April 23, 2012

Easier Shepherd’s Pie with Roasted Potatoes


This is another really easy, really delicious weeknight dinner that’s super simple (and super fast!) to get on the table. I love this meat, veggies and potatoes kinda dinner! It’s Shepherd’s Pie, my way. I love the saucy, meaty, and veggie goodness of Shepherd’s Pie, but I hardly ever have leftover mashed potatoes to make it the traditional way. So for my Shepherd’s Pie, I use diced red potatoes that are quickly softened in the microwave in just seven minutes, and then broiled in the oven to get that crispy golden brown skin. These are some of the best potatoes I’ve ever had! They just burst with flavor in your mouth.


Here’s what all you need, just a few easy ingredients here.


First, rinse and dice the new potatoes into bite sized cubes, place in a microwave safe bowl, and drizzle with butter.


Toss to coat with plenty of salt and pepper.


And cover. Microwave this for seven minutes until the potatoes are tender. This makes a fabulous, quick and easy side dish that can be eaten just like this, and it’s on the table in 10 minutes or less. I am so in love with these yummy, buttery potatoes!!


While the potatoes are cooking, place the meat of your choice in an oven safe skillet. I’m using extra lean ground turkey, but you could certainly use ground beef as well — totally up to you!


Add some diced onions and cook on medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink.


Here’s my little onion secret. I absolutely love using these frozen, diced onions. It makes getting dinner on the table so much quicker for me, and I love that I can use what I need and put the rest back in the freezer for later.


When the meat is no longer pink, drain if necessary (I didn’t have to with this ground turkey), reduce heat to medium, and stir in the flour for about one minute.


Pour in the beef broth and Worcestershire and cook until the sauce is thickened, about 5-7 minutes.


This is smelling fabulous right now!


Stir in the peas and carrots (I don’t even thaw them first) and simmer until heated through, about 1-2 minutes. Season the sauce with salt and pepper — I use about 1/2 teaspoon each of kosher salt and fresh, coarsely crushed ground black pepper. By the way, I would never, ever used fresh crushed black pepper in my recipes if it weren’t for this neat thing! If it ever broke, I would totally run right out and buy a new one right away. :)


Oh! And you could certainly use a bag of mixed peas and carrots here, but I usually have separate bags on hand. I’m partial to these petite green peas. :)


Next, scatter the cooked potatoes over the meat mixture and broil in the oven until golden brown, about 5 minutes.


Like this. Crispy and delicious!


Yum! We love this one, guys.


Hope you enjoy!! :)

Easier Shepherd's Pie with Roasted Potatoes
  • 8 red new potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey (or lean ground beef)
  • 1.5 cups diced onion
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen carrots
  1. Rinse and dice potatoes into bite-sized chunks and toss with melted butter, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Cover and microwave for 7 minutes or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the meat and onion in an oven safe skillet over medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink. Drain if necessary and return to skillet. Stir in the flour until incorporated, about 1 minute. Add the broth and Worcestershire and cook until thickened, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in peas and carrots and simmer until heated through, about 1-2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, about ½ teaspoon each.
  3. Scatter the cooked potatoes over the meat and broil until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
Makes: 4 servings.
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Haley McLain April 23, 2012 at 2:07 am

Sounds yummy! Might want to change the recipe title though, a shepherd’s pie is made with lamb. It’s called a cottage pie with beef, but I don’t know about turkey :]


Karen May 2, 2012 at 9:44 am

Maybe it’s called bird pie with turkey?!

Averie @ Averie Cooks April 23, 2012 at 2:31 am

Those potatoes are cooked perfectly! Such a pretty & colorful meal!


Vintage Paper Designs April 23, 2012 at 2:36 am

Looks great, sounds easy, definitely will give it a try!
Have fun in Italy!


Caroline @ chocolate & carrots April 23, 2012 at 5:29 am

Wow…that’s so easy! I love it! What a great way to get your veggies and protein! Yum!


shelly (cookies and cups) April 23, 2012 at 7:18 am

Fun spin on Shepard’s Pie! Great weeknight meal.


Jules April 23, 2012 at 7:21 am

I just love shepherd’s pie!!! I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks!!!


Cookbook Queen April 23, 2012 at 7:31 am

LOVE easy recipes like this!! Makes weeknights so much more tolerable. Those crispy potatoes are perfection! :)


Erin @ Brownie Bites April 23, 2012 at 8:46 am

I adore Shepherd’s Pie – it is so versatile! Filling and flavorful, and you usually have most of the ingredients in your kitchen to whip it up for a last minute weeknight dinner. Thanks for sharing your version!


Becky J. April 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Great idea with the potatoes! I think I would actually prefer this to Shepherd’s Pie topped with mashed potatoes. It seems almost lighter? Looks delish, I will def. have to give this a try!


Lynna April 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I`ve never had shepherd`s pie before…but this looks so yummy, i might want to try it!


Nevine @ Tableya April 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm

I love shepherd’s pie and I adore roasted potatoes. This looks like a future favourite for me, thank you!


Christine April 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Thanks for the great recipe! We had it for dinner tonight and everyone loved it.


Elizabeth April 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Love Shepherd’s Pie! Will definitely be trying this one soon! Thanks for sharing :)


Randilea @ Life As I Bake It April 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Wow this looks delicious! Looks like the perfect Sunday night dinner :)

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Jo Anna Grimsley April 24, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Yum-had this for dinner tonight and it was fabulous. I made half the recipe, but used too much broth, so mine was too soupy. But, it was still delicious. Thanks.


Melissa April 25, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I tried this recipe out for dinner last night, and it was absolutely perfect! I used ground beef because that’s what I had in my fridge, and I also sprinkled a little cheddar cheese on top. It was a much easier alternative to Shepherd’s Pie, and pleased the whole family. I will definitely try it again. Thanks!


Sara Ogan April 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Wonderful! Thanks for the great, quick meal idea. My kids and I loved it. My hubby is working late and we will have to try real hard NOT to eat his portion!


Kara April 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm

This looks amazing. I am pinning it for future reference. Thanks! :)


Sarah May 9, 2012 at 8:26 am

Looks great, (but is it just me…or did your Shephard’s Pie meet with your Peanut Butter cookies? I think some of the pictures got shuffled around!) Love to try this!


Rebecca May 11, 2012 at 8:05 am

This was so delicious and very easy! Thank you so much!


Dolly May 26, 2012 at 7:59 pm



Katie June 11, 2012 at 6:49 pm

While my husband preferred traditional shepards pie to this recipe, my three year old ate t his right up! It was a tad bland but still enjoyable. I did learn a new way to make potatoes though–they were my favorite!


Pam June 26, 2012 at 8:44 am

Oh wow what a great healthy twist on shepherds pie! Can’t wait to try it!


Jeff Blackwell August 24, 2012 at 10:30 am

I’m impressed with your Shepherds Pie recipe. Would there be any problem in doubling the ingredients if I want to feed 12 people? Thanks.


Margaux October 6, 2013 at 11:23 am

I pinned this recipe a long time ago, and a friend and I finally got the chance to make it last night. It exceeded expectations! So easy and delicious. Can’t wait to make it again.


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