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Five delicious flavour twists on Shepherd’s Pie – turn a classic family dinner recipe into something really special.

Our comforting, warming shepherd’s pie really is hard to beat… sat on a plate, nestled up to some pickled red cabbage, alongside a cheeky slice of buttery crusty bread.

But… just in case you’re getting bored of the same old midweek dinners, week in, week out then we’ve got five delicious twists on shepherd’s pie your family are just going to love. These are really easy family meal ideas.

homemade shepherd's pie served with cabbage

Five Twists on Shepherd’s Pie

All of these delicious variations on Shepherds Pie make a regular appearance in our family kitchen!

Italian shepherd’s pie

Mix up a meaty bolognese sauce using either beef or lamb mince, make sure there’s plenty of Italian herbs like oregano, basil and thyme in there flavouring up the meat.

Then top it with fluffy mashed potato scattered with Parmesan cheese. Absolutely delish! We’ve got loads more mince recipes here for you to try.

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Sausage & bean shepherd’s pie

Super quick and super easy. Add a layer of baked beans to the bottom of your pie dish, you could opt for BBQ beans if you wanted a smoky flavour.

Add some freshly cooked sausages to the bean mixture, I tend to use chipolatas for this. Then top with mashed potatoes, forked so they crisp up and add a handful of grated cheddar cheese for a nice melty finish.

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Mexican Shepherd’s Pie

Mexican cottage pie with cheesy nacho mashed potatoes being spooned out of the dish

Let’s go all Mexican with our amazingly tasty mash up of beef chilli loaded with extra veggies like sweet potatoes and black beans then topped with fluffy mashed potatoes scattered with grated mature cheddar and finished off in the oven.

The kids will ask for this again and again – especially when I make it with the cheesy taco mashed potato topping!

Get the Mexican shepherds pie recipe here. 

Vegetarian shepherd’s pie

Make up a quick vegetarian shepherd’s pie filling – we use tinned tomatoes mixed with tinned green lentils and stir in some garlic and sautéed onion. Top with a fluffy mash made from a tasty combo of potatoes and sweet potatoes and top with a handful of grated cheese.  Yum.

Of course you can make this into Vegan Shepherd’s Pie and skip the cheese or use a dairy free alternative.

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Spicy curried shepherd’s pie

A big favourite here – stick with the original shepherd’s pie recipe and add a couple of spoonfuls of curry paste to the lamb mince – go spicy or mild whichever you prefer.

Make the fluffy topping using potatoes, sweet potatoes and swede mashed together, with a sprinkling of turmeric and chilli flakes.

What side dishes go with Shepherd’s Pie?

Well… the best side dishes for Shepherd’s Pie are definitely green vegetables – try peas, sautéed cabbage, steamed broccoli or green beans. Get more ideas for tea time here.

Get more really delicious easy minced beef recipes here

Want some gravy with that?

Try our delicious easy onion gravy recipe, perfect for pouring over mashed potatoes.


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Five twists on shepherd's pie, bored of the same old shepherds pie here's five totally delicious twists to take that pie in a whole different direction, easy family dinner recipes

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