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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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.

atrixa's picture
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Considering how simple this was to make, I will definitely make it again. Tasted amazing and reheats well. I added some grated parmesan I had in the fridge over the top before I put it in the oven, lovely!

fbexon's picture
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I make a veggie version of this using Quorn mince, soy sauce (instead of Worcestershire) and vegetable stock and it's always fantastic. Add peas and parsnips as well. Great basic recipe that's easy to adapt - even to vegetarian!

ruthysunshine's picture
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As a student, this was ideal to make over the weekend and freeze for easy eating during the week - and was seriously tasty! Was no real fuss to make (the only issue being a temperamental oven), especially since I made it with quorn mince and vegetable stock and was still yummy. I also used a tin of baked beans instead of tinned tomatoes (family tradition) and it's definitely worth trying at least once that way.

pauljames19's picture

Made this for my fussy boyfriend .... Who loved it , very proud of myself as I don't cook that often ,
Easy and tasty .... Yum yum

nesuzy's picture

I've cooked this recipe so many times and it's always a winner. Everyone loves it.

amereoakman's picture
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Followed the recipe pretty much exactly and turned out nice. Didn't have any Worcester sauce to hand but still tasted good. Very important to cook the mince/sauce for the full 40 mins

ste_87's picture
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I have just made this to freeze in individual portions so i can take them to work for my dinner whilst i'm on lates.

I used all the ingredients but to make it healthier, i added even more veg to bulk it up, reduced the potatoes from 900g to 700g and used extra lean meat and its delicious!!! Easy to make and very healthy if you do what i did. Big portions and low calories! Absolute treat!

ashwebster's picture

since finding this recipe a couple of years ago, this is now my go to recipe for shephards pie. just a couple of modifications with this recipe though: 1) cook 2 slices of chopped smoked bacon and then carry on with step 1. 2) i have doubled the amount of tomato puree for a stronger flavour. 3) I make up 500 ml beef stock with 2 stock cubes again for a stronger flavour. 4) I added a teaspoon of cornflour with small amount of water and added this with the stock. 5) for the mash, you can add hidden vegetables into this, sometimes i put some cabbage into a food processor and then boil it for a few minutes, i then add this to the potatoes and mash it in. i sometimes also add cheese to the top of pie. i also sometime fry some chopped celery to the onions and carrots for more hidden veg.

lilal0's picture

Cooked this for my fussy ten year old twins and they cleared their plates . I stupidly thought there was not enough potato so cooked more but stick to the recipe quantities as Good Food clearly know best.

lolabts's picture
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this is a great recipe. doing it again with some cheese on top

heleniarowe's picture
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My partner who is incapable of cooking anything other than beans on toast has cooked this twice with gorgeous Douglas Willis lamb mince and was absolutely delicious! He has proved he is indeed capable of cooking after all!!!

kfurber's picture
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This makes a great meal for a crowd on a budget, particularly as it's very child friendly also. Will make often!

CailinLondon's picture
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Really tasty, simple comfort food. The fact that it can be cooked straight from frozen makes it a great back-up to have in the freezer.

helers's picture
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Good recipe, added some rosemary and thyme and my secret ingredient a spoonful of horseradish to the mash.

frowne's picture
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Amazing recipe - so delicious

hwhlee's picture

Love love love it. Brill recipe to use up all the veggies in your fridge that have seen better days.very hearty dish and a keeper in the recipe tin!

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