The Best Shepherd’s Pie Recipe – A Great Way To use Leftovers!

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The Best Shepherd's Pie Recipe

This Best Shepherd’s Pie Recipe is an easy way to use leftovers. You’ll also find easy leftover tips and a yummy Banana Cream Brownie Delight dessert!

The Best Shepherd’s Pie Recipe and More!

I am a firm believer in using everything you have and I always encourage people to stop wasting food. A lot of recipes are especially well suited for this and today we’re including an easy Shepherd’s Pie recipe. I’m also including a few tips about how to waste less food and make your food budget go further.


  • If you have leftover pumpkin puree, add it to a pot of chili. It gives a nice little bit of added flavor and, of course, extra nutrients.
  • Keep a plastic bag of butter and margarine wrappers in your freezer. When a recipe calls for a pan or cookie sheet to be greased, just pull one out and use it. Start saving them now so you will have a nice supply when your holiday cooking comes around.
  • I often recommend that you save your little dabs of leftover ground beef in the freezer to use for all kinds of things including today’s Shepherd’s Pie recipe but it’s also good to keep a separate one for your taco meat. Then the next time you make your favorite cheese and salsa dip, just add some of your leftover taco meat to it. If someone wants a burrito for lunch, they’ll already have the hamburger. Add cheese or beans and they are ready to go.


The Best Shepherd’s Pie
Tossed Salad
Bread or Rolls with butter and jam
Banana Cream Brownie Delight


This Shepherd’s Pie recipe is very flexible. You don’t have to use the ingredients exactly as listed. You can add more vegetables or meat if you want. It is one of those meals you can have ready to pop in the oven in just a few minutes with very little work.

The next time you have mashed potatoes and gravy, plan on making a little extra or use the leftovers to make this Shepherd’s Pie recipe the next day. You can keep cooked ground beef in the freezer to use and use canned gravy to make things go really fast if you don’t already have leftover gravy.

The Best Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (10 1/2 oz.) can beef gravy
1 cup frozen mixed veggies
1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste
2 1/2 cups mashed potatoes

Cook beef, onion and garlic until beef is brown. Drain. Add the rest of the ingredients except the potatoes. Place in a greased 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Spread potatoes over the top. Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until heated through. You could add some butter cracker bread crumbs or cheese to it for a little extra if you want.

Banana Cream Brownie Delight

1 pkg. (13×9 in. pan size) fudge brownie mix
1 cup (6 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
3/4 cup peanuts, chopped and divided
3 medium firm bananas
2 pkgs. (5.1 oz each) vanilla pudding
1 2/3 cups milk
1 carton (8 oz.) whipped topping

Mix the brownie mix according to the package directions. Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup peanuts to it. Pour into a 13×9 greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 28-30 minutes. Cool.

Slice bananas and lay on top of brownies in a single layer. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup peanuts and 1/4 cup chocolate chips. Beat milk and pudding for 2 minutes with a mixer. Fold in whipped topping and spread over the top. Sprinkle with remaining peanuts and chocolate chips. Refrigerate leftovers.

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  1. says

    I do that with my butter wrappers too! So convenient. My husband used to look at them and think What? But now he knows that I’m saving them for greasing cookies sheets. BTW your Shepherd’s pie has become a favorite in our home from Dining on a Dime.

    • says

      Thanks. I am so glad to know you like our Shepherd’s pie. As far as the butter wrappers go you know what they say – great minds think alike. :)

  2. says

    I followed this recipe from Tawras 10 meals that are easy to make for when Chronic Fatigue kicks in and I was wondering what you thought of today’s pressure cookers that plug into the wall, not the old scary ones?

    Have you used them? I don’t have CF but cancer and dh does all the cooking, even when he’s exhausted. I can’t be up for long cause the pain is unbearable, and I was thinking of a PC because time prepping and cooking are so short.

    • says

      Mary I haven’t personally used one of the new ones myself but from what I have researched on them the newer once are so much safer then the old ones were and it is almost impossible for them to blow up and the like because their are so many safety features on them but maybe some of our other readers have used them and can let you know.

  3. kathy says

    Shepherds Pie a favorite for our family also. I use creamed soup with half a can of milk added instead of beef gravy.

    • says

      In most areas of the US any pie that has meat and potatoes in it is usually called Shepards pie and is the more popular name that most understand.

  4. Dollie Kincheloe says

    This recipe has been in my family forever.

    My mother and I use hamburg, sauteed with onions, salt and pepper and sprinkle Worcestershire Sauce all over. Also sprinkle some flour over the top to catch the wet stuff.

    Spread in bottom of corningware after cooked.

    Top with a can of Le Seur peas, and a can of cream style corn.

    Then spread homemade mashed potatoes made with butter, s & p and milk.

    Sprinkle paprika on top and dot with butter. Do not cover. Bake 30 minutes at 350 (luscious)

  5. jan ciskowski says

    My MIL taught me an easy variation of shepards pie. She had 10 kids & sometimes didn’t have an oven. She just cooked ground beef & all leftover veggies on top of stove & made potatoes separate. Now that I’m writing this,she probably didn’t have a pan big enough to put all together. We love it this way and I don’t have to put oven on.

  6. Charlie says


    I’m the same as you.

    I would call this cottage pie.

    Shepard’s pie is made with lamb. I don’t mince the lamb but use chunks.


    Your right.

    Have a Joyful Day :~D


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