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Classic Shepherds Pie Recipe with Ground Lamb

Shepherds Pie with Mashed Potatoes is a tasty dish made with lamb and veggies, baked perfectly for ultimate comfort.

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Ah, the humble Shepherd’s Pie recipe. It is a comfy dish that almost everyone I’ve met enjoys. Traditionally, it’s a classic British dish made with lamb. That’s precisely how I make Shepherd’s pie at home – using lamb.

The first time I tried was at Gordon Ramsey Restaurant in Las Vegas. It was incredible. Many people prefer to use a beef version instead. My whole family enjoys a classic shepherd’s pie with lamb so much.

Regardless of what you use, make this Shepherd’s Pie using a mixture of ground meat and vegetables. Top it with mashed potatoes, and bake until you’ve reached golden brown perfection. Use this recipe for meal prep to make it ahead of time.

Shepherds pie slice on a white and brown rimmed plate with a fork.

Tips for making the Classic and Perfect Shepherd’s Pie: 

Be patient with the lamb. Or beef. You don’t want a runny meat mixture that sits at the bottom of your casserole dish. You want to cook the meat and vegetables until the consistency resembles a bolognese.

Use golden or russet potatoes. Red potatoes don’t work quite as well here. I think meat and potatoes make a classic pair, and lamb goes so well with golden or russet potatoes.

Do not overbake. Because both layers are already entirely cooked, don’t bake this dish for too long. Just long enough to bring everything together and for it to set. 20 minutes should be enough.

For a crispy and golden top, broil for a few minutes. Don’t wait for that golden-brown crust to prolong the cooking process. Instead, crank up your oven to broil and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Voila!

You’ve got to try this classic Shepherd’s Pie! It is delicious!

Key Ingredients

Shepherd's pie ingredients- lamb, potatoes, carrots, broth, egg yolks, dill, onion, cream, olive oil, rosemary, thyme, butter, Worcestershire sauce, tomato puree, salt, and pepper.

Potato topping:

Potatoes make a hearty and creamy topping to the Shepherd’s Pie. 

Egg yolks create a richness for the consistency of the potatoes.

Parmesan cheese adds a savory and salty kick.

Butter and heavy cream are staple ingredients when making creamy mashed potatoes!

Lamb meat filling:

Olive oil helps to saute the ingredients, delivering rich and savory flavors. 

Ground lamb creates a rich protein base to this recipe. Lamb is the best ground meat choice for this classic comfort food.

Onions and carrots add amazing flavors to the ground lamb mixture as they cook together.

Chicken broth infuses savory goodness, enhancing the lamb flavors. Vegetable broth or beef stock are great options as well.

Garlic, Worcestershire sauce, tomato puree, and red wine add rich flavors that create complexity within the ground lamb mixture. 

Fresh herbs: Rosemary, thyme, and dill give an aromatic freshness to the mix.

Salt and black pepper are classic necessities in any recipe. 

Lamb Shepherd’s Pie is the main course and makes a great dish to pre-make ahead of time for busy evenings. I love to pair it with a simple salad, like a classic tomato and cucumber salad. Even a side of quick and easy steamed green beans pairs well!

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

How to make Shepherd’s Pie with Ground Lamb

Steps 1 & 2: Prepare potatoes

Turn the oven to 350 F.

Peel and cut potatoes, then boil potatoes on medium heat in a large pot until cooked.

Boiled potatoes in a pot.

Steps 3 & 4: Saute lamb, carrots, and onion

In a large skillet, heat olive oil, and add the minced lamb, salt, and pepper.

Add in the grated carrots and chopped onion after the lamb begins to brown up and there isn’t much oil left.

A black pan with shredded carrots atop ground lamb.

Steps 5 & 6: Season

Stir and fry on medium with a wooden spoon, then add the minced garlic.

Add the Worcestershire sauce, tomato puree, and chopped herbs into the lamb mixture.

Lamb, carrots, dill, and tomato puree in a skillet with a wooden spoon.

Step 7: Add liquids

Add the red wine, stir and sauté everything well, then add the stock.

Chicken broth being added to a skillet with shepherd's pie filling and a wooden spoon.

Step 8: Finish potatoes

While the lamb is cooking, take boiled potatoes and drain them.

Steps 9 & 10: Season and mash potatoes

Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes with egg yolks.

Add unsalted butter, heavy cream, shredded parmesan cheese, and a few pinches of salt.

Mashed potatoes with egg yolks and butter for shepherd's pie.

Steps 11 & 12: Begin layering

Meanwhile, the lamb mixture should start getting thicker.

In an oven-safe baking dish, spread the lamb mixture on the bottom of the dish.

