Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

This lightened up Shepherd’s Pie recipe, filled with lean ground beef, veggies, and topped with yukon gold mashed potatoes would be perfect for all you meat and potato lovers out there!

This lightened up Shepherd's Pie recipe, filled with lean ground beef, veggies, and topped with yukon gold mashed potatoes would be perfect for all you meat and potato lovers out there!
Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

This meat pie topped with mashed potato is traditionally made with lamb, when made with ground beef it’s actually called a cottage pie. Of course, you can make this with ground turkey like this Turkey Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie or try my vegetarian Portobello Shepherd’s Pie.

Meat and veggies topped with the mashed potato layer.
This lightened up Shepherd's Pie recipe, filled with lean ground beef, veggies, and topped with yukon gold mashed potatoes would be perfect for all you meat and potato lovers out there!

When I first posted this recipe many years back I spelled it incorrectly as Shepards Pie. I was quickly corrected and learned when this dish is made with lamb it is called “shepherd’s pie” because a shepherd looks after sheep.

How To Make Shepherd’s Pie

Can I prepare Shepherd’s Pie in advance?

Yes, this is a great make ahead dish! You cook it, assemble and leave it ready to bake, or freeze it to make another night.

To Make Ahead: This is a great dish to prep and make ahead a few days in advance. Assemble and cover with foil. Refrigerate up to 2 days ahead, then bake in a preheated oven 400F about 30 minutes, or until heated through.

Leftovers: Store cooled leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To freeze, transfer to a freezer safe containers for up to 1 month.

Variations:

  • You can swap the beef for lamb, ground turkey or for more veggies.
  • If you want to keep the carbs low, top it with cauliflower mash instead. Leftovers freeze well and can be reheated later.

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This lightened up Shepherd's Pie recipe, filled with lean ground beef, veggies, and topped with yukon gold mashed potatoes would be perfect for all you meat and potato lovers out there!
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Shepherd's Pie, Lightened Up

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275 Cals 22 Protein 31 Carbs 7 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Yield: 6 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American
This lightened up Shepherd's Pie recipe, filled with lean ground beef, veggies, and topped with yukon gold mashed potatoes would be perfect for all you meat and potato lovers out there!

Ingredients

Potatoes:

  • 1-1/2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, diced
  • 3/4 cup fat free chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp reduced fat sour cream
  • salt and pepper
  • paprika

Filling:

  • 1 lb 95% lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 8 oz mushrooms, diced
  • 10 oz frozen mixed vegetables, carrots, corn, peas, green beans, baby lima beans
  • 2 tbsp flour, or use GF flour
  • 1 cup fat free beef broth
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped rosemary leaves
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped thyme leaves
  • kosher salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Boil potatoes in a medium pot of salted water until cooked and soft.
  • Drain and mash with chicken broth, sour cream, 1/2 tsp salt and pepper, set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • In a large saute pan brown meat over medium high heat, breaking the meat up with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Season with 1/2 tsp salt and pepper to taste.
  • When cooked, set aside on a plate.
  • Add the oil, onion, garlic, mushrooms and celery and sauté on medium heat about 6 to 8 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
  • Add the flour, frozen vegetables, beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, thyme, cooked meat and mix well. Simmer on low about 8-10 minutes.
  • Spread the meat on the bottom of casserole dish. Top with mashed potatoes and sprinkle with paprika
  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes, then place under the broiler 1 to 2 minutes until the potatoes turn golden.
  • Remove from oven and let it cool 5 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1/6th of pie, Calories: 275kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 45mg, Sodium: 331mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 3g
Blue Smart Points: 5
Green Smart Points: 6
Purple Smart Points: 3
Points +: 7
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Prepping of the mashed potato and meat and veggies.

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357 comments

  1. Spices are good.
    Trying this next time with Sweet Potatoes on top and exclude the sour cream. Adds more fiber. I also might try adding some no sugar BBQ sauce as a variation.

    Size of dish should be listed.

  2. Would love to try this but I’m not sure I have a dish that’s a good size to use. What size casserole dish would you recommend? Thank you!

    • I used 2 regular sized casserole dishes that I had. Once you spread the veggies on the bottom of the pan, then you can judge what kind of dish to use.

  3. Very easy to make and delicious. I used refrigerated mashed potatoes to reduce labor and time.  Will definitely make again. 

  4. Real tasty pie. Very good recipe. Will make it again. My family devoured it. Thanks foe sharing.

  5. Gina, thank you for this!  I’ve always wanted to make my Irish hubby a yummy, healthy st paddy’s day meal and tonight I did!  While he has had the authentic, he loved this and holy cow – so did I. It is labor intensive so if you are on a time constraint make it ahead of time and cook later. 
    I halved it tonight so a serving and a half a piece, but that was actually a lot. Next time I will probably do 2/2/2 dinner, lunch, freeze. 
    Made it all as stated. 😋

  6. Dumb question, is it 1 & 1/2 lbs of potatoes? Meaning your “-“ icon in 1-1/2 is & as in 1 & 1/2?
    Sorry 🙁

  7. Excellent recipe!!

  8. My husband usually makes shepherds pie so I sent him this to try.   Came out awesome and we made the mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes.   Wouldn’t know that it wasn’t potatoes.  Another great recipe Gina!!

  9. This is the best Shepards Pie. My family loves it. I wouldn’t change a thing in this recipe.

  10. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Hubby is a huge fan of Shepherd’s pie! He wasn’t too happy at all about going on a diet with me but enter Gina and her amazing gift to turn something completely unhealthy in to something scrumptious AND figure friendly! My man will eat eggs and fruit all day just so he can have a double portion of this for dinner! Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

  11. Delicious and soothing on a cold rainy day!  I found this recipe easy to follow. I did have to ad lib on the veggies to use what I had by chopping and sautéing:
    Frozen grilled asparagus, fresh orange bell peppers, carrots and fresh onions. 

    I also used russet potatoes for the mash. 

    Also did not have the recipe seasonings except for salt and pepper. Used that sparingly. And salted to taste once served. 

    It was still delicious.  My fussy husband is even willing to have leftovers!

  12. I cannot help but say that Shepherd’s Pie must be made with lamb! I am an Australian and this would be described as sacrilege!! It’s the same in the UK. If beef is used, it should be called Cottage Pie. Could the name of the recipe be changed? Enough of that – the recipe (with leftover roast lamb substituted for beef) is excellent. I am working my way through pretty much all Skinnytaste recipes and all have been fabulous – thank you so much.

  13. Love this recipe. So easy and delicious

  14. This was a huge hit with my husband. We rate meals and he gave it 5/5. 

  15. I’m looking forward to make this! What size casserole dish should I use?
    Thank you, Kathy

  16. This was so good!  We used leftover mashed potatoes and corn from Thanksgiving and a pound of turkey sausage.  I also added in some red wine I had open—delish!

