No-fuss shepherd's pie

No-fuss shepherd's pie

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr


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

  • Freeze once assembled

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal663
  • fat39g
  • saturates20g
  • carbs49g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre5g
  • protein33g
  • salt1.35g
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  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

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    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 1 large onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2-3 medium carrots, chopped



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 500g pack lamb mince
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • large splash Worcestershire sauce
  • 500ml beef stock
  • 900g potato, cut into chunks



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 85g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 3 tbsp milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…


  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.

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Comments (232)

jmi-lu1111's picture

I love this recipe and when I cooked this recipe for my family loved it. I have never really been a good cook but using this site and seeing the recipes and the step by step instructions it's helped me better my skills. I've added some things to the recipe, like mushrooms cooked with the onions and carrot's also instead of tomato purée I've used chopped tomatoes it give of a fresher taste. Thank you

wongy23's picture

This was soo tasty! But i only used 1 tin of tomatoes and i added grated cheese to the top of the mash before putting in the oven which made it extra yummy, also i only needed to put it in the oven on the final stage for 10 min not the 40min as stated to brown it off.

dagobahbabe's picture

Absolutely delicious! I added 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped mint and used double cream instead of milk for mine. Everyone wanted seconds.

manieshads's picture

Simple and delicious! I used less stock (250ml) based on previous reviews and it was still moist without being soggy. I used both sweet and regular potatoes with less butter in the mash to make it healthier. I also added some chili pieces to the lamb.

mrshyt's picture

easy to make, even if it does take a little while to cook down, but still, really simple and very tasty.

mcn1991's picture

I normally add peas and sometimes leeks too, and swpa the lamb mince for beef mince to make a cottage pie. So quick and easy and lasts for days!

leajay's picture

Great recipe, put all the ingredients in and added two cloves of garlic,
1 teaspoon basil, teaspoon parsley, two teaspoons of black pepper powder, instead of tomato puree i used passata, teaspoon of onion powder and beef mince, it was well appreciated by my teenage daughter who is a fussy eater, thanks for this recipe :)

nikkiella's picture

Made this last night, easy recipe to follow, empty plates from my fella and 2 year old daughter. Couple of things I will do different next time (steaming potatoes, cooking meat on lower heat for the 40 mins), but for first time it turned out absolutely gorgeous!!

judemurphy7's picture

Absolutely beautiful flavour I also added frozen garden peas fried off with the carrots which were delicious! Great easy receipe

emmaj4's picture

Very easy and very quickly devoured!

heidyin's picture

Excellent recipe. So easy, and even my fussy 5 year old loves it!

conatazz's picture

This was pretty decent, but a little bland, and I think the cooking time is a bit longer than 20-25 mins to get it right (my oven is pretty rubbish though so that might just be variation). I used beef mince instead of lamb as its all I had, and I added some cumin, basil and chilli powder. Also added mushrooms as they are my favourite, and mustard to the mash. The potato on top was delicious, but I found the underneath slightly bland and a bit too watery. I might try some of the suggestions here to add a little flower next time. Overall very good, I will make again.

divadesfeuers's picture

Great taste, easy to prepare. Made this for my birthday party and everyone loved it.

geekgirl101's picture

Awesome and easy recipe! I was looking for a nice and simple yet tasty recipe for shepherd's pie and this one definitely scores for me, and I had all the extra ingredients too. None of this overdramatic garlic salt, aubergine essence, cheese imported all the way from china, etc.

zoewake's picture

Love this recipe - really easy, and the whole family love it - esp with a sprinkling of grated cheese on top before it goes in the oven - YUMMY!

sarahjbreen's picture

This was really easy to make and looks great. I added a handful of frozen peas before I popped it in the oven for a few extra vitamins and a bit of colour.

natalieprice6's picture

Really tasty, I put peas in to get an extra veg and added ginger and garlic. It really enhances the flavours!

dquelhas's picture

This is by far the best shepherds pie recipe that I ever came across!
I've added fresh ground pepper and nutmeg to the potato mash too.

the-novice-chef's picture

used mince beef and was lovely, i added peas and sweetcorn as its the kids fav and it went down a treat.


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