Shepherd's Pie in an enamelware dish on a white background with a spoon taken out showing the mince filling and mashed potato top.

Shepherd's Pie

This easy, comforting Shepherd's Pie recipe is the perfect antidote to a cold winters day. It is also ideal for batch cooking and freezing ahead of time. It can also easily be made gluten free and Slimming World friendly. What's not to love?

Course Main Course
Cuisine Family Food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6 People
Calories 395 kcal
Author Sarah Barnes


For the filling:

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion Chopped
  • 2 Carrots Finely Chopped
  • 2 sticks Celery Finely Chopped
  • 500 g Lamb Mince Lean
  • 1 tbsp Plain Flour
  • 700 ml Beef stock
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 2 tbsp Worcester sauce
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme or fresh if you have it
  • 1 tsp Dried sage or fresh if you have it
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

For the topping:

  • 1 kg White Potatoes
  • 2 Eggs
Metric - Imperial


  1. Preheat your oven to 180deg (fan) 160deg (conventional).

  2. Heat your olive oil in a large, heavy bottomed pan. Fry your, onions, celery and carrot for around 5-10 minutes until softened. 

  3. Add flour, stir well to coat everything, cook for a further 2-3 minutes. 

  4. Add in your mince, stirring to break up any large chunks. Fry until browned. 

  5. Pour in beef stock, tomato puree and Worcester sauce. 

  6. Season with salt and pepper, this is personal preference but I like to add lots of both in this recipe. 

  7. Cover and simmer for 40 mins. 

  8. Whilst your meat is simmering start to make your mashed potatoes. 

  9. Peel and chop your potatoes, place in cold water, bring to the boil for 15-20 minutes, depending on the type of potato. 

  10. When the potatoes are ready, drain and mash together with two eggs. 

  11. Put all of your meat into a large oven proof dish. Spread your mashed potato over the top, ruffle with a fork to give those delicious crunchy bits. You can also sprinkle some grated cheese on top too. 

  12. (At this point you can leave to cool and then freeze your pie for upto one month to get ahead with your cooking)

  13. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until the mash is browning and the mince is bubbling at the sides. 

  14. Check that it is hot inside, it may take a few minutes longer if you cooked it straight from the fridge. 

  15. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Shepherd's Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 395 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 115mg 38%
Sodium 415mg 17%
Potassium 1119mg 32%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 3g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 71.3%
Vitamin C 28.2%
Calcium 10.2%
Iron 44.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.