Cheesy Shepherd's Pie with Zucchini

The mashed potatoes and cheese topper makes this beef, sausage, and veggie pie is delicious and comforting. Serve it with fresh fruit for dessert, and your meal is complete.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 35 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs
6 servings


  • ¾ cup shredded pizza cheese or Italian cheese blend (3 ounces)

  • 2 cups mashed potatoes or refrigerated mashed potatoes (see Tip)

  • 8 ounces lean ground beef

  • 4 ounces bulk sweet Italian sausage

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 2 cups sliced zucchini or yellow summer squash

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • ½ (6 ounce) can (1/3 cup) tomato paste

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch Paprika


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Stir 1/2 cup of the cheese into the potatoes; set mixture aside.

  2. In a large skillet, cook ground beef, sausage, and onion until meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain off fat. Stir zucchini or yellow summer squash, undrained tomatoes, tomato paste, and pepper into meat mixture in skillet. Bring to boiling.

  3. Divide meat mixture evenly among six 10-ounce individual casserole dishes. Spoon mashed potato mixture into mounds on top of hot meat mixture in casseroles. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese. If desired, sprinkle with paprika. Cover with plastic wrap; chill for at least 4 hours or up to 48 hours.

  4. To serve, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Remove plastic wrap; place casseroles in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Cover with foil. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil. Bake, uncovered, for 5 minutes more. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.


Tip: To make mashed potatoes, wash and peel 1 pound potatoes. Cut potatoes into quarters or cubes. In a covered medium saucepan, cook potatoes in a small amount of boiling salted water for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. Mash with a potato masher or beat with an electric mixer on low speed until lumps are gone.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

247 Calories
11g Fat
19g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 247
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 17g 34%
Total Fat 11g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Vitamin A 714IU 14%
Vitamin C 27mg 30%
Folate 18mcg 5%
Sodium 585mg 25%
Calcium 141mg 11%
Iron 2mg 12%
Magnesium 23mg 5%
Potassium 493mg 10%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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