Step 13: Add potatoes

On top of the lamb, carefully add the potato puree. On top of the lamb, carefully add the potato puree.

potato layer atop a shepherd's pie in a casserole dish.

Steps 14 & 15: Prepare to bake

Sprinkle a little parmesan cheese on top and a pinch of black pepper.

Fluff the potatoes with a fork, and place in the preheated oven for 20 mins.

Ready to bake shepherd's pie in a casserole dish with fork lines on top.

Step 16: Broil

Broil for the last couple of minutes to get a golden crust finish.

Baked shepherd's pie in a casserole dish on a wooden board.

Expert Tips

  • Choose chicken, vegetable, or beef stock based on your preference to infuse the lamb mixture with savory depth.
  • Broil the shepherd’s pie for the last few minutes to achieve a golden crust on the potato topping, adding a delightful crunch.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use a different meat for shepherd’s pie?

Yes, substitute ground beef or turkey for lamb based on your preference.

Does lamb shepherd’s pie reheat well?

Yes. Store it covered in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the oven covered with foil.

Can I freeze shepherd’s pie?

Yes, freeze before baking; thaw in the refrigerator before baking as per the instructions.

Shepherd's pie in a casserole dish with one slice taken out and thyme in a small dish on the side.

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shepherds pie with lamb on a white plate with a brown rim and a fork.

Classic Shepherd’s Pie Recipe with Ground Lamb

This Shepherd's Pie has delicious lamb meat with fluffy mashed potatoes and hidden vegetables, baked to perfection- it's the ultimate comfort food.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Meat & Stews
Allergy: Gluten Free, Nut Free
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings8
Calories: 306kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 handful dill, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb lamb, minced (ground)
  • 2-3 yellow potatoes, chopped
  • ½ tsp rosemary
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ½ cup red wine
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2-3 carrots, grated
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 10 oz chicken stock
  • ¼ heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Tbsp tomato puree
  • salt, or to taste
  • black pepper, or to taste

Instructions

  • Turn the oven to 350 F.
  • Peel and cut potatoes, then boil potatoes on medium heat in a large pot until cooked.
    2-3 yellow potatoes,
    boiling potatoes in a pot with handles.
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil, and add the minced lamb, salt, and pepper.
    1 lb lamb,, 2 Tbsp olive oil, salt,, black pepper,
    ground lamb meat in a skillet with a wooden spoon.
  • Add in the grated carrots and chopped onion after the lamb begins to brown up and there isn't much oil left.
    2-3 carrots,, 1 onion,
    a pan with lamb and grated carrots.
  • Stir and fry on medium with a wooden spoon, then add the minced garlic.
    2 cloves garlic,
    ground meat carrots and spices in a black pan.
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce, tomato puree, and chopped herbs into the lamb mixture.
    1 handful dill,, ½ tsp rosemary, 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1½ Tbsp tomato puree, ½ tsp thyme
    a skillet with lamb carrots dill and tomato puree.
  • Add the red wine, stir and sauté everything well, then add the stock.
    ½ cup red wine, 10 oz chicken stock
    a skillet cooking veggies meat and with chicken broth being added in from a glass pitcher.
  • While the lamb is cooking, take boiled potatoes and drain them.
  • Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes with egg yolks
    2 egg yolks
    mashed potatoes with egg yolks for a recipe in a pot.
  • Add unsalted butter, heavy cream, shredded parmesan cheese, and a few pinches of salt.
    1 Tbsp unsalted butter, ¼ cup parmesan cheese,, ¼ heavy cream, salt,
    butter yolks and mashed potatoes in a pot.
  • Meanwhile, the lamb mixture should start getting thicker.
    a skillet with cooking lamb and carrots with a wooden spoon.
  • In an oven-safe baking dish, spread the lamb mixture on the bottom of the dish.
    putting together shepherds pie in a dish.
  • On top of the lamb, carefully add the potato puree. On top of the lamb, carefully add the potato puree.
    mashed potatoes atop shepherds pie in an oval baking dish.
  • Sprinkle a little parmesan cheese on top and a pinch of black pepper.
    ¼ cup parmesan cheese,, black pepper,
    an oval pan with mashed potatoes and black pepper on top.
  • Fluff the potatoes with a fork, and place in the preheated oven for 20 mins.
    mashed potato with fork marks in an oval pan with a dark rim.
  • Broil for the last couple of minutes to get a golden crust finish.
    a pan with mashed potatoes atop a shepherds pie on a wooden cutting board.

Nutrition

Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 490mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2718IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Yes! Yes! Yes! Why have I never thought to make shepherds pie with lamb? It is incredible! We did omit the carrots however because we prefer it that way but so good.