Irish Shepherd’s Pie

Irish Shepherd’s Pie

One of the quickest and easiest supper dishes is a recipe shepherds pie. As you can see with this easy Shepherds Pie recipe, traditionally the pie is made with ground lamb, but if using ground beef it would be called a Cottage Pie.


Pre-heat oven to 200C/400°F.

Sauté carrots in the olive oil until starting to get tender.

Add in the onions and sauté for a minute or two then add the meat.

Season with black pepper and thyme.

Cook until browned then drain fat.

Add the butter and peas.

Sprinkle with flour and stir through.

Add tomato paste, wine and Worcestershire sauce.

Let this reduce slightly then add the chicken stock.

Allow to reduce down until you have a thick meaty gravy.

Season to your taste.

Remove from heat.

Grease an oven proof dish with butter and add the sauce.

Spoon or pipe the mashed potatoes over top.

Brush with egg and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if using.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until the potato is nice and browned on top.

Serve as is or with some crusty bread



  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 lb ground beef or 1 lb lamb
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 3 -4 large carrots, finely diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 3 -4 sprigs fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 glass red wine
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup stock
  • 1 large quantity mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Grated parmesan cheese (optional)
Serves 4
20 Minutes

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