  17. Being of English origin this is a staple in our house – but I always use leftovers (except for Fisherman’s Pie) leftover roast meat with juices, always add tin baked beans to every pie, and creamed corn to chicken, leftover pumpkin is mashed with potatoes to which I always add a handful of cheese. If there is stuffing from the chicken I dot the top of the pie with it – don’t mix in. Variety is endless , use whatever is around, and comfort is boundless.

  18. Love this recipe, but we have two vegetarians in our house. Could I replace the meat with portabella mushrooms and still have it freeze well?

  19. Delicious recipe! This is a new favorite for our dinner rotations.

  20. OMG – I love this meal. It is the perfect meal for a rainy fall day. It has plenty of flavor, and the last 2 minutes of broiling really seal the deal. I only cook for two, so when I make this I make an 8×8 for now and freeze the other for nights I don’t feel like cooking. 

  21. Recipe doesn’t say when to mix the meat back in to the veggie mixture? Obviously I figured it out, but just a note.

  22. Can Shepherd’s pie be frozen? Does the texture if the potatoes change?

    • I froze mine a few weeks ago. I thawed it this morning and it’s now in the oven. I’m waiting until it’s done baking to sew how the potatoes faired.

    • Ok so the potatoes looked funky when I took the dish out of the freezer and thawed it. But once it baked, they potatoes ended up nice and creamy. After completely thawing I baked it at 400 degrees, uncovered for 30-35 minutes. I hope this helps you!

  23. This is a family (and kid) favorite! To save time, I use instant mashed potatoes (still throw in some light sour cream) and you would never know the difference. Great recipe!

  24. A keeper! Added Lipton onion soup mix for flavor. Also used frozen petit peas and carrots. Omitted the mushrooms and doubled the tomato paste. Also used ground turkey instead of beef. Will make again. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    • Forgot to mention, doubled the recipe and cooked on our outdoor grill to keep the house cool. Cooked onions and ground turkey on direct heat, then after adding the additional ingredients shifted my enamel pot with all ingredients to indirect fire 45 minutes @ 365 degrees. 

  25. Made this following exact directions, only thing I’d change is doubling it next time! SO GOOD!

  26. I made this and used a large high side skillet. Topped the mixture right in skillet with potatoes- one less thing to wash. Family loves it

  27. I judge success by my husband going back for seconds — this one is a winner !  I used ketchup in place of the tomato paste which worked out great.  This took a little more time so I might make it a day ahead or during the weekend. This was truly a hearty comfort meal which I will make again.  

    • Thanks Chesco

      I did not have and tomato paste so i went to the comments to see what people did and you were right at the top thanks for the tip of using ketchup I always read the comments after the recipe because you get great suggestions

  28. Can’t wait to try this! I know you mention you can swap in mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes, but does anyone know how much you’d need? I’ve got the 12oz Birds Eye Frozen Mashed Cauliflower – will that be enough? TIA!

    • That’s what I use every time, and it’s SO good! I use 2- 12oz cartons of BE mashed cauliflower.

  29. Hello… if I don’t have tomatoe paste, will that ruin the dish? I’m pregnant and trying to make things with what we have to avoid going to the grocery store. 

  30. The casserole dish in the video is oval-shaped, but would a 9 x 13 be the right size? Or would it be more of the square-shaped 8 x 8 dish?

  31. If I am using ground turkey, is it ok to use chicken broth?!

  32. This is hands down the best meal! It has become a weekly dinner for us and we cannot get enough!
    I want to make this for my sister who is pregnant so she can freeze it and make it one night once the baby is born. Do you need to thaw or can you just pop in the oven? Do you still bake at 400? For how long?

  33. Delicious and easy! Perfect for when I’m craving comfort food and the fact that it’s only 5 Smart Points per serving is the best part! Really great as leftovers too. 

  34. This recipe is a regular weekly thing at our house September through & including April when the weather is cool/cold. It’s fantastic as written but I do play around with it some, using what I’ve got on hand.. I’ve made it with pureed cauliflower & it’s good, but tonight I made it with ground turkey & topped it with pureed butternut squash (zero points in those for WW folks)! OMG! To die for! Thanks Gina for the awesome recipe(s). Love your site & cook from it at least 3 nights a week. Share the site with friends all the time. Thanks again.

  35. I made this after Thanksgiving (Canadian) to use up a bunch of leftover mashed potatoes. I also used ground chicken as that is what I had. It was soo delicious! Good thing I packed some for my lunch the next day before I served dinner because my husband went back and ate the rest of the pan!

  36. Instead of baking, would it be ok to put in the slow cooker on high for 4 hours after sautéing everything?

  37. Being a “Brit” and growing up with this meal, you have really out done yourself, Gina. It is the “BOMB” and what I will use from now on.♥

  38. I made this tonight but I used lean ground turkey instead of beef It was soooo delish!!! Great recipe.

  39. Thank you!!!   You saved the day with this recipe.  Delish!

  40. I swapped out half the potatoes for cauliflower. Cooked with the potatoes, and run through a food processor to get it all super smooth. Can’t taste the difference.

  41. This is comfort food at it’s finest! I know my family is going to love this.

  42. This looks delicious! I’d like to make this and put it in the feeeser until I’m ready to bake it. Maybe a weeks tops. Would I still put the potatoes on top or add that last? Do I need to thaw it first? 

    Thank you!!

  43. Delicious? My only criticism is that this recipe takes WAAAAAY longer than 10 minutes to prep, It took me longer than that to just peel and cut the potatoes and chop the other vegetables.

  44. Not sure what I did wrong but it was very juicy. Any ideas?

  45. Just put it in the oven.  Cant wait to try, QUESTION:  the prep time on the recites I’ve tried here seems to be quite different from the reality.  For example, this recipe took prob an hour and 10 minutes. 

    • Has anyone cooked this from frozen? Would you recommend thawing it first? Covered or uncovered? Time and temperature? Any advice is helpful!

      • I made this tonight and followed skinnytaste recipe. Next time I think that I’ll use some fresh veggies instead of the frozen. Easy, delicious and yummy on a cool winter’s night. Great comfort food.

  46. This recipe was delicious. My French Canadian mother used to make it with just 3 ingredients and I still love it to this day. She browned her lean beef with garlic and onions (to taste), then put hat in that first layer, then came either of plain canned or frozen corn or a can of creamed corn, and lastly a layer of mashed potatoes, with lots of butter, salt and pepper (scant). Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Serve as is, or with catsup or gravy.

  47. Delicious cottage pie!!
    Very yummy and easy. I like that it can be prepared ahead. The name is incorrect. Shepherd’s pie is made with lamb. Any other meat and it is Cottage Pie.

    • Gina directly says this four lines in…

      “Shepherd’s pie, a meat pie topped with mashed potato is traditionally made with lamb, when made with ground beef it’s actually called a cottage pie.”

