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Slow cooker shepherd's pie

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Prep: 1 hr Cook: 5 hrs

Easy

Serves 4

Slow-cook shepherd's pie and you'll be rewarded with succulent mince. This recipe is also low-fat and low-calorie with three of your five-a-day

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal438
  • fat10g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs57g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre11g
  • protein23g
  • salt0.39g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 3-4 thyme sprigs
  • 2 carrots, finely diced
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 250g lean (10%) mince lamb or beef
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g can lentils, or white beans
    Lentils

    Lentils

    len-til

    The lentil plant (Lens Culinaris) originates from Asia and North Africa and is one of our oldest…

  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

For the topping

  • 650g potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
    Potato

    Potato

    po-tate-oh

    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 250g sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
    Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potato

    sweet po-tate-toe

    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

  • 2 tbsp half-fat crème fraîche

Method

  1. Heat the slow cooker if necessary. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Tip the onions and thyme sprigs and fry for 2-3 mins. Then add the carrots and fry together, stirring occasionally until the vegetables start to brown. Stir in the mince and fry for 1-2 mins until no longer pink. Stir in the flour then cook for another 1-2 mins. Stir in the tomato purée and lentils and season with pepper and the Worcestershire sauce, adding a splash of water if you think the mixture is too dry. Scrape everything into the slow cooker.

  2. Meanwhile cook both lots of potatoes in simmering water for 12-13 minutes or until they are cooked through. Drain well and then mash with the crème fraîche. Spoon this on top of the mince mixture and cook on Low for 5 hours - the mixture should be bubbling at the sides when it is ready. Crisp up the potato topping under the grill if you like.

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reevey
21st Nov, 2017
5.05
I was sceptical about how this would turn out in the slow cooker but the results were wonderful and although there is still a lot of preparation of the ingredients before going into the slow cooker, it was lovely to go off for the afternoon and come back to the meal already for us. I did add extra worcestershire sauce and more tomato purée than stated as it seemed lacking while I was cooking it and some butter into the mash for creaminess. Overall we scored it 8/10 and would eat it again
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