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)

chefdicko's picture

Very nice added some bacon, garlic and thyme

orangedrops's picture

A really easy and tasty recipe.
I didn't have any worcestershire sauce so also added a finely chopped anchovy fillet, a teaspoon of brown sugar and balsamic vinegar instead.
Following the tip of another reader, I fried a clove of chopped garlic to the mince before adding the stock, which added to the taste.

LondonR's picture

Super easy...
I'm leaving it overnight in the fridge to make sure all flavours combine together. Should be good.
Easy to follow and cook.

oliver house's picture

Very easy to make and super-tasty. My wife and I loved it and our nephews did too! A real family success.

minty88's picture

Tasty! Easy! Great mid week family dinner!

jocjoc's picture

Very nice. Added celery with the carrots then chucked in a little dried thyme and rosemary? Will definitely be making again

theedjit's picture

Fantastic meal, easy easy easy. My 6 year old son scoffed his and the plate was clean. He give me 10/10 and thumbs up. What more can I say.

theedjit's picture

Fantastic meal, easy easy easy. My 6 year old son scoffed it and I got 10/10 and thumbs up. What more can I say.

clareocallaghan1's picture

absolutely brilliant dish 2 make! and even better you can freeze batches of it! fried some garlic with the onions and after putting the stock in I put in some Bisto gravey & it gives it more flavor! recommend to busy mums.

paytonlauren's picture

Made this for my family after returning from a trip to the UK, where I had fabulous Shepherd's Pie (Mum's in Edinburgh is delicious if you're looking for a place). Added some red wine as well as some garlic, but all-in-all, the dish was delicious and quite simple to make. Definitely making again, and probably will try substituting lamb for beef (even though the lamb was undeniably great, I do have some picky eaters).

claudia21's picture

Don't forget, if it's made with beef it's cottage pie not shepherds pie if you want to be real about British tradition!

Evelyn477's picture

Absolutely delicious!

AndyG's picture

Made this the other day was lovely. Put some mint sauce in as well and made it taste so much nicer - worth a try

ShipleyGlen's picture

Definitely 'no-fuss' recipe, this is what my 8 year old son has chosen as the first meal he would like to cook by himself, and it went down a treat. Very nice and very easy!

dukeofyork's picture

Made this a few times now, really tasty.
A real classic. Love this recipe

bahrainfoodie's picture

This is definitely one of those dishes that tastes a lot better the next day.. when i first made and tasted it I was bitterly disappointing as it was runny and tasted of watered down tomatoes, but when i reheated it the next day it was a very different story.. Still not the best shepherd's pie I've ever tasted but tasty non-the-less.

atrixa's picture

Considering how simple this was to make, I will definitely make it again. Tasted amazing and reheats well. I added some grated parmesan I had in the fridge over the top before I put it in the oven, lovely!

fbexon's picture

I make a veggie version of this using Quorn mince, soy sauce (instead of Worcestershire) and vegetable stock and it's always fantastic. Add peas and parsnips as well. Great basic recipe that's easy to adapt - even to vegetarian!

ruthysunshine's picture

As a student, this was ideal to make over the weekend and freeze for easy eating during the week - and was seriously tasty! Was no real fuss to make (the only issue being a temperamental oven), especially since I made it with quorn mince and vegetable stock and was still yummy. I also used a tin of baked beans instead of tinned tomatoes (family tradition) and it's definitely worth trying at least once that way.

pauljames19's picture

Made this for my fussy boyfriend .... Who loved it , very proud of myself as I don't cook that often ,
Easy and tasty .... Yum yum


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