Traditional Shepherd's Pie

Traditional Shepherd's Pie

4 January 2018

This English classic is a warm and filling family tea. It is best served with a side of steamed greenbeans, broccoli and cauliflower. For variation, make the mash topping with sweet potato.
  • Main course
  • Recipe





Preparation Time

20 minutes

Cooking Time

25 minutes


For the filling:

For the mash:


1In a large saucepan, heat the oil and fry the mince until browned. If you need to, fry the mince in sections

2Set the beef to one side and add more oil to the pan, add the onions and carrots and cook until soft on a low heat

3Add the garlic and tomato puree and cook on a higher heat for several minutes. Return the beef to the pan

4Add the stock and bring to a simmer for 45 minutes. If a lot of stock remains after 30 minutes, boil to reduce before transferring to an oven safe dish

5Preheat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7

6While the beef is simmering, make the mash. Cover the potatoes in salted cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer until soft

7Drain the water from the potatoes before adding butter and milk, you can also add half on the cheese. Mash well

8Cover meat with mash and sprinkle on remaining cheese. Cook in oven for 20-25 minutes.