No-fuss shepherd's pie

No-fuss shepherd's pie

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

We've got some lovely twists on shepherd's pie on the site, but we were missing a definitive version of this classic family recipe - here it is!

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freeze once assembled
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
663
protein
33g
carbs
49g
fat
39g
saturates
20g
fibre
5g
sugar
10g
salt
1.35g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2-3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 500g pack lamb mince
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • large splash Worcestershire sauce
  • 500ml beef stock
  • 900g potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 85g butter
  • 3 tbsp milk

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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan, then soften the onion and carrots for a few mins. When soft, turn up the heat, crumble in the lamb and brown, tipping off any excess fat. Add the tomato purée and Worcestershire sauce, then fry for a few mins. Pour over the stock, bring to a simmer, then cover and cook for 40 mins, uncovering halfway.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 180C/ fan 160C/ gas 4, then make the mash. Boil the potatoes in salted water for 10-15 mins until tender. Drain, then mash with the butter and milk.
  3. Put the mince into an ovenproof dish, top with the mash and ruffle with a fork. The pie can now be chilled and frozen for up to a month. Bake for 20-25 mins until the top is starting to colour and the mince is bubbling through at the edges. (To bake from frozen, cook at 160C/fan 140C/gas 3 for 1 hr-1 hr 20 mins until piping hot in the centre. Flash under the grill to brown, if you like.) Leave to stand for 5 mins before serving.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2009

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slowhandstan's picture

I love this recipe and enjoy varying it. Recently I added a tin of chickpeas while on the stove for the last 10 minutes. An awesome addition...

eggshelly's picture

I've just made this, followed the recipe, found it to be quite watery so I added a little cornflour! tasted amazing straight away and have made some to freeze. Nice, easy, no fuss :)

holliehobbie's picture

I cooked the sauce a little longer after the lid came off. A flash under the grill made all the difference to crispen up the top. I also added a bit of fresh time and celery and in the cooking and a dash of parsley to serve. This will be my new family shepherd pie for ease, originality great taste, especially the next day.

tedz's picture

Way, way too much liquid. Resulted in a third of the sauce uncovered as mash half-sank into the sauce and would not spread. Semi-disaster.

chefdicko's picture
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Very nice added some bacon, garlic and thyme

orangedrops's picture

A really easy and tasty recipe.
I didn't have any worcestershire sauce so also added a finely chopped anchovy fillet, a teaspoon of brown sugar and balsamic vinegar instead.
Following the tip of another reader, I fried a clove of chopped garlic to the mince before adding the stock, which added to the taste.

LondonR's picture

Super easy...
I'm leaving it overnight in the fridge to make sure all flavours combine together. Should be good.
Easy to follow and cook.

oliver house's picture

Very easy to make and super-tasty. My wife and I loved it and our nephews did too! A real family success.

minty88's picture

Tasty! Easy! Great mid week family dinner!

jocjoc's picture
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Very nice. Added celery with the carrots then chucked in a little dried thyme and rosemary? Will definitely be making again

theedjit's picture
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Fantastic meal, easy easy easy. My 6 year old son scoffed his and the plate was clean. He give me 10/10 and thumbs up. What more can I say.

theedjit's picture
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Fantastic meal, easy easy easy. My 6 year old son scoffed it and I got 10/10 and thumbs up. What more can I say.

clareocallaghan1's picture
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absolutely brilliant dish 2 make! and even better you can freeze batches of it! fried some garlic with the onions and after putting the stock in I put in some Bisto gravey & it gives it more flavor! recommend to busy mums.

paytonlauren's picture
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Made this for my family after returning from a trip to the UK, where I had fabulous Shepherd's Pie (Mum's in Edinburgh is delicious if you're looking for a place). Added some red wine as well as some garlic, but all-in-all, the dish was delicious and quite simple to make. Definitely making again, and probably will try substituting lamb for beef (even though the lamb was undeniably great, I do have some picky eaters).

claudia21's picture

Don't forget, if it's made with beef it's cottage pie not shepherds pie if you want to be real about British tradition!

Evelyn477's picture
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Absolutely delicious!

AndyG's picture

Made this the other day was lovely. Put some mint sauce in as well and made it taste so much nicer - worth a try

ShipleyGlen's picture

Definitely 'no-fuss' recipe, this is what my 8 year old son has chosen as the first meal he would like to cook by himself, and it went down a treat. Very nice and very easy!

dukeofyork's picture
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Made this a few times now, really tasty.
A real classic. Love this recipe

bahrainfoodie's picture
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This is definitely one of those dishes that tastes a lot better the next day.. when i first made and tasted it I was bitterly disappointing as it was runny and tasted of watered down tomatoes, but when i reheated it the next day it was a very different story.. Still not the best shepherd's pie I've ever tasted but tasty non-the-less.

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