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No Fuss Shepherd's Pie

  • difficulty

    easy

  • serves

    4

  • cooks in

    90+mins

  • calories

    550 per serving

Ingredients 

 

  • 500g lamb mince (swag for vegan Quorn mince to make vegetarian/vegan)
  • Olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 100ml beef/chicken/vegetable stock (made with low sodium stock cube)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (swap for vegan/vegetarian to make vegan/vegetarian)
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 400g peas (fresh/frozen)
  • Salt and pepper to season

Topping

  • 3 large baking potatoes or sweet potato, chopped
  • Splash of milk/milk alternative
  • Knob of butter (optional)

Cooking Directions - Slow Cooker Recipe

  1. Heat a smash of oil in a frying pan and brown the onion and mince for approx 5 mins.
  2. Add the onion and browned mince to the slow cooker with all the other ingredients apart form the topping ingredients.
  3. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours until the carrots are tender. You may wish to scoop some of the oil/liquid from the top of the meat.
  4. 30 minutes before the end of the slow cooker time, add the potato to boiling water and simmer for approx 20 mins until they are tender.
  5. Mash the potatoes in the saucepan with the milk and butter.
  6. Turn on your grill to medium/high and spoon the mince mixture unto a separate baking dish. Top the mixture quickly with the mashed potato.
  7. Brown the top of the shepherds pie under the grill for approx 5-10 minutes until the potato starts to brown.

Tips:

You can vary the vegetables you add to increase the nutrient content of this meal. 

 

This can be frozen - freeze age cooked and cooled pie in a suitable dish, covered, labelled and dated for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight and reheated thoroughly in the oven at 180 degrees covered for approx 60-70 minutes, until piping hot. Reheated mashed potato can sometimes become soggy so you could freeze the mince mixture (reheat this in a saucepan until piping hot) without the mashed potato and make the mashed potato fresh.