Aunt Karen’s Shepherd Pie

Forgive the picture. We’d already eaten & I’d forgotten to take a picture of it served on a plate so had to compromise & use what was left in the dish.

Shepherds Pie is one of those dishes I’ve heard of, but have never had. Until tonight. I knew I couldn’t go wrong with the selected recipe because it’s my aunt’s recipe. I like to think everyone has that one person in their life where you know the food is going to be good because it’s always good. For me, that’s aunt Karen. She will not lead you astray.


1 lb hamburger meat

2 celery stalks diced

1 onion

3 garlic cloves

S & P

1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

2 tbsp tomato paste (or ketchup)

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 12oz bag of frozen mixed veggies (peas, carrots, corn, & green beans)

1 package instant mashed potatoes (I used garlic)

Shredded cheese


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Over medium high heat, cook the hamburger meat with the celery, onion, & garlic until browned. Season with S & P. Drain grease. Add Worcestershire & tomato paste, mix together. Stir in a can of cream of mushroom soup. Add bag of mixed veggies & stir to combine. Transfer to a 9” round or square pan.

Make instant mashed potatoes (or use leftover mashed potatoes, if you have them) according to instructions. Spread evenly over meat mixture.

Bake for 30 – 35 minutes. Remove from oven, add shredded cheddar cheese to top, & return to oven for another 10 minutes. Enjoy!

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