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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


  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.

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Recipe Notes

  • You can substitute ground beef for the lamb.
  • Assemble up to two days in advance, cover and refrigerate. Add 15 to 20 minutes to the baking time if going straight from the refrigerator.
  • To freeze: bake and cool completely, then cover in plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then reheat at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until warmed through.

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*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 114mg38%
Sodium 163mg7%
Potassium 894mg26%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 2645IU53%
Vitamin C 35.2mg43%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.