Cream Soup Shepherd's Pie Recipe | (2024)

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A twist on classic Shepherd's pie using ground beef and cream of mushroom soup.

Cream Soup Shepherd's Pie Recipe | (1)


ready in:

under 30 minutes

4 reviews


1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can (10 ounce size) cream of mushroom soup or beef gravy
chopped, cooked vegetables, optional (peas and carrots, mushrooms, etc)
salt and pepper, as needed
3 cups cooked mashed potatoes, or more if desired
2 tablespoons cold butter, cut in bits


Preheat the oven broiler.

Brown the ground beef and onion in a cast iron or other oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Drain off any excess grease. Stir the soup (or gravy) into the skillet. Mix well. Add any desired vegetables. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Remove the pan from the heat and spread the mashed potatoes over the top. Dot the top of the potatoes with the butter. Place the pan under the broiler and broil until browned.

Serve the cream soup shepherd's pie hot.

recipe tips

If using fresh vegetables, saute them with the ground beef and onions.

For a creamier mashed potato topping, add some cream cheese or sour cream to the mashed potatoes.

Season the ground beef mixture. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.

To achieve a crispy, golden-brown top on the mashed potatoes, broil the pie in the upper third of the oven.

Leftover shepherd's pie can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and reheated in the oven or microwave.

This dish can be prepared in advance and refrigerated. Simply reheat in the oven when ready to serve, making it a great make-ahead meal.

common recipe questions

Can I use a different type of meat instead of ground beef?

Yes, you can use ground turkey, chicken, or lamb as alternatives. Each will create a different flavor for the dish.

Is it necessary to use canned cream of mushroom soup? Are there alternatives?

While canned cream of mushroom soup is convenient, you can also use homemade mushroom sauce or beef gravy. Another alternative is to use cream of chicken or celery soup.

Can I add cheese to the mashed potato topping?

Mixing in grated cheese like cheddar or parmesan to the mashed potatoes before spreading them on the beef mixture will add a rich, cheesy flavor.

How can I make this dish vegetarian?

You can replace the ground beef with a plant-based meat substitute or a mixture of lentils and finely chopped vegetables for a vegetarian version.

What other vegetables can I include in the shepherd's pie?

Try adding corn, green beans, bell peppers, or any other vegetables you like. This dish is quite versatile and forgiving.

nutrition data

496 calories, 34 grams fat, 22 grams carbohydrates, 24 grams protein per serving.

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reviews & comments

  1. Dslayer298 September 21, 2022

    I am very excited to make this!!I am going to use Chicken gumbo soup, and layer American Cheese slices over before topping with the potatoes, and maybe some shredded cheddar after browning the potatoes-YUM!!!

  2. Jann1e REVIEW:
    April 11, 2022

    I had all the ingredients - until the store-bought gravy. Opening the jar I spied the color blue - oh-oh! Substituted marinara sauce and - Wow! So tasty! So forvgiving! this recipe is a keeper! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Guest Foodie REVIEW:
    May 19, 2020

    Added some canned mushrooms to soup, and a bag of baby Normandy mix, between soup/beef & veg layer put cheese, then topped with mashed potatoes.... Delish!

  4. Guest Foodie REVIEW:
    May 7, 2020

    I add mushrooms, worchershire sauce, garlic, top with mashed potatoes and shredded cheddar

  5. rick jaquish January 30, 2020

    The cream soup shepherds sounds great with one question: Do you dilute the cream soup as directions on the can states or use it undiluted?Thanks

    • CDKitchen Staff Reply:

      You use it undiluted. The directions on the can are for making soup. Most of the time when you use cream soup as an ingredient in another recipe you do not dilute it unless the recipe specifically says to do so.

  6. Guest Foodie January 30, 2020

    This sounds very good. I've made something similar but I use tomato soup, ground beef and green beans. Top with mashed potatoes.

  7. greg in arkansas REVIEW:
    January 24, 2009

    doubled recipe. half cooked baby carrots and diced potatoes with canned rinsed lima beans peas & mushroom soup. water added as needed over meat mixture. used a large dutch oven and continued stovetop 15 minutes. instant cheese mashed taters. butter & oven


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