Shepherd’s Pie

Best, delicious, family favourite, thrifty, frugal

You may have spotted the Sainsbury campaign to Make Your Roast Go Further so as I’m always trying to cook economically I jumped at the chance to join in! I bought a lovely joint of beef and with some of the leftovers decided to make a Shepherd’s Pie. This was a bit of brave decision as the last one I’d made was at school and my children have refused to eat shop bought ones so it’s a dish we never have. My memory of my school experience was of the spoonfuls of potato disappearing into the beef/gravy mixture and it being a rather messy affair. This time I decided piping on the potato would solve any sinking issues and give a more even look.

Best, delicious, family favourite, thrifty, frugal


I researched various Shepherd’s Pies and came up with this recipe in which I decided to use dried Porcini mushrooms (which I happened to have) and I have to say they gave a really intense richness to the dish. I did wish I’d had a mincer as chopping up the meat finely was quite a labour of love but the result was equally as good.

I was thoroughly rewarded for my effort as the result was 4 completely clean plates. I think the fact that it tasted nothing like the bland shop bought variety had a big part to play in this. I’ll definitely be making this again as it’s such a warming, comforting dish and a thoroughly good way to make your roast go further!

Best, delicious, family favourite, thrifty, frugal

As this dish is made from scratch I am entering it in Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Mondays event. I am also entering Karen at Lavender & Lovage’s Cooking with Herbs event as this dish uses mixed herbs. Next I am entering Elizabeth’s Kitchen’s No Waste Food Challenge as I have used up the beef and dried mushrooms that I had. Finally I am entering Credit Crunch Munch which I a hosting this month and run with Helen of Fuss Free Flavours as this dish is quite frugal especially if you use ordinary mushrooms.

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Shepherd's Pie with porcini mushrooms, tomatoes and herbs for a super tasty dish your family with love!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: British
Serves: 4
  • For mash topping:
  • 700g Potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 25g Butter
  • 15g Extra butter, to dot on top
  • Salt & Pepper
  • For base:
  • 1 tbsp Rapeseed oil
  • 1 Onion, finely diced
  • 10g Dried Porcini mushrooms (rehydrated) or 50g Mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp Ketchup
  • ½ tsp Dried English mustard powder
  • ¼ tsp Mixed herbs
  • 300 ml Beef or lamb stock, made with 1 stock cube
  • 350g Cooked beef or lamb, ground or finely chopped
  • Pepper
  1. Boil potatoes for 15 – 20 minutes in boiling water and then drain immediately (or they will go soggy).
  2. Meanwhile fry the onion gently in 1 tbsp of oil in a large pan for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the mushrooms and fry for another minute.
  4. Add the tomatoes, ketchup, mustard powder, herbs, stock and pepper.
  5. Bring to the boil then simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Transfer the mixture to a dish.
  7. Mash the potatoes with the butter, salt and pepper.
  8. Place the mash on the meat, (I find piping is the easiest option), then fluff up with a fork if desired.
  9. Dot the mash with flecks of butter and bake in the oven at 200°C for 25 minutes or until browned.
  10. Serve with your favourite vegetables.

Best, delicious, family favourite, thrifty, frugal

Piping makes it easier to distribute the mashed potato!


Disclaimer: I was sent a shopping voucher by Sainsbury to cover the cost of my ingredients.

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  1. Kaci Soderstrom

    Ooh very yummy. I’d take out the mushrooms though as I don’t like them.. everything else sounds amazing though.

  2. Susan Joyce Rogers

    Great family favourite,a bit different,thanks

  3. Jane Middleton

    great recipi, love the mushrooms in it

  4. David C

    One of the best brtish dishes! 😀

  5. Maddy

    A classic for a reason 😉

  6. William Gould

    Love it! Can’t beat a bit of good old fashioned stodge, especially on a cold winter’s day!

  7. Geoff Clark

    Looks like a hearty meal

  8. Bev

    Planning on following this recipe.

    1. Camilla

      Hope you enjoy it:-)

  9. Herbert Appleby

    Been in Beijing China for past two weeks so could do with a nice stomach settling classic like this.

    1. Camilla

      Oh dear, sounds like you had a rough time tummy wise!

  10. Bev

    I can almost smell it!

  11. Paul Wilson

    The Shepherd would have to queue behind me for this.

    1. Camilla


      1. Paul Wilson

        Thanks, I’m here all week. ;O)

  12. Victoria

    Yum, that looks great!

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