Shepard’s Pie Recipe


Shepherd’s pie is a hearty meat pie with toasted mashed potatoes for the crust. The dish originated in the sheep country of Scotland and northern England, and it reflects the region’s aesthetic. It’s the perfect dinner for the frigid isolation of wintertime. The dish feeds multiple people and can be reheated easily. 

The only downside to Shepard’s Pie is that it requires a lot of beef. Out of all meats, beef has the highest environmental impact in terms of carbon emissions, land use and water consumption. Delicious, environmentally-friendly and vegan substitutes for this are Beyond meat, Impossible Burgers, mushrooms, cauliflower and vegetable mix. 

To make this dish, cook beef, onions and carrots in a skillet. Add corn, peas, thyme, a bit of flour and beef stock. Make your own or get store-bought mashed potatoes. Add filling to the pan and spread mashed potatoes on top. A sprinkling of cheddar cheese is optional. Bake and enjoy!


1 lb. ground beef (or substitute)

1 1/2 c. chopped white or yellow onions

3/4 c. chopped carrots

1/2 c. peas

1/2 c. corn kernels

2 tbsp. flour

1 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves (alternatively, 1 tsp. of ground thyme)

clove garlic, pressed or minced

1 c. beef stock (or alternative)


For mashed potatoes:

2 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into large cubes

1/2 c. heavy cream

1/4 c. milk

3 tbsp. butter, softened or melted

Add beef, carrots and onions to skillet. When beef is 1/2 browned, add corn, peas, thyme, flour and beef stock (or alternative.) Cook until beef is fully browned. Spread evenly in a baking dish.

For the mashed potatoes, place cubed potatoes in a pot with water. Cook thoroughly (until soft). Blend potatoes with heavy cream, milk, and butter using a mixer. Spread potatoes on top of filling.

Bake at 425°F for 25 minutes. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman