dutch oven shepherd's pie
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Classic Shepherd's Pie

This classic shepherd's pie made in a Dutch oven is so flavorful -- the perfect comfort food.
Servings: 8 people
Author: Marlynn Jayme Schotland | Urban Bliss Life


Shepherd's Pie Filling

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups carrots, peeled and chopped into 1" pieces (about 3 large carrots)
  • 1 cup peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup celery, chopped (2 stalks)
  • 1 tsp oregano leaves (fresh or dried)
  • 1 tsp thyme (fresh or dried)
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup water

Mashed Potato Topping

  • 4 large baking potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup milk (I use almond milk; you can use any milk you prefer)
  • salt & pepper


  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the beef, onion, garlic, salt and pepper, and cook for about 5 minutes, until the beef has browned. 
    ground beef cooking
  • Add the broth, carrots, peas, corn, celery, oregano and thyme. Stir and cook on medium heat, uncovered, for five minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. In a small bowl, combine flour and water until well blended, then pour over the filling in the dutch oven. Stir together. Reduce heat to low, and cover.
    shepherd's pie ingredients
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and then make the mashed potato topping.
  • Add potatoes to a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, and boil until potatoes are fork tender, about 12-13 minutes. Drain potatoes and return to the pot.
    baking potatoes
  •  Add the butter and mash potatoes until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. 
    mashed potatoes
  • Remove the Dutch oven with the filling from the heat, and top with the mashed potatoes, smoothing into an even topping layer. 
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° F for about 30 minutes. To create a slightly browned, slightly crisp top, turn on the broiler at the end of the 30 minutes and broil for about 5 minutes. Watch the oven to make sure the top doesn't burn. 
    Shepherd's Pie
  • Serve immediately.