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
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  • 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



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  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)

lwills's picture

First time ever making shephards pie, and it was fantastic! I added swede into the mash and mushrooms and a few fresh tomatoes to the sauce, trying to be healthier!

jodierichards's picture

The flavour was great, i reduced it for 10 extra miniutes and added 2 tsps of bovril. Was a massive hit with my partner who says his mum makes the best Shepherd pie.

povvy4's picture

family said best shepards pie they've ever tasted so its a winner!!

ju5t1new's picture

This is fabulous. I have never tasted shepherds pie that tastes this good!

caz21b's picture

A great classic dish - if you're a marmite lover add some to the mashed potato - it tastes great and gives an even browner toasted finish.

rjhare's picture

This is a great recipe.

I added fresh chopped rosemary (about a teaspoon) on one occasion and another time I added fresh chopped thyme (again, about a teaspoon) Finally, I combined the two. If nothing else, it smells fantastic!!

wendy987's picture

Scrummy! Remember to remove the excess fat after cooking the lamb.

ludzkows's picture

Loved it but It took more then 1h cooking time to be absolutley perfect:)

andygardiner's picture

made this yesterday, but with beef mince. mad the topping with half and half pots and sweet pots. delicious, served with steamed sprouts.

gazman's picture

Great recipe - even nicer when made with pork mince

nanajan's picture

O yes, this was easy and very tasty,I also put mushrooms in, and I put into individual bowls ,as the dish I had was to large for this recipe,I will definitely make this dish again,and iam going to forward this on my daughter in canada

ellieking's picture

This is really yummy! I love making shepherd’s pie and freezing it so I can enjoy another portion the next week. Try heating the milk before adding it to the mash for truly creamy mash!

I came across a recipe for bangers and mash in a spicy gravy which I’m going to try tonight! This website has some great recipes and good cooking cheats too!

mrs_hotspur's picture

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

whoops... forgot to rate! fab dish!

mummybailey's picture

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

Far too much mash but still lovely!

gemzhere's picture

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

jojo-jojo's picture

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

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!


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