Instant Pot Shepherd’s Pie

Years ago my husband tried to impress me with his kitchen culinary skills by trying his hand at Shepherd’s Pie. He spent about 8 hours in the kitchen reading recipes, chopping vegetables, peeling potatoes and browning meat. Basically, it took him about 8 hours in preparation alone!
I’ve never seen someone chop vegetables as slow as he did. He was so meticulous in making sure the vegetables were perfectly chopped. He has to follow a recipe exactly as it was written without ANY leeway! He finally pulled it out of the oven and looked with amazement at his final product. He was so proud of himself! He even garnished the dish with paisley! LOL! I was quite impressed with his creation as well, albeit starving by the time he got it all done. But nonetheless, he gave me the night off from fixing dinner. It was also the heartfelt thought that mattered too, not the time it took to prepare. I do promise you though that THIS  instant pot recipe for Shepherd’s Pie will not take anywhere near 8 hours of preparation!
The one thing that is great about this time of year and the cold temperatures is making those good ole fashioned comfort foods. Shepherd’s Pie is a perfect comfort food that can last a few days! But, let’s be honest. Sometimes it takes just too long to make! With the holidays, we tend to be so much busier than normal, which makes life a little more hectic. The best part of this recipe is how fast it can be made. Say goodbye to long recipes and hello to delicious! Another thing that is great about this recipe is using up those left over mashed potatoes from Christmas dinner! It is for sure a double win!

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Ingredients

1lb ground beef (or lamb)
16 oz bag frozen peas & carrots
1 1/2 cup water
3 beef bouillon cubes
1 tbsp flour
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp butter

Seasonings: 

1 tsp thyme
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
Pinch salt & pepper
 

Instructions:

 
Heat instant pot on SAUTE setting. When hot, drizzle with Olive oil and add ground beef. Cook and drain.
Stir flour into cooked ground beef. Slowly pour in broth. Add seasonings. Mix.
Continue mixing until gravy it starts to bubble and thicken. Cancel saute setting.
Stir in peas and carrots.  Top with mashed potatoes and butter.
To heat through, choose one of the following-
1. MANUAL setting, Low Pressure 5 minutes.
2. KEEP WARM setting for 30 minutes.
Scoop and serve! Don’t Forget to Print Off your Recipe for later! 

Instant Pot Shepherd's Pie

Ingredients

  • 1lb ground beef (or lamb)
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 16 oz bag frozen peas & carrots
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 3 beef bouillon cubes (or 1 1/2 cup beef stock)
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • Pinch salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat instant pot on SAUTE setting. When hot, drizzle with Olive oil and add ground beef. Cook and drain. 

  2. Stir flour into cooked ground beef. Slowly pour in broth. Add seasonings. Mix. 

  3. Continue mixing until gravy it starts to bubble and thicken. Cancel saute setting. 

  4. Stir in peas and carrots. Top with mashed potatoes and butter.

  5. To heat through, choose one of the following-

    1. MANUAL setting, Low Pressure 5 minutes.

    2. KEEP WARM setting for 30 minutes. 

  6. Scoop and serve! 

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