  48. Can you please advise what size casserole dish you used. Several people have asked and I am curious as well. I ended up just spreading the potatoes on top of my meat mixture in the pan and putting it in the oven. One less dish to clean is always a plus.

  49. This was delicious! I’ve made it several times now. It’s a keeper!

  50. I also wonder how this is 5 points. Any way I put it into my calculator it is 7. I notice this with quite a few recipes. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Hi Mary. The only accurate way to determine any recipe’s SmartPoints® value is to plug the ingredients into the recipe builder on the Weight Watchers website (Click on “My Foods,” select “Recipe,” and click “Create a recipe.”) which does not count fruits and vegetables in recipes in the calculations as they are now 0 points.

      The SmartPoints® calculator isn’t meant for recipes and will often give you the wrong points (usually higher) because it’s counting the fruits and vegetables. So if you see a recipe with a SmartPoints® value that’s different from what the calculator tells you, now you know why.

  51. I am so excited to find this recipe — this is my husband’s favorite and he always wants me to buy it at Costco where it is a nutritional nightmare! One question … I am using ground turkey (93% lean) so I put everything into the recipe builder to see if it changed the points. Even though a pound of 93% lean ground turkey is one point less than a pound of 95% lean ground beef, the recipe builder gave me a points value of 6 points. Still a “good deal” in terms of points, but I’m confused as to how you got 5 points using the recipe builder. Thanks!

  52. Omg ! Just delious , I used ground turkey so perhaps a bit less than 5 sp . 

  53. This is absolutely delicious! It was perfect for a snow day—warm, comforting, and tasty! I substituted ground turkey for beef, and chicken broth instead of beef broth. I will definitely be making this again! 

  54. SO GOOD!!!! You will not regret making this. Follow the recipe exactly, just be careful not to undersalt. My boyfriend and I are now obsessed, added to my recipe book 🙂

  55. I want to make this tomorrow for a potluck Has anyone used sweet potatoes with this?

  56. I made this tonight and it might be my favorite recipe on your site (and I’ve made many of them).  Perfect winter dinner. 

  57. This recipe is FANTASTIC, and simple to make. I made it with ground turkey instead of beef (simply what I had on hand), and it was delicious (and husband approved!). The leftovers almost tasted better than when it came out of the oven. I will certainly be making this one again!

  58. Absolute family favorite!  Perfect meal on a cooler evening.  Wonderful flavors.  

  59. Have you tried sweet potatoes with this before?

  60. This looks really good and I’m going to make it. What size casserole dish is needed? Is it a 9″ x 13″?

  61. 2nd time making this and it was great again.  I halved the recipe and it’s perfect for two people plus some. 

  62. Can I make this as a freezer meal? I am making a bunch of freezer meals as I am pregnant and want to have meals prepared for when baby arrives.
    How do I modify this to make it freezer ready?
    Anyone want to suggest other freezer meal recipes that are healthy that would be highly appreciated.

  63. Does anyone know how many points this would be on the “old” Smart Points? (Pre-Freestyle). I think the only different would be the lima beans and corn being points. Maybe 6?

  64. I made mine with ground bison. Very good and filling! You don’t feel like you are missing out on anything,

  65. Absolutely delicious. Will definitely make it again!

  66. Very good. And easy. Delicious, will make it again.

  67. This is so delicious. It’s also very point friendly. I made it with ground turkey ?.

  68. This should be called cottage pie as it is made with beef and not lamb hence the name shepherds pie.

  69. I used the recipe builder and this cake to 6 Freestyle points. what gives?

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  71. I doubled this recipe for a family dinner last night and am pleased to report, 2nds AND 3rd were had by all!  This is a keeper!  The only subs I made were vegan sour cream for my dairy free MIL, and fresh green beans and carrots for the frozen.  Thanks Gina!!

  72. Really good! I upped the seasonings a bit and did 1lb Yukon and 1 Head cauliflower for the top (boiled it all together and mashed it together with the method noted in the recipe). So delicous! Thanks for all the great recipes!

  73. The potatoes in this dish are magical. So happy to have this lightened up version to serve on St. Patty’s Day! A little more time intensive, but, I made 1.5 x and it will freeze well.

  74. This was absolutely delicious- my picky teenager had seconds. #winning

  75. Thank you so much for this recipe! We made it for dinner earlier this week, and it is, hands down, the best Shepherd’s Pie I’ve ever had. It gets even better overnight in the fridge as the seasonings blend a bit.

  76. This was a hit! My husband and son loved it. Followed recipe exactly. Yum

  77. Just FYI, Shepherds pie is made with lamb (hence the name), it’s called Cottage Pie if you make it with beef.

    • Interesting.. I have never seen a Shepherd’s Pie that was made with lamb – only beef! And I’d never even heard of a Cottage Pie. 

    • I think they use lamb, for the Shepard pie, cause, it being that shepards have lambs. I wouldn’t want to eat my lambs. I would use th beef. and call what you want. Just my thought.

  78. This tasted amazing. My husband and I really enjoyed making it together.

  79. only complaint is you dont list the size casserole dish to use!

  80. I used ground 97% turkey (instead of beef) and mashed cauliflower (instead of potatoes). I also used the whole can of beef broth. Delicious. I’m getting 6 points per serving, but that’s for 6 servings – and I think that this really could serve 7-8. Another fabulous Skinnytaste recipe!

  81. Do not know how many times I have made this without reviewing. I usually make this in 2 smaller casseroles and freeze one for later. It is easy to put together and tastes so yummy. Tonight the whole casserole is going to a potluck. Thanks for another great recipe.

  82. Can you use ground turkey? I’m not a huge beef fan. How much would that change the nutrition?

  83. To make the potatoes dairy free what would you use instead of the sour cream? Thanks!! 

    • You could use Earth Balance or another non dairy butter substitute. It would obviously change the nutrition info. Another idea would be a plain non dairy Greek yogurt. I hope this helps! 

    • I was just thinking about this. Maybe a tofu based sour cream?

    • I once saw a recipe for mashed potatoes that instead of cream or butter had olive oil and a little nutmeg. It ended up tasting very good. It’s obviously not low fat (or calorie, for that matter) so you’d have to adjust the calories/points.

    • Depending on your reasons for avoiding dairy, goat cheese might be suitable.  Dairy gives me trouble in that it hurts my stomach and my joints hurt the next day, but I don’t have that trouble with goat cheese products.  Apparently the protein in it is different, or something.  I buy the plain goat cheese tubes at Costco (they taste a little less “barn like”) and use it on a lot of things in place of sour cream.  I also use it on salads.  

  84. Great recipe. Highly recommend. My whole family loved t.  My only question is when I put the nutritional info in the WW calculator it comes out as 7 freestyle points. Will be making again.  
    Thanks for a great recipe!

