No-fuss shepherd's pie

No-fuss shepherd's pie

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr

Easy

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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Ingredients

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

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Comments (232)

babyfirefly's picture
5

Lovely!! My son can be a bit of a fussy eater but he loves this!

sam100969's picture
5

Had this last night and enjoyed by everybody - I used some parsnip in the mash with a teaspoon of English Mustard... I also added some Mint jelly to the meat for extra sweetness & it was delicious x

jenwiggy's picture

used beef mince and put grated cheese on top was yummy

juliettemcgregor's picture
5

I used beef mince instead and left out the Wocestershire sauce and tomato puree as I didn't have any but it was still great. My mum loved it! Excellent to pop in the freezer and then bring out on a old winter day.

vanesa's picture

Family favourite, I have also tried beef mince.

dmb1987's picture
5

We made this the other day and it was amazing! Perfect for our busy family as were always on the run. We added to cloves of garlic for a little extra flavour.

willow81's picture
5

I make this one a lot. The kids love it, it's so easy to make and tastes delicious!

becka36's picture
5

Great recipe made a few changes, added a tin of chopped tomatoes and some celery and added slightly less stock tasted great.

cathdono's picture
4

I made this just like the recipe and me, my husband and my two kids loved it. It was nice to have it with lamb instead of beef for a change and will definitely make it again!

katrina86's picture
5

Loved this. Was simple and plenty for me my partner and toddler! And enough to freeze a few small portions too. Would happily feed 4 adults on my estimate or more!

kalula's picture
5

Family favourite!! altho, I have to add bake beans to it!!

kehoede's picture
5

Such a tasty recipe, just learning to cook and it turned great! Could add a few more type of veg to add to it.

hungrybear's picture
4

used beef instead of lamb and red wine in place of worcestershire sauce, still yum yum

allylou2002's picture
4

Very yummy!!! Easy to cook and prepare!

shelley3774's picture

Tried this recipe tonight and it was delicious. Will definitely be making this again.

fslbob's picture

not a definitive shepherds pie
never use mince lamb
ground roast lamb

pmichaelides1972's picture
5

i made this for a very fussy eater (my partner) and he cleaned the plate and had it for dinner next day.

proper-rinia's picture
5

I add courgettes and a dash of tomato ketchup.
This recipe has never failed me and is a treat for anyone who likes hearty dishes.

chelsea434's picture
5

this was yummy! i added mushrooms and bacon to mine, aswell as some red wine to give it extra flavour! delicious!

sdw1971's picture
5

Simple, quick, delicious

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