Shepherd's pie is a comforting and hearty dish that has captured the hearts of home cooks around the world. Originating from the British Isles, this savory pie is traditionally made with minced lamb, and vegetables, and topped with creamy mashed potatoes. Whether you're a beginner in the kitchen or a seasoned food enthusiast, Shepherd's Pie is a fantastic recipe to add to your repertoire. Let's get started!

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For the filling:

  • 1 lb ground lamb (or beef for a cottage pie variation)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 1 cup peas (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 cup corn (optional)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For the mashed potato topping:

  • 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Variations for dietary preferences:

  • Vegetarian: Substitute ground lamb with lentils or a plant-based ground meat alternative.
  • Gluten-Free: Ensure beef broth and Worcestershire sauce are gluten-free, and skip the corn.


Step 1: Prepare the Meat and Vegetable Filling

  1. Cook the Lamb:
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add ground lamb and cook until browned, breaking it apart with a spoon.
  • Transfer the cooked lamb to a plate and set aside.
  1. Sauté the Vegetables:
  • In the same skillet, add chopped onions and garlic. Sauté until translucent.
  • Add diced carrots and cook until they start to soften.
  1. Combine Ingredients:
  • Return the cooked lamb to the skillet.
  • Stir in tomato paste, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, dried thyme, peas, and corn.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Simmer the mixture for about 10 minutes, allowing flavors to meld and sauce to thicken.

Step 2: Prepare the Mashed Potato Topping

  1. Boil the Potatoes:
  • Place chopped potatoes in a large pot and cover with water.
  • Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender about 15-20 minutes.
  • Drain and return the potatoes to the pot.
  1. Mash the Potatoes:
  • Add milk, butter, and cheddar cheese (if using) to the potatoes.
  • Mash until smooth and creamy.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Step 3: Layer the Filling and Mash

  1. Prepare the Baking Dish:
  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Spread the meat and vegetable filling evenly in the bottom of a baking dish.
  1. Add the Mashed Potatoes:
  • Carefully spoon the mashed potatoes over the filling, spreading them evenly.
  • Use a fork to create decorative peaks and valleys on the surface for a visually appealing pie.


Step 4: Bake the Pie

  1. Bake the Shepherd's Pie:
  • Place the assembled pie in the preheated oven.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
  • For an extra crispy top, broil for an additional 2-3 minutes.


Step 5: Serve Your Shepherd's Pie

  1. Portioning:
  • Allow the pie to cool for a few minutes before serving.
  • Cut into portions and serve with a spatula.
  1. Accompaniments:
  • Shepherd's pie pairs wonderfully with a simple green salad or steamed vegetables.
  • Enjoy it with a glass of red wine or your favorite beverage.


Making a classic Shepherd's pie is a rewarding culinary experience that brings warmth and satisfaction to your table. We encourage you to try this recipe and share your feedback. Remember, Shepherd's pie is versatile—feel free to customize it to suit your taste and dietary preferences.

Happy cooking! And don't forget to tag us in your Shepherd's Pie creations on social media. We can't wait to see your delicious results!

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