Shepards Pie

Shepards Pie

Shepherds pie

Serves 6


600g lamb mince (1 1/4 pounds)

1 large onion finely chopped

2 carrots finely diced

1 sprig rosemary, finely chopped

1 tbsp tomato paste

1 tablespoon flour

150 ml Red wine

400ml Chicken stock (1 ½ cups)

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

150g frozen peas (⅓ pound)


For the mash

1 kg Maris Piper potatoes, chopped into 2cm chunks (2 pounds)

100g salted butter 3.5 oz

75g cheddar cheese, grated (2.5 oz)




Preheat the oven 200 degrees c 400 F


Heat a 10 inch Hexclad frying pan over a high heat


Fry the lamb mince for a few minutes until golden, season. Remove to a bowl.


Reduce the heat to medium. Add the onion, carrot and rosemary. Season with salt. Cook, while stirring, for 5-8 minutes until the veg has softened.


Return the browned mince to the pan. Cook for 2 minutes.


Stir in the tomato pastee, cook for 30 seconds then scatter in the flour and cook for another minute


Add the wine, let it bubble away for a minute to reduce by half.


Add the stock and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer for around 25 minutes until you have a thick rich sauce. Add the peas for the last few minutes of simmering.


Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 12-15 minutes, until cooked and tender.


Drain allowing the potatoes to steam dry for a few minutes before returning the potatoes to the pan


Add the butter, mash until smooth. Season to taste.


Spoon the mashed potato, over the lamb in the skillet, spreading it evenly. Run a fork over the surface to fluff it up. Scatter over the grated cheese.


Bake in a preheated oven for around 25 minus until golden and bubbly