This family friendly shepherd's pie uses ground beef (instead of the traditional lamb), and your Instant Pot® or multi-cooker pressure cooker to prepare the filling and potatoes.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
35 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Heat oil and add ground beef, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook until ground beef has browned and onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and thyme. Pour in beef broth and add frozen peas and carrots. Stir until everything is well blended and turn off Saute function.

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  • Place your Instant Pot's® metal collapsible trivet in the pot so that it rests a little bit above the meat mixture. Place the peeled potatoes on top of the trivet. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions. Set timer for 15 minutes if potatoes are on the smaller side or 20 minutes if they are medium or large. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  • Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions for 10 minutes. Release remaining pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Open the lid and transfer potatoes to a bowl. Turn off Instant Pot® and carefully remove the metal trivet (it will be hot).

  • Add half-and-half, butter, and garlic salt to bowl with the potatoes. Mash until well blended.

  • Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

  • Assemble the pie by pouring the meat mixture from the Instant Pot® into an 8-inch square baking pan. Spoon the mashed potatoes over the meat mixture and spread out evenly.

  • Broil the shepherd's pie in the preheated oven until the top starts to golden and brown, about 3 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Feel free to use margarine in place of butter.

Nutrition Facts

347 calories; protein 18.2g; carbohydrates 29.4g; fat 18g; cholesterol 64.9mg; sodium 576.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2020
I am giving 5 stars because I imagine if done properly and by someone who has ever cooked anything before, this recipe will be just fine. I am mainly commenting because while reading reviews I noticed that some of the negative reviews are from people super concerned about what it is called. I could care less if it is called cottage pie or shepard’s Pie and could’ve gone the rest of my life without knowing the difference. If that makes me an “idiot” then so be it! Ha ?? All my life I have eaten Shepard’s Pie with different types of veggies and seasonings and even some without veggies all together and I am pretty sure it was always prepared with BEEF! Thank you all for teaching me something new today! Read More
(13)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/06/2019
"This family friendly shepherd's pie uses ground beef (instead of the traditional lamb)", so it's actually a Cottage Pie and NOT a Shepherd's Pie. Shepherd's Pie can only be made with Lamb. Read More
(15)
45 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 30
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
03/06/2019
"This family friendly shepherd's pie uses ground beef (instead of the traditional lamb)", so it's actually a Cottage Pie and NOT a Shepherd's Pie. Shepherd's Pie can only be made with Lamb. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2020
I am giving 5 stars because I imagine if done properly and by someone who has ever cooked anything before, this recipe will be just fine. I am mainly commenting because while reading reviews I noticed that some of the negative reviews are from people super concerned about what it is called. I could care less if it is called cottage pie or shepard’s Pie and could’ve gone the rest of my life without knowing the difference. If that makes me an “idiot” then so be it! Ha ?? All my life I have eaten Shepard’s Pie with different types of veggies and seasonings and even some without veggies all together and I am pretty sure it was always prepared with BEEF! Thank you all for teaching me something new today! Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
03/20/2019
This was very easy to prepare, and was so lovely you'd think it involved a lot more effort than it actually did. I used ground lamb instead of beef and drained the fat after browning. Next time I may use a little less broth, or maybe serve it with crusty bread for dipping! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/27/2019
I followed the instructions with the exception of using sweet potatoes because that's what I had in the house. While the potatoes turned out lovely, I think this might not be the best way to make a shepherd's pie. The broth diluted all those delicious flavors and seasonings in the meat and veggies. Also, even though I drained it, it was far too watery at the end. Read More
(6)
Rating: 2 stars
11/19/2019
This was eh. Not a ton of flavor and WAY TOO MUCH LIQUID even after I strained most of the liquid out before I topped it with the mashed potatoes and put it in to broil....don’t bother with this. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
03/20/2020
Shepherds, Cottage, Meat & Potato Pie. Call it what you want, it’s really good! I added mushrooms and zucchini. Still don’t care what it’s called. It’s easy, a great use of the instant pot, and delicious. Thanks for the recipe. We will definitely enjoy having again soon. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/14/2020
Husband loved it, A little to much garlic, will not put in potatoes next time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/20/2020
I adjusted a few items to my tasting: Added smoky flavor, Rosemary, Sage, chili powder, and Himalayan salt to the meat. And I always at least double the amount of garlic needed because I love garlic. To the potatos I added Queso and Sharp Cheddar, Paprika (gonna try smoked paprika next time), bacon, and omited the cream. Yes,it was very liquidy...but that liquid was DELICIOUS. Next time I will drain that liquid and save as a base for another recipe. Maybe add it to a pot roast or soup for an extra bang? I also added Slap Ya Mama and a tad bit of hot sauce on my plate of it, holy smokes...yes! Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2020
I used ground sirloin instead of hamburg. We really enjoyed this recipe. Love it! Read More
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