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Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

Skillet Shepherd’s Pie is a one-pot dinner loaded with savory beef and colorful veggies…and it’s the perfect recipe for using up those leftover mashed potatoes!

Skillet Shepherd's Pie ~ a one-pot dinner loaded with savory beef and colorful veggies, and the perfect recipe to use up those leftover mashed potatoes! | FiveHeartHome.com Shepherd’s Pie is one of those pretty-much-perfect weeknight dinners, for a variety of reasons. For one thing, it makes good use of leftovers, which is always a plus. In fact, my family loves this recipe so much that when I make mashed potatoes to accompany a meal, I almost always boil an extra 1 1/2 pounds of potatoes, knowing that the leftovers will once again shine later in the week crowning this Shepherd’s Pie.

Skillet Shepherd's Pie ~ a one-pot dinner loaded with savory beef and colorful veggies, and the perfect recipe to use up those leftover mashed potatoes! | FiveHeartHome.com

Reason número dos to love this recipe is that it’s a skillet supper…and who doesn’t love a complete dinner that only dirties one dish?! Even if you don’t have leftover taters on hand and have to whip those up from scratch, that can quickly be accomplished in one small additional pot. So any way you slice it, this is supper via minimal dishes, which is always a big plus in my book.

Skillet Shepherd's Pie ~ a one-pot dinner loaded with savory beef and colorful veggies, and the perfect recipe to use up those leftover mashed potatoes! | FiveHeartHome.com

In addition to being quick and easy to throw together, this Skillet Shepherd’s Pie is pretty much a complete and balanced meal in and of itself! You’ve got protein, you’ve got carbs, you’ve got veggies. You have an assortment of vitamins and nutrients. You have a variety of textures and flavors and vibrant colors.

Skillet Shepherd's Pie ~ a one-pot dinner loaded with savory beef and colorful veggies, and the perfect recipe to use up those leftover mashed potatoes! | FiveHeartHome.com

Each ingredient is distinct from the others yet everything melds together beautifully. But the very best part is that if you’re feeling unmotivated to cook a few vegetable-ish side dishes, you don’t have to…plenty of veggies are already included here!

Skillet Shepherd's Pie ~ a one-pot dinner loaded with savory beef and colorful veggies, and the perfect recipe to use up those leftover mashed potatoes! | FiveHeartHome.com

I know that there are plenty of Shepherd’s Pie recipes out there, but I have to encourage you to try this one because I really feel like it’s better than the rest. 😉 I can’t put my finger on exactly why, but I’m pretty sure it has to do with the proportions of vegetables and the specific amount of tomato paste. That sounds kind of crazy, but I’ve made this before and just carelessly plopped some tomato paste in the skillet and it just didn’t turn out the same.

Using exactly four tablespoons seems to bring out the savory flavor of the beef and the sweetness of the veggies. If you add less, the flavor is a tad bland. If you add more, everything starts to taste too tomato-y and slightly acidic. So take my advice and measure the ingredients accurately the first time you make this! I swear it makes a difference in this particular recipe.

Skillet Shepherd's Pie ~ a one-pot dinner loaded with savory beef and colorful veggies, and the perfect recipe to use up those leftover mashed potatoes! | FiveHeartHome.com

Oh, and did I mention that you can totally put this recipe together ahead of time, pop it in the refrigerator, and then bake it off when you’re ready to eat? Just remove it from the fridge to let it start coming to room temperature as the oven preheats. This little trick is helpful when you have a chunk of time earlier in the day to work on dinner, since focusing on meal prep at “the witching hour” (AKA, 5:00 p.m. at our house) sometimes feels next to impossible between after school activities, homework, sibling bickering, and end-of-day toddler meltdowns. (Coincidentally, I’ve heard it rumored that, in some parts, “the witching hour” is also known as “it’s wine-o’clock somwhere.” Ahem.)

Skillet Shepherd's Pie ~ a one-pot dinner loaded with savory beef and colorful veggies, and the perfect recipe to use up those leftover mashed potatoes! | FiveHeartHome.com

The next time you end up with leftover mashed potatoes, embrace your good fortune and put this Shepherd’s Pie on your upcoming menu! It’s comforting, warm, and hearty…perfect for busy weeknights and lazy weekends alike. And I’m pretty sure that once you give it a try, it’ll become a keeper recipe in your files, just like it is in mine. 😉 Enjoy, friends!

Skillet Shepherd's Pie ~ a one-pot dinner loaded with savory beef and colorful veggies, and the perfect recipe to use up those leftover mashed potatoes! | FiveHeartHome.com

Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

4 to 6 servings

Skillet Shepherd's Pie is a one-pot dinner loaded with savory beef and colorful veggies...and it's the perfect recipe for using up those leftover mashed potatoes!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 ounces carrots, julienned or shredded
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 4 cups mashed potatoes (see Tips & Tricks below for recipe, if you don't have leftovers)
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese, divided

Instructions

  1. Crumble beef into a large skillet and cook over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and discard grease. Season beef with oregano, salt, and pepper. Stir in the tomato paste, beef broth, and Worcestershire sauce. Add the carrots, mushrooms, and garlic and cook until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the peas and corn, taste and adjust the seasonings, and cook for 1 minute more.
  2. Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat oven to 375°F.
  3. Briefly warm the leftover mashed potatoes in the microwave so that they can be stirred until smooth (add a splash of milk, if necessary). Stir in 1/2 cup cheddar and spread potatoes over the top of the meat/veggie mixture in the skillet. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheddar on top. Bake until potatoes and cheese are golden brown, about 30 to 40 minutes. Serve hot.

Notes

If desired, you may transfer meat/veggie mixture to a 2-quart oval casserole dish (or similar sized dish) and top with mashed potatoes before baking.

TO MAKE MASHED POTATOES (in case you don't have leftovers):

1 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled & cubed

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cups milk

4 tablespoons butter

Garlic salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Place the potatoes in a saucepan and cover with 1 inch of cold water. Stir in 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender but not mushy. While potatoes are cooking, microwave milk and butter until hot (or heat in a small saucepan). Once potatoes are done, drain water and return potatoes to pot. Pour hot milk/butter over potatoes and mash directly in pot. Season with garlic salt (or regular salt, if you prefer) and fresh pepper, to taste.

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  1. This looks so good! Now I’ve just gotta have leftover mashed potatoes- my family usually eats them all! Pinning.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I hear ya, Chanelle…I always have to make extras on purpose and hide the leftovers — ha. 😉 Thanks for the pin and hope your family enjoys this one!

  2. I fix mashed potatoes just to eat with a salad. I make extra every time. But I eat them. But I love shepherd’s pie. I have the ingredients on hand most of the time. I haven’t made it at home in a long time.
    What am I waiting for? You don’t have to answer that. Ha!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I understand your predicament, Carol…it’s darn near impossible to resist extra mashed potatoes. Maybe make extra EXTRAS next time? Or just make a quick pot for this recipe and slap them on top ASAP, before they start mysteriously disappearing… 😉 Hope you enjoy!

  3. Suzanne C says:

    This looks delicious! And much quicker than my usual Shepherd’s Pie recipe- it takes nearly an hour just to put together. I’m definitely pinning this one. It just may be on this week’s menu, too!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Suzanne! Part of the reason I love this one so much is because it’s quick and easy. 🙂 Hope you enjoy it if you have a chance to try it!

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