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Recipe: Spicy Shepherds Pie | AD | FOOD

The nights are drawing in and autumn is coming! Now that it’s officially September, I’m starting to think about cosy nights in and lighting all the candles in my flat. 

This is my favourite shepherds pie recipe, a slight twist on the classic version, with lots of spices giving it a deliciously warming flavour and a lighter topping using sweet potato and parsnip, mashed together with greek yoghurt. 

You can also add in other spices such as paprika, garam masala or even some good old curry powder! Sometimes I also add frozen peas into the mince mixture to sneak some extra veggies in. In this version, I’m using beef mince so if you want to get technical, I guess this is a cottage pie but you can use lamb or beef, whichever you prefer.

Keep scrolling for the recipe!

Spicy Shepherds Pie – The Recipe

Serves 4


500g beef mince

1 tbsp olive oil

1 onion

1 garlic clove, chopped finely

1 inch piece root ginger, finely grated

1 tbsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1 tbsp plain flour

1 tbsp tomato puree

1 pint hot beef stock

3 parsnips, peeled and chopped

3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped

3 tbsp greek yoghurt


  1. Brown the mince in a large pan, drain the fat away and set aside
  2. Fry the onion in the olive oil for ten minutes until softened, then add the garlic and ginger and cook for one minute
  3. Stir in the spices, flour and tomato puree and cook for two minutes
  4. Gradually stir in the hot stock and add the mince back into the pan
  5. Simmer on a medium heat for 20 minutes until the sauce thickens
  6. Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees (c)
  7. Meanwhile, boil the parsnip and sweet potato together in a pan for 15 minutes until tender
  8. Add the minced beef mixture to the bottom of a casserole dish 
  9. Drain the potato and parsnip mixture and mash together with the yoghurt 
  10. Top the mince with the mash and pop in the oven for 30 minutes
  11. Serve with your favourite vegtables!

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