This is a no nonsense approach to Shepherd's pie with just the basics. Ground beef in a mushroom gravy, topped with cheese and mashed potatoes.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Place the potatoes into a large saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until tender. Drain, and mash.

  • While the potatoes are cooking, crumble the ground beef into a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir until evenly browned. Drain off the grease, then stir in the golden mushroom soup. Transfer to an 8 inch square baking dish, and place the slices of cheese over the meat. Spread the mashed potatoes evenly over the top. Dot with butter.

  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top is golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

641.5 calories; 35 g protein; 53.3 g carbohydrates; 120 mg cholesterol; 1276.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2008
If you have some imagination this turns out very good. I had to add a vegetable and it happened to be corn. Also I had onions with the meat. Used shredded cheddar instead of american slices but that's to be expected. Everyone loved it and it was all eaten. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/03/2006
I'm giving it a 3-star rating because I think this recipe is a very basic recipe for shepherds pie I think most people would make adjustment for flavour. It is good recipe because it's simple and doesn't require tons of ingredients for the times you just can't be bothered to do elaborate cooking. I didn't have mushroom soup or mushrooms on hand so I guessed on making a gravy for the beef. For the gravy flavour About midway through browning the meat I added 2 chopped onions and let it continue to cook stirring every so often. Then after a short time I then added more flavourings... sprinkled about 3 tsp beef bouillon powder 1 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper and 1 tsp salt and stirred it around to make sure it mixed througly. To make the gravy I added a sprinkling of 2 tbsp of flour mixed it around so that the flour coated much of the meat and then added about 3/4 cup of milk and about 1 tbps soya sauce. I didn't need to add chopped onions but I like the texture and flavour of cooked onions with meat. You could use onion powder instead. For the mashed potatoes I use some milk butter and salt. I topped the potatoes with shredded cheddar since that's what I had. Read More
(34)
113 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 60
  • 4 star values: 42
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2008
If you have some imagination this turns out very good. I had to add a vegetable and it happened to be corn. Also I had onions with the meat. Used shredded cheddar instead of american slices but that's to be expected. Everyone loved it and it was all eaten. Read More
(95)
Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2008
If you have some imagination this turns out very good. I had to add a vegetable and it happened to be corn. Also I had onions with the meat. Used shredded cheddar instead of american slices but that's to be expected. Everyone loved it and it was all eaten. Read More
(95)
Rating: 4 stars
08/28/2007
Good basic recipe that got tweaked just a bit. Didn't have any golden cream of mushroom so we used regular. Added onions after browning the meat. Layered a can of green beans on top of meat then potatoes then shredded cheddar (instead of American). Sprinkled chives across the top. Tasted great and was easy to put together. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2008
Sooo good! I made a few changes to the recipe. I added worstershire to the hamburger along with onions. I used cream of chicken instead of cream of mushroom since we're not big mushroom fans. I used shredded mexican blend cheese instead of american I added frozen peas into the middle of the pie and lastly I did half potato and half cauliflower for the topping. This dish was so good I'll be making it again very soon! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/03/2006
I'm giving it a 3-star rating because I think this recipe is a very basic recipe for shepherds pie I think most people would make adjustment for flavour. It is good recipe because it's simple and doesn't require tons of ingredients for the times you just can't be bothered to do elaborate cooking. I didn't have mushroom soup or mushrooms on hand so I guessed on making a gravy for the beef. For the gravy flavour About midway through browning the meat I added 2 chopped onions and let it continue to cook stirring every so often. Then after a short time I then added more flavourings... sprinkled about 3 tsp beef bouillon powder 1 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper and 1 tsp salt and stirred it around to make sure it mixed througly. To make the gravy I added a sprinkling of 2 tbsp of flour mixed it around so that the flour coated much of the meat and then added about 3/4 cup of milk and about 1 tbps soya sauce. I didn't need to add chopped onions but I like the texture and flavour of cooked onions with meat. You could use onion powder instead. For the mashed potatoes I use some milk butter and salt. I topped the potatoes with shredded cheddar since that's what I had. Read More
(34)
Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2007
Awesome! I left off the cheese and added sauteed onions frozen corn peas and carrots. Use instant mashed potatoes. Went over big at my St. Pat's dinner. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/07/2006
This recipe was a success...both my husband and I enjoyed it. I used cheddar cheese instead of American and added some sauteed mushrooms to the meat. Next time my husband asked me to add more vegetables so I think I'll try some carrots and peas. Also I put too much mashed potatoes on top and it bubbled over making a mess out of my oven but I'm pretty sure that was my own fault for using 5 rather large potatoes. Next time I'll make sure to put a cookie sheet under it though! Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/11/2011
Really good. The combination of the meat soup and cheese melted together and made a cheesy creamy blend that tasted excellent!!! The second time I made this I added frozen corn on top of the meat mixture before the american cheese and added shredded co-jack cheese on top of the potatoes. My husband whom normally doesn't Shepherd's Pie thought this was really good and said he would like it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2007
perfect perfect for my picky husband!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/13/2008
My mother taught me this recipe... I love it.... you can tweek it how ever you are feeling...meet...cheese... potatoes cant go wrong! Read More
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