Stovetop Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Stovetop Shepherd’s Pie

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: British


This recipe for stovetop shepherd’s pie has all the flavors of this comfort food classic, but in a softer and speedier version!


  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled (or not – I like mine unpeeled) and cut into even chunks
  • 1 cup milk, room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons butter, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 10 ounces frozen peas, thawed
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Start with the potato topping: put the potatoes in a medium pot, cover with water, stir in a tablespoon of salt and bring to a boil.  Turn down the heat and simmer until tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain and return to pot.
  2. Warm the butter and milk together in a small pot until butter is melted. Using a potato masher or a potato ricer, mash the potatoes.  Add the butter and milk and mash again.  Season to taste with salt and pepper and cover to keep warm while you cook the rest of the recipe.
  3. Cook the beef in a large deep skillet over medium high heat until browned.  Drain the beef in a colander and set aside.
  4. Pour ¼ cup of water into the skillet, add onion and carrots and cook over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and then flour and stir for another 2 minutes or so.
  5. Add Worcestershire sauce, 2 cups water, and the cooked beef. Stir in 2 teaspoons of salt and a pinch of pepper and simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Stir in peas and turn off the heat.
  6. Ladle the beef mixture into bowls.  Top with a generous spoonful of mashed potatoes, a dollop of butter and a sprinkle of parsley.  Serve at once!


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