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Shepherd’s Pie


I am ashamed to say that despite being married to Ben for so long, this was the first time i tried making or eating Shepherd’s Pie. I have always thought that the dish looks kinda mushy and unappetizing but i must admit that i am so very wrong! The flavours really come together very well.Ā  Homemade ragu sauce topped with creamy mashed potatoes, what is there to not like?! I didn’t actually follow any recipe so i don’t know how authentic this is, this is cooked in my own style. But according to Ben, I nailed it! I love the sauce so much that i might try to make this in my lasagna šŸ™‚


  1. 4 medium potatoes
  2. For mash: splash of milk, knob of butter, salt and pepper
  3. 300g minced beef
  4. 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  5. 1 large red onion, diced
  6. 1 carrot, diced
  7. Salt and pepper
  8. 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  9. 1/2 tsp cummin seeds
  10. 2 heaped tbsp flour
  11. 2 tbsp pure tomato paste
  12. 1 cup chicken stock


  1. Boil potatoes till tender. Mash the potatoes with milk, butter, salt and pepper while it is still hot, until smooth and creamy.
  2. In a hot pan, heat oil and saute garlic and onions until fragrant.
  3. Add in diced carrots and fry for a few minutes.
  4. Add in minced beef, fry until lightly brown.
  5. Season with salt, pepper, chilli and cumin.
  6. Add in flour and toss until well combined. Add in tomato paste and toss evenly.
  7. Pour in chicken stock and bring to boil.
  8. Lower heat and simmer for about 10 – 15mins, until sauce is reduced and thickened.
  9. Place ragu sauce in a baking dish, top with mash potatoes.
  10. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 deg for about 30mins until golden. After 30 minutes, my potatoes were abit pale, so i turned off the bottom heat, switch to top heat to brown the top until golden.

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