Shepherd's pie with portion taken out and serving spoon

No-fuss shepherd's pie

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(320 ratings)

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

    Sunflower oil

    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 1 tbsp sunflower oil in a medium saucepan, then soften 1 chopped onion and 2-3 chopped carrots for a few mins.

  2. When soft, turn up the heat, crumble in 500g lamb mince and brown, tipping off any excess fat.

  3. Add 2 tbsp tomato purée and a large splash of Worcestershire sauce, then fry for a few mins.

  4. Pour over 500ml beef stock, bring to a simmer, then cover and cook for 40 mins, uncovering halfway.

  5. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 180C/ fan 160C/ gas 4, then make the mash. Boil the 900g potato, cut into chunks, in salted water for 10-15 mins until tender. Drain, then mash with 85g butter and 3 tbsp milk.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.)

  8. Leave to stand for 5 mins before serving.

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geekgirl101's picture
20th Dec, 2010
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.
8th Dec, 2010
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!
30th Nov, 2010
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.
27th Nov, 2010
Really tasty, I put peas in to get an extra veg and added ginger and garlic. It really enhances the flavours!
8th Nov, 2010
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.
30th Oct, 2010
used mince beef and was lovely, i added peas and sweetcorn as its the kids fav and it went down a treat.
28th Oct, 2010
Lovely!! My son can be a bit of a fussy eater but he loves this!
24th Oct, 2010
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
21st Oct, 2010
used beef mince and put grated cheese on top was yummy
19th Oct, 2010
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.


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