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This easy recipe for shepherd’s pie just might be the best comfort food EVER. Warm and wonderful and just right for your supper table.

Shepherd’s Pie…it might be my all-time favorite comfort food, and I never get tired of making it. I am very particular about the kind of shepherd’s pie that I like, though, and that all dates back to my days right out of college, living with my dear friend Cynthia in the world’s smallest studio apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Hearty beef and vegetables topped with a golden mashed potato crust…let’s make it!

Ah, that apartment — it had exposed brick walls that got red-hot in the winter , the world’s dinkiest, oldest refrigerator, and a reclusive next door neighbor named Bruce who was straight out of a Seinfeld episode.

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We made a combined salary of about $25,000 per year, and probably spent $20,000 of it on rent for this glorious pad, and so our nights out on the town were few and far between, and divided between what is STILL and this Irish joint called

Finnegan’s was loud and dark and the floor was sticky and they served the best, cheapest, most delicious shepherd’s pie I’ve ever had. It was made with beef, not lamb and featured peas and carrots in a thick tomato-ish sauce, all topped with mashed potatoes.

The Finnegan’s version spoiled me forever in terms of shepherd’s pie, and ever since I have been trying to make a version that stood up to Finnegan’s. and macaroni and cheese out the box, but whatever.)

So this recipe has all those elements, and And sometimes I make mashed potatoes specifically for this recipe, because I can’t wait! Here’s a quick video to show you how super simple it is to put together…

And now here’s the best part, which is the actual recipe!

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- Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

This easy recipe for shepherd’s pie just might be the best comfort food EVER. Warm and wonderful and just right for your supper table.

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- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

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- Coarse salt and ground pepper

- 10 ounces frozen peas, thawed

- 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into even chunks

- 6 tablespoons butter, room temperature

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- Preheat oven to 425° and get out a 13×9 inch casserole.

- Cook the beef in a large deep skillet over medium high heat until browned. Drain the beef in a colander and set aside.

- Pour ¼ cup of water into the skillet, add onion and carrots and cooker medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and then flour and stir for another 2 minutes or so.

- Add Worcestershire sauce, 2 cups water, and the cooked beef. Stir in 2 teaspoons of salt and a pinch of pepper and simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Stir in peas and turn off the heat.

- Meanwhile, make potato topping: put potatoes in a medium pot, cover with water, stir in a tablespoon of salt and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer until tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain and return to pot.

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- Warm the butter and milk together in a small pot until butter is melted. Using a potato masher or a potato ricer, mash the potatoes. Add the butter and milk and mash again. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

- Spoon the beef filling into the casserole and spread the potato topping over the whole thing. Bake until the potato topping is just browned, about 25 to 30 minutes. Serve in warmed bowls. Be very happy.

4177.4 g676.2 mg18.9 g9.5 g0.3 g33.9 g5.4 g28.1 g93.9 mg

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Updated from a previously published Framed Cooks post and now with video! Whoo-hoo!

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Since we don't eat red meat, I cannot imagine this with chicken ? lol but I love the story and I love the photo.

Baby animal photos are always good :)

Oh, thank you! This recipe looks great…all the other Shepherd's Pie recipes I've seen have Encyclopedia-long ingredient lists and sound so labor-intensive. I'm definitely bookmarking this one!

Shepherd's pie is made with lamb; cottage pie is made with beef.

I have DEFINITELY been to Finnegan's Wake but haven't ordered their shepherd's pie. I obviously need to get on that! Or just make this recipe because it looks delicious.

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Ooo this looks yummier than my version. i''ll have to make it tomorrow.

This recipe in England is called Cottage Pie. Shepherd's Pie is made with lamb and that is pretty much the only difference between the two. To be had with a pint of brown ale. Yum!

My boyfriend LOVES Shepherd's Pie. I've tried out a couple recipes that he's liked but I haven't found one that he loves just yet so this will be my newest audition for his approval!

In our poor newly married years I made what we called Shepherd's Pie often. But my recipe called for a can of tomato soup- this one sounds MUCH better! Thanks for sharing. :)

As an 'old school Brit' myself ;) I can confirm the shepherd's/cottage split but I must add no self-respecting pie of either type should ever go within a country mile of any type of tomato product! If you make either and add a mixture of grated cheese, breadcrumbs and butter to the top before baking, it miraculously becomes Cumberland pie!

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That is absolutely true – you NEVER put tomato paste in a true cottage/shepherd’s pie! I have to admit – when I make mine I use gold old English ingredients that most ‘chef’s’ wouldn’t admit to using – Marmite and Bostow! That is part of how I flavor mine when cooking :o)

BOSTOW???? never heard of it and I am a BRIT….

Classic shepherd's pie looks great!

I just popped this in the oven. I can't wait to try it. The recipe I've always used has tomato soup in it and I was so glad to find this doesn't. I did cheat a little and did a mix of ground beef and ground turkey. I also used a mix of red potatoes and cauliflower for the potato topping.

Made this last night and my husband and my somewhat picky 5 year old both LOVED it! They raved about it for the whole meal, and my hubby was really happy that there was enough for a second meal out of it :)

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Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

Your photo looks delicious ! My husband and I will surely be trying it very soon.

if you do not eat red meat , use ground turkey instead……….

I love this Shepherd’s Pie recipe and it is great on cold winter nights — perfect comfort food! I did make some minor changes, however, that I thought enhanced the dish. I added some chopped bacon and sauteed that along with the beef. It added a nice smoky flavor. I also added some red wine and thyme toward the end as it was cooking down and this made it more flavorful, too. My family loved it — thank you!

Yes! And tonight is definitely one of those nights here in the Northeast…brrr!

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This recipe is for cottage pie. Shepherd’s pie contains lamb or slowly braised and shredded mutton…hence the name.Either way it is a soul warming comfort dish. I make both often in winter.

Robin, you are absolutely right – I found this out waaaaay after I posted this recipe. But I agree that either way, it’s comfort food! :)

I’m glad I saw your post first.

You can’t beat the real shepherd’s pie. Just love lamb!

Once you have the real thing, you never go back!

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