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  86. Loved it! I didn’t have Yukon potatoes so I used red potatoes. Recommended to friends and will make again. ?

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  88. My husband loves this recipe! Do you need to thaw first if frozen? Thanks for all of the amazing recipes!

  89. Any specific reason for the yukon gold potatoes?  I’m not a fan, they don’t taste right to me. Are they lower in calories or starch or something?  Has anyone tried this with a half and half, potato and mashed cauliflower?  

    • Sorry, should have read other comments first.  We’ve had shepherds pie before and liked it.  I’ll try this variation this week!  Thanks!! 

  90. So delicious! This is one of our favorites! It is SO filling too. Hard to believe it’s only 5 points!

  91. Great recipe !!

  92. Just wondering what the saturated fat gram would be,
    There is no value, only a g. ty

  93. This recipe is awesome..
    I will make this again. ( what I really like is all the caloric information is included):).  I rate this recipe a 9…

  94. I make a lot of skinnytaste recipes every week. This is one out of the many me and the hubby didn’t care for as much. I think it needs more flavor next time, was a little bit bland. 

  95. Another excellent recipe! Loved the mix of vegetables in this shepherd’s pie. This is one of my favorite comfort dishes to order out and was so happy to find this delicious version.

  96. Comfort food to the max! Totally satisfying. Made it exactly as directed.

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  98. This is delicious! I used fresh carrot, celery, garlic, onion & herbs. Frozen peas, corn & green beans. I can’t eat mushrooms so I left those out. I also added some herbs to the mashed potatoes & only used chicken broth ????????

  99. Yum!! Comfort food lightened up and you can’t even tell! Freezes great!! Made it many times but need some asap ? 

  100. I made this to use up some Thanksgivjng leftovers. Instead of the frozen mixed veggies, I used fresh-cooked green beans and corn. Instead of the mashed potato recipe listed, I used leftover mashed potatoes.
    I used the same “sauce” recipe and otherwise followed the recipe as written.

    I don’t believe that I’ve had Shepard’s Pie before this, but the flavor seems to be a bit on the bland side – though I like the concept. I think next time..I’d double tomato paste, deglaze pan with red wine, add balsamic vinegar and more spices.

  101. I am making your Shepherd’s Pie recipe this week for my parents, I have made it before, it’s delicious! But neither of my parents like Rosemary or Thyme:( what do you suggest I can replace these seasonings with?

  102. I have made this a few times and it is definitely one of my favorites! For the potatoes, I only use 1/4 to 1/2 cup because I think 3/4″ cups make them a little too soupy for my taste.
    Thank you for another great recipe!

  103. I love all Your recipes!! I’ve made several and have your books and we love it! I definitely will try this recipe it looks delicious! 
    Just wanted to put my 2 cents in though. I am British and actually making this lovely dish with beef actually makes it a Cottage pie! If made with lamb then it’s a shepherds pie! But none the less I’m
    Still looking forward to trying it! Thank you! 

  104. Thank you Gina!! I made this last night instead of my usual very heavy Shepherds Pie and it was delicious. I may add back in a few things.. cheese, a tiny bit more butter and a thicker gravy – but the overall rating was a thumbs up!

    Thank you for all you do! (and PS my family is off the boat Irish and we use beef )

    🙂

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  107. This recipe looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it! However I noticed on some of your recipes you don’t specify the size of the pan/casserole dish to use when creating your amazing recipes. This makes it a little difficult for me to figure out how much a serving size is (or in this recipe 1/6 of the pie). If it were up to me I’d eat the whole pie! lol Thanks for all your help and wonderful creations!

  108. What size casserole dish?

  109. Hi, made this tonite, and I lightened it up even more .  I left out the butter, sour cream and I only used one pound of potatoes mixed with a half pound of parsnips . My husband and I both attend WW and this fit right in our diet. Thanks. 

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  112. I would like to vegetarian-ize this using Morningstar crumbles. I have found a chicken flavored vegetable broth for the mashed potatoes, but not for the beef broth. I wonder what to use.

  113. Recipe is not gluten free if it contains flour. For gluten-free meal use gluten-free flour not regular wheat flour.

  114. do you know the 21 day fix containers for this?

  115. This was a hit for my family, including a picky toddler. Used ground turkey and it was still flavorful. Will be adding to the recipe box. Thank you!

  116. This is a Cottage Pie not a Shepherd’s Pie. If you’re going to cook it please try to use the proper names. Shepherd’s Pie uses lamb, hence Shepherd’s Pie.

  117. MNF (Monday Night Football) dinner. My guys got 2 servings and I was quite satisfied with one????. Thank you.

  118. Hi Gina – Being a WW member, I am an avid follower of your blog and cookbooks and must confess, this is the first recipe of yours I’ve tried. We really loved it! Very easy and tasty. This gives me a boost of confidence to try more of your creations. You’re quite a genius!

  119. I’m chiming in a little late, but here goes:
    Have made this numerous times (traditionally)for my Irish-born husband, but prefer using ground turkey with a little poultry seasoning for myself.
    Would suggest warming up the broth prior to adding to the potatoes. For some reason, the potatoes seem creamier that way, not so stiff & pasty.
    Otherwise, great recipe!

  120. I have some potatoes left over from another meal and I was wondering can I use instant to make up from what I don’t have and combine the two.

  121. I want to use cauliflower instead of mash potatoes and II was wondering do you fix the cauliflower by boiling it and using butter to soften the cauliflower like you do potatoes

  122. If you were to make this as a freezer meal, do you have to bake it first or can you just assemble and then freeze? What would you recommend for cooking temp/time once it’s frozen? Thank you!

  123. I just made this recipe as written. Delicious! Is it really only 275 calories per serving?

  124. I made a double batch with turkey and it came out great! My husband couldn’t even tell it was turkey. 

  125. I am also curious as to the correct freezing and thawing methods of this recipie…?

  126. Making this and some of your other other freezer friendly meals for my adult son. How do you suggest reheating from frozen? Thanks!

  127. Made this tonight! Although I did make it with turkey, and I used chicken broth, but It was delicious! 

  128. Can you give me a little more specific on the serving size? Like in cups or oz? 

  129. Hi Gina! I love ALL of your recipes and cookbook AND planner! It has helped me so much. My only thing is that when you mark a recipe gluten-free, will you please mark which ingredients would need to change to make it GF?  You have regular flour down, but what GF flour would work best with this recipe? Thank you so much!

  130. I made this last night … Two thumbs up! I knew it was going to be a big hit and made a double batch using 1/2 cauli and 1/2 potatoes for the topping. One for now and one for the freezer! Another great recipe Gina! Thank you 🙂

  131. This might be a silly question, but what is the serving size for this?

  132. used ground turkey meat and used mashed/whipped cauliflower as topping…turned out great for my Downton Abby good-bye dinner last Sunday evening.

