Gnocchi Shepherd’s Pie

Yes those are the words you are reading right now.

Gnocchi Shepherd's Pie / Bev Cooks

Also, sorry about the BURNT cheese. Sometimes these things happen in life, so we just hold hands, press our faces together and surge on.

I’ve been dying (said like a 15-year old) to show you this recipe for like, years. LITERALLY DAYS. More than three months! A while now.


Gnocchi Shepherd's Pie / Bev Cooks

It’s basically a red-wine braised beef, that’s been cooked for hours and hours on the stove, with some stew-like veggies, then shredded up and nestled under a comforter of gnocchi and cheese bliss. Hiiiiiiieeeeeeeee yuz.

Definitely a weekend meal! Or a weekday meal, if you’re home all day liked me with only the voices in your head.

Now I got you.

Gnocchi Shepherd's Pie / Bev Cooks

First up! You’ll hack that hunk of meat (sorry) into huge chunks, salt all the sides and brown it up. But be sure to DRY the meat (with paper towels) like Meryl Streep so kindly asks of you in Julie and Julia, so that the meat BROWNS properly.

Good job. Now move it out of the pot.

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In the pot, add a diced carrot, onion and celery! The trio of life and love. Once that gets good and tender, add the minced garlic. Once that scent punches you in the face (about 30 seconds later), add the beef chunky hunky hunks back.

And the tomato paste. And the wine! And the stock. And let that simmer on low for like, three hours. Every 20 or so, give it a little nudge to make sure nothing is sticking or getting irritable.

What, that is a real thing.

Gnocchi Shepherd's Pie / Bev Cooks

Now, shred the beef (it should fall apart in your nose and face and pot and you will weep like a baby sloth), until it looks something like that. ^

Gnocchi Shepherd's Pie / Bev Cooks

Theeeen you’ll transfer the beefy mix to a little casserole dish, sprinkle some peas all in it, and top with the dried (!) gnocchi. Top it with cheese, and sliiiiide it on into the oven.

The weeping hasn’t stopped, by the way. Not even a slow down.

Gnocchi Shepherd's Pie / Bev Cooks

That gnocchi softens just perfectly in the oven. No need to boil it first! I actually soaked it once, to give it a head start. But I’ve also made this with zero soaking, and still – baby cartoon birds sang at my window sill.

True story don’t quote me on it.

And the cheese? So bubbly and browned (er, BURNT if you’re me), and face plantingly enticing.

True story you can quote me on it.

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UGH. I seriously look at it and want to get revenge with my mouth so bad.

It’s DELICIOUS, you guys. That beef is show stopping. And the gnocchi, straight from a bag, so low key, elegant but unexpected! And the cheese. Duh.

Gnocchi Shepherd's Pie / Bev Cooks

It’s still winter. You know what you have to do.

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  • 2-3 pounds beef chuck roast, cut into large chunks and dried with a paper towel
  • 3-4 Tbs. olive oil
  • Half white onion, finely diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 3 - 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs. dried thyme
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 pound dried gnocchi
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • coarse salt


  1. Season the beef chunks all over liberally with salt, and place them in a deep pot with a Tbs. or two of olive oil. Turn every couple of minutes, letting the beef brown all over. Remove from the pot.
  2. To the pot, add another Tbs or so olive oil, and add the diced onion, carrot and celery. Season with a pinch of salt and sauté until tender, just a few minutes. It will darken in all that glorious beef browned bits! Now add the minced garlic and let it sauté another 30 seconds, until fragrant.
  3. Add the tomato paste and the dried thyme to the pot, and press the paste into the veggies, just about a minute. Add the beef back to the pan (with its juices), and add the wine and beef stock. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to simmer on low, partially covered for about 3 hours. Keep checking on the beef every 20 or so to make sure it’s not sticking.
  4. After about 3 hours, flip the oven to 400, and shred the beef (either right in the pot, or on a cutting board nearby) until gorgeously shredded. Transfer the beef mix to a casserole dish and sprinkle with the peas. Evenly arrange the gnocchi on top of the beef, and top with shredded cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another 20 minutes, or until the cheese is browning and starting to bubble.
  5. Let rest for a few minutes, then serve it up!
  6. Makes 4-6 servings.

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Could someone help me off the floor?

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10 Responses to Gnocchi Shepherd’s Pie

  1. Nancy February 26, 2019 at 3:39 pm #
    First, I LOVE brown bubbly cheese so this looks perfect to me! Second, I laughed out loud at weep like a baby sloth :) And third, what brand of gnocchi do you use? I have never made gnocchi so I don't even know where to look for it in the store. But I want to make this. It looks so good!
    • Bev Weidner February 27, 2019 at 11:00 am #
      You know, I'm not even sure what brand this was! I try all kinds. It's right next to the pasta! I hope you love!
  2. CJ | A Well-Read Tart February 27, 2019 at 10:24 am #
    I completely applaud you for having the idea to make a gnocchi crust on a shepherd's pie. BE STILL MY HEART. This looks amazing. And, for the record, I happen to like a little bit of burnt cheese topping. If you eat it in a big bite with everything else, it just adds a nice zip of flavor. #noshame.
  3. Paula D. February 27, 2019 at 10:49 am #
    So you went there... and I'm so glad you did. This sounds wonderful, can't wait to try it!
  4. Susan P February 27, 2019 at 12:16 pm #
    This looks delicious. Definitely making this Sunday, so I can try it out for a dinner buffet I'm doing at the end of March. Thanks!
    • Bev Weidner February 28, 2019 at 6:05 am #
      Awesome, let me know how it turns out!
  5. Brittany B February 28, 2019 at 11:14 am #
    Wondering if that delicious, frozen cauliflower gnocchi from Trader Joes everyone talks about and loves would work? It comes frozen though... maybe defrost and then dry it? Is that a thing? This looks SO delicious Bev.
  6. Felicia Hoble February 28, 2019 at 12:26 pm #
    That looks delicious :)
  7. Nicole Liebchen March 4, 2019 at 8:22 am #
    Made this over the weekend, (doubled the veggies) it turned out SO GOOD!
  8. Katie Moreton December 8, 2020 at 7:47 am #
    After searing the meat has anyone tried this in the slow cooker? Or is it better to leave it on the stove? This is probably my FAVORITE winter recipe!!! The meat is so amazing!

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