The easy shepherd's pie recipe from RealSimple.com is a good basic take on the dish. Cooked ground beef is layered with mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and vegetables. These ingredients are then baked at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
To make easy shepherd's pie, cook 1 pound of ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat for about five minutes or until there are no pink parts remaining. Drain the grease from the beef and stir in 1/3 cup of ketchup and 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce. Add 8 ounces of frozen mixed vegetables that have been thawed and cook for approximately one minute, stirring constantly. Spoon the vegetable and beef mixture into a baking dish.
Mix 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese with one 16-ounce package of mashed potatoes in a bowl, then place the mixture on top of the beef and vegetable blend. Bake the shepherd's pie at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until it is heated through, approximately 10 minutes.
Fresh vegetables can be substituted for the packaged varieties called for in this recipe. Cut vegetables used into small pieces and cook them before putting the shepherd's pie together. The mashed potatoes can also be made from scratch for this recipe.