Classic beef and mushroom pie

Mmm! Beef and mushroom pie for dinner. Source: Getty Images

This budget-friendly family meal tastes so good! Best of all, most of the ingredients are staples you should have in your kitchen.


  • 1 sheet frozen shortcrust pastry, partially thawed (or you can make your own if you have the time)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 brown onions, thinly sliced
  • 200g Swiss brown mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 500g beef mince
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup salt-reduced gravy powder
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, partially thawed
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 200C, or 180C fan-forced. Grease a 3cm-deep, 20cm round (base) pie dish. Line base and side of dish with shortcrust pastry, trimming to fit. Place dish on a baking tray. Line pastry with baking paper. Fill with pie weights or uncooked rice. Blind-bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove paper and weights. Bake for a further 10 to 12 minutes, or until edge is light golden.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add mushroom, garlic and thyme. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until mushroom softens. Add mince. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up mince, for 5 minutes or until browned. Add paste and sauce. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  3. Combine gravy powder and 1 cup of cold water in a jug. Add to pan. Bring to the boil. Cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes or until sauce thickens. Set aside to cool for 15 minutes.
  4. Spoon beef mixture into pastry case. Top with puff pastry. Trim excess pastry. Press pastry edge with a fork to seal. Brush top with egg. Make 3 small cuts in the centre. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden. Stand for 5 minutes.
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