Zucchini Recipes: Zucchini Shepherd’s Pie

And so it begins. The zucchini onslaught. Please send zucchini recipes, STAT!

In fact, it’s almost Sneak Some Zucchini onto your Neighbor’s Porch Day. (Although that usually works better at night.)

Looking for a new way to use up all that summer zucchini?

See, at this time of year, at least here in Pennsylvania, zucchini plants are in super production mode, and we gardeners often find ourselves with way more than we can handle. One can only put away so many loaves of zucchini bread, no matter how yummy it may be.

But I’ve found what every veggie lover dreams of – a new way of serving my family zucchini, and it’s one they actually love. The kids, too!

Zucchini Shepherd's Pie Recipe  (via abcsandgardenpeas.com)

In this season of salads (and, for us, many meatless meals), we often find ourselves craving something hearty and flavorful. This version of shepherd’s pie, featuring beef and mushrooms topped with shredded potato, cheese and lots of zucchini, fits the bill.

Zucchini Shepherd's Pie Recipe  (via abcsandgardenpeas.com)

The best part? You can doctor it up with even more vegetables and herbs, depending on what you’re got in your garden at the moment.

Zucchini Shepherd's Pie Recipe  (via abcsandgardenpeas.com)

Maybe a more apt name would be Gardener’s Pie?

Zucchini Shepherd's Pie Recipe  (via abcsandgardenpeas.com)

Either way, I’m sure you’ll call it delicious. And the leftovers are even better.

 I just hope your neighbor isn’t too disappointed.

Zucchini Shepherd's Pie Recipe  (via abcsandgardenpeas.com)

Zucchini Shepherd’s Pie

*To avoid a runny casserole, shred zucchini 2 hours in advance, place into a strainer like in the photo above, sprinkle with salt and let it sit. This will draw out much of the unwanted moisture.

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 med onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8–10 oz package fresh mushrooms, chopped (optional)
  • 2 envelopes Simply Organic mushroom sauce mix (or use a slurry made with 2 cups beef broth and 1 tbsp flour)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 medium to large zucchini, shredded (with moisture pressed out)
  • 4 medium potatoes, shredded
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 8 oz package shredded cheddar cheese (The whole 8 oz makes it really cheesy, so you may not need the whole thing. I used about 3/4 and it was great.)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • Chopped fresh or dried parsley, to taste (optional) 

In a large skillet, brown ground beef. (While beef is browning, whisk mushroom sauce mix into 2 cups water or create beef broth slurry.)

Drain fat from beef; add onion to beef and cook until fragrant and translucent. Add garlic; cook one minute more. Add sauce mix or beef broth mixture and black pepper and cook, stirring, until thickened.

Preheat over to 375º. Lightly spray a 9×13″ baking dish with non-stick spray. Spread beef mixture in bottom of pan. In a large bowl, mix together zucchini, potatoes, egg, milk, half of bread crumbs, cheese and garlic salt. Spread zucchini mixture on top of beef mixture. Top with remaining bread crumbs and parsley, if desired. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 15–30 minutes or until bubbly and browned on top.


What’s your favorite way to use up all that zucchini?



  1. That sounds absolutely wonderful!! I would love to make this sometime soon!!

  2. This is such a different take on shepherd’s pie. I love the idea!
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  3. Great recipe! I can easily see this becoming my husband’s new favorite dinner option!
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  4. perfect timing. I have a ton of zucchini and need recipes. will be trying this.

  5. That looks so delish. I love the zucchini twist. Wonderful idea.

  6. My mouth is watering. I love zucchini and this sounds perfect for us. Thanks so much for the recipe

  7. I am so going to do this, I am on Paleo diet, what a nice alternative to mashed potatoes! Pinning!
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  8. My son loves Shepherd’s pie, and this looks like a great twist on it. I had to stop growing zucchini because I could never use all of it! This will be perfect for when my neighbors bring me some that they have grown.

  9. Oh man does that ever look delicious! This is going on my pin boards for sure!
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  10. I am always looking for recipes that will let me sneak vegetables into the dish! Thanks for sharing.
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  11. Very cool recipe! I do have several zucchini to use too! Never thought to sub it out!
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  12. Wow! I’d love to try this! It would really add some love to our shepherd’s pie! Thanks for the recipe!
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  13. OMG this sounds so delicious! I have to try this recipe out!
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  14. This looks delicious. The photos have my mouth watering.

  15. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    That sounds really good! I love zucchini and chocolate muffins. A great combination.

  16. Maria Oller says:

    Zucchini is one the few veggies my kids will eat without complaining so this recipe is fantastic thanks for sharing!

  17. YAY for more recipes! i get so much awesome veg in my CSA share,and sometimes have no idea how to use it all up! This looks great!
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  18. What a unique recipe! I love Zucchini and Shepherds Pie for easy meals! Thanks I will give this a try!
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  19. Perfect timing! my father bought so many of it and I was looking for recipes so none of zucchini go waste.thanks for this awesome recipe
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  20. Yum. I love zucchini. The only way I can get my kids to eat it is in bread. I bet they would eat this though.
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  21. I make shepherd’s pie all the time as my husband loves it. This here looks incredibly delicious! Yum!

  22. Rebecca Parsons says:

    I have never heard of shepard’s pie done this way, but it sounds good.

  23. Rachel C says:

    Pinning this recipe for sure!! Somehow I have not been given any zucchini yet this year… I’ll have to work on that!

  24. Yum! We have tons of zucchini from our garden and I’ve been trying to rack my brain to think of new recipes for it, so thanks!
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  25. That sounds great! I never would have thought of adding zucchini. This will be a must try next summer once we have to much zucchini and don’t know what to do with it


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