Minced lamb with gravy, vegetables and a mashed potato crust

Lamb and Potato Shepherd’s Pie

A traditional shepherd's pie, perfect for a winter dinner.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 415 kcal
Author foodnessgracious


  • 2 pounds russet potatoes peeled and halved
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 3-4 crimini mushrooms sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcester sauce or balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon steak sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • 3 teaspoons fresh thyme chopped finely
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt plus another 1 teaspoon for the potatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil big enough to hold the potatoes. Boil them until they can be pierced with a sharp knife and no resistance is felt.
  2. Drain the potatoes and set aside
  3. Heat the canola oil in a medium sized pan, add the onion and ground lamb and cook until it's no longer pink. Drain the fat from the pan.
  4. Add the sliced mushrooms and stir well over a medium heat for about 4-5 minutes.
  5. Add the ketchup, Worcester, steak sauce and beef broth and bring to a boil.
  6. Simmer for 5 minutes then add the frozen vegetables, thyme, salt and black pepper. Stir well.
  7. Combine the cornstarch and water and add to the meat. Simmer for another 5 minutes, stirring.
  8. Transfer the potatoes to a stand mixer and using a whisk attachment, add the milk and butter and beat the potatoes until lump free and smooth. Season with the remaining salt and more pepper
  9. Transfer the meat to a pie dish, I used a 10 inch wide by 1 1/2 inch deep dish.
  10. Scoop the potato onto the meat and using a spatula, spread the potato in a circle covering the lamb.
  11. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes on top of a baking tray to catch any gravy drips.
  12. Serve at once with some extra steak sauce on the side.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from

Nutrition Facts
Lamb and Potato Shepherd’s Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 415
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.