Shepherds Pie

Tonight I used my Instant Pot to make some really delicious shepherds pie! Luckily, it was successful and I already discovered a lot about my instant pot. I decided on this recipe because I just really wanted a good and hearty homemade recipe for my first “experiment.” I retrieved my recipe from

For this Learning Project blog post and for the rest that I will do, I will be posting the recipe and instructions with a picture by picture of what I did.

Recipe I used: 

5 red potatoes that are peeled and cubed

1 1/2 pounds of ground beef

1 pack of onion soup mix

2 tbs of butter 

1 cup of mixed veggies

2 cups of water

1 cup of sour cream

1/4 cup of milk

1 packet of brown gravy mix

1 cup shredded cheese

Salt and pepper to taste


(Missing from picture is the ground beef)



1. I started out by putting my instant pot on the “saute” setting. I had to bring out the instruction manual because I seriously did not know how to work it and I was so terrified of messing it up! Luckily, I figured it out and got this show on the road. While on saute, I put my ground beef and onion soup packet in and mixed this until there was no powder visible. Cook until the beef is browned and crumbly.


2. Add water and veggies. I used frozen mixed veggies and it worked perfectly.4BC9553C-C16A-4313-8FE0-F4EDA2B9366C

3. Bring out your veggie steamer (which is an appliance that comes with the instant pot that looks like a cooking rack with handles) and place your potatoes on top. Now put your instant pot on manual high pressure for 17 minutes.

4. Do a quick release. This is where you turn the dial at the top of your instant pot to the side and push down the red button beside it. Since this is a pressure cooker, you do not want to ever just open the lid. You will most likely burn yourself from the very hot steam so do this step with caution! This was the most daunting part for me. Do this until you have relieved all of the steam and pressure. I did this for at least 5 minutes.

5. Remove your potatoes from the instant pot and put into a separate bowl. In the bowl add the milk, butter, and the salt and pepper to taste. Mash the potatoes until smooth. Kept set aside.

6.Put instant pot on saute again and pour in packet of gravy mix along with the sour cream and stir for 30-40 minutes2A8F6EA0-D05F-4ECF-86C7-26294ACA1A7C

7.Preheat oven to broil on high.

8.Pour beef mixture evenly into a oven safe dish, top with mash potatoes, and then top with the shredded cheese.35D92EAF-7683-4598-A4C3-57F09DDDFF80

9.Place in oven for 2 and a half minutesF15CA8E8-49CB-4E44-936E-6CF57FB43F18

10.Once out of the oven, let stand for 10 minutes9F21CF4A-249F-4E44-ACED-43E11E21022D

11. Enjoy!

(Side note: the second dish was for my boyfriend not the dog! She wishes!)

Things I would do differently:

  • I would add in a 1/4 cup of fresh diced onion when you initially saute the ground beef, it was lacking that.
  • I would also use less water. I found it to be very watery so therefore, I added in a tbsp of cornstarch to thicken the mixture before I placed it in the oven.

Level of difficulty and would I make this again?:

  • I would rate this as easy. There was next to no prep time and once you figured out the buttons and how to do the quick release, it was a breeze. I would overall, absolutely make it again. It was very delicious.



Insta pot learning project

For my EDTC 300 learning project, I have decided to learn how to use my Instant Pot. I recently received an Instant Pot as a house warming gift and I have been utterly terrified to use it. I think partially because its foreign to me and making a roast in 3 hours sounds absurd. Never less, when I look on sites such as I see all of these delicious recipes for the Insta Pot and it makes me want to try it so here we are! If you are confused as to what an Instant Pot is, it does the job as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and much more. The idea behind the pressure cooker is that it saves time without compromising taste. My learning project on the Instant Pot will feature a variety of recipes that can be used as main courses, appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and more.

The idea behind my learning project is to allow me to be more comfortable with this kitchen appliance, to make myself become adventurous with it, and try some not so easy recipes with it. Along with that though, also learn some easy recipes for future reference when I am feeling lazy and want a quick but tasty meal! Up to this point, I do actually have a lot of experience in the kitchen. Growing up my mom taught me how to cook and make some great meals. All of my cooking experience though is very traditional. Meaning that I know how to use the stove, stovetop, griddle, blender, food processor, BBQ, and common kitchen or cooking appliances like so. Never before have I had to use something like the Instant Pot to cook a meal so this is why it will be a great learning experience for me. After all, I am not learning how to cook, rather I am just adding on to my pre-exisiting cooking knowledge! I believe by learning to use the Instant Pot it will come in handy on those nights where I do not want to cook a full out meal. Rather, I would have little prep time, throw everything in the Instant pot, and then have a delicious meal with half the work. I can’t wait to start to use the Instant Pot and I am sure my boyfriend and dog agree!BCAA5DDA-AD3B-459B-9051-938BE042477D