In this simple shepherd's pie recipe, we call for flavorful lean ground lamb, which isn't always easy to find. You can use lean ground beef or turkey instead. If you want to use lamb, ask your butcher to grind it for you or, to make your own ground lamb, start with a lean cut of lamb, such as leg or loin, trimmed of any excess fat and cut into 3/4-inch pieces. Pulse briefly in a food processor just until uniformly ground.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2014


Recipe Summary

35 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring 2 inches of water to a boil in a large pot fitted with a steamer basket. Add potatoes and steam until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain and return the potatoes to the pot. Add milk, butter and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Mash together to a chunky consistency. Cover to keep warm.

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add lamb, onion, carrots and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper; cook, stirring, until the lamb is no longer pink, 6 to 8 minutes. Sprinkle flour and oregano over the mix and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add broth and corn; bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes more.

  • Ladle the lamb stew into 4 bowls and top with the potatoes.

Nutrition Facts

410 calories; protein 25.2g 51% DV; carbohydrates 43.1g 14% DV; dietary fiber 4.9g 20% DV; sugars 7.2g; fat 16g 25% DV; saturated fat 6.5g 32% DV; cholesterol 73.9mg 25% DV; vitamin a iu 11004.9IU 220% DV; vitamin c 14.8mg 25% DV; folate 83.4mcg 21% DV; calcium 82.8mg 8% DV; iron 3.1mg 17% DV; magnesium 70.5mg 25% DV; potassium 1167mg 33% DV; sodium 630.1mg 25% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 28% DV.

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4 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 0
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 1 stars
Super bland! I doubled the spices and made it with ground turkey. I wish it tasted better because its hardy and perfect for a quick dinner. Pass on this! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Pretty good but it needs spicing up. I also increased the amount of potatoes used to 1.5 pounds and used white pepper in the mashed potatoes instead of black. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I give it 3 stars for ease but next time I am going to substitute the chicken broth to beef broth and replace the lamb with beef. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Simple and delicious Simple to make with ingredients you have in the house. I made it with ground turkey and everyone loved it. Fast weeknight dinner. Pros: So easy to make Cons: None Read More