Shepherds Pie Recipe -
A Traditional Anglo-Irish Meal
That's Easy To Make

Shepherds Pie Recipe

This shepherds pie recipe is a great, traditional meal. Originally from England and Ireland, it's an easy shepherds pie that's great at any time of the year.

You could also use this recipe as a cottage pie recipe. Traditionally, Sheperds Pie has ground lamb as its meat base and Cottage Pie has ground beef. However today the two terms are often used interchangeably.

I've got quite a bit of English and Irish ancestry, and this recipe for shepherds pie has been passed down through my family over several generations.

This recipe will feed two people.

What you'll need is:

  • 500 grams/1 pound of good quality beef mince or lamb mince
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 or 3 skinned tomatoes (or a tin of chopped tomatoes)
  • 1/2 a cup of beef stock
  • 1 dessert spoon of tomato paste (or tomato puree)
  • 1 teaspoon corn flour
  • 2 medium to large potatoes
  • Canola oil

The equipment you'll need is:

  • A medium-sized frypan
  • A large saucepan
  • A deep, round casserole dish
  • A sharp kitchen knife
  • Some measuring spoons and cups
  • A stovetop
  • An oven


Peel the potatoes and chop into small pieces. Fill the saucepan with cold water, add some salt and put over a high heat to boil.

Peel the onion and dice finely. A good way is to slice thinly in one direction, and then thinly again perpendicular to the first cuts.

If you're using fresh tomatoes, cut them up into small chunks.

Preheat your oven to 180° Celsius / 350° Fahrenheit / Gas Mark 4 / Moderate oven.


When the water is boiling, add the potatoes and cook for 12 minutes. You can follow my complete instructions for mashed potatoes here .

While the potatoes are boiling, heat the canola oil in a frypan. Add the onion and mince and stir continuously to separate the mince. Keep stirring until the meat and onion start to brown.

Drain off any fat (tip the frypan slightly and use some paper towel to mop up any liquid) and then sprinkle the corn flour over the top. Add the tomatoes and paste, and continue stirring for another minute or two.

Then add the stock and bring to the boil, still stirring all the while. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Remove the frypan from the heat and transfer the meat to the casserole dish and cover with a good layer of the mashed potatoes. Put into the oven (with no lid) and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the potato is brown and crisp.


Using a knife, cut each serving from the casserole dish (use a spatula to lift it out), and place onto the plates.

If you want, you can serve this with some steamed vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower or carrots. Personally, I also think Shepherds Pie goes well with a little tomato sauce/ketchup, too.

So there you have it. A really simple Shepherds Pie recipe that is sure to satisfy everyone!

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