Savory Shepherd’s Pie

A little oil + 2 onions + 2 pounds hamburg + 1 – 16 oz jar beef broth + 1/2 cup flour +1 box  instant potatoes (about 13.75 oz.) + 1 pound frozen veggies (a carrot/bean mix is best) +1 cup  shredded cheddar cheese = Delish.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

You will need a dutch oven or large casserole dish, two extra large microwavable bowls, and a saute pan.  This recipe is great because it doesn’t require precision nor will most of the recipes I share.  For instance, if you find some instant garlic potatoes that you are dying to have that only comes in an 11 oz box, get it!  It won’t mess up the recipe…as long as you about what I’m specifying (e.g., 1 1/2 pound hamburg instead), you’ll be fine.  The only scales that are important is the broth to flour ratio so the sauce isn’t too runny.  My goal overall though is you should be able to go to the store and use what you buy.  You won’t a 1/3 cup of broth left over in the fridge afterwards that you throw away in a few weeks.

First, heat your saute pan on medium with some oil.  Then, add 2 diced onions and cook until transulcent.  Add your two pound hamburg and chop and mix into your onions.

Second, while the onion/hamburg mixture is cooking, nuke a bag of mixed frozen veggies with a couple tablespoons of water in the microwave for about 8 minutes.

Third, cook a box of potatoes according to microwave instructions.

After your hamburg cooks, add a container of beef broth (about 16 oz) and cook for 5 minutes.  I recommend a hearty beef stock that will pump up the flavor.

Stir a 1/2 cup flour into the broth mixture to thicken it up.

At this point, add the beef mixture into your dutch oven or bake dish that you have already prepped with non-stick spray.  Then, add your veggies.

Top with the potatoes gently press and smooth into pan.  Polishing off the dish with about a cup of shredded cheese.

Bake on 375 degrees for 20 minutes and voila!

A delicious and easy dish that will last for dinner and a few rounds of leftovers.


  1. Thanks Charlotte. After additional thought and eating leftovers the last couple days, you can use less potatoes if you would like. An entire box makes a hearty amount of potatoes. 🙂

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