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. Sharon

    This recipe always reminds me of my childhood at my grandparents 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Aah, love food memories;-)

  2. Martin Heslip

    I cook my veg with it, then let it cool…….my mash potato is made up of spuds, butter, a drop of milk, salt & pepper, (finely chopped celery and/or spring onions), optional….
    Then spoon it on top and fluff it up with a fork……

  3. Rahela

    Love shepherd’s pie, I’ve got one in the freezer for tomorrow’s dinner

  4. Martina Evans

    One of my favorite winter warming dishes, thanks for the recipe!

  5. Mike

    I only need one serving so can I freeze the others?

    1. Camilla

      Yes that would be fine:-)

  6. Maya Russell

    Just so happens I’m looking to use up some mince today and have dried mushrooms I picked & dried last week. Thanks again for the recipe.

    1. Camilla


  7. Emily Leary

    Looks great. Love a good shepherd’s pie.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Emily:-)

  8. JingerKat

    It’s a miserable wet cold day here today ~this is the purrfect comfort food

    1. Camilla

      Same here and the forecast is for the same:-( Definitely weather for Shephard’s Pie!

  9. Kaci Soderstrom

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

  10. Susan Joyce Rogers

    Great family favourite,a bit different,thanks

  11. Jane Middleton

    great recipi, love the mushrooms in it

  12. David C

    One of the best brtish dishes! 😀

  13. Maddy

    A classic for a reason 😉

  14. William Gould

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

  15. Geoff Clark

    Looks like a hearty meal

  16. Bev

    Planning on following this recipe.

    1. Camilla

      Hope you enjoy it:-)

  17. 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!

  18. Bev

    I can almost smell it!

  19. Paul Wilson

    The Shepherd would have to queue behind me for this.

    1. Camilla


      1. Paul Wilson

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

  20. Victoria

    Yum, that looks great!

  21. Paul Wilson

    Love a nice Shepherd’s Pie.

  22. Ursula Hunt

    The Grandchildren love shepherds pie

  23. Paul Wilson

    A nice Shepherd’s Pie is just what you need in weather like this.

  24. Maya Russell

    I’m making Shepherd’s Pie today. The recipe I have adds carrot and celery. I don’t have any porcini mushrooms but I will add some English mustard powder as your recipe does. Thanks for the inspiration.

  25. headsy12

    The cottage pie looks lovely and you certainly entered a few comps with it didn’t you.

    1. headsy12

      oops one of us does not know their cottage pie from shepherds pie. lol

      1. Camilla

        Trust me to find the only 2 books to misname it LOL and then adapt the recipes! It’s a poor excuse I know but a genuine one:-)

  26. Tracy Nixon

    I love traditional recipes!

  27. Elizabeth

    I’m a big fan of shepherd’s pie and this flavour combo sounds superb! I get that sinking potato thing happen on occasion too, especially with fish pie. I’ve learned that reducing the milk quantity in the mash helps keep the potatoes on top! Thanks for sharing your lovely recipe with the No Waste Food Challenge!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Elizabeth:-)

  28. clair downham

    my kids love shepherds pie but I have never tried it with porcini mushrooms so most give it a tryas it looks very yummy

  29. Karen

    Absolutely DELISH! I adore anything like this and your pie looks the business Camilla!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Karen, you can’t beat traditional comfort food:-)

  30. Tracy Nixon

    A traditional Winter warmer! Thank you!

  31. Corina

    I love this but only make it for my daughter as my husband doesn’t like mince or mashed potatoes. I like the idea of putting the dried porcini mushrooms in as they have so much flavour.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  32. Janine (J9)

    You can’t beat a Shepherds pie! A cottage pie… Any pie for that matter!! 🙂 Lovely Jubbly!

  33. K Mayers

    Never eaten Shepherd’s Pie with mushrooms in – porcini at that! I do love mushrooms too – eat them raw 🙂
    I must admit I’ve never thought to put mustard in the recipe either – though perhaps that’s because I have a real fussy bunch of kids.

    1. Camilla

      You really can’t taste the mustard specifically it just adds to the seasoning – the porcini really added a deep rich flavour to the mince though:-)


    Ooooh a firm family favourite! Never used dried mushrooms though – will have to give it a try!

    1. Camilla

      I hadn’t either Danielle but they have a really intense flavour and make a really good store cupboard item:-)

  35. Janice

    Love the new look Fab Food 4 All and a jolly tasty Shepherd’s pie!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much:-) xx

  36. Paul Wilson

    Love a good Shepherd’s Pie.

  37. Ursula Hunt

    One of my favorite winter warming dishes

  38. Coombemill

    A perfect winter family meal! Popping by from made with love Mondays

    1. Camilla

      Thanks so much:-)

  39. Maya Russell

    Dried mushrooms always give a good flavour to mince dishes. It looks good and the potato has not sunk!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, I think I need to get a mincer now then I’d make it more often:-)

  40. Hafsah

    Shepard’s pie is my absolute favourite food! I love it, but haven’t had it for a while!

    1. Camilla

      Yes I always liked it but it’s not something my mum ever made as she’s Danish so remember it from school mainly!

  41. su tyler

    I often make Shepards pie. Although I usually use left over lamb or lamb mince. I add some Worcestershire sauce instead of mustard.
    A drop of Reggae Reggae sauce gives it good kick too.

    1. Camilla

      I add Worcester Sause to my Minced Beef & Ondions so that makes sense, the Porcini Mushrooms had such a strong flavour that I don’t think it was needed in this particular dish.

  42. Elaine Livingstone

    well done on biting the bullet and being brave enough to overcome your childhood fear of this wonderful dish. Maybe it can become a staple in your home. They taste better on day 2 I always feel, once the flavours have had time to mingle

    1. Camilla

      That would be a problem having any leftover as everyone wanted more so I think making it the day before would be the best solution in that case:-)

  43. Herbert Appleby

    what a great choice, just right to give us the ready-break feeling at tea time as winter sets in. Your one looks really juicy and tasty as well with the super deep filling in it. : )

    1. Camilla

      Thanks. You wouldn’t get such a deep filling in a shop bought one that’s for sure!

  44. Javelin Warrior

    Shepherd’s pie is always one of my favorite comfort foods – what’s better than beef with tomatoes and potatoes? And even better, it can be made with leftovers from the fridge… Deliciousness, Camilla!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Mark, it’s good to recycle food isn’t it:-)

  45. mellissa williams

    This looks really delicious and perfect warming dish for the horrible weather we have been having.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, lets hope it doesn’t get any colder!

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