No-fuss shepherd's pie

No-fuss shepherd's pie

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(240 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

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  • 1 large onion, chopped



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  • 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



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  • 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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22nd Sep, 2015
Simple and delicious. I think the 20 minutes of cooking without the lid on probably reduced the "sloppiness" perfectly and intensified the flavours.
3rd Jun, 2015
After trying this very simple and straightforward recipe, it is now a firm favourite in our household. Easy to make and can freeze even half of it if there aren't enough people eating that night. Delicious. (I like having it with soda scones which are usually only available in winter sadly). For my husband, who is a pescetarian, I use quorn mince and vegetable stock and he loves it too.
1st Jun, 2015
One of the best Shepherd's pies that I've eaten. I added mushrooms to mine and also some grated cheese onto the mash for the last 5 minutes - plus I used a bit more tomato puree and worcestershire suace than the recipe suggested. I didn't find it runny at all - just very tasty!
17th May, 2015
I add a tsp of rosemary and time to the devine!
9th May, 2015
Very simple recipe, unfortunately it is also very boring.
26th Apr, 2015
Seems a few people found this a little 'sloppy' as they put, maybe a bit more liquid than wanted. Either reduce down the amount of stock you're using at the start or cook it out longer so that more of the liquid/sauce reduces. If part one, go from 500ml to about 250/300ml. If the second option, just take that bit of extra time if you aren't in a rush, reducing it and cooking it down more will add extra depth to the flavor too.
18th Mar, 2015
Great shepherds pie I added mushrooms to mine as well but like others to much liquid. Adding 2 tablespoons of flour did the trick.
17th Mar, 2015
Really good. Would would recommend using a slotted spoon when putting in the mince mix. Its really nice to cook it in a lot of stock, but this was you can easily adjust the gravy ratio in your final dish :)
3rd Mar, 2015
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24th Feb, 2015
This is the same as the recipe my mum has used for the last 45 years, so already well tested by us. I looked this up as I was out of Worchester sauce and was looking for an alternative recipe without... well I used this and a tbsp anchovy paste and tbsp soy sauce instead, remarkably the taste was very similar and still very good! Recommend


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