  133. I love the flavor! I used half potatoes/half cauliflower. I was able to shave off 1 SP and could probably make it 4 SP if we do 8 servings. thanks for the recipe

  134. Just tried this dish!! Really yummy!!! I added two 1 point velvetta slices to mash. Very good recipe!!

  135. Gina, How many points will using half or all cauliflower mash?

  136. I just made this and it is excellent. A really hearty option for low points! This is perfect for the colder weather and it is so savory and delicious.

  137. I just started ww and was looking for some variety and came across your site. This recipe turned out amazing! My husband usually dislikes anything "skinny" or light. Normally he only likes mashed potatoes with a pound of butter, but he loved this! I also loved this recipe and can't wait to try more.

  138. Delicious! I love to cook (and eat, thus the Skinny Taste). My wife bought me the cookbook and the recipes we have tried thus far have been delicious. These and WW are helping me to lose the weight. And, my wife is losing, too!

  139. I used half potato/half cauliflower and it was delicious!

  140. Wonder how many points plus if this were "real" shepherd's pie made with lamb. Never heard a cowboy called a shepherd or a shepherd herding cows! My favorite meat is lamb but I think it would be many more points!

  141. I added avocado to the mashed potatoes to make them creamy and omg….so. delicious. Try it!!!

  142. I made it with ground venison and it is amazing! I didn't have mushrooms, but added 1/2 cup of artichoke. Really good!

  143. I cant wait to try this- has anyone tried this as a freezer meal? I mainly do freezer meals for my family and am always looking for new freezable meals!

  144. This was excellent!!

  145. We had this for dinner this week and really enjoyed it. I was surprised at how flavorful the mashed potato topping was with the chicken broth/sour cream. This recipe is a keeper.

  146. Would this work with ground lamb?

  147. I just made this tonight with extra lean ground turkey and it was absolutely delicious!!! And I feel like it was fairly guilt free, tons of veggies, lean protein and just a think layer of potatoes on top (can use sweet potatoes to make it even better)! Thank you!! I will definitely be using this recipe in the future 🙂

  148. Gina – the print friendly button takes me to a print-friendly version of a honey baked ham… is there a way to repair that link? Thanks!

  149. Gina – you did it again! This was amazing. It tastes just like the original, I would never have known it was a "skinny" version if I didn't make it myself. Thank you so much for all your recipes. I use them almost exclusively and am down 10 lbs on Weight Watchers. I couldn't have done it without Skinnytaste! I'm from Long Beach, so I'm happy to see you're from Oceanside. Keep up the great work! 🙂

  150. Thank you for this recipe, it was delicious!

    I made it in a 9×13. My only tweaks were I doubled the amount of sour cream in the potatoes and I used smoked paprika. Also when I ate mine, I added in some hot sauce.

  151. Please what size baking dish?

  152. I love your recipes – thank you for sharing them One request – can you start adding how long it takes to prepare them? That would really help me in my planning!!

  153. How many points would it be if i make if with cauliflower instead of potatoes?

  154. Do you have to drain the meat after you cook it??
    Sounds delish!!

  155. I have never made shepards pie but this looks like a good one to me!

  156. Thanks for pulling this recipe from the vault, Gina! I can't wait to make it for St. Patrick's Day next week!

  157. I have some leftover mashed potatoes. What do you think the measurement of mashed potatoes is needed?

  158. i was always told it is not shepards pie unless its made with lamb as shepards tend to sheep, if beef or any other meat is used its called cottage pie.

  159. Been married to an Englishman for twenty plus years and never made him Shepherd's Pie. Go figure. That's about to change. Thanks for this great, simple recipe!

  160. Made it with lentils and veggie broth to keep it vegetarian. So good

    • So happy to read your comment because I was scrolling trying to figure it how to make it vegitarian. How much lentil ratio did you use?

      • I made this vegetarian the other day using frozen soy crumbles (i.e., fake ground beef). It was really good and very easy to substitute.

  161. This is an ENGLISH dish not an Irish one! If you want Irish, use lamb, otherwise you are not actually celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

  162. Looking at that recipe and the amount of comments- hallelujah! I love that people love shepherd's pie! 🙂

  163. What can I use instead of sour cream to make this dairy-free?

  164. Shepherd's Pie has to be one of my favorite comfort foods but usually I find it's high in calories, etc so I never make it. Thanks for sharing this, Gina. Love this lightened up version! 😀

  165. Looks amazing.
    Anyone tried with Greek yoghurt in swap of the sour cream?

    Turkey is delish!
    a reg recipe would be best with a mix of lamb/pork and beef to give it a nice rounded flavor, and also break it up to make it leaner. that is the mix i use for meatballs etc.

  166. This was the best, most flavorful shepards pie I've ever had! I had some butternut squash left over from making your Butternut & Black Bean Enchiladas so I threw that in and it worked really well. I love this versatile recipe 🙂

  167. Just tried this last night. It was delicious! (as are all the dishes i've tried on here).

  168. Would a 9×13 pan work? I don't have the other size you mentioned…

    • I'm not sure that'd work. As long a you've got enough potatoes to cover the top, you should be ok, but the bigger the surface the thinner you have to spread the potatoes. Let us know if you try it!

  169. I made this last night and my whole family loved it! It was very easy and tasty. The only change I would make is to chop up the mushrooms because one of my daughters kept picking them out. 🙂

  170. I wonder if you could use a cauliflower potato mixture on top instead of all potatoes?

  171. If you are going to bake next day at what point do you refrigerate? With potatoes or separate?

  172. I figured I should probably comment on how much I enjoy this recipe, given that it has made it into highly-coveted family-favorite status. I love how healthy this is, and yet it's easy enough for me as a novice cook to pull off. I have made it just as written and it is delicious; however, due to budget constraints, I typically use only 1/3-1/2 lb beef with extra vegetables to make up the difference, and it still turns out lovely. I also usually add more tomato paste, less broth, and more spices. And it freezes well, too!

  173. Gina, can I use shredded chicken? I don't like ground meat

  174. Really good! I made this with half mashed potatoes and half cauliflower. It's so helpful having a site that offers WW point recipes. Thanks!

  175. Delicious!

  176. I am going to make this for my husband tonight and am wondering if you have a simple side dish that you would recommend to go with this dish?

  177. Have you considered/tried making this with cauliflower on top vs the potatoes?

  178. I"m making this and your chicken, broccoli noodle casserole while I'm home with the kids for an ice day. Bam! Dinner for the week will be done. Love all of your recipes!

  179. I made this tonight exactly as the recipe is listed except I used pre-made potatoes from a bag and added the chicken broth and sour cream. It was delicious. The whole family loved it! Thanks!

