Warm and Savoury Shepherds Pie

A warm and cozy classic… 

As the air gets chilly and the want for warmth and comfort grows, few dishes embody the essence of cozy nights in quite like the Classic Shepherd’s Pie. A timeless staple, this hearty dish easily blends succulent ground lamb (or beef) with a medley of vegetables, crowned by a velvety layer of mashed potatoes. The savoury smell that wafts through the kitchen, bringing a moment of pure, nostalgic comfort. Here’s a simple and delicious Shepherd’s Pie recipe for you:


Classic Shepherd’s Pie Recipe



For the Filling:

  • 1 lb ground lamb or beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for cooking

For the Mashed Potatoes:

  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste



Prepare the Mashed Potatoes:

  • Boil the peeled and chopped potatoes in a large pot of salted water until tender. Drain.
  • Mash the potatoes with butter, milk, salt, and pepper until smooth and creamy. Set aside.

Cook the Filling:

  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions and cook until softened.
  • Add the ground lamb or beef, breaking it apart with a spoon, and cook until browned.
  • Stir in the minced garlic, diced carrots, and frozen peas. Cook for a few minutes until the vegetables are slightly tender.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the meat and vegetables, stirring well to coat.
  • Add tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and beef or vegetable broth. Allow the mixture to simmer until it thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Assemble the Shepherd’s Pie:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Transfer the meat and vegetable mixture to a baking dish, spreading it evenly.
  • Spoon the mashed potatoes on top of the filling, spreading them with a spatula to cover the entire surface.
  • Use a fork to create ridges on the mashed potatoes, which will become golden and crispy during baking.
  • Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the mashed potatoes are golden brown.

Allow the Shepherd’s Pie to cool for a few minutes before serving.

As you take the first forkful, experience the blend of seasoned meat, vibrant vegetables, and creamy mashed potatoes. This beloved recipe transcends time, inviting you to create lasting memories around the table with each comforting bite. So, whether shared with family on a chilly evening or prepared as a gesture of warmth for friends, this Classic Shepherd’s Pie remains a delicious and cozy dish for everyone to enjoy!