blog!


Thursday 7th of May 2020

I think adding in squash shoulds delicious!

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