Shepherd’s Pie

Traditional Shepherd’s Pie

Prep: 15 mins  –  Cook: Approx. 1 hr  –  Easy –  Serves 4


1 tbsp sunflower oil

1 large onion, chopped

2-3 medium carrots, chopped

500g lamb mince

2 tbsp tomato purée

large splash Worcestershire sauce

500ml beef stock

900g potato, cut into chunks

85g butter

3 tbsp milk


Heat the oil in a medium saucepan, then soften the onion and carrots for a few minutes. 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 minutes. Pour over the stock, bring to a simmer, then cover and cook for 40 minutes, uncovering halfway.

Meanwhile, heat the oven to 180C/ fan 160C/ gas 4, then make the mash. Boil the potatoes in salted water for 10-15 minutes until tender. Drain, then mash with the butter and milk.

Put the mince into an ovenproof dish, top with the mash and ruffle with a fork. Bake for 20-25 minutes 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 minutes until piping hot in the centre. Flash under the grill to brown, if you like.) Leave to stand for 5 minutes before serving with your favourite vegetables.

This recipe is based on a recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2009 and has become a firm favourite since we discovered it .  It is very easy to make, and provides a cost effective and nutritious dinner.  So a traditional basic recipe which is  loved by not only us but by our family and friends.

The real beauty of this cosy recipe is that although delicious and warming in it’s own right, it is great also as a basic recipe to experiment with, adapt or add to, to create dishes with a twist, to give variety to your family meals.

Making this pie with a bubble and squeak top is a really tasty option.  Add garlic and/or your favourite herbs and spices for a different flavour.  Mix peppers in with the onions and carrots which is fabulously warming or add your favourite vegetables.

Delight your family and friends, be creative and enjoy!





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