Shepherds Pie

This Shepherds Pie recipe is from our Wholefoods for Families course and is a favourite among our members. 

Enjoy a warming and nourishing Shepherds Pie that is sure to impress. For us, shepherds pie is the ultimate comfort food. If you're plant-based, we recommend switching the mince meat for two tins of your choice of legumes.

Serves 6-8
Prep: 10mins
Bake: 15mins


½ white onion
2 mushrooms
1 large carrot
1.5 cups frozen peas
½ capsicum
500g turkey mince
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp Italian herbs
1 tin lentils, drained and rinsed
1 cup passata
1.5 cups water
8 medium potatoes


1. Begin by filling and turning the kettle on.

2. Set a big pot on the stove with some water in the bottom and turn on the heat

3. While kettle boils, wash and cut the potatoes. 1-2 cm size pieces are perfect.

4. Once kettle is boiled, add water to the pot with a good dash of salt. Add the potatoes and ensure the water covers them. Bring to the boil and allow to cook until potatoes are tender.

5. Once cooked, drain and add back to the pot. TIP: Wait until the potatoes stop steaming before mashing to prevent them from drying out. This way you don’t get sloppy mash. Add salt if wanted and a couple knobs of butter. Mash until smooth

6. In a large pan or pot add a splash of oil and heat on low.

7. Dice your onion and add to the pan. Cook until soft, 2-3 minutes.

8. Cut all other veg to a size that suits you. Fussy kids? Do big pieces so you can remove them easily or super tiny so they don't notice. 

9. Add the chopped veg to the pan and cook until slightly browned.

10. Add your mince and cook until browned.

11. Add the peas.

12. Sprinkle herbs over the top and then mix through.

13. Add passata and water and stir.

14. Let it simmer so the sauce reduces and becomes thicker. You want enough sauce, so it will be juicy but not enough that the potato will be wet when it sits on top.

15. Finally, add the lentils and let them heat through.

16. Add your mince mixture to a baking dish. I like to use 2 smaller dishes, so I get a deeper pie.

17. Spread your mash on top and flick with a fork to add some texture which achieves a nice crispy top.

18. Sprinkle with cheese – grated cheddar or parmesan are awesome.

19. Pop in the oven for 20-30mins until browned.

Let it sit for 10mins before cutting and serving either alone or with a big dose of fried kale, broccoli and sauerkraut on the side.

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