Shepherd’s Pie

  • 10MINS
  • 55MINS
  • 335KCAL

Spring is the perfect time for lamb and this super comforting, slimming-friendly Shepherd's Pie is great if you're counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories335
  • Carbs46g
  • Protein22g
  • Fat7g
  • Saturates2g
  • Sugars7g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

This super comforting, slimming friendly Shepherd’s Pie is great if you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.

Shepherd’s Pie is a classic, British recipe and pretty much everyone we’ve ever met has their own way of making this dish. Traditionally, Shepherd’s Pie uses minced lamb, but as it’s all but impossible to find lamb mince with less than 5% fat, we’ve used lean diced lamb instead.

We’ve topped our Shepherd’s Pie with our Creamy Mashed Potatoes, but you could also use mashed carrots and swede instead if you’d prefer.

This Shepherd’s Pie is packed with loads of vegetables already but as you can never have enough veg, we love ours served with fresh spring greens or savoy cabbage.

What diets is this Shepherd’s Pie suitable for?

This Shepherd’s Pie recipe is suitable for dairy free diets.

It can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Lamb stock pot
  • Beef stock cubes

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Shepherd’s Pie recipe?

  • You need to count 8 Points per portion of this Shepherd’s Pie recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 7 Points per portion of this Shepherd’s Pie recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 4 Points per portion of this Shepherd’s Pie recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Shepherd’s Pie?

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How many calories are in this Shepherd’s Pie?

There are 335 calories per portion in this Shepherd’s Pie, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

This Shepherd’s Pie is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Cut the diced lamb very finely, and chop the onion.

Step 2

Spray a large saucepan with low calorie cooking spray and brown the lamb for 5-6 minutes. Slice the carrots, chop the green beans and grate the courgette, and add to the saucepan along with the onion and garlic.

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Step 3

Cook the veg for around 5 minutes until they have just started to soften.

Step 4

Add the tomato puree, lamb stock pot and beef stock cubes. Cover with boiling water (around 900ml, depending on the size of your saucepan), mix thoroughly and pop a lid on. Cook for 25 minutes on a low heat, stirring occasionally to ensure it doesn’t stick to the bottom.

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Step 5

Meanwhile, cook the Creamy Mashed Potatoes from our recipe, making double the amount! The spring onions are optional.

Step 6

Remove the lid from the meat, add the frozen peas and leave to reduce on a high heat for around 5 minutes.

Step 7

Pour the meat into a baking dish, top with the mashed potatoes, spray with low calorie cooking spray and place in the oven for 30 minutes until golden and crisp!

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What could I serve with this Shepherd’s Pie?

This Shepherd’s Pie is a meal in itself, but we love to have ours with some vegetable accompaniments like the following:

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How do you know when Shepherd’s Pie is cooked?

You’ll need to cook your Shepherd’s Pie for around 30 minutes or until golden and crisp.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Shepherd’s Pie in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Shepherd’s Pie in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Shepherd’s Pie?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Shepherd’s Pie?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Shepherd’s Pie

Spring is the perfect time for lamb and this super comforting, slimming-friendly Shepherd's Pie is great if you're counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    55 MINS
  • KCals 335
  • Carbs 46G
WW Points
  • 8 Green
  • 7 Blue
  • 4 Purple

Ingredients

For the lamb base

  • 350 grams lean diced lamb all visible fat removed
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large courgette
  • 100 grams green beans
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 100 grams frozen peas
  • 1 lamb stock pot
  • 2 beef stock cubes
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • low calorie cooking spray

For the creamy mashed potatoes

  • 1 kg potatoes see our recipe for Creamy Mashed Potatoes

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Cut the diced lamb very finely, and chop the onion.
  2. Spray a large saucepan with low calorie cooking spray and brown the lamb for 5-6 minutes. Slice the carrots, chop the green beans and grate the courgette, and add to the saucepan along with the onion and garlic.
  3. Cook the veg for around 5 minutes until they have just started to soften. 
  4. Add the tomato puree, lamb stock pot and beef stock cubes. Cover with boiling water (around 900ml, depending on the size of your saucepan), mix thoroughly and pop a lid on. Cook for 25 minutes on a low heat, stirring occasionally to ensure it doesn't stick to the bottom.
  5. Meanwhile, cook the Creamy Mashed Potatoes from our recipe, making double the amount! The spring onions are optional.
  6. Remove the lid from the meat, add the frozen peas and leave to reduce on a high heat for around 5 minutes. 
  7. Pour the meat into a baking dish, top with the mashed potatoes, spray with low calorie cooking spray and place in the oven for 30 minutes until golden and crisp!

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John ScarisbrickThursday 16th January 2020

Another great success story! Really tasty just like the other 2 meals I’ve made this week!

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