Lazy Shepherd’s Pie

Looking for quick and easy dinner recipes for the family? This is the BEST easy Shepherd’s Pie recipe made with simple and cheap ingredients! The sauce is made with just a seasoning packet and tomato soup, taking out all of the hassle. Even your picky eaters will love this declicious dinner recipe. It’s hearty, comforting and serves a large family.Course: Main CourseKeyword: best, casserole, cheap, easy dinner, family meal, ground beef, make ahead, quick, shepherds pie, simple

Servings: 8


  • 1/2 (13oz) box of mashed potatoes (plus the ingredients required to make them on the box– butter, milk & salt)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 (12oz) bag frozen mixed veggies
  • 1 (10.75oz) can tomato soup
  • 1 (1.5oz) packet of beef stew seasoning mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Prepare the mashed potatoes according to the package directions (about half of a 13 ounce box; more if you like a lot of potatoes or are feeding a large family).
  3. Meanwhile, brown the ground beef on medium heat in a large skillet; drain any excess grease.
  4. Add the can of tomato soup, frozen mixed veggies, beef stew seasoning mix and 1/2 cup of water to the browned beef; stir and simmer for 5-10 minutes on low heat.
  5. Spread the ground beef mixture onto the bottom of a greased 9×13 baking dish, evenly spread the prepared mashed potoates over top, and then sprinkle with cheese.
  6. Bake uncovered in the center rack for about 30 minutes, or until the cheese starts to brown.

Recipe Notes

  • Any mashed potatoes can be used for this recipe (boxed, homemade, leftover, store-bought, etc.). In fact, the pre-made mashed potatoes you can buy in the deli section of most grocery stores would be even easier. If you’re making them from scratch, you will need about 4 large russet potatoes.
  • If your family likes onion, feel free to sauté a chopped onion in your pan before adding the ground beef for additional flavor. Fresh garlic is good, too!

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