No-fuss traditional shepherd’s pie

Sep 15, 2023
This traditionally British pie will have everyone going back for seconds! Source: Getty.

This is one of those rare meals that has stood the test of time, still loved today by young and old alike. Even though most families no doubt have their own version of this traditional dish, you can always revert back to this delicious recipe if you want a no-fuss, straightforward way of whipping it up.

With just a handful of easy ingredients, you and all of your hungry guests can sit back and enjoy this addictive dish in no time at all. And, although lamb might not be the cheapest meat in the supermarket these days, if you’re looking to treat yourself, there’s nothing better than this tasty pie!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, halved, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled, finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, trimmed, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 500g lamb mince
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 500ml (2 cups) beef style stock
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 (about 200g each) desiree potatoes, peeled, chopped
  • 40g butter
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) milk
  • Melted butter, to brush


  1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot and celery and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add lamb mince and cook, stirring to break up any lumps, for 5 minutes or until lamb changes colour.
  2. Add flour and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until combined. Add stock, bay leaf, Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes or until sauce thickens. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Meanwhile, cook potato in a saucepan of salted boiling water for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain well. Return to the pan with the butter. Use potato masher or fork to mash until smooth. Add milk and use a wooden spoon to stir until combined. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Preheat oven to 200C. Spoon lamb mixture into a 2L (8-cup) capacity ovenproof baking dish, or use four individual ovenproof serving dishes. Top with mashed potato and use a fork to spread over lamb mixture. Brush with butter. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until mashed potato is golden brown. Serve immediately.
Stories that matter
Emails delivered daily
Sign up