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Mum's Ultimate Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Try Georgia Harding's hearty Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Credit: Georgia Harding

Every time we visit my mum, my kids beg her to make her shepherd’s pie. I always have a laugh as it contains quite a few vegetables they dislike, yet they devour it every single time. This pie is a far cry from the basic meat and potato pie that most of us remember. The spices and long list of vegetables make it a truly healthy and hearty meal.

Serves: 6 



  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 sticks celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp cumin, ground
  • 1 tsp coriander, ground
  • 1 tsp turmeric, ground
  • Chilli flakes, to taste
  • 500g beef mince
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 cup diced pumpkin (1cm dice)
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 small finger eggplant, 1cm diced
    1 cup chopped cauliflower
  • ½ cup chicken stock or bone broth
    2 tsp sea salt
    Ground black pepper
    1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    1 tsp marmalade

  • Mash
    1 clove garlic
    4 large potatoes, peeled & diced
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled & diced
    ½ cup milk of choice
  • Sea salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan (optional)
  1. In large pan, add olive oil, onion, celery, garlic and spices and sauté over low heat to soften (but not brown).
  2. Add beef mince and cook until browned.
  3. Add in rest of ingredients, mix well and bring to simmer. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30–40 mins until vegetables have softened and sauce reduced.
  4. While that’s cooking, place garlic, potatoes and sweet potatoes in large pot, cover with water and bring to boil. Cook until potatoes are soft.
  5. Strain and return to the pot with milk, salt and pepper and mash until fluffy.
  6. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  7. Once cooked, place sauce in baking dish and top with mashed potato. Spread mash out with back of fork. Top with the Parmesan if using.
  8. Bake for 20 mins or until top is golden and crunchy.


Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding is a naturopath with almost 20 years experience, a mother and a passionate health educator. After many years consulting in a busy practice, lecturing in natural medicine and sharing her knowledge on talkback radio, Georgia decided to reach out and share her passion for holistic health by developing her blog, Well Nourished.
On her website, she shares fad-free health advice and intolerance/allergy-friendly recipes to inspire people to live happy, healthy lives and create delicious food memories.

Georgia’s ebook Rise and Shine: A Well Nourished Breakfast will inspire and guide you to prepare the most important meal of the day in just minutes. Her latest ebook The Well Nourished Lunch Box contains over 50 nut-free, allergy-friendly wholefood sweet and savoury snacks, lunches and meals to inspire you to pack a nourishing lunch box that your kids will love to eat and you will love to make.