This Healthy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe Will Become A Family Fave! (25 Min.)

Here’s the fastest and tastiest way to get this healthy Shepherd’s Pie recipe on the table.  I’ll give you ideas to make it as healthy or guilty as you want!  You know I don’t cook complicated recipes ’round here.  Day-to-day Wife and Mom life mean that meals are quick, easy, and versatile. This recipe has an incredible taste because of the secret ingredient, and can be made in a flash!healthy shepherd's pie recipe ready in 25 minutes!!!

Have this meal ready in 25 minutes by using pre-cooked or leftover ground meat, potatoes, and vegetables of your choosing.  Traditionally, a healthy shepherd’s pie recipe will have English peas and sometimes carrots too.  As a side note, my crew doesn’t really care for carrots or peas but this shepherd’s pie is so good that they don’t complain!

I’ve tried making a healthy shepherd’s pie recipe from Superman’s childhood before but it was a tad dry.  I’m part Irish, so I researched the original Shepherd’s pie recipe and it’s made with lamb?! No thank you!

Hallelu – I discovered a secret ingredient that will make your family love this meal so much that you can’t keep them out of it –  Sour Cream!

Healthy shepherd’s pie recipe ingredients

Check out this great recipe for steamed sweet potatoes at Smart Kitchen!

The ingredients, How-to video, and a printable recipe card are below but here’s the basic idea ->>>   You will simply add sour cream and veggies to cooked ground meat, add mashed potatoes and cheese to the top and bake.  That’s it.
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Healthy Shepherd's Pie Recipe Ready In As Little As 25 Min!
  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 2 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 cup or less cooked veggies
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • ½ cup or more shredded cheese
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a skillet with cooked, drained, and seasoned ground meat, add sour cream and stir.
  3. Pour veggies into the skillet gently as to not mash them and cook on medium until warm.
  4. Layer warm and creamy mashed potatoes over top of meat mixture.
  5. Top with as little or as much shredded cheese as you like.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Below is a quick video to show you just how quick and easy this healthy shepherd’s pie recipe really is:


Healthy Shepherd’s Pie recipe variations

The healthiest way to create healthy shepherd’s pie recipe is to use ground turkey or venison, mashed red potatoes, healthy veggies, and limit the cheese.  The quickest way to throw this dish together is use leftover meat, mashed potatoes, and veggies or pre-cooked ground meat, instant potatoes, and microwave veggies.  The second version is what I did just last week and the best shepherd’s pie recipe in the history of recipes was on the table in 25 minutes.

Cooked bacon bits on top would send your family’s taste buds to the moon and back – just saying.  I’m Southern – it’s what we do.

Enjoy my friend.   Comment below if you have any questions.

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  1. March 23, 2017 / 7:18 am

    Shepards pie is one of our favorites meals. I love to make some up ahead of time and freeze.
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  2. Sabrina Tolbert
    March 23, 2017 / 8:33 am

    You have left-over mashed potatoes?! We lick the bowl round here! 😉

  3. March 23, 2017 / 10:03 am

    YUM! And so easy! I love your simple ingredient list – my kind of recipe for sure!

  4. March 23, 2017 / 10:20 am

    I have been wanting to make Shepards pie for my family but needed a quick, weeknight option for our busy schedules. Can’t wait to try this! Looks relish!
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  5. March 23, 2017 / 10:28 am

    Count me in! This looks delicious!

  6. March 23, 2017 / 10:34 am

    This looks so good! I’m always afraid of making a Shepard pie simply because it seems like it takes forever, so this is much needed!

  7. March 23, 2017 / 11:19 am

    I’m absolutely using that sour cream trick! Love the advice.

  8. March 23, 2017 / 11:53 am

    This looks great! I’ve never made shepherd’ pie before so I’m glad the recipe seems easy. I definitely need to try for those busy weeks that I don’t have time to plan, or prep for that matter!

  9. March 23, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    I love shepherds pie. This sounds like a great healthy alternative to the classic!

  10. March 23, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    We love shepherds pie! I love making it with ground turkey and leftover mashed potatoes. I never thought to mix sour cream in with the ground turkey, but I definitely will next time.

  11. March 23, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    We are definitely making this! I didn’t know the ingredients to this before! I always thought it was something different! Ha! My husband would love this 🙂

  12. March 23, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    This Shepherd’s pie seriously made my stomach growl. I am a sucker for shepherds pie. I feel like it’s a full meal and doesn’t take that long to make.

  13. March 23, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    I was so intrigued about the secret ingredient I had to come and check it out. And I’m glad I did. I never thought of adding sour cream but think it will taste delicious – I’m definitely going to try this!

  14. Leila
    March 23, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    I love shepherds pie and this looks delicious and super easy to make!

  15. March 23, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    Shepherd’s Pie (I don’t use lamb, so it is cottage pie) is my brother’s favorite meal. This is very similar to my recipe, except for the sour cream. I’ll have to try adding that. I do the extra cheat by using the refrigerated, packaged potatoes. You can’t beat this for a quick, satisfying meal.
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  16. March 23, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    Mmm, this shepherd’s pie looks delicious! I haven’t ate this in years. I might have to change that now!

  17. March 24, 2017 / 12:22 am

    I have to make this!

  18. March 24, 2017 / 4:42 am

    This recipe looks so easy! I love all the flavors!

  19. March 24, 2017 / 6:57 am

    This sounds so tasty! I love the idea of using precooked meat! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  20. March 24, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    Yessss! I love Shepard’s Pie! We usually make ours with corn mixed in too. And I’ve also seen it with muenster cheese on top. Not quite so healthy, though!

  21. March 24, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    Yum. Yum. This shepherd’s pie looks delicious.

  22. March 24, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    I love shepherds pie, so I’ll have to try out this recipe!

  23. March 24, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    This looks so yummy and I love that it’s fast! My husband has been asking for shepherds pie I guess I should make it for him!

    • Shan
      March 24, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      yes! Go make your man this easy recipe! Thanks, Adree!

  24. March 24, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    Yum! This recipe looks amazing!

    • Shan
      March 24, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      It is really tasty, Jennifer. Thanks for stopping by!

  25. March 24, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    Love shepherds pie! Thanks for posting.

    • Shan
      March 24, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Thank you, Dawn!

    • Shan
      March 25, 2017 / 12:20 pm

      Yay! Thanks, Nicole!

  26. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen
    March 25, 2017 / 8:04 am

    My husband loves shepherd’s pies, but I don’t think I’ve ever made one for him. This would be a great recipe to try. Your pictures are awesome. So bright and colorful!

    • Shan
      March 25, 2017 / 12:19 pm

      Awe! Thanks so much, Kimberly! Yes, go make that man this easy shepherd’s pie! 😉

  27. March 27, 2017 / 8:34 am

    Wow this looks delicious! My family would love this!

    • Shan
      March 27, 2017 / 9:40 am

      Yay! Let me know how it turns out, Hannah!

  28. March 30, 2017 / 1:10 pm

    You are so right!! My husband and I would eat that almost every day. haha. It looks so good!

    • Shan
      March 30, 2017 / 3:09 pm

      Funny, Jessica. We have to pace ourselves. 😉

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