This Instant Pot Shepherd's Pie is a hearty and satisfying meal the whole family will love. Pressure cooking allows for us to swap in a tender chuck roast for the traditional ground beef and the result is a major upgrade to this comfort food classic.
Shepherd's Pie has been a staple on my dinner menu for a long time. I love that it's an all-in-one meal that includes meat, vegetables, and a starch.
More importantly, I like that because I call it a “pie” and because the healthier parts of the dish are buried under mashed potatoes, my kids like this dinner as much as I do.
How to Make Instant Pot Shepherd's Pie
Normally, I try to keep my recipes very simple with very few steps. And for my instant pot recipes, I usually like to dirty just the Instant Pot liner. This recipe is unlike most of my other recipes because it doesn't satisfy either of those criteria.
Because of the difference in cooking times for each of the components in this dish, there are a couple of times you have to remove items to a different plate. In addition, to get a nice golden brown crust on the potatoes, we're going to put everything in a casserole dish and broil it at the end.
So, why not just make traditional shepherd's pie if using the Instant Pot doesn't make this recipe easier? Because it lets us incorporate a better meat, which it turns out, makes a big difference!
The chuck roast in this Instant Pot Shepherd's Pie shreds so easily and is so much more satisfying than the ground beef I usually use.
Step 1 – Sear the Roast
First, set your Instant Pot to sauté and let it heat up. While you're waiting, pat the roast dry and season on all sides with salt. Once the pot is hot, add the oil, then the roast and sear on each side.
Step 2 – Sauté Onion and Garlic
Next, remove the roast to a plate. Add some more olive oil to the pot, then add diced onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add minced garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.
Step 3 – Pressure Cook the Roast
Turn the pot off. Return the roast to the pot. Also add broth, tomato paste, thyme, and rosemary.
Secure the lid, select “Manual” and set the time for 40 minutes. Quick release the pressure when it's done cooking.
Step 4 – Cook the Root Vegetables
Next, remove the beef from the instant pot and insert the steaming rack. Place the carrots and potatoes on top of the rack.
Cook for 10 minutes on manual, then quick release.
While the vegetables are cooking, shred the beef.
Step 5 – Make Gravy
Once the vegetables are done cooking, remove the potatoes from the Instant Pot (leave the carrots in the pot).
Combine flour or cornstarch with some water and slowly add to the remaining liquid in the pot until you get the gravy consistency you like.
Step 6 – Finish the Dish
Add the shredded beef and mix well. Then pour the entire mixture into a casserole dish.
Add some butter and 1/4 cup chicken broth to the potatoes and mash with a fork. Spread the potato mixture over the beef mixture in the casserole dish.
Broil for 5 minutes to brown the potatoes. Serve immediately.
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Instant Pot Shepherd's Pie Recipe
Ready to make this Instant Pot Shepherd's Pie? Here's the recipe card with the exact measurements.
- 2 Tbs olive oil divided - 1 Tbs each
- 1 2-3 lb chuck roast excess fat trimmed
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup white onion about ½ med onion, Diced
- 3 cloves garlic Minced
- 2 1/4 cups chicken broth divided - 2 cups and 1/4 cup
- 1 Tbs tomato paste
- 1 ½ tsp dried thyme
- 1 ½ tsp dried rosemary
- 1 cup diced carrots about 3 large carrots
- 1 lb Yukon Gold potatoes 2-3 medium potatoes
- 1 Cup frozen peas
- ½ Cup frozen corn
- 1-2 Tbs flour
- 2 Tbs butter
Set Instant Pot to sauté for 10 minutes and allow to preheat.
Pat beef dry and salt all sides. Add olive oil to Instant Pot, then add roast and cook on each side until browned, or about 1 minute on each side. Remove meat and set aside.
Add onion to pot and sauté, stirring occasionally, until onion starts to turn translucent, around 3 minutes.
Add garlic and stir for another 30 seconds.
Add beef, chicken broth, tomato paste, and herbs and cook for 40 minutes on manual setting, then manually release steam.
Remove beef from Instant Pot.
Insert steaming rack in to instant pot and place peeled, quartered potatoes and carrots on rack. Cook for 10 minutes on manual setting, then manually release.
While the potatoes and carrots are cooking, shred beef.
Remove potatoes and set aside.
10. Add flour to remaining liquid 1 tsp at a time until a gravy like consistency. Add frozen peas and corn, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes.
11. Add shredded beef. Mix completely and pour into a glass baking dish.
12. Mash potatoes using a fork, butter, and ¼ cup chicken broth. Using a spatula, cover the meat mixture completely.
13. Place dish under broiler for 5 minutes or potatoes are golden brown. Serve immediately.
Weight Watchers Freestyle = 13 Points per serving for 6 servings
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