Rustic Shepherd's Pie: A Comforting Classic


Dive into the heartwarming flavors of our Rustic Shepherd's Pie. This traditional dish layers savory ground meat cooked with vegetables and rich gravy, topped with a crown of fluffy mashed potatoes. Baked to golden perfection, it's a comforting classic that's perfect for family dinners or a cozy night in.

Rustic Shepherd's Pie: A Comforting Classic

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Servings and Serving Size

  • This recipe serves 6 people. 
  • Each serving is a generous portion of the shepherd's pie.

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 450 kcal
  • Protein: 25 g
  • Carbohydrates: 35 g
  • Fat: 25 g
  • Saturated Fat: 10 g
  • Cholesterol: 80 mg
  • Sodium: 700 mg
  • Fiber: 4 g


  • Ground lamb or beef: 900 g (2 lbs)
  • Onion, chopped: 1 large
  • Carrots, chopped: 2
  • Peas: 150 g (1 cup)
  • Garlic, minced: 2 cloves
  • Tomato paste: 60 g (2 oz)
  • Beef or lamb broth: 480 ml (2 cups)
  • Worcestershire sauce: 2 tbsp
  • Potatoes, peeled and quartered: 1.3 kg (3 lbs)
  • Butter: 100 g (1/2 cup)
  • Milk: 240 ml (1 cup)
  • Salt and pepper: to taste
  • Fresh thyme or rosemary: for garnish

Method of Preparation

  1. In a large skillet, cook ground meat until browned. Add onions, carrots, and garlic. Cook until vegetables are soft.
  2. Stir in tomato paste, broth, and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer until thickened, then add peas. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Boil potatoes until tender. Mash with butter, milk, salt, and pepper until smooth.
  4. Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F).
  5. Spoon the meat mixture into a baking dish. Spread mashed potatoes on top.
  6. Bake for 20-30 minutes until the top is golden and the edges are bubbly.
  7. Garnish with fresh thyme or rosemary.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For a deeper flavor, add a splash of red wine to the meat mixture.
  • Ensure the meat mixture is reduced and thick to prevent a soggy bottom.
  • For a crispier potato topping, use a fork to create ridges before baking.


Can I make Shepherd's Pie vegetarian?

Yes, substitute meat with lentils or a meat substitute.

Can I freeze Shepherd's Pie?

Yes, it can be frozen before or after baking.

How can I make the top of the pie more golden?

Brush the mashed potato topping with beaten egg before baking.