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beef shepherds pie top of casserole
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4.22 from 52 votes

5 Ingredient Easy Shepherd’s Pie

This easy Shepherd's pie is made with ground beef in a savory gravy, layered with tender vegetables, creamy mashed potatoes and topped off with cheddar cheese.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: casserole, dinner
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 456kcal


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 10 oz frozen mixed vegetables thawed
  • 8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups prepared mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup brown gravy
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 425 and spray a 9x13 casserole-inch glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Add ground beef to a medium sized skillet and cook on medium-high heat, breaking up the meat with a spatula as you cook it. Season the meat with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder.
  • After it is browned and cooked through, drain any excess grease from the skillet, if there is any.
  • Make your mashed potatoes and gravy according to directions.
  • Add the gravy to the ground beef and transfer ground beef mixture into a casserole dish.
  • Spread the vegetables evenly over the top of the ground beef.
  • Add the mashed potatoes on top of the vegetables. Use a spatula to smooth mashed potatoes evenly over the vegetables.
  • Top the casserole with the shredded cheese for the final layer.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 15 mintues until it is bubbly and the cheese is lightly browned.


I used instant mashed potatoes and a brown gravy packet to make it a quicker meal.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 790mg | Potassium: 598mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4167IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 437mg | Iron: 4mg