Grammy's "two-Step" Shepherd's Pie

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

My great-grandma created this recipe in the 50's or 60's and it was a favorite of mine growing up. Just like "real" shepherd's pie, it is an excellent way to used leftover mashed potatoes! You can easily double this recipe and it turns out just as great!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Brown ground beef in a skillet. Drain.
  3. Add tomato soup (no water!) to the ground beef. Stir thoroughly.
  4. In a 9x9" glass pan, layer frozen green beans, ground beef mixture, and tater tots or mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Serve with a dollop of ketchup on top. Goes great with biscuits!


Most Helpful

MJaz is right. It isn't gourmet faire, but it is a very simple casserole that my mom has made since the early sixties. Only differences are the addition of some chopped onion when browning the hamburger and we never put ketchup on it. In order to avoid dirtying additional dishes, use a cast iron skillet. Pour the condensed tomato soup into the skillet after browning the meat, then mix in the green beans. Spread leftover mashed potatoes on top and sprinkle some cheese on top of that. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

lilylou52 April 02, 2011

This may not really be 5 stars, but I think that the other review was completely unfair. This is a standard old-time comfort food recipe, and certainly didn't deserve one star. I can't imagine anyone having to throw this simple meal out, unless they have no clue what the ingredients taste like to begin with. It pretty much tastes exactly like you would expect it to.

MJaz May 25, 2010

Now what I expected. Tomato sauce would be much better than using tomato sauce. I had to throw the whole thing away.

Carambola February 08, 2010

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