One Skillet Beef Shepherd’s Pie

One Skillet Beef Shepherd’s Pie is not only quick & easy to prepare but quick & easy to clean up too! An all in one hearty dinner complete with vegetables, ground beef and potatoes in a rich gravy. It will definitely fill any & all bellies.

Lifting out a serving of Shepherds Pie.

There are always days that seem to get away from me with work, appointments and everyday chores. When that happens I want something I can fix that won’t take long and that will still be a relatively healthy dinner for my husband and I. I usually throw together my 30-Minute Taco Pasta Bake or my Creole Mixed Grill Sheet Pan Dinner but today seemed like the day for this One Skillet Beef Shepherds Pie.

Browned pie in iron skillet on wooden table with orange napkin.

Believe it or not, I’ve never made Shepherd’s Pie before and decided it was time to try making this staple dish. However, I wanted to make it just a bit easier. So I eliminated the baking dish and made the entire dish in my iron skillet. If you don’t have an iron skillet, any oven-proof skillet will work. And, if you’re like me, less clean up is always a win-win.

Why do they call it Shepherd’s Pie?

Shepherds Pie was originally called Cottage Pie and began appearing in Britain some time in the 18th century. It was a dish prepared by the poorer people that lived in cottages on the outskirts of town, hence the name. It always contains mashed potatoes, which were an affordable everyday staple, as well as a minced meat (usually beef) and was considered a simple and homely dinner.

The dish can be made with either lamb or beef and today either preparation is referred to as Shepherds Pie. However, in Britain it is still called Cottage Pie when made with beef and Shepherds Pie when made with lamb, because a shepherd looks after his sheep. Sheep, lamb, now I get it.

Lifting a serving of pie out of iron skillet showing filling and browned potatoes.

Variations

  • Change out ground beef for ground lamb.
  • Love sweet potatoes? Omit regular potatoes and top with mashed sweet potatoes.
  • Make it vegetarian by subbing in mushrooms for ground beef and vegetable stock for beef and chicken stock.
  • Need vegan? Use vegetarian options as well as substituting vegan dairy products for all dairy in recipe.
  • Are you gluten free? Easily change out the flour for cornstarch and make sure remaining condiments are the gluten-free variety.

How to make

Prep steps to make beef vegetable mixture.

  1. Sauté carrots in oil for 5 minutes. Add onions and sauté another 2 minutes.
  2. Add ground beef that has been seasoned with salt, pepper and thyme. Cook until done then drain off fat.
  3. Stir in flour until smooth. Add in tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce peas, wine and broth.

Showing thickness of gravy before next step.

  1. Bring to a low boil and cook until broth has thickened and is reduced to a thick gravy.

Showing mounds of potatoes on top of beef vegetable mixture.

  1. Top with a layer of mashed potatoes. I used my leftover mashed potatoes from my previous night’s dinner. If you need to make from scratch, check out my “How to Make The Perfect Mashed Potatoes” post. 

Buttering tops of mashed potatoes.

  1. Brush tops of potatoes with beaten egg so it gets a nice golden brown finish.

Sprinkling top of potatoes with cheese.

  1. Sprinkle top with Parmesan cheese and bake for 20-30 minutes or until top is nicely browned.

Overhead of baked Sheperds Pie.

Just look at that lovely browned top! All ready to dig in?

Plated slice of pie with full skillet in background.
This One Skillet Beef Shepherd’s Pie is a hearty dinner with a mixture of beef, potatoes and vegetables nestled in a rich beef and wine broth. The potatoes are the crowning touch and baked to a crispy brown topping. Let it set for 5-10 minutes for easier slicing. A complete and easy main meal that I know everyone will love. Enjoy!

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Lifting serving out of cast iron skillet.

One Skillet Beef Shepherd's Pie

This Shepherd's Pie is quick & easy to prepare and quick & easy to clean up too! An all in one dinner complete with vegetables, meat and potatoes that will fill any & all bellies.
Print Rate
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Irish
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 439kcal
Author: Linda Warren

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 large carrots, diced
  • 1/2 large sweet onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme or rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup red wine or beef broth
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 4-6 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Heat oil in large iron or oven-proof skillet. Saute carrots about 5-6 minutes or just until they start to get tender. Add onion and continue to saute for another 2 minutes.
  • Add beef, seasoned with salt, thyme (or rosemary) and black pepper, and cook until done. Drain off fat.
  • Return to medium-high heat and stir in flour until sauce is smooth. Add tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, peas, wine and broths. Bring to a low boil and let reduce down to a thick gravy.
  • Top with a layer of mashed potatoes.
  • Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle parmesan cheese over top.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes or until top is golden brown.

Notes

Variations

  • Change out ground beef for ground lamb.
  • Love sweet potatoes? Omit regular potatoes and top with mashed sweet potatoes.
  • Make it vegetarian by subbing in mushrooms for ground beef and vegetable stock for beef and chicken stock.
  • Need vegan? Use vegetarian options as well as substituting vegan dairy products for all dairy in recipe.
  • Are you gluten free? Easily change out the flour for cornstarch and make sure remaining condiments are the gluten-free variety.

Nutrition

Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 772mg | Potassium: 654mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5434IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 4mg
One Skillet Beef Shepherd\'s Pie

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