Italian Style Shepherds Pie Recipe

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
There are some times in our lives we really need our comfort foods. Sitting here today with a new( what seems as a common obstacle to face these days) my wonderful fun loving husband had his job eliminated.  Not something you ever really are totally prepared for, downsizing, company realignments and job eliminations continue to be an everyday occurrence. We are thankful it wasn't worse news as we will recover from this a bump in the road of life. But in this country the most stressful times can be the most common life changes that we just need some comfort foods.  So, it's our turn. I am thankful we have been blessed for so long with many years of stable incomes, but now, we look to the future with hopes to see an end to this struggling economy.

Now your probably thinking, she's got to be kidding me Italian Shepherd's pie? Well, you know I had to adapt it Italiano style right?  Did I tell you garlic was good for you? Italian vegetables seem to always end up somewhere in our family here's our version, we love it and we are celebrating a new beginning. A new future with hope and we will get through anything because we together will find a way too. Family, good friends and determination not to let this get us down. So when times get tough,  the tough get cooking, just a little more frugal but it's great therapy!

Layered with zucchini, mushrooms, corn and mash potatoes fill this meat crust.

1/2 pound ground hamburger, lamb or turkey or use leftover cooked chicken ground in the food processor
1/4 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chopped green bell peppers
1/2 teaspoon garlic fresh minced and powder
black pepper and salt to taste
1 tablespoon grating cheese
1 egg
1/4 Italian flavored bread crumbs
Mix this all together in any order all in one large bowl, then line a pie plate with mixture, bake at 350 till browned. Drain oil off the top by using several paper towels to absorb any grease and proceed to fill with recipe below.

2 cups of  Roasted garlic mashed potatoes, plain or Italian Cream Cheese, Herb Parmesan Mashed Potato Recipes ( just click on the highlighted and underlined to get the recipes)
1/2 cup canned or frozen corn
1/2 cup grated zucchini
1 1/2 cup shredded four cheeses
1 can, jar or beef flavored gravy
1/4 cup of sliced mushrooms
grating cheese

Fill baked meat crust with potatoes. Next add, zucchini, mushrooms then corn, season with a sprinkle of garlic powder, cayenne pepper black pepper, parsley and salt Add grating cheese all over the top. Top with gravy, add shredded cheese over the entire top and bake for 1/2 hour on 400 till cheese is brown and bubbly.


  1. OUCH! So sorry to hear. Glad to know all will be OK again. Your meat pie does fit the need, comfort food is always a blessing. Good thoughts coming your way, take care.

  2. Pie looks delicious... and I am so sorry to hear that your husband was laid off. I was laid off myself (and am on unemployment now). But keep your chin up. Things will get better. And anytime you are worried, just say what my father always told me: "The Good Lord Provides." It works! Give my regards to your husband and let him know that I am in the same boat. Misery loves company! ;)
    God bless.

  3. That is some pie! Never seen an Italiano one..but hey we have lots of shepherds in Italy..we deserve a pie!

  4. wow.. it's mouthwatering post Claudia.. Yummy picture too!

  5. So sorry to hear of your husband's job. I really hope he can get another job very soon. Yes, times is so uncertain and challenging with his bad economy. There are lots of job cuts here in UK, too. Please stay strong. You have a loving family and that's most important. Love your shepherd's pie. I need to cook it one of these days. Please take care. MaryMoh at

  6. Sorry to hear about your husband - I can't imagine having to live through that. I love shepherds pie and it's always on my radar when leftover mashed potatoes are around. You version looks delicious.

  7. Sorry to hear about your husband's job. Hopefully, he will find something soon. This pie is definitely a picker-upper. Every obstacle is an opportunity, right? Sending good thoughts.

  8. Bummer about your husband's job! You're right about "when the going gets tough...." Cooking has always been my therapy. Just had shepherd's pie and you've given me food for thought (yes, I love puns)about a variation on your Italian-style pie.

  9. Maybe it's not so very italian, but you sure deserve it! I like the way you react, and you got me laughing with the sentence "when times get tough, the tough get cooking". I hope everything fixes for the better in no time...

  10. The shepherd's pie looks totally comforting and delicious! And I love it with lots of garlic.

  11. Just saw your lovely guest blog post about baked chicken, that and this recipe look so hearty and delicious, can't wait to try them out!

  12. im so sorry to hear about your husband's situation. hope things would work out for you and your family. i know how hard things can get in times like this. i am sending you lots of love and good wishes.

  13. Wow, you have an incredible outlook after such news. Many good wishes to you and your husband during this time. I think we all could use a bit of brightness in this country.
    Your Shepherds pie is a delicious adaptation of the original. In fact, I would take your version any day!

  14. Oh wowwww...This is something different and just sounds and looks amazingly delicious!!! I love this!!!

  15. My boys lova lova shepherds pie, cant wait to spring this one on them. Thanks for the post.

  16. So sorry to hear that Claudia! You have such a positive attitude about it - that counts for a lot. Your shepherds pie looks incredibly good and super comforting - love your Italian twist.

  17. Claudia,
    This is one kicked up Shepherds Pie! Love the mushrooms, corn, and zucchini in this one!

    Hope your husband finds work soon. You know when one door closes, another one opens!

    Thanks again for such a wonderful guest blog post, really done great!

    Bon appetit!

  18. Your pie is fantastic! Sorry again about the work situation, but I think that sometimes endings just open new doors...enjoy a bit of time together as I know you will :)

  19. Aw man, so sorry to hear about this bump in your road. Comfort food always helps. This looks fabulous, a great pick me up on a tough day. Best of luck, my thoughts are with you guys.

  20. The pie looks gorgeous and just the right meal for my weekend dinner.

    Lite Bite

  21. I love how you Italianized this!! Great post, Claudia, and a wonderful recipe, as always!

    So sorry that your hubby was laid off - times are tough for many. My husband was laid off last year just when I had our first baby ... it was so tough but we got through it. Life has a funny way of working itself out.

  22. Italian Style Shepherds Pie is a wonderful idea. I made Tuna Shepherds Pie this week. Proof that there is no end to the possiblities for Shepherds Pie :)

  23. Stay hopeful. And keep on making amazing dishes. I love the idea of Italian shepherds pie. Yummy!

  24. Oh my....definitely a time for comfort food and this looks wonderful.

  25. I am so sorry about Captain Nemo - I really do hope and believe something better will come along. In the meantime enjoy some quality time together ... so glad you still have an awesome spirit and cook comforting things for everyone. Hugs!

  26. this looks better than my mom's, but don't tell her that ;)

  27. Claudia, first and foremost I want you to know that your husband, you and your family are in my prayers during this time of un-due stress. This recession has hurt most of us. I hope relief comes soon!

    Now about this incredible recipe. I had never thought of making a sheperd's pie with an Italian flair, but I know with you as the chef, it has to be awesome!

    Blessings to all of you, Claudia,


  28. This is a nerve-wracking economy. So will be keeping you close in my thoughts. Glad you will be okay, but still - so hard. Our family has many instances of these hard times. Comfort food is definitely welcome and one of its joys - is it's usually not expensive! I love how you "Italianied" Shepherd's Pie. I turn things Italian all the time and Shepherd's Pie is the perfect dish to play with - and you played with it beautifully. I shall follow suit.

  29. So sorry about your husband losing his job. Hope and pray that he'll be able to recover soon! Thank you for posting this delicious recipe! I'm dying to make it asap!


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