February 20

Faux Shepherd’s Pie

Posted by lori . 20 Comments


Healthy foodies, look away. People who hate to cook, read on.

Faux Shepherd's Pie Ingredients

I am a horrible cook, and I hate to cook (probably why I’m a horrible cook). So, I’m always looking for super simple recipes. My sister gave me this recipe years ago and it remains one of my favorites.

Faux Shepherd’s Pie

1 lb. ground beef

1/2 jar spaghetti sauce

1 can green beans (cut or french)

Mashed potatoes

Cheese (your favorite)

1. Brown ground beef and drain fat.

2. Mix ground beef with 1/2 jar spaghetti sauce. Spoon into a 2-quart casserole dish.

Faux Pie Step 2

3. Drain can of green beans. Layer on top of ground beef.

Faux Pie Step 3

4. Top with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with cheese.

Faux Pie Step 4

5. Place in 350° oven and bake until warm through and cheese is melted…usually 20-30 minutes.

Here’s where I get clever…I brown 2 lbs. of ground beef, drain and mix in the whole jar of spaghetti sauce. I divide the ground beef between two casserole dishes and now I have the hard part done for TWO suppers…one for tonight and one for the freezer. You can fully assemble the freezer dish with green beans, mashed potatoes and cheese or wait and add those layers later.

Shepherd’s Pie Trivia (I learned this from Deccy of Declan’s Dog Blog)…Shepherd’s Pie is originally an English dish, traditionally made with lamb or mutton. The English call the beef dish a Cottage Pie.

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20 Responses to " Faux Shepherd’s Pie"

  • Daisy says:

    SHE loves Shepherd’s/Cottage pie. Especially, as SHE freezes small portions for later. We like it, too, because we always get a taste.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  • Urban Hounds says:

    Very cool I plan on making some kind shephreds pie for the dogs for st pats day, or Weasley’s b day. Can I use this as a model. I have my own recipe that I use for my shepherds pie but it is a little elaborate for dog cooking (dont tell the hounds i said that)

    urban hounds

    • lori says:

      Please do. It is super easy. I would love to taste your version…as long as I don’t have to make it. I know you are a talented chef, so it would be beyond my simple skills.

  • Patty says:

    That looks really good!

  • Want one even easier? I buy the precooked Hormel meat loaf. Pop it in the microwave to heat. Crumble it up, add the sauce and follow through as you described here. It’s the perfect “I had to work late” meal and I don’t even have to mess up a skillet. Mmmm, mmmm!

  • houndstooth says:

    I’ve never had it, but it does look delicious!

  • genjiscorner says:

    Sounds easy enough I could follow it. I do all the cooking in the house, but never seem to be able to follow a recipe properly. That’s why I don’t bake 🙂

  • Fern Reed says:

    Well, I am that health nut you mentioned but I stayed with you anyway!!! LOL
    Honey I could help you make all kinds of things that are easy to make and good for you too!! Your Shepherd’s pie is not that awful for you either!!! It’s good enough!!!
    Thanks for your friendship and your visit!!!

  • Sue says:

    I think when you put cheese on top it becomes a Cumberland Pie.

  • I love a quick and easy way of making a nice meal when you are in a rush – great recipe 🙂
    Lynne x

  • We think our Lady could even make that. Lee and Phod

  • I like shepherd’s pie. Actually I like almost all pies!

    I’m a pretty basic home cook but never use canned or frozen vegies except for baby peas [frozen] and beetroot [canned because I’m too lazy to peel and boil and get purple juice on me]. Aren’t they a bit soft? Or has the canning/freezing process improved since I was a child? 😉

    • lori says:

      The canning process has not improved. Canned green beans are soft, in my opinion. You could substitute frozen or fresh green beans for the canned green beans though. You just have to make sure they were prepared a bit beforehand since the dish is only in the oven for a short time.

  • Ha! That’s pretty much how I make shepherd’s pie too – though if I’m going to be picky, I have to point out that shepherd’s pie is made with lamb mince. If you use beef, it’s really cottage pie (in England anyway!).

    The slight differences in my recipe are that I use instant (dried) potato instead of chilled, frozen peas instead of beans, and I mix the cheese in with the potato instead of sprinkling it on top .. although a bit on top as well never does any harm! Yum. Now I want some!

  • Kat says:

    Once again, we’re sisters from another mother (something a friend of mine says that never fails to crack me up)! LoML is a fabulous cook, but your recipe is just my speed. My idea of a perfect recipe is something that only involves mixing a minimal number of ingredients and one pot or casserole dish!

  • Declan says:

    Did I tell you that?! I’m quite clever aren’t I?! Sounds very tasty. Deccy x

    • lori says:

      I think it was you, but maybe I’m wrong (ha). You knew that though, right? I think you mentioned it in a blog comment. If not you, I got it from one of my British friends, because I did not know this until recently.

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