Easy Family Meals | Shepherd’s Pie Casserole #QuickFixCasseroles

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Easy Family Meals

Shepherd’s Pie Casserole

#QuickFixCasseroles from Country Crock

This is one of my families favorite recipes. I have been making it as long as I have been married and it was a recipe my husbands mother made for him when he was a kid. I was making this recipe for about 20 years before I knew  it was called Shepherd’s Pie.  For years this recipe was called Matamooscaboosca in my house. I’m not even sure if that is how it is spelled because I am pretty sure my mother in-law made up that name when she was cooking this quick and easy casserole recipe for my husband and his siblings.

Let  me break it down phonetically for you Mata-moos-ca-ba-boosca. Did you get that? Because I felt ridiculous saying that name for many many years. Matter of fact once I found out it was actually a Shepherds Pie recipe I never again referred to it as Matamooscaboosca. But any time I told my husband I was making Shepherds Pie for dinner he would say, “You mean your making Matamooscaboosca.”  Yeah, well you know what they say.You can’t teach an old dog new tricks…..

And yes I have been using Country Crock just as long as I have been making this recipe.


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Easy Family Meals Shepherd Pie Casserole


This easy casserole recipe comes together in the amount of time it takes to brown a pound of ground beef. Then you can heat it in the microwave or if making a larger casserole in the oven.

Shepherds Pie

Using instant mashed potatoes is the trick to getting this casserole on the table in just under 30 minutes.

Country Crock Shepherds Pie


Brown one pound of ground beef to make this 8×8 casserole. While browning the meat make the mashed potatoes following the instructions on the back for 6 servings.

Once the potatoes are done spread them in the bottom of the baking dish.

When the ground beef is cooked drain it well then spread it over the layer of potatoes.

Open up a can of corn and spread that over the top of the meat.

Spread 8 ounces of grated medium cheddar cheese over the top of the corn.

Cook in the microwave for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

This size pan will serve 4-6.


Easy Family Meals | Shepherd’s Pie Casserole #QuickFixCasseroles
Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 6 servings instant mashed potatoes
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 8 oz medium cheddar cheese, grated
  1. Brown the ground beef. add some spices. I like to use garlic salt and everglades seasoning. While cooking the ground beef cook the instant mashed potatoes following the directions on the box.
  2. When the potatoes are done speread them evenly in the bottom of an 8x8 baking dish.
  3. Drain the ground beef well.
  4. Spread the seasoned ground beef over the mashed potatoes.
  5. evenly spread the can of corn over the beef.
  6. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top of the corn.
  7. Bake on 375 until the cheese is melted or in the microwave for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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  1. bonnie says

    Well ,finally I see my favorite recipe in print! I am the mother that invented this for her husband(my son!!!) and his siblings in Alaska 1972! Did she mention how good it is re-heated the next day!?! Love your “stories and recipes” Arlene!

  2. Mary says

    What a shock! A long time friend of mine served this dish, only the cooked ground beef first in dish, creamed can corn then potatoes topped with cheddar cheese. Ive been making it for 30 years. A great quick dish after a tough day at work.

  3. Heidi Rousseau says

    II know my DH will love shepards pie.think I will make it for him this week but will use mashed whole potatoes instead of instant mashed although we really do like the instant garlic potatoes.Think I will try some different vege’s this time as DH is not a vege lover but I am.

    • says


      I bet it will taste even better with homemade mashed potatoes. My husband prefers boxed potatoes. Isn’t he crazy? I never ate instant mashed potatoes until I met him. My mom always made homemade.

  4. Capt. Denis says

    I make similar, but use frozen mixed vegges. Learned about Sheppard’s pie from an Indian cook on a ship in the Persian Gulf. Always thought it was some European dish that I brought back from my travels.

  5. Darlene says

    I use the same ingredients only reverse it…… ground beef on the bottom, corn next cheese next cheese then mashed potatoes that way the taters may even get a little crispy if you put it under the broiler for just a few. You can top with more cheese! YUM :)

    • says


      I bet it turns out great with the potatoes on the top browned a little. This would throw my husband for a loop. He probably wouldn’t eat it because it wasn’t the way he was used to lol.

  6. Trish says

    This is how I make mine. (My Mother-in-law called it “Hamburger Pie”)
    1 lb cook hamburger meat
    1 can cream corn
    6 potatoes
    Shredded cheddar cheese

    Mix meat and corn together.
    Put in bottom of casserole dish.
    Make mashed potatoes out of the potatoes.
    Put mashed potatoes on top of meat and corn mixture.
    Top with cheese.
    Melt cheese on top, using oven or microwave .
    Eat and enjoy!

    • Olga Caddock says

      That’s more like how we make Shepherd’s Pie in UK.

      Ground Beef (or Lamb for authenticity)/Onion/Carrots/Herbs/Gravy – topped with Mashed Potato (grated cheese optional) – Baked in the oven until potato has browned a little – serve with a green veg.

      I do another version using Ground Lean Pork with added Sage – or chopped sausages – and call it ‘Pig-Sty Pie’ :D.

      Healthy version would be to use Ground Turkey – again with added Sage – and a ‘dollop’ of Cranberry Sauce in the gravy.

  7. Rita says

    I, too, place in casserole in reverse order.
    Try adding a can of cream of mushroom soup, no water, to the meat mixture.
    I use turkey with about a cup of trinity,( onions, celery, peppers) cooked down.
    Drain corn and a can of drained sweet peas to meat after meat has cooked down.
    Top with potatoes, then cheese. One of our favorites!

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