5 from 2 votes
Cook once, eat twice. Gouda Cheesy Shepherds Pie is great to eat now and freeze some for later when you're too busy to cook.  Cheesy potatoes, warm and flavorful beef in every bite this comfort food recipe will be a family favorite!
Gouda Cheesy Shepherds Pie
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
Cook once, eat twice. Gouda Cheesy Shepherds Pie is great to eat now and freeze some for later when you're too busy to cook. Cheesy potatoes, warm and flavorful beef in every bite this comfort food recipe will be a family favorite!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: shephards pie recipe, traditional shepards pie
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 574 kcal
Author: Michele Hall
Shepherds Pie
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 small onion small diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 1 tablespoon flour optional
  • 2 pounds Ground Beef or Ground Lamb ** see notes
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2/3 cup Beef Stock
  • 1 cups Peas
  • 1 cups Corn
  • Cheesy Mashed Potatoes ** Make potatoes first! recipe below
  1. Preheat Oven to 400°
  2. In a large skillet melt butter and olive oil on medium heat. Once melted, add onions, carrots, celery and garlic and saute until tender, but not mushy. (they will continue to cook in the oven when baking, so you want them to be al dente... almost completely cooked, but not mushy.) About 7-8 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato paste and the flour and mix well. (the flour acts as a thickener for the broth so its not runny when finished cooking. However, this is totally optional.)
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Add ground beef and cook completely until there is no pink left. While cooking use a spoon to break the meat down into the smallest of pieces. (about 10 minutes)
  6. Once the beef is browned, add the worcestershire sauce and the beef broth and cook for another 10 minutes.
  7. Check seasoning at this point and add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Add peas and corn and mix well.
  9. Using an oven proof backing dish for the next cooking, place the beef mixture evenly across the bottom of the pan. I use an 9X13 glass dish, but Ive split into smaller pans as well.
  10. Place a thin layer of potatoes over the top of the meat mixture using a spatula. This layer acts as a coating so you don't have to worry about a little meat, carrot or anything being in it. Once it is spread over the top, then come back and put the rest of the potatoes evenly over the top. (You can use a piping bag if you want something fancy but a spatula works just as well!)
  11. Make sure the potatoes are completely covering the meat mixture and there are no open spaces against the baking dish. While it will still be very tasty, if you have an open space, the meat juices will seep out while baking.
  12. You can run a fork across the top to get crevices that will get crunchy in baking.
  13. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes or so or until golden brown.
  14. See Notes for Freezer info!
Recipe Notes

Just a fun fact, technically Shepherds Pie is made from Ground Lamb and Cottage Pie is made from Ground Beef. But in the United states we use the word Shepherds pie interchangeably for both!

If making a double batch you will prepare exactly the same except place Shepherds Pie in a freezable container. (I use oven safe tins that you can see in the photos in the post)

When ready to make the freezer version you will need to defrost for 1-2 hours before baking. I take them out and place them in the fridge the night before and they are ready when I want them for dinner.

Calorie information for this recipe was calculated in My Fitness Pal using the ingredients/brands I used to make this recipe.  Please note using different brands can alter the caloric information.  Please keep this in mind if you are following strict dietary guidelines.  (NOTE: Potatoes are included in the recipe calorie information). PLEASE NOTE THE RECIPE INCLUDES THE MASHED POTATOES IN THE CALORIE COUNT.