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Extra Beefy Shepherd’s Pie

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  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 tablespoons Bovril (yum!)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 slices Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil
  2. Toss in potatoes and simmer for 15 minutes or until soft
  3. Drain and transfer potatoes to a mixing bowl and mash them until fluffy, adding in butter and milk. Season with 1 tablespoon parsley, salt and pepper to taste
  4. Cook ground beef over medium high heat until fully cooked, making sure to remove lumps so the beef crumbles nicely
  5. Push the beef off to one side and skim off fat. Remove beef and set aside
  6. Saute onions until translucent then season with pepper
  7. Add mixed vegetables and simmer until they are fully cooked
  8. Toss in ground beef and mix thoroughly
  9. Mix in Worcestershire sauce and Bovril
  10. Lower heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes
  11. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  12. Layer the bottom of a casserole dish with beef mixture and pack it in tightly
  13. Top with a layer of mozzarella cheese
  14. Using a spatula, spread the mashed potatoes evenly over beef and cheese layers, making sure to cover the corners and create a seal to prevent the beef mixture from bubbling up
  15. Rough up mashed potatoes with a fork to create peaks that will brown nicely
  16. Finish up with sprinkled Parmesan cheese and remaining parsley
  17. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes until the top is browned or cheese is bubbly
  18. Broil for the last few minutes if necessary to brown further
  19. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving


If the beef mixture is not beefy or salty enough, you can opt to add salt or more Bovril. The initial ingredient measurements for Bovril are for those who might not be used to its intense flavor.