The ultimate makeover: Shepherd’s Pie

Experience the ultimate makeover with Angela Nilsen as she whips up the classic shepherd’s pie recipe and creates a super healthy version that will amaze your taste buds. This amazing dish offers all the comfort and flavor you love, but with a nutritious twist. Angela’s expert touch ensures you can enjoy this delicious reinterpretation guilt-free, making it the perfect choice for anyone looking for a healthy and filling meal. Get ready to savor every bite of this transformed Shepherd’s Pie, full of deliciousness and full of flavor.


  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3-4 thyme sprigs
  • 2 carrots, diced (total weight 300g/11oz)
  • 250g lean minced lamb (we used 10% fat)
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable stock powder to 350 ml of stock with boiling water
  • 227 g canned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 400 g canned green lentils without added salt, drained
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 650g Maris Piper or King Edward potatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 250 g sweet potatoes, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons half-fat crème fraîche
  • 1 tbsp partially skimmed milk

Preparation steps

  1. Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan or saucepan.
  2. Add the onion and thyme sprigs and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the carrots and sauté, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to brown, 5-8 minutes.
  4. Stir in the ground beef to break it up and cook until no longer pink, 1-2 minutes.
  5. Stir in the flour, scraping the bottom of the pan to prevent the meat from sticking, then cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  6. Pour in the broth and stir until the liquid has thickened.
  7. Stir in tomatoes, tomato puree, lentils and Worcestershire sauce.
  8. Season with pepper, reduce the heat and simmer covered for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  9. In the meantime, prepare the topping.
  10. Place all potatoes in a large pot of boiling water.
  11. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 12-15 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  12. Drain well in a colander and then return to the pan.
  13. Mash with a masher or briefly with an electric hand mixer until smooth.
  14. Stir in the crème fraîche and milk with a wooden spoon until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  15. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6.
  16. Place the meat in a 1.5 liter cake tin and remove the thyme sprigs.
  17. Top with the porridge and smooth it out with a knife.
  18. Use a fork to create a ridged pattern on top.
  19. Place the pan on a baking sheet and bake until piping hot and the filling begins to bubble around the edges, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  20. If the top is not brown enough, place it under the broiler for about 5 minutes, until the mash is crispy and golden brown.
  21. Let rest for 5 minutes and then serve.

Nutritional Information

429 12g 4g 63g 15g 11g 22g 0.91g

Equipment and tools

  • dulcimer
  • Knife
  • frying pan
  • Oven-safe dishes
  • Pot
  • Masher or potato ricer
  • Whisk

Allergen information

This recipe contains the following allergens:

  • Wheat (from regular flour)
  • Soy (from vegetable stock powder)
  • Dairy products (from crème fraîche and milk)

Storage and leftovers

Store leftover shepherd’s pie in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It can be kept for up to 3 days. Warm up thoroughly before consumption.

The Health Benefits of “The Ultimate Makeover: Shepherd’s Pie”

Shepherd’s Pie is a classic comfort food dish loved by many. Traditionally, this dish is made from ground beef or lamb, garnished with mashed potatoes. However, this ultimate reimagined version of Shepherd’s Pie not only satisfies your taste buds but also offers numerous health benefits. Let’s take a look at the ingredients and their health benefits:

rapeseed oil

Canola oil is a healthier alternative to regular cooking oil. It is low in saturated fat and high in monounsaturated fats, which may help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.


Onions are a rich source of antioxidants and contain various vitamins and minerals. They have anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

Thyme sprigs

Thyme is an herb that is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It is known for its antimicrobial properties and can help strengthen the immune system.


Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that is converted into vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is important for good vision, a healthy immune system and cell growth.

Lean minced lamb

Lean ground lamb is a great source of protein. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc and vitamin B12. Consuming lean protein is essential for muscle repair, muscle growth, and overall health.

Plain flour

Plain flour is a versatile ingredient for thickening sauces and gravies. It is low in fat but provides a good amount of carbohydrates for energy.

Vegetable bouillon powder

Vegetable bouillon powder adds flavor to the dish without the need for excess salt. It is a healthier alternative to regular bouillon cubes because it is made from vegetables and herbs.

Chopped tomatoes

Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium and lycopene, an antioxidant that has been linked to various health benefits. Lycopene may help reduce the risk of certain cancers and heart disease.

Tomato puree

Tomato puree is concentrated tomato paste that gives the dish a rich flavor. Tomatoes are known for their high vitamin C content, which supports immune function and skin health.

Green lentils

Green lentils are a good source of vegetable protein, fiber and various vitamins and minerals. They can help lower cholesterol, improve heart health and aid digestion.

Worcester sauce

Worcestershire sauce gives the dish a savory, umami flavor. Although used in small quantities, it adds to the overall flavor experience.

Maris Piper or King Edward Potatoes

Maris Piper or King Edward potatoes are starchy potatoes that are perfect for making mashed potatoes. They are a good source of vitamins C and B6 and provide a good amount of fiber.

sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a healthier alternative to regular potatoes because they contain fewer calories and more fiber. They are packed with vitamins A and C, potassium and antioxidants.

Half-fat crème fraîche

Half-fat crème fraîche is a lighter alternative to regular crème fraîche, which is high in saturated fat. It adds a creamy consistency to the mashed potato topping without adding an excessive amount of calories.

Semi-skimmed milk

Compared to whole milk, partially skimmed milk has less fat, but still provides important nutrients such as protein, calcium and vitamins. It helps create a smooth and creamy mashed potato topping.

By using these healthy ingredients, The Ultimate Makeover: Shepherd’s Pie not only satisfies your taste buds but also contributes to your overall well-being. Enjoy this healthier version of a classic comfort dish!

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