  180. What is the WW points if Ground Turkey is used instead of the ground beef??

  181. This was so good!!

  182. Do you use fresh mushrooms or canned?

  183. This would be way good if you made cauliflower mashed 'potatoes', instead of using regular potatoes.

  184. I made this tonight and it was a huge hit with my hubby, two toddlers, and me! I had made it in the past and used bouillon for both the chicken broth and beef broth…big mistake. Using real broth like I did tonight makes a huge difference when it is such an important flavor. Fresh herbs were a nice touch too…well worth the cost. Thank you for making such delicious meals and doing all the hard work of calculating calories so easy on the rest of us!!

  185. Made this yesterday for St.Patty's Day. It was good comfort food. All the recipes I have made from your blog have turned out great.

  186. This was amazing! Made it with 1/4 potatoes, and 3/4 cauliflower, and lean ground turkey. Also reheated excellent, for lunch and leftover dinner during the week. Love all your recipes!

  187. What to do to replace onions and mushrooms if it matters if I add or not? Hubby dislikes these 2 ingredients.

  188. This is my favorite dish of yours! I use white sweet potatoes and my husbnad never knows the difference!

  189. Instead of the potatos I crush up cauliflower and it is just as tasty!!! Love your site!

  190. Made this for the family including three teenaged boys last week. They chowed down 🙂 I grated a little low fat pepper jack cheese in the potatoes and on top and it was a nice addition. Made the top a little crusty and gave it a little kick. Thanks Gina!

  191. This was ok — enjoy your other recipes on here more. The potatoes were bland, so I added red pepper, LOTS more paprika than called for, lots of black pepper, small amount of grated humboldt cheese. I seasoned the vegetables with veggie seasoning, too. Meat was pretty good. My favorite recipe of yours is definitely the chicken in white wine/vinegar recipe (poulet au vinagrei?), that's just phenomenal.

  192. I made this tonight. I'm originally from the UK – so I've had this all my life with lamb. However it was really great with beef! This was a huge hit with my two teenage step-children and my husband! Will be putting this one in the meal rotation. Thanks for all your great recipes!!!

  193. I made this last night, my first recipe from this site. It tasted very good, and I will make it again. I love how there are a variety of veggies in the dish, making it more healthy than traditional shepherd's pie. The only thing I changed was I used chicken broth instead of beef broth because that's what I had on hand. Next time, I might try it with sweet potatoes to add even more vitamins. I am looking forward to trying out more recipes from the site, thanks!

  194. Can you double the entire recipe in the same dish? If so, will it affect the cooking time?

  195. This is a almost a completely different variation but figured I would share what I did tonight…
    I did a southwest version, so its probably not even shepherds pie anymore but oh well,
    I used sweet potatoes instead of regular and used chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to give them a heartier taste then used a variation of veggies such as onion, mushroom, green and red peppers, corn and poblano peppers. Obviously changed the spices as well and used taco seasoning.
    My husband loved it but hes also a fan of spicy food with a southwest flare.

  196. this is one of my all time faves! I am a vegetarian now, so I sub 1 lb red kidney and garbanzo beans for the meat. I usually double the recipe so that is 1 can each. I freeze one whole pie to eat reheat another night. soooo good!

  197. When I make Shepherd's Pie, instead of mashed potatoes, I top it with mashed cauliflower. Tastes, looks, and feels remarkably similar, but waaaay less calories!

  198. My step dad always makes Shepards Pie in the Fall/Winter. I just recently moved to another state and can't wait to make this and remind me a tad bit of home! 🙂

  199. I made this recipe last night and it was delicious. Thank you! I didn't have any beef broth on hand, so I used vegetable stock instead. I substituted mushrooms with a green pepper and white turnips and subbed sour cream with greek yogurt because that's what I had on hand.

  200. Hi
    I can't wait ot try this but what if i didn't use the frozen veggies and just used a can of corn instead, would that effect the points since corn has points and veggies don't, any idea for a point value on that
    thanks

  201. I made this last night, and it was fantastic!!!
    It freezes well, and the whole family loved it!! You wouldnt know it was a lightened version of Sheppards pie. It reminded me of tater tot casserole, with mashed potatoes instead of tater tots!! This is a keeper and I will make it many times more!!

  202. I made this tonight and plan on freezing half of it. I'll let y'all know how that turns out. 😉

  203. I am also wondering if this is freezer friendly??

  204. This was delicious!!

  205. Do you know if this freezes well? I love all of your recipes and like to make them in large quantities and freeze in individual portion containers for lunches / dinners throughout the week. I wasn't sure if this would freeze well with the potatoes or not. Thank you!!

  206. Thank you so much for all that you share. It's hard being on a diet/diabetic and still keeping the skinny minny hubby happy. I have to watch carbs while watching my budget not an easy thing to accomplish. Thanks for making it easier.

  207. I made this last night it was really good! Super yummy! and a big portion!

  208. THANK YOU so much for this incredibly tasty recipe. My entire family devoured it including 3 picky teenagers! I cannot believe how flavorful and true to the classic dish this tasted. Again another winner. I am a HUGE fan of all your recipes…have tried many recently and every single one was a winner.

  209. just finished making it..it's great..i used half yukon gold potatoes and half sweet potatoes and used 16oz veggies mix instead of 10 oz..the thyme was a bit too much for me…but everything else was great..followed directions exactly

  210. We just made this tonight. It is definitely a keeper! Thank you so much!! 🙂

  211. Gina – I just want to say, you are awesome! I made two of your recipes today alone, and both were fantastic. The cream of asparagus soup was so delicious, I couldn't get over it. Unfortunately I only had 1 lb of asparagus and had to half the recipe! The shepherds pie was so good. My 2 year old who eats barely any veggies ate it up! Thank you so much!

  212. I made this recipe tonight and it was AMAZING. Thank you so much.

  213. Can this be made a day ahead? Does it freeze well? I've never done it that way, but I just thought I'd ask. Thanks!

  214. I make this every year around St. Paddy's – I love it!!!

  215. It's in the oven right now! I just want to eat it right now but I know, I have to wait! I tasted the mix before putting in the baking dish and it was excellent, so it must be 10 times better with the potatoes! I took the lazy way out and am using a low ww point instant potato mix for the topping. Oh, and I had to use a much larger baking dish and it's still fills the whole thing! Thanks for another amazing recipe!
    Kristen

  216. Made this tonight but haven't eaten it yet. Did anyone else notice that the potatoes just barely covered the whole pan? Not quite as pictured. I weighed the potatoes before peeling, could that affect the 2 pound ratio?

  217. OMG THIS WAS YUMMY!!!! The only thing I changed was use turkey meat only because that's all I have (don't normally have red meat). It was perfect! My fiancee is a super picky eater and he loved it too!

  218. Made this for Friday night's dinner. Delicious. Leftovers were fantastic tonight. Every single recipe I've made from Skinnytaste.com has been fabulous. I mentioned how great this website was at our Weight Watchers meeting. Thank you, Gina.

