Dinner Tonight: Simple Shepherd’s Pie

The other day, Andrew said, “Can you make a Shepherd’s Pie with sweet potatoes?”.  
And my answer was “Yes!”.  
Have no fear if sweet potatoes aren’t your thing…you can totally substitute a basic mashed potato instead!  This really was a simple weeknight meal…meat and potatoes…all in one place.
Shopping List
1 pound of ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 (10 oz) can of cream of mushroom soup
1 (10 oz) package of frozen peas and carrots (they’re mixed together in one bag on the freezer aisle)
2 cups of mashed potatoes (sweet potatoes or basic mashed potatoes both work…see below for quick tips)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Salt and Pepper (S&P)

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown your ground beef in a drizzle of EVOO until crumbly.  Stir in your onion and saute a few minutes.  Add in a generous pinch of S&P.

Reduce heat to low and stir in your cream of mushroom soup and frozen veggies.

In a greased (I used Pam) 8×8 baking dish, pour your ground beef and veggie mixture inside.

Spread your mashed potatoes all over the top covering the meat completely.

Pop the casserole into the oven and bake about 15 minutes or until everything is bubbly.

Remove from oven and serve.


Meat, potatoes and veggies all in one place.  Simple.

This recipe serves 4 adults.

Now…here are some ways to get your mashed potatoes…

1. Use leftover potatoes from the night before.
2. Drain and use canned sweet potatoes.  Just lightly mash them up with a fork before putting them on your casserole.
3. Use pre-made mashed potatoes found in the refrigerated cases.
4. Bake a few sweet potatoes or russet potatoes in the oven and then after they’re cooked, scoop out the insides and mash that with a fork.

Shepherd’s Pie is totally a weeknight meal :).

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  • Lobster Meets Peach March 6, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    We just love all things sweet potatoes so I will have to try this real soon!

  • V @ X-tremely V March 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    We make this all the time! So good and super easy!

  • Lauren Chudzik March 6, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Trader Joe's makes a frozen mashed sweet potato that would be perfect for this!

  • Hayley Chandler March 6, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Shepherd's Pie is a staple at our house because my mom made it when I was growing up. Only now, it's even more simply with the steam and mash bags of frozen mashed potatoes. I always keep a bag in my freezer for this very meal. 🙂

  • Lindsey M Miller March 7, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I had leftover mashed potatoes and had NO idea what to use them with… then, BAM. your recipe. Made it last night and it was sooooo delicious! perfect! thanks!

  • Ariane July 20, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    This is a new favorite, so good!

  • Rebecca October 3, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Any suggestions for substituting the cream of mushroom soup to make this recipe dairy free? Thanks!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 4, 2016 at 4:30 am

      You can simply omit it in this recipe. Enjoy!