Classic Homemade Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

You will absolutely love this classic shepherd’s pie with the most amazing mashed potatoes and lamb filling of all time. Shepherd’s …


You May Also Like

About the Author: Chef Billy Parisi


  1. So many thanks Chef Billy. I grew up in the UK with this little gem. My Mum always made it on Monday after our Sunday dinner. Later it was a great way to get veggies into my boys. We always added parsnips, absolutely essential. I have a food mill but we prefer hand mashed – not so pasty! A sprinkle of cheese – delicious.

  2. I made a cottage pie version of this. I did caramelized onion and garlic then added the ground beef. Added frozen vegetable mix just before the flour. I didn't have fresh herbs so used a dry Italian blend. I forgot to add the butter to my potatoes and had to scrape them off the pie and back into a bowl – ha ha! The prep time took way longer than 15 minutes. Was more like an hour and a half. Still, this turned out incredibly good. I went back for seconds. Thank you so much Chef Billy!

  3. I made this today. I made recipe x3 to give some to the old lady I take care of & one for my in-laws. They all thought I bought it 🤣🤣🤣
    It was spectacular. Thank you. This home cook is so good because of following your tips, people think I’m a professional
    Your so wonderful for sharing all this information. I feel like I finally made it through culinary school. It’s always been my dream

  4. Dude I made this for the 4th in the Cottage Pie version and it was a hit!
    I don't have a food processor so the prep took a bit longer but I need the knife practice anyway. Also my food mill (Flotte Lotte) bottom scraper spring kept falling off – ugh but otherwise another hands up walking around so good recipe!
    Thank you Chef!!!

  5. I have never heard of tomato paste or garlic in Shepherds Pie, and I much prefer my veg a bit chunkier. However, your mashed potatoes look Divine! Must try….

  6. My family loved this… I forgot the tomato paste but hey, I am no Chef Parisi… I also added red, green, and yellow peppers. I added petite greens peas and white and yellow corn just before baking. You don't want them to be mushy and you want them to maintain their vibrant color. For the potatoes, I used Fontina, Pecorino Romano, and Parmesan with just enough buttermilk to loosen the potatoes so they would provide tang and make them easier to pipe. I also substituted the sour cream for crème fraîche.

  7. In the recipe description below it says rosemary, but you actually say thyme. However, I know that it being lamb and there is tomato paste in it you can use both. I'm just getting use to using thyme in my food. I've been experimenting with it. I grew up thinking Rosemary, Thyme and Oregano are red sauce herbs. Yes, I know I needed to expand my cooking knowledge when using herbs. I really do love to experiment in the kitchen 😋.

  8. No, this goes far beyond potatoe mash — these are pommes duchesse 8). Discovered your chanel yesterday and I really enjoy the combination of really good technical instructions, aesthetics and the sympathetic chef! Greetings from Germany

  9. Hey Billy, thanks for clarifying the shepherds pie vs a cottage pie. Here’s another myth clarification for ya…
    Corned Beef – the MYTH (poem)
    I just want to put something straight
    About what should be on your plate,
    If it's corned beef you're makin'
    You're sadly mistaken,
    That isn't what Irishmen ate.
    If you ever go over the pond
    You'll find it's of bacon they're fond,
    All crispy and fried,
    With some cabbage beside,
    And a big scoop of praties beyond.
    Your average Pat was a peasant
    Who could not afford beef or pheasant.
    On the end of his fork
    Was a bit of salt pork,
    As a change from potatoes 'twas pleasant.
    This custom the Yanks have invented,
    Is an error they've never repented,
    But bacon's the stuff
    That all Irishmen scoff,
    With fried cabbage it is supplemented.
    So please get it right this St. Paddy's.
    Don't feed this old beef to your daddies.
    It may be much flasher, 
    But a simple old rasher, 
    Is what you should eat with your tatties. ☘️

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.