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Shepherds Pie Gnocchi

Shepherds Pie Gnocchi | YUM eating #recipe

Has anyone figure out that we are a family which likes gnocchi? Well, since today is the last day of March and I am officially done with Irish American Heritage Month I thought I would share with you my Shepherds Pie Gnocchi recipe. Part Irish, part Italian. Whole lot of yum eating.

I stumbled on this recipe quite by accident. It wasn’t even a recipe I had seen. I was trying to make some gnocchi soup based off the Skinny Rustic Italian recipe, but because I didn’t have the same ingredients I was just sort of winging in. Some ingredients were missing. I used different meat. So, I decided to use different stock altogether. I had no idea how things were going to turn out. I was just hoping that because I added some peas and there was gnocchi in it that my husband would eat it.

I didn’t even taste test as I went. I think I was just too scared. If it was going to be gross, then we would experience it together.

It really is crazy how I went through this. I used ground pork. And since I did not have ham stock, I ended up using beef stock. Using chicken just seemed to weird. I guess I could have used vegetable, but I didn’t have any of that on hand either.

I made a slurry with flour and water to thicken the stock and basically just followed the previous recipes except for leaving out some ingredients and swapping others.

Shepherds Pie Gnocchi | YUM eating #recipe

When Mr. Yum texted to let me know he was heading home from work, I told him dinner probably wasn’t going to be good. I just had a funny feeling. So, I started looking for something else to make quickly, just-in-case.

And then I decided that maybe I should try it. My kitchen was started to smell good so that was a good sign.

I grabbed my little spoon and gave it a sip. Then a slurp. I added a bit more salt and pepper.

Slip. Slurp.

Nice. Big. Spoonful.

I stood there for a minute wondering what it the world I was putting in my mouth. It had a familiar taste.

I took another bite.

Oh Emm Geee

It tasted just like Shepherds Pie! I think I stood there and danced a little Irish jig for a second.

Shepherds Pie Gnocchi | YUM eating #recipe

When Mr. Yum walked in the door I greeted him with a spoon full, ready and waiting. He was rather impressed.

It’s defiantly a good day in my neighborhood.

Shepherds Pie Gnocchi | YUM eating #recipe

Shepherds Pie Gnocchi

Chrystal Mahan YUMeating.com


  • 1 pack potato gnocchi
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 5 oz frozen peas
  • garlic powder
  • oregano
  • onion powder
  • fresh parsley chopped
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 5 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 3 tbsp Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • olive oil
  • basil


  • In the bottom of a dutch oven add 1-2 tbsp olive oil.
  • Let it warm and add your ground pork; cook on low.
  • As it cooks make sure you are breaking it up.
  • Add garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, fresh parsley, salt and pepper to your taste.
  • While that is cooking, create your slurry by combining the 1/2 cup water and 3 tbsp flour in a small bowl.
  • Mix well and set aside.
  • Continue breaking up your meat and cooking until its brown on all sides.
  • When meat is done add the 5 cups beef stock, 1 cup skim milk, 3 tbsp Parmesan and 5 oz frozen peas into the pan with the ground pork.
  • Bring soup mixture to a boil.
  • Turn down heat.
  • Stir in the slurry.
  • Bring back to a boil.
  • Add the gnocchi.
  • Reduce heat.
  • Add basil.
  • Continue cooking on low to medium heat.
  • Soup is done when gnocchi floats to the top.


True story, the pitcher in the photo, I dropped it when I was taking it from the photo board to put it back in the cabinet. *sigh*

Have you ever created a recipe that you thought was going to be horrible and it actually turned out pretty amazing?  


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    1. I agree this does sound good and would be perfect when it is cold. I love Shepard’s Pie and I can’t wait to make this.

  1. This sounds really good I love Shepard’s Pie. My husband does most of the cooking. I throw stuff in the crockpot for the most part.

  2. I love shepherd’s pie and I’m a fan of gnocchi so I think I’ve found my new favorite recipe. I think this would please everyone in my family and I’m going to add it to my monthly recipe calendar.

  3. I hit a good sale on carrots last month, so decided to make carrot soup. I tossed in some of this and that, pureed the mix after it cooled, closed my eyes – it was good! I enjoy the sound of this shepherds pie gnocchi, as well.

  4. I love it when recipes come together like that! It does look and sound delicious! I’m glad you didn’t abandon it when you got scared.

  5. Mmm I love gnocchi. I bet it would be great this way for the family too, they tend to laugh at mine. I bet there’d be no laughing w/this dish!

  6. I love a good shepard’s pie and this seems like such a yummy, unique twist on it! I will put this on my to-make list for sure!!

  7. This is such a great switch to traditional Shepherds pie. I will have to try this recipe this week.

  8. You have great talent. I love gnocchi and I love shepherd’s pie too. This ought to be an awesome dish.

  9. I have always wanted to try Shepherds Pie, but have never gotten the chance. It looks a lot different than I thought it would, but I’d still give it a try.

  10. I’ve actually never had gnocci. I see it all the time on Hell’s Kitchen teehee so I might have to test it out one day!

  11. That looks really really good! It’s been so cold here still that I have been trying to find new recipes that would warm our bellies. This looks perfect!

  12. Mmmmm, sounds yummy. I’ll have to ask my hubby to make this for us. He does all the cooking. Can’t wait to try it. Thank you for sharing.

  13. That’s definitely a bit of a different take on Sheppard’s Pie than I’ve had. I’ll have to try out the recipe sometime.

    1. If he likes potato, he will like gnocchi even if he’s never had it. Gnocchi is just balls of potato with some flour and pressed through a pasta maker – that is, when you make it yourself.

  14. Omg!!! This sounds so delicious!!! I just love Shepards pie and adding Gnocchi ahhhh… Sounds like a pretty amazing twist!!! Gotta try!

  15. This recipe is something really different from what I would typically eat, but it sounds pretty interesting and I wouldn’t mind trying it. I’ve never made gnocchi before.

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