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Family Favorite Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

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One of my hubby’s favorite suppers is Shepherd’s pie.  I’ve experimented with different variations over the years.  So far this is our favorite.  I made this for supper yesterday, all the ingredients except the beef were from our gardens last summer.  The beef is from a local farmer.  I love having home canned foods on hand to make cooking go quicker!

A note on the recipe below.  The spice measurements are approximate, by “eyeball”.  I rarely measure spices when I’m cooking.  Before serving simply adjust the spices to suit your family’s taste.

Family Favorite Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 quart crushed tomatoes
  • 1 pint (2 cups) peas
  • 1 tps salt
  • 1 Tbs. parsley
  • 1 Tbs. basil
  • 1 Tbs. garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tbs. pepper
  • mashed potatoes


  1. Fry ground beef until browned.
  2. Add onions and cook until meat is done and onions start to soften.
  3. Add tomato sauce, spices and peas. Bring to a boil and cook 10 minutes.
  4. Spread meat mixture into a baking pan and top with mashed potatoes.
  5. If desired sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese and parsley.
  6. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until the top starts to crisp.

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