In England, the birthplace of this hearty dish, shepherd’s pie is most often made with a ground-lamb filling. It is a classic comfort food recipe and an easy, cozy meal the whole family will love!


Shepherd's Pie

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Baking, Breakfast, Cooked meals, Dinner, Easy
Cuisine American, British
Servings 6 servings


For mashed potatoes

  • 1 1/2 lbs potatoes peeled
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

For lamb mixture

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 big carrot peeled and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground lamb
  • 1 cup peas frozen or canned
  • 1 cup corn frozen or canned
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup chicken broth


  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • In a large pot, cover potatoes with water and add a generous pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and cook until totally soft about 20 minutes.
  • In the meantime, in a large pan over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion, carrots, garlic, and thyme and cook until fragrant and softened, 5 minutes.
  • Add ground lamb and cook until no longer pink, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in frozen peas and corn and cook until warmed through. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle meat with flour and stir to evenly distribute. Cook 1 minute more and add chicken broth. Cook 4 minute more.
  • Drain potatoes and return to pot. Use a potato masher to mash potatoes until smooth.
  • Add melted butter, milk, and sour cream. Mash together until fully incorporated, then season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Transfer lamb mixture to the baking pan. Top it with an even layer of mashed potatoes
  • Bake about 20 minutes.
  • Enjoy!


Keyword Baked, Carrots, Casserole, Dinner, Lamb, Onion, Peas, Potato
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