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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
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.
- 1 pound ground meat
- 2 Tablespoons sour cream
- 1 cup or less cooked veggies
- 2 cups mashed potatoes
- 1/2 cup or more shredded cheese
- salt, pepper, garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a skillet with cooked, drained, and seasoned ground meat, add sour cream and stir.
- Pour veggies into the skillet gently as to not mash them and cook on medium until warm.
- Layer warm and creamy mashed potatoes over top of meat mixture.
- Top with as little or as much shredded cheese as you like.
- 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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Shepards pie is one of our favorites meals. I love to make some up ahead of time and freeze.
You have left-over mashed potatoes?! We lick the bowl round here! 😉
Those flavors are the ones of my childhood. This looks delicious!
YUM! And so easy! I love your simple ingredient list – my kind of recipe for sure!
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!
Count me in! This looks delicious!
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!
I’m absolutely using that sour cream trick! Love the advice.
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!
I love shepherds pie. This sounds like a great healthy alternative to the classic!
This is one of my favorite dishes! I never thought about adding bacon!
OMG this looks so good!!!
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.
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 🙂
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.
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!
I love shepherds pie and this looks delicious and super easy to make!
Ooh yum! One of my fave dishes!
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.
Mmm, this shepherd’s pie looks delicious! I haven’t ate this in years. I might have to change that now!
I have to make this!
This recipe looks so easy! I love all the flavors!
This sounds so tasty! I love the idea of using precooked meat! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
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!
Yum. Yum. This shepherd’s pie looks delicious.
YUM!! We love Shepherds pie! I will have to give this a try.
I love shepherds pie, so I’ll have to try out this recipe!
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!
yes! Go make your man this easy recipe! Thanks, Adree!
Yum! This recipe looks amazing!
It is really tasty, Jennifer. Thanks for stopping by!
Love shepherds pie! Thanks for posting.
Thank you, Dawn!
Looks really good! Those photos are making me hungry 😛
Yay! Thanks, Nicole!
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!
Awe! Thanks so much, Kimberly! Yes, go make that man this easy shepherd’s pie! 😉
Wow this looks delicious! My family would love this!
Yay! Let me know how it turns out, Hannah!
You are so right!! My husband and I would eat that almost every day. haha. It looks so good!
Funny, Jessica. We have to pace ourselves. 😉
This looks so easy and filling! Thanks for sharing the recipe.