  219. After a friend made this for dinner at her place last week, I knew I had to make it! And it was super easy! I didn't have a big enough pan, so I put it in 3 loaf pans. Two are in the freezer, and one is in the fridge for tomorrow's dinner. Thanks!

  220. loved this! i'm a huge shepard's pie fan but i'm trying not to eat it right now when i'm trying to lose weight…this was delicious and so full of flavor! i put spinach in mine as well and did happen to add a bit of cheddar on top…oops! 🙂 i drizzled some ketchup on mine when eating it as well. thanks so much!

  221. Thank you so much for creating this recipe! Major comfort food cravings happening here, and this was a nice healthy way to satisfy them. I ended up drizzling a little bit of ketchup into the mixture (just personal taste), and used smoked paprika instead of regular. Very tasty!

  222. i came across this recipe and thought there is no way this could be good because of the simple ingredients. however, i gave it a shot last night and i'm so glad i did. not only was it very flavorful, but it was the prefect comfort food in this cold weather. thank you skinnytaste!!!!!

  223. I made this tonight and thought the flavor was great! I used smoke paprika on the spuds (which I thought were simple and a nice addition to the overall dish), and I think it added a nice note to everything. My veggie-hating hubby didn't love it, but he did go back for seconds, so I see that as a success! Thanks for another yummy dish!!

  224. I am going to do this by topping with cauliflower mashed potatoes…..adds more veggies to the dish……

  225. I was not a big fan of this one…The mashed potatoes were pretty gross, I even added a bit of Light Butter and Skim milk for more flavor but they just didn't quite taste right. I did enjoy the Rosemary & Thyme it added great flavor to the broth.

  226. Gina, your site is fantastic! For the past two weeks i've been making your recipes for dinner and we are thrilled with the results!

    I do have a question on this one… I cook for two, just my significant other and I. This makes A LOT. I didn't have an 11×7 so I split it between my 5×9 and 8×8. Do you think I'd be able to cook one now, freeze one and then pull it out in a few weeks to finish cooking?? Thank you so much for the wonderful site!

  227. Made this tonight and it was FABULOUS!! I can not wait for the left overs i have packed for lunch tmrw!

  228. We thought the thyme and rosemary was a bit overwhelming in this recipe. I want to make it again without these seasonings.

  229. Do you know what the break down of points would be if you used your cauliflower puree instead of potatoes?

    I am in love with your website!! Thanks!!

  230. Thank you!! You too!!

  231. Hi Gina! I made this tonight and just like all of your recipes it turned out won-der-ful!! You've been my heroine this year – I've been cooking your recipes and talking about how delicious they are and how exquisite your blog is all the time! Thank you for all the inspiration and joy! I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

  232. I have a recipe for cauliflower puree.

  233. Im curious how mashed cauliflower is done? I'm new to healthy cooking…help please!

  234. I've made this twice since I found the recipe last week and we LOVE it. It's great making the night before and my day is that much better when I know I'll be having this for dinner! The portions are very generous for the points. Thanks Gina!!

  235. Another hit at our house! This was a nice, comforting dish. The only changes I made was to use the 12 oz. bag of mixed vegetables, and I used chicken broth in the gravy, because I didn't want to open two different cans of broth. Looking forward to leftovers tomorrow.

  236. Just one word…YUMMY!!!

  237. This is indeed cottage pie, not shepherd's pie. It's not a criticism of Gina, it just seems to be a misunderstanding in America, and to Michelle, it's not about offending shepherds(!) but more like making burgers and calling them hotdogs. Also Ireland is not part of Britain.

  238. this was delicious! I used red bell pepper, spinach, carrots, green beans and onions for my veggie mix. Didn't have Worcestershire or tomato paste but it was good with what I had!

  239. Wow, so good, just made for dinner…as usuall, had to add a teaspoon of corn starch to thicken. Florida thins everything, sauce, blood. But extremely good. Bruce had 2 helpings, but he rarely eats during the day. 🙂

  240. Hi Gina, Made this once already but didn't cover it. The potatoes kinda dreis out but it was delish. Think I'llmake it tomorrow nite and bake it covered for a while them take the foil off and try and get the potatoes brown. Thanks for you website..I appreciate it. Debbie

  241. As long is you divide it equally between 6 you should be ok.

  242. Is the serving size really 10.5 oz and only 7pts??? That seems like a lot of food and not that many points. I have already made this and it is wonderful. I just want to make sure I am calculating my points right!

    I love this blog!!!

  243. This was beyond great! I wouldn't change a thing!

  244. Another great hit!!! So easy to follow and good 😀

  245. I think veggie ground would be a better replacement.

  246. Hey Gina, this recipe looks fantastic! Just curious if you have any suggestions on adapting it to be vegetarian? Could I substitute veggie ground round for the ground beef? Or maybe lentils? Thanks for your ideas and inspiration!

  247. I made this and it was delicious….good one..Gina, Thanks….

  248. Gina, You are AMAZING!! I made this last night and it was sooo good!!! Thank you so much for posting theses recipes!! You're a rockstar!

  249. This was so delicious!! I made the topping with purreed cauliflower and some butter but otherwise followed the recipe.

    Can't wait to choose the next dish to make 🙂

  250. Another great recipe. I think I will try the half cauliflower, half potato next time.

  251. I made this tonight, and it was great. Very tasty and my husband is really enjoying it (as I type). It is surprisingly a lot of food for the points. I even used 1.25 lbs of ground beef and more veggies, and WW recipe builder calculated it as 7 P+ per serving. I will definitely make this again!

  252. I made this yesterday (my MIL was in from NJ and I wanted something new for St. Patrick's day). My grocery had fresh diced veggies so I used those instead of frozen. I also used store bought fresh mashed potatoes (I wasn't going to have the time to make them myself) and I used some Kitchen Bouquet (which is an old fashioned ingredient to punch up stews and soups) instead of the Worcestershire (which I didn't have). It was SO good that my MIL had two servings. We have enough for leftovers tonight.

    Another winner!

  253. This was fan-freakin-tastic…

  254. I made this recipe for my book club last night. We just read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (FABULOUS book) and I wanted to make something that resemebled a "potato pie", so I decided on this. EVERYONE raved about it and NO one new it was a WW friendly dish. Amazing recipe Gina!

  255. We ate this last week! It was so good! Thank you for the incredible recipes. Keep them coming. 🙂

  256. Wonderful…again!!! We loved it here in Michigan. Its been full on winter and we needed comfort food. This was a great. It was a healthy, updated version of my mom's shepard's pie. I have been dreaming about this recipe since I saw it weeks ago. It was everything I dreamed. YUMMMM!

  257. OMG….this is goood! Made it last night. Used ground turkey (it was defrosted) with boxed potatoes. Didn't have rosemary so threw in some herbs de provence. My family gobbled it up! Love your recipes! Thanks!

