Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford
Serves 4 (serving size: 2 cups)

Making the most of supermarket convenience items gets this family favorite on the table in a flash. Precut matchstick carrots are easier to chop into small pieces quickly, and using prepared mashed potatoes for the topping is a good trick for when you don't have leftover mashed potatoes on hand.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 500°.

Step 2

Place beef in a large skillet over high heat; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add carrot, onion, and garlic to pan; cook 2 minutes. Stir in tomato paste; cook 30 seconds. Combine 1/4 cup stock and cornstarch in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add cornstarch mixture, remaining 3/4 cup stock, Worcestershire, pepper, and salt to pan. Stir in peas. Cook 2 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Step 3

Place beef mixture in a 2-quart glass or ceramic baking dish. Top evenly with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle freeze-dried onions and paprika over potatoes. Bake at 500° for 5 minutes.

Ratings & Reviews


September 22, 2015
I made this last night and it was delicious!  I substituted the pre-made mashed potatoes for homemade red potatoes.

7 year old rolled his eyes and moaned

September 29, 2015
It was so good!  I went a little heavy on the peas and Worcestershire.  The onions on top got a little crispy which gave it a delicious crunch.  I was unsure what "freeze dried onion" was, but I used the ones in the attached pic.  I thickened with flour (2 TABLEspoons) or 3 times as much.  Will def. make again and again!

Good solid week night meal

September 29, 2015
I made this pretty much in line with the recipe.  Added a tad more garlic and some paprika in the meat mixture.  I used cornstarch to thicken per the recipe and 2 tsp. was perfect.  My husband loved it.  Since there are only 2 of us at home I made two smaller casseroles and froze one uncooked.  Glad I did.


October 21, 2016
My entire family liked this dish.  Delicious comfort food!  We got 10 servings out of it, loved the leftovers too!


October 24, 2017
Made this for a cozy evening with friends by the fire and it was perfection. Nothing about it tasted "light" and everyone was impressed. This will definitely end up as a fall staple.  

Weeknight Delight

September 28, 2015
My partner makes an amazing shepherds pie that takes 5 hours, uses every dish in the kitchen, and costs $25. This is not that dish, BUT it is fast and tasty and leftovers heat up well. Will go in the rotation the weeks pre-prepared potatoes are on sale.

A Hit

October 25, 2015
Easy and delicious. Everyone requested that I make this one again.


November 18, 2015