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Slow cooker shepherd's pie

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Prep: 1 hr Cook: 5 hrs


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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  • 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



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

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



    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



    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



    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


  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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7th Feb, 2019
This was the second ever recipe I've made in the slow cooker and I wasn't wowed by it. I added extra Worcestershire Sauce and tomato puree as someone recommended and I was amazed how much liquid appeared at the end from such a dry original mixture, but there just wasn't much flavour.
31st Mar, 2018
Really good put the in the slow cooker and got home 6 hours later to a very satisfying meal, just added gravy as a personal preference
21st Nov, 2017
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
Jessica Amies
29th Jan, 2019
How long should this take is cooked on high?
goodfoodteam's picture
29th Jan, 2019
Thanks for your question. We would recommend cooking this on Low to ensure the topping sits well on the top of the mince.
6th Oct, 2018
Would it be possible to prepare this the night before and maybe cook a little longer in the slow cooker the next day (presume it would need longer as it will start from cold)?
goodfoodteam's picture
12th Oct, 2018
Thanks for your question. Yes, you can. Adding an extra 30 mins will be sufficient.
25th Jan, 2018
Should you drain off some of the fat from the meat as minced lamb generates quite a lot?
goodfoodteam's picture
29th Jan, 2018
Thanks for your question. We haven't suggested this but you can do so if you like.
18th Jan, 2018
Is there no stock in this recipe?
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Holly Philpot
22nd Apr, 2018
I popped a beef stock pot in just to give it some extra richness and it did need a splash of water. Results were delicious
31st Mar, 2018
Didn’t dry out and tasted good, I made a jug of gravy for the table to serve
goodfoodteam's picture
22nd Jan, 2018
Thanks for your question. No there isn't any stock. You can add a splash of water in step 1 if the mixture is a bit dry.
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