Pressure Cooker Shepherds Pie

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Back when I studied abroad in Ireland, ( quite a long time ago now). I ate a lot of Shepherd’s Pie, and it was always excellent.   Shepherd’s pie entered our dinner repertoire last year after I realized how much my youngest son loves mashed potatoes.   I mean, he really goes to town when I serve them!

This past week in Iowa, we had gloomy skies, howling wind, and an array of intermittent thunderstorms.  The perfect time to make comfort food.

I decided to try to make this dish in my Instant Pot, and it turned out well.   I love how this is a true ” one pot” meal that is made in a matter of minutes and tastes like it has been slow cooking all day.   I also love making shepherd’s pie because I often already have all the ingredients on-hand.

This Shepherd’s pie was so good, and instead of explaining how I made this entire meal in my instant pot, I decided it would be much easier to show you via video.  So here ya go.

Pressure Cooker Shepherd's Pie


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 12 ounce bag frozen peas
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1.5 bag baby yellow potatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Set your Pressure Cooker to Saute 

  2. Add one tablespoon of butter, onion, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, and flour into your pressure cooker and saute. 

  3. Add beef to your pressure cooker and brown meat.  

  4. add carrots, celery, peas, and beef broth

  5. Place the pressure cooker trivet on top of the food. 

  6. Place baby potatoes in a piece of tin foil and form a packet.  

  7. Place foil packet on top of the trivet 

  8. Close pressure cooker lid and seal vent. 

  9. Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes

  10. vent and open lid

  11. Remove Trivet with potatoes, and smash the potatoes in a mixing bowl with salt, pepper and the rest of the butter. 

  12. Set your Instant pot to saute for 5-8 minutes to thicken the mixture. 

  13. Add potatoes on top of Shepherd's pie.  

  14. Serve. 

This was so good, flavorful and a hit with the family.  I don’t think it would hurt to add more Worcestershire sauce.  This is such a great dish to make on those chilly fall and winter days.  My kids ate lots of veggies in this dish, but they didn’t really realize it at all.


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