This Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe is Perfect for a Cold NJ Night


Deep dishes are one of my favorites, especially in winter.

Over the years, I have found shepherd’s pie to be one of the most comforting dinners. It’s also an easy way to combine veggies, protein, and carbohydrates into one delicious meal.

Want to taste Chinese pâté in the near future? Here is the perfect recipe:

  • 2 cups mashed potatoes (recipe of your choice)
  • 1 pack of ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 cup of vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Chopped rosemary

The first thing you want to do is make your mashed potatoes using whatever recipe you like and set it aside.

Then you want to add some oil to a pan and start cooking your onions until they turn glassy. Then add your chopped carrots and let them cook for a few minutes.

After that you want to add the vegetable broth, meat, seasonings and flour and cook until the meat is ready; The vegetables are tender and the mixture is thick.

The last step is to sear a dish and prepare the pie for the oven. Pour your vegetable mixture into the pan, then distribute the mashed potatoes evenly on top.

I like to put salt and rosemary on the potatoes right before cooking for added flavor.

Bake the pie at 375 for about 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are lightly browned. Let the pie cool then serve!

It really is the easiest meal to prepare and it can also be prepared and stored in the freezer for later consumption.

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