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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. 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

Ingredients

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
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme or fresh if you have it
  • 1 tsp Dried Sage or fresh if you have it
  • 500 ml Beef stock
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 2 tbsp Worcester sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

For the topping:

  • 1 kg White Potatoes
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C.

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

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

  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 the butter and plenty of salt and pepper. 

  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. 

Nutrition Facts
Shepherd's Pie
Amount per Serving
Calories
395
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
21
g
32
%
Saturated Fat
 
9
g
56
%
Cholesterol
 
115
mg
38
%
Sodium
 
415
mg
18
%
Potassium
 
1119
mg
32
%
Carbohydrates
 
29
g
10
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
23
g
46
%
Vitamin A
 
3565
IU
71
%
Vitamin C
 
23.3
mg
28
%
Calcium
 
102
mg
10
%
Iron
 
7.9
mg
44
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.