Mom's Shepherd's Pie


This shepherd's pie recipe is simple and affordable. It's made with common ingredients from the pantry: ground beef, green beans, tomato sauce, potatoes, and seasonings. I'm not sure where it came from, but I know there are many variations. This is my mom's! Try serving it with cranberry sauce or other fruit sauce of your choice.

shepherd's pie in dish
Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 9 potatoes - peeled and cubed

  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans green beans, drained

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Place potatoes and water to cover in a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat; lower heat and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat; drain excess fat.

  4. Add tomato sauce, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, salt, ground black pepper, and green beans to the skillet.

  5. In a small bowl, mix water and flour together; stir into the skillet.

  6. Drain and mash potatoes. Spread potatoes over beef mixture. Poke 2 to 3 vent holes through top to release steam as casserole bakes.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Brush milk over potatoes and bake 5 minutes longer.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

638 Calories
31g Fat
64g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 638
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 39%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 651mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Dietary Fiber 9g 34%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 71mg 356%
Calcium 81mg 6%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 1721mg 37%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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