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Traditional Shepherd’s Pie Recipe – Comfort Food at Its Finest

Traditional Shepherd’s Pie is made with lamb. Hence the name. This classic recipe serves 4 and includes substitutions just in case you’re in a hurry!


Shepherd’s Pie is one of those classic comfort foods. Almost everyone loves it. Of course, what’s not to love? Veggies smushed between creamy mashed potatoes and a deliciously moist meat layer. We typically make our shepherd’s pie with ground beef and sort of a gravy. But traditional shepherd’s pie is made with lamb. Hence the name. This recipe serves four and includes some substitution options too. We hope you like!

shepherd's pie in baking dish with piece removed onto white plate

So delicious!

shepherd's pie in baking dish with piece removed onto white plate

How to Make Traditional Shepherd’s Pie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 2 cups mixed frozen vegetables of choice, peas, carrots, corn
  • 2 cups lamb, chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp flour, gluten-free works, optional
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 1 tsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

Prepare your mashed potatoes, if not using leftovers.

  1. Peel 6-8 potatoes, chop into 1/2″ slices, and boil in a large pot of water until fork-tender.
  2. Drain the potatoes and mash. Add your preferred additions to achieve your desired taste and texture (i.e., butter and/or milk).

Prepare Meat

  1. Chop the lamb into bite-sized pieces.
  2. In a large frying pan over medium heat, whisk the tomato paste into the chicken broth. Season to taste with rosemary, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.
  3. Add the chopped lamb and cook until all pieces are cooked through, an internal temperature of 145F
  4. Add the flour if the sauce hasn’t thickened by the time the lamb is fully cooked, whisking in and cooking for two minutes.

Prepare Vegetables

  1. Cook the mixed vegetables by boiling in a small pot of water for 5 minutes. Drain. Or simply run them under hot water in a strainer to thaw. They can cook with the rest of the pie in the oven. 

Assemble and Cook the Pie

    1. Assemble the pie by pouring the lamb and sauce into the bottom. Spread into an even layer.
    2. Top with the mixed vegetables.
    3. Spread the mashed potatoes overtop.
    4. Bake at 400F for 15-18 minutes until the potatoes are slightly browned. Serve immediately with a side salad or buns.

Notes

Can use minced lamb instead of regular lamb.

For not-quite-so-traditional Shepherd’s Pie, substitute lamb with ground beef.

If you’re in a hurry, substitute the tomato paste, Worcestershire and broth with a few squirts of ketchup and a tsp of HP sauce. 

shepherd's pie in baking dish with piece removed onto white plate

shepherd's pie in baking dish with piece removed onto white plate

Traditional Shepherd's Pie

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Traditional Shepherd's Pie is made with lamb. Hence the name. This classic recipe serves 4 and includes substitutions just in case you're in a hurry!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 2 cups mixed frozen vegetables of choice, peas, carrots, corn
  • 2 cups lamb, chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp flour, gluten-free works, optional
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 1 tsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

Prepare your mashed potatoes, if not using leftovers.

  1. Peel 6-8 potatoes, chop into 1/2" slices, and boil in a large pot of water until fork-tender.
  2. Drain the potatoes and mash. Add your preferred additions to achieve your desired taste and texture (i.e., butter and/or milk).

Prepare Meat

  1. Chop the lamb into bite-sized pieces.
  2. In a large frying pan over medium heat, whisk the tomato paste into the chicken broth. Season to taste with rosemary, Worchestershire sauce, salt and pepper.
  3. Add the chopped lamb and cook until all pieces are cooked through, an internal temperature of 145F. chopped lamb cooking in a pan
  4. Add the flour if the sauce hasn't thickened by the time the lamb is fully cooked, whisking in and cooking for two minutes.

Prepare Vegetables

  1. Cook the mixed vegetables by boiling in a small pot of water for 5 minutes. Drain. Or simply run them under hot water in a strainer to thaw. They can cook with the rest of the pie in the oven. 

Assemble and Cook the Pie

  1. Assemble the pie by pouring the lamb and sauce into the bottom. Spread into an even layer. lamb and sauce for shepherd's pie in bottom of baking dish
  2. Top with the mixed vegetables. veggies added as second layer of shepherd's pie
  3. Spread the mashed potatoes overtop. top lamb and veggies with mashed potatoes for final assembly step
  4. Bake at 400F for 15-18 minutes until the potatoes are slightly browned. Serve immediately with a side salad or buns.  baked pie - browning at edges

Notes

Can use minced lamb instead of regular lamb.

For not-quite-so-traditional Shepherd's Pie, substitute lamb with ground beef.

If you're in a hurry, substitute the tomato paste, Worcestershire and broth with a few squirts of ketchup and a tsp of HP sauce. 

Looking for a potato-free version of Shepherd’s Pie? Try our Sweet Potato Topped Shepherd’s Pie recipe here. 

shepherd's pie portion on white place with red and white napkin under it

Do you like traditional shepherd’s pie? Or do you prefer the more modern day equivalent with beef?

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I'd love to chat with you in the comments!

Comments

  1. Life Diet Health says

    Shannon what a lovely version! I’d never have thought to use lamb pieces instead of minced lamb and I’ve never added veg as their own layer! I think my boys wouldn’t mind trying this☺ Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday – don’t forget to add the links in so your readers can join the party too!

  2. Miz Helen says

    We love Shepherds Pie, this looks delicious! Have a great first week of spring and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with FULL PLATE THURSDAY!
    Miz Helen

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