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Shepherd's Pie

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6 servings, about 1-1/2 cups each

Try this creamy, cheesy Shepherd's Pie recipe. Made with better-for-you lean ground beef, our take on a classic Shepherd's Pie is a crowd-pleaser.

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  • Cook potatoes and garlic in boiling water in large saucepan 20 min. or until potatoes are tender. Meanwhile, brown meat in large nonstick skillet. Stir in flour; cook and stir 1 min. Add mixed vegetables, broth and ketchup; cook 5 min., stirring frequently.
  • Heat oven to 375°F. Drain potatoes; return to pan. Add sour cream; mash until potatoes are smooth and mixture is well blended. Stir in 1/4 cup cheese.
  • Spoon meat mixture into 8-inch square baking dish; cover with potatoes.
  • Bake 18 min. Top with remaining cheese; bake 2 min. or until melted.

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Makeover - How We Did It

We took a classic recipe and gave it a makeover by replacing the butter in the mashed potatoes with both BREAKSTONE'S Reduced Fat or KNUDSEN Light Sour Cream, and KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Cheddar for great taste and a creamy texture. In addition, we used extra-lean ground beef instead of regular ground beef. These small changes resulted in a savings of 100 calories and 15g of fat, including 5g saturated fat, per serving.


Substitute 1 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Low Fat Cottage Cheese for the sour cream. Blend the cottage cheese in a blender until smooth before using as directed.


Prepare using your favorite mix of frozen vegetables.


  • 6 servings, about 1-1/2 cups each

Healthy Living

  • Low fat
  • Low calorie
  • Generally Nutritious
  • Low sodium
  • Diabetes Center

Nutrition Bonus

Three cheers for this smart spin on classic comfort food. It's low in fat, low in calories and low in sodium.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 6 servings, about 1-1/2 cups each
Calories 310
Total fat 9g
Saturated fat 5g
Cholesterol 70mg
Sodium 300mg
Carbohydrate 28g
Dietary fiber 3g
Sugars 8g
Protein 24g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 170 %DV
Vitamin C 25 %DV
Calcium 10 %DV
Iron 20 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

Ratings & Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from I am also English.I agree on the fact that a sheppard's pie is made with lamb. I am also English.I agree on the fact that a sheppard's pie is made with lamb. With beef it's called a cottage pie in England.The old way of making this recipe is not to use cheese,but cheese in it is very popular over there in England these past many years.There have been so many varies in this recipe over the years,but I think the main idea is to make something that pleases and nourises the entire family. I also agree using a can of mixed vegetables is a slight to the true taste to a yummy dish ,but if it works for you to ensure a meal in a hurry and you don't have time to peel and slice ,then it's better than a burger down at the closest fast food place. Maureen in South Carolina.
Date published: 2008-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YUMMMM! YUMMMM! I will definitely make this recipe again. I only added 2 cloves garlic, used 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef and seasoned with salt and pepper. My husband and I loved it. I used 1 cup sweet peas, 1 cup cooked fresh carrots, 1 cup green beans and 1 cup frozen broccoli. Cooked in an 11" x 8" x 3" bowl and filled it perfect. Can't wait to have leftovers tomorrow. Thank you Kraft for a wonderful recipe. Next time for a variation I want to try it replacing the beef broth with 1 cup of italian stewed tomatoes and vegetables consisting of 1 cup cooked celery, 1 cup cooked carrots, 1 cup corn and 1 cup cooked mushrooms.
Date published: 2007-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is much better than the Shepherd's Pie I've been throwing together. This is much better than the Shepherd's Pie I've been throwing together. I followed the recipe, but added a bit of Gravy Master and Adobo to the beef after I drained the fat, since many comments about more seasoning. I probably added a bit extra ketchup and broth and it came out very moist and the cheezy garlic potatoes were just the right finish. I wanted to stay away from frozen mixed veg and just sauted up what I had handy fresh - some onion, garlic, chopped carrot & celery, and just a handleful of some frozen peas. It was great the next day too - reheats nicely in the microwave.
Date published: 2007-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from i made this using ground turkey meat...added onions and fresh chopped mushrooms along with a few... i made this using ground turkey meat...added onions and fresh chopped mushrooms along with a few splashes of worsestshire sauce and salt and pepper to season the meat. made the potatoes with low fat milk, fat free sour cream, and garlic and added fat free cheddar at the end. my husbands mom always made shepherds pie with one can of reg corn and one can of creamed, so i stuck to that. it tasted wonderful and he said although it was different from him moms, he liked it a lot!! good to know you can sub in fat free ingredients and turkey meat and it still tastes good :)
Date published: 2007-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My husband and I made this recipe last night, with a few modifications to suit our taste and time... My husband and I made this recipe last night, with a few modifications to suit our taste and time constraints. First, we used instant garlic mashed potatoes to cut down on time. Second, we added chopped onion to the beef mixture. And third, we added some spices (salt, pepper, and garlic salt, I think). It was very good, but I think next time we will substitute Worcestershire sauce for the ketchup and make sure to cook the vegetables a little longer (they were a little under-done). But overall, it was delicious and very satisfying!
Date published: 2007-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a very warm & easy meal to make on a cold, rainy evening. This is a very warm & easy meal to make on a cold, rainy evening. It was easy, but not as quick as some may say. I used ground turkey instead of beef. I added a bit more ketchup than called for, and I layered more cheese on the top than called for. It was delicious. However, the meat mixture could have used some extra seasoning. I will add some the next time I make this. Another idea, is to use light sour cream to whip the potatos instead of cottage cheese. Then you wouldn't have to bother with the food processor. I hate cleaning that thing.
Date published: 2005-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I made this twice. I made this twice. The first time I followed the recipe fairly close and thought it was just okay. This time I substituted ground turkey for beef, Worcestershire sauce for ketchup, concentrated beef stock for the beef broth. Also I topped the dish with the cheese because I forgot to mix the cheese in with the potatoes. All in all this was much more flavorful than before. My husband loved it and I will definitely make it again.
Date published: 2014-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This recipe is awesome. This recipe is awesome. I added cream cheese & beef broth to the mashed potatoes, and extra ketchup and Worcestershire sauce to the meat added extra flavor. Also I made a gravy to pour over, consisting of beef broth, flour, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and garlic powder. It was over the top! Glad I doubled the recipe so we have enough for leftovers! With a few tweaks to the recipe, it is our new favorite!
Date published: 2012-12-20
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