Sophie's Shepherds Pie Recipe -
Sophie's Shepherds Pie Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Sophie's Shepherds Pie

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"This is a hearty English meal, made with lamb mince, hence the name! Although it is called a pie it doesn't use any pastry and is so cheap, quick and easy to make, you'll enjoy making it! This is a 'larder cupboard' recipe, which means you can substitute for whatever you have handy in the cupboard!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    35 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Place the potatoes into a saucepan and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until tender enough to pierce with a fork, about 10 minutes. Drain and mash with butter and milk to your desired texture.
  3. Meanwhile, crumble the ground lamb into a large skillet. Cook and stir until no longer pink. Season with Worcestershire sauce and beef bouillon. Add the mushrooms and onion; continue to cook and stir until tender. Transfer the contents of the skillet to a large casserole dish.
  4. Mix the baked beans, diced tomatoes, gravy mix and carrots in with the lamb. Dollop big blobs of mashed potatoes over the top and carefully spread evenly to cover the entire top. Rake over it with a fork to create a crispy texture on top when it browns.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is browned and crisp.
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Jan 28, 2011

Oh so good! Didn't look like it would be but it was amazing! I would have started the meat before the potatoes though as it took longer. I also used beef since I had it on hand, corn instead of carrots, added a little extra worcestershire sauce and used the IKEA meatball gravy mix. The whole family was quiet while gobbling it down. The 2 yr old came back after dinner to clean her plate and the picky 5 yr old asked for more!

Jan 20, 2009

Very nice...lamb is the original Shepherd's pie...hence the word Shepherd...thanks!

Nov 12, 2009

Yeah, its shepherds pie, so its not the most exotic thing you can put on the table. But it is quick, easy, and one of the most flavorful shepherds pie I have had. I did use all "optional" ingredients to put as much flavor in as possible. Long story short - quick, easy, tasty. If the family doesn't like it let them cook for themselves!

Sep 16, 2009

First of all, YUMMY!! My family of 6 loved it. I thought there would be some leftover, but we ate it all. The family said, “This one is a keeper!” I had to make some changes, just because I did not have them available to at this time. I didn’t use lamb, not something I buy; also I didn’t have any fresh mushroom or a can of baked beans. I used pork and bean instead. I also made the mistake of using instant potatoes. I will defiantly use real mashed potatoes next time. EXCELENT PIE!! Thanks for the recipe!!

Oct 13, 2011

Very liquidy but good - might pass on the baked beans next time in lieu of green beans, personal preference. Kids loved it (over and over again...made a LOT of food). Great flavor!

Nov 15, 2012

So wasn't expecting the great feedback! So thank you all very much! This really is a versatile recipe, and the great thing is that when you swap out the lamb mince for beef mince, you just change the name from shepherds pie to cottage pie :0) The mince base is also really great with a jacket potatoe or in a bowl with a piece of crusty bread. It's what our family calls a rib coater, great on cold nights.

Jul 29, 2011

I made this for dinner tonight and my picky husband went for 3rds! Unheard of! However, I did not use ground lamb, $8.99 a pound was just too expensive so I used ground beef. That technically does not make it a shepherds pie I know, but it was delicious anyway. Other then that, I followed the recipe exactly. Thanks for this great recipe.

Sep 01, 2014

Simple and yummy! I used ground beef, added corn and peas since I didn't have mushrooms on hand. I didn't have brown gravy mix either, but didn't miss it. It came out warm, comforting and delish. A family hit!


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  • Calories
  • 1144 kcal
  • 57%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 103.9 g
  • 34%
  • Cholesterol
  • 175 mg
  • 58%
  • Fat
  • 57.9 g
  • 89%
  • Fiber
  • 15.6 g
  • 63%
  • Protein
  • 54.7 g
  • 109%
  • Sodium
  • 1215 mg
  • 49%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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