  258. Made this tonight and was very impressed. Wife enjoyed it. Followed recipe as is. Read so many great reviews it is hard to decide what to make next, but I guess that is the fun part.

  259. Made this last night and it turned out great! I omitted the mushrooms though since my family doesn't like them.
    Tonight I'm making the Minestrone Soup!! I'm so glad that I found this website!

  260. ddaaaannnnnngggggg gina. this was SO GOOD. i made it tonight to the rave reviews of hubby. i've made close to 12 of your dishes in the past 3 weeks (resolution was to try new recipes… guess i'm achieving that goal!!), and every one turns out so incredibly delicious. WW is gonna be a breeze with food like this. thank you for all you do!!!

  261. I had this tonight, but topped with mashed cauliflower it was good.

  262. Made it last night and used ground turkey, homemade turkey stock with a little red wine, and added carrots instead of the frozen veggies – it was delicious!

    I really want to try this Cottage Pie with the mashed cauliflower, it sounds delicious!

  263. I use half ruderbager and half potatoes for my topping and it is delicious as well.

  264. I love how everyone changed this recipe. I'll have to try it with half potato half cauliflower next time!

  265. Made this last night and what a hit! No one could tell I did half potatoes and half cauliflower…even me! I'm no veggie lover so I put the veggies in the food processor so my family would leave the chunks of veggies out. Everyone thought it was delicious! Thanks Gina, not a single one of your recipes I've tried has failed!

  266. This was SO good!

  267. Thanks Johanna!

  268. I found your site yesterday when I browsed the internet for WW recipes, and I'm so happy I did! Made your Shepard's pie today and we loved it 🙂
    Best regards, Johanna from Sweden.

  269. I love this recipe, I used half potatoes and half cauliflower nobody could taste the difference, until I told them. I also added more fresh vegetables, and used half ground chicken and half very lean ground beef…As stated nobody knew until I told them how healthy they were eating, and they were amazed at the flavour. It was great!! Thanks 🙂

  270. Made this for dinner tonight. I bought 80/20 instead of extra lean (stupid me for just grabbing from the shelf instead of glancing at the package), so I drained it and then rinsed it with it hot water before adding it back to the pan. The points will be higher than listed, but that is ok. Live and learn!

    It was SO good too. Perfect comfort food. I ended up splitting it into two 8×8 pans and putting one in the freezer for another time. Yay for make-ahead meals!

  271. I made this last night! I used lean ground turky and added lots more veggies! MMM MMM Good! Couldn't believe it! I gave your website a shout out on my new weight loss blog. You have the most wonderful recipes and can't wait to try others!

  272. I have made this before and it is delicious. I tried it a second time and subsituted the mashed potatoes for mashed cauliflower, you hardly notice the difference and it cuts down the carbs if you are watching that.

  273. This was such a hit at dinner tonight. And yes, it is WONDERFUL with lean turkey. Thanks for sharing!!

  274. @Joy, hope the kiddos get well! Sure, dried rosemary and thyme has a lot of flavor. You may want to use a little less and taste it for flavor. Enjoy!

  275. I was wondering if you thought dried herbs would work with this? I'm mostly a fresh herbs type of girl, but with 2 sick kiddos, I'm not able to get out to the store today and was planning on making this tonight. If so, what ratio?

  276. Made this last night for dinner (eliminate the mushrooms and increased the veggies) and the family LOVED it! Thanks for the great recipes – keep them comin'!!!

  277. @Sarah – It should be great mixed with sweet potatoes!

  278. I am making this tonight but doing regular and sweet potatoes together! I love that you put mushrooms in this!

  279. Glad you all like it!

    @Gwen- More veggies can never hurt! And yes, this makes great leftovers for lunch!

  280. This was wonderful! I don't like mushrooms so i chopped them up super fine & didn't even notice them in there. 🙂 I also added a 16oz bag of veggies instead of 10oz just cause that's what i had. I used dried instead of fresh herbs too & didn't peel the potatoes (it's just family so why bother!). Thanks for a great dinner (and some great lunches from the leftovers!)

  281. I made this for dinner Saturday night and it was a huge hit! Thank you!

  282. I made this recipe and I can't believe how good it is and how low in points! It was a great success!

  283. I just made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I used Morning Star crumbs since we're mainly vegetarian. The hubby loved it and the kids thought it was ok. I think next time I make it I'll do half potato/half cauliflower for the top. Thanks for a great recipe.

  284. I love shepard's pie!

    When I do my topping, I use a head of cauliflower and one potato – that way it lowers the calories but still has more of a potato texture and taste.

    • I was wondering if I could substitute the mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes. I'm going to give it a try tonight.

  285. Made this last night. It is delicious!!! Thank you so much. Love your ideas.
    ~Jen

  286. @Anonymous- Aww, that's sweet!

    @Julie – What a great idea to change the pattern for the side with no mushrooms, love it!

    @Dave- Thank you! – Leave out the flour to make it Gluten Free.

    @Zayda- Let me know how it comes out!

  287. Love recipes! My son has Celiacs and needs to be Gluten Free, but most of your recipes are VERY easy to adapt….if they are not already GF!
    Thanks! Joy

  288. Company St. Patty's luncheon and I'm dieting. This will be my contribution. I've tried several of your recipes, so I'm not worried that it won't be enjoyed. Thanks for the help.

  289. Yes, you can you russet instead, same points.

    Cauliflower mash is another option, it would lower the points a great deal if you did so and would be a low carb option.

    I'm thinking of making Irish soda bread soon, I love Irish soda bread!! Stay tuned 🙂

  290. Quick question could I use russett potatoes for this? Are they less or more point or does it even make a difference?

    • Can't imagine flavor any different. Just made a batch of veggie beef soup and don't like to freeze it, so am thinking straining it and using the contents as base, and juice thickened for gravy and making mashed spuds and see what happens.

    • That's a great Idea!

  291. Would it work or be more point-efficient to use mashed cauliflower on the top??

    Looks amazing!

  292. @Regina- Sure, why not! Ground lamb as well. If you buy very lean beef it doesn't effect the points much by switching to turkey, but I'm sure it would taste great with turkey too.

    Had to post something for all my Irish readers!

  293. I bet you could use ground bison and/or ground turkey too! (it might bother the purest folks but hey!)This looks oh so yummy!

    • I've made with Turkey, its delish!

    • I have made shepherds pie many times with Minced chicken. I keep the ingredients simple and it is a hit every time

    • I make exactly this with ground turkey all the time, but I add cauliflower to the mashed potatoes on top to add more veggies. It's wonderful!

    • I add firm tofu, grated (I use a box cheese grater) into the lean meat mix, about a 50/50 mix. Had to add a little gravy coloring to brown it up. I add a tablespoon or two of Neufchatel cheese to the potatoes, lower in calories than cream cheese. Top the potatoes with a small sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. You can hide so many veggies in these pies!