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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kushka's picture
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one of our favourites, I make a basic cheese sauce and layer on top of the mince before the mash, tastes really good!

narciss34's picture
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Its really a lovely and both my kids ( 4 & 3 years old) loved it and they are usually fussy. i did make the mash with half sweet potatoes & half normal potatoes and it was delicious

squitten's picture
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Just made this for dinner tonight - really tasty!

tmadden's picture
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So easy and everyone in my family loves it.

lisamurch's picture
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Delicious - even minus the butter in the mash.

sammyg77's picture
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This is a great simple shepherds pie recipe. Love getting back to basics sometimes.

brabantia's picture
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Great but it does make me wonder what "fussy sherherds pie" is like. It's quite labourious eventhough simple enough to make.

brabantia's picture
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Great but it does make me wonder what "fussy sherherds pie" is like. It's quite labourious eventhough simple enough to make.

villawestie's picture
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Very tasty, easy and quick to do. Used left over roast lamb so reduced the initial cooking time by 15 mins, also added some mushrooms. Will definetly do again!

1974jean's picture
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Just made this for my family - absolutley delicious. Will definitley be making this again :)

claire_the_cook's picture
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I made this for my family and my husband loved it, its easy and a classic! thank you

vanilla1's picture

So easy to make and with mainly store cupboard ingredients. Absolutely delicious, but Herbes de Provence added to the mash with cracked black pepper too. Perfect for winters eve.

corvara's picture
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This is amazing. I added 6 medium mushrooms as well, for another vegetable. Next time I think I will add a splash of red wine and will put two stock cubes in for a bit more flavor. YUM.

bruarno1's picture
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just made this again today,absolutely delicious,

dazhuntley's picture
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Its a bit bland. Add a bit more of whatever it is you like (ketchup/chilli flakes/etc)

philip1502's picture

So simple and delicious my husband and fussy kids ate the lot!! Only things I added was a splash of red wine and some corn flour to thicken the sauce. Highly recommend!

hannahrook's picture
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Delicious! Very easy to make and my husband and little girl both loved it. I added dried Rosemary and a bit of extra tomato purée. The meat mixture was really flavoursome. I did a bit of extra mash to make the topping a bit thicker - it was lovely and crispy on top. Will definitely make this again.

thecherub's picture
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This is delicious. I kept to the recipe except added celery as I had some around. Excellent! Served with steamed kale.

sfolega1981's picture
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Lovely recipe - used 300ml of stock instead of 500ml to shorten cooking time and added a little gravy to thicken.

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