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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fof123's picture

very tastey

mrs_hotspur's picture
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Forgot to comment - absolutely gorgeous recipe, I also used quite a few drops of tabasco sauce as per Ruby and Shaedon's suggestions. Gorgeous!

mummybailey's picture
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whoops... forgot to rate! fab dish!

mummybailey's picture
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This is a family favorite...its so easy to make for a mid week meal after a hard days work!..... i always add peas!!

slippery_chimp's picture
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Far too much mash but still lovely!

gemzhere's picture
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we loved this but for me there was a bit too much stock, however my partner enjoyed getting a piece of bread and running it around the plate. the kids wolfed it down and it was perfect on such a cold night

jojames01's picture
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This is a fantastic recipe. I use minced beef instead of lamb and add a heaped desertspoon of flour into the mix along with the tomato puree and worcestershire sauce to make a lovely rich sauce.

I haven't yet used mushrooms in it, but I plan to and use less stock as mushrooms give out a lot of water :)

butlins12's picture
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Did a Caribbean twist on this, by replacing the mashed potato with sweet potato mash, and adding two tablespoons of jerk marinade (I used Walkerswood), and my Jamaican wife loved it!

lilyleo's picture
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Great recipe. I also used a couple of small fresh leeks ... delicious and easy. Would suggest tho' that the cooking time in the oven be revised. Mine took about 40 minutes to bubble nicely.

simongre's picture
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ps - and makes the mix a bit thicker rather than a bit runny

simongre's picture
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Very good recipe, I use abuot 2 table spoons of flour before I put in the puree and only use 300ml of stock instead of 500ml tastes the same but reduces the cooking time. Excellent

harritom11's picture
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really yummy!!

emmatur's picture
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I loved this receipe, it was lovely and tasty and even the children liked it and we enjoyed seconds.

northernminx's picture

I thought this was very bland - my mum makes better.
if you want a fab recipe try the 'spiced parsnip shepherd pies' one from this website and you'll never want to make this one again!

leahfwood's picture

Love this recipe! Keep tweaking it, as use half sweet potatoes & half maris, and add red wine to the stock.

michael19's picture
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Best Shepherds Pie recipe I have tried....loved it

arc01160's picture

lovely - I used minced beef instead of minced lamb and added a few drops of tabasco sauce (about 15 drops) oh and grated some cheese on top - lovely !

gemmahales's picture
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Very tasty, used beef mince as didn't have lamb. Also added flagolet beans which was lovely.

shaedon's picture
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I thought it was excellent, i made it for my mum and sister a couple of weeks back and we all loved it. I added a few drops of tabasco sauce as well as gravy powder and cornflower just to makeit that much nicer. I also added celery and peas into the mix. When i make it next i was thinking of adding mushrooms to the suce adn mashing in parsnips with the potatoes. An excellent way to hide the vegetables in a meal.

kittydowner's picture
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Easy to make and my husband loves it!! I used a mix of sweet potato and potato for the toppings and added some chilli flakes into the mince. I am not a big fan of shepherd's pie but my husband is looking forward to eating the leftover..!!!

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