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Best Shepherd's Pie Recipe

This Shepherd's Pie recipe is an Irish classic! You can use ground lamb or beef, and the whole casserole is topped with beautifully browned mashed potatoes.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish
Prep 45 minutes
Cook 1 hour
Total 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 to 6 servings
Calories 564 kcal
Author Michelle


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion finely chopped
  • medium carrots 106 grams, finely chopped
  • pounds ground lamb
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup beef lamb or chicken stock, warmed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 recipe Perfect Mashed Potatoes or 4 cups prepared mashed potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and carrots and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until soft but not browned.
  3. Increase the heat to high, add the lamb, and cook until it is well-browned. Stir in the tomato paste and mustard, then add the stock. Reduce the heat to low, season with salt and pepper, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the stock is mostly (but not completely) evaporated.
  4. Transfer the meat mixture to a 1½-quart casserole dish. Cover with the mashed potatoes. Brush the top of the mashed potatoes with the melted butter. Bake for 50 minutes, or until evenly browned on top. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Best Shepherd's Pie Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 564 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 40g 62%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 114mg 38%
Sodium 163mg 7%
Potassium 894mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 52.9%
Vitamin C 42.7%
Calcium 4.5%
Iron 17.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.