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

    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 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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30th Aug, 2014
Amazing shepherds pie, best ive ever had.
30th Aug, 2014
Great recipe. I like to add beaten egg and cheese to the top. Really nice
12th Jul, 2014
Excellent! Next time I will use slightly less potato. Great with grated cheddar sprinkled over the top and browned under the grill.
30th Apr, 2014
Did this last night for the wife, went down a storm, having the left overs tonight! I added a tin of chopped tomatoes to the recipe and just cooked it down for longer than stated, so that there wasn't too much moisture in the pan, I also added a lot more than 85g of butter to the tatties, buttery mash is always best and baked it in the oven with another few small nobs of butter on top! Crisped up lovely and will be happy to do this again and play about with different additions to my taste at the time of cooking!
24th Apr, 2014
Exactly what I was looking for. I followed recipe initially but then read other comments so decided to throw in a little frozen garlic to the lamb/gravy at the end and a little horseradish to the potato (which I often do). I left out milk as it was kosher - but really enjoyed cooking something so simple. I bet I get asked for the recipe!
4th Mar, 2014
I love this recipe and enjoy varying it. Recently I added a tin of chickpeas while on the stove for the last 10 minutes. An awesome addition...
25th Feb, 2014
I've just made this, followed the recipe, found it to be quite watery so I added a little cornflour! tasted amazing straight away and have made some to freeze. Nice, easy, no fuss :)
27th Nov, 2014
I might add the cornflour when I make this then. Thanks for the tip.
13th Feb, 2014
I cooked the sauce a little longer after the lid came off. A flash under the grill made all the difference to crispen up the top. I also added a bit of fresh time and celery and in the cooking and a dash of parsley to serve. This will be my new family shepherd pie for ease, originality great taste, especially the next day.
8th Feb, 2014
Way, way too much liquid. Resulted in a third of the sauce uncovered as mash half-sank into the sauce and would not spread. Semi-disaster.


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