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Easy Shepherds Pie with sneaky leeks

Easy Shepherds Pie with sneaky leeks, time!

Shepherds Pie with sneaky leeks  is one of my fave dinners a good old pie and in this one I hide a layer of lovely buttery leaks underneath the potato layer.

It’s so good and makes such a great get ahead dinner.

Actually technicaly I think it’s a Cottage Pie but I’ve always called it Shepherds Pie.

But they are  very similar, dishes and are often confused apparently.

Both consist of a meat base covered in a potato top crust. …

Shepherd’s pie” is made from lamb (hence “shepherd”), while “cottage pie” is made with beef. Hey Ho!

Shepherds Pie with sneaky leeks

There is nothing nicer than a wonderful comforting pie in my book! I strongly believe this is one of the best pie recipes you’ll see! Yes, I’m that confident!

And just imagine how smug you’ll be when you’d been out for the day and you already prepared this dinner before you left! Now all you have to do is bang it in the oven! 🙂

This is what we often do go out for the day and I generally make it the night before then just bang it in the oven and Ta-Dah a lovely family warming dinner. I’m a firm believer it tastes better the next day 🙂 you know with all those crusty bits!

That’s where all the flavour is!

Shepherds Pie with sneaky leeks

How to serve / Get ahead

Have a go at this Shepherds Pie – I like to serve it with a big portion of green veggies. But it’s also lovely with baked beans – oh yes it is

And why not batch cook it and make one for the freezer too? Freeze unbaked and fully defrost before you bake.

Go on sneak those leeks in and let me know how you get on.

Drop me a comment below, I love your comments

If you love this traditional dinner why not have a go next at my lovely Toad in the Hole!

And never forget my Mums Meat & Potato Pie amazing  x

Thanks Cx



  • 750g Lean Minced Beef Steak
  • 1 Clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 Large White Onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 Carrots, chopped small
  • Small box Button Mushrooms, halved
  • Handful Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 2 Oxo Cubes
  • Freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Litre Water
  • 4 Leeks, sliced into rounds
  • Knob butter
  • 1 Tablespoon gravy granules
  • 600g Potatoes, peeled and cut in half
  • 200g Matured Cheddar Cheese, Grated

Preparation Method

  1. Preheat oven 180C/350F/Gas4
  2. In a pan add the minced beef, garlic onion and fry off until the mince is brown
  3. Add the carrots, mushrooms and tomatoes and crumbled Oxo Cubes & Black Pepper- fry off for a final 5 Minutes
  4. Add the water and stir, pop in the oven for 1 1/2 – 2 hours – with no lid – stir after 30 minutes
  5. In a separate pan add the butter and sweat off the leeks for 10 minutes, leave on one side
  6. In a pan boil the potatoes and reduce to simmer for approx. 25 minutes until tender, drain and mash well, you do not need milk or butter
  7. Remove Mince from Oven – stir in quickly 1 Tbs Gravy granules


  1. Tip the mince into an oven proof dish
  2. Pop leeks on top
  3. Next the mashed potato
  4. Then sprinkle with the grated Cheddar Cheese
  5. Pop it in the oven at 200C/400F/Gas 6 until piping hot and crispy on top (approx. 30 – 40 mins)- dig in …..



JMc says:
What a nice twist. The leeks taste lovely in this. Going to make this my new thing in SP.
Catherine says:
Looks lovely but surely this is cottage pie as you have used beef. Is not Shepherd's pie is made with lamb mince,
    Clare x says:
    You are totally correct Catherine - however I always call it Sheps Pie :-) Cx
Emma says:
Really tasty with the added leeks .will definitely be cooking this again
    Clare x says:
    Great to hear xx Thank you