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Easy Shepherd's Pie
Prep Time: 12 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Baking Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 42 mins

This Easy Shepherd's Pie is made in a cast iron skillet with a handful of easy to find ingredients. A family favorite that freezes well! 

Course: Mains
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cast Iron Dinner, easy dinner, Easy Shepherd's Pie, Gluten Free Shepherd's Pie, Paleo Shepherd's Pie, Shepherd's Pie, Skillet Pie
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 467 kcal
Author: Alyssa Brantley
5 from 9 votes
overhead shot of a large cast iron skillet with cooked shepherds pie topped with a long wooden spoon and on top of a black and white linen on a table
Mashed Potatoes:
  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes peeled, cut into evenly sized pieces
  • 4 T butter or GHEE
  • 2 T unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground white pepper optional
Meat and Vegetable Mixture:
Mashed Potatoes:
  1. Peel potaotes and cut into evenly sized cubes (about 2" x 2" each). Place in a pot, add 1 T kosher salt and cover with cold water by at least 2".

    Bring to a boil, cover, immediately reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 18 to 20 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.

    (begin cooking meat and vegetable mixture below while potatoes are boiling)

    Immediately drain potatoes and use a large fork or potato masher to mash with 4T butter, 2T non-dairy milk, salt and white pepper. Set aside.

Meat and Vegetable Mixture:
  1. Preheat oven to 425.

    Heat a large (12") cast iron skillet over medium heat.

    Once hot, add 2T butter and chopped onion and carrot along with a pinch of kosher salt and black pepper.

    Sauté for 8 to 10 minutes until vegetables have softened and onions are beginning to be translucent.

    adding chopped onion and carrot to a cast iron skillet to make easy shepherd's pie
  2. Add ground beef, kosher salt, black pepper and fresh thyme leaves. Sauté for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until most of pink is gone.

  3. Add Pacific Foods Organic Beef Bone Broth and gluten free Worcestershire sauce.

    Bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and add frozen peas.

    Simmer for 12 to 15 minutes or until most of the liquid has cooked off (you want a very thin layer left - maybe 1/2").

    large carton of Pacific Foods Beef Bone Broth in front of cast iron skillet of shepherds pie
  4. Add mashed potatoes to the top of meat mixture using a spatula to smooth out. Use a fork to add some peaks OR if you are feeling adventurous or have more time, use a piping bag to pipe the potatoes on top. 

    Using spatulas, carefully place skillet (uncovered) on center rack of oven.

    Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until top has browned. 

  5. Turn oven to broil and broil for last 5 minutes for an extra brown and crispy crust. Enjoy!!



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Low Carb / Keto:


Nutrition Facts
Easy Shepherd's Pie
Amount Per Serving (0.125 cast iron skillet)
Calories 467 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 103mg34%
Sodium 1355mg59%
Potassium 929mg27%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 3405IU68%
Vitamin C 22.4mg27%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 6.4mg36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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