Healthy Shepherd’s Pie

Healthy Shepherd’s Pie

I’m a huge fan of ‘one pot dishes’ because it a) reduces the amount of washing up and b) makes it super easy to cover and chill in the fridge to have as leftovers the next day!


This healthy shepherd’s pie dish tastes amazing and it contains FOUR different types of vegetables (and more if you add them as a side!); I’ve swapped regular potato for sweet potato and use chopped tomatoes rather than a pre-made sauce.


Do let me know if you give this recipe a go!


P.S I have included a vegetarian version of this dish too.. so that nobody misses out!


Healthy Shepherd's Pie


  • 250g extra lean beef mince or Quorn*
  • 2-3 sweet potatoes (250g), peeled & chopped**
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 150g mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes (400g)
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp Worcester sauce
  • To Serve: Broccoli & Carrots (or vegetables of your choice!)

  • Optional: Gravy – If you’re using gravy granules then use the water that you’ve boiled your vegetables in to make it up with – this way your gravy will be bursting with nutrients too!


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 220 degrees C and boil a pan of water.. add the potatoes to the pan and cook until soft before mashing and setting to one side.
  2. Meanwhile, spray a non-stick pan with 1 calorie spray oil (or 1 tbsp of oil) and add the onion. Cook for around 5 minutes until soft and golden.
  3. Add in the beef mince and cook until browned all over before adding the mushrooms and cooking for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the tinned tomatoes, tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce (plus the Quorn if using instead of beef) and simmer for 10-20 minutes until the liquid has evaporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Spoon the mince mixture into an ovenproof dish and top evenly with the mashed potato (you could even swap the potato for butternut squash, swede or carrot, or use a mix of the 2!).
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until the potato begins to brown and boil/steam your vegetables until tender.
  7. Serve 1/2-1/3 of the Shepherd's Pie with the vegetables and optional gravy and enjoy!


*Nutritional stats provided are for 1/3 of the Shepherd’s Pie made with extra lean beef and served with vegetables. If made with Quorn the calories will be substantially less.

**Sweet potato is crammed full of nutrients such as vitamin A and it even counts towards 1 of your 5 a day!

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving

Calories 355

% Daily Value

Total Fat 5 g


Total Carbohydrates 50 g


Protein 25 g


* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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  1. Lucy
    October 28, 2013 / 9:22 pm

    Nic this looks far too delicious to be so healthy! I’ve been CRAVING shepherd’s/cottage pie all week and now I know what I’ll be making any day now! I tweeted you saying how celeric could be a good alternative topping, celeriac mash is another one of my healthy winter favourites, yum. Thank you for yet another incredible recipe 🙂

    Lucy xxx

    • October 29, 2013 / 6:28 pm

      Oooh Lucy I love that tip – and will def try it as I don’t think I’ve ever cooked with it before! Thank you so much for your comment – happy cooking!! Enjoy! xx

  2. Louise B
    October 29, 2013 / 5:53 pm

    Made this for tea tonight for me and my little girl who is 3. We didn’t have mushrooms so used carrots and sweet corn. we had everything already in to make this and ill definitely be making it again. We added a sprinkle of cheese on top as a cheeky extra and both polished our plates.
    Really easy to make. Really tasty! Thanks!!

    • October 29, 2013 / 6:25 pm

      Hurray! Aw I’m so pleased Louise! Thank you so much for your lovely comment and picture 🙂 xxx

  3. Lindsay
    October 29, 2013 / 7:56 pm

    Just made this for tea our first time using Quorn it was lovely, we both really enjoyed it. Fab recipe 10 out of 10 x

    • October 29, 2013 / 8:07 pm

      Hurray!! Aw thank you Lindsay! So glad you liked it! I’m making a Quorn version tomorrow too 😀 xx

  4. November 1, 2013 / 8:32 am

    I love this kind of healthy comfort food! I think i’ll try it with sweet potato & carrot mash on top!

    • November 3, 2013 / 9:15 am

      Sounds gorgeous – I think I’ll try that next too! Thanks for your comment 🙂 x

  5. Diane Lindley
    November 1, 2013 / 5:59 pm

    Oh my goodness I tried this out for tonights tea.
    I must say it tasted amazing 🙂
    No left overs tonight!!
    I was a little naughty and added grated cheese and flaked almonds to the topping, it is a friday night afterall 😉
    I served with steamed green veg.
    I highly recommend as its now one of my favourites ♡♥♡

    • November 3, 2013 / 8:55 am

      Oooh I love your topping ideas! Thank you so much for your lovely comment Diane 🙂 So glad you liked it! Nic x

  6. Lauren Spearman
    November 3, 2013 / 12:57 pm

    I made this last night and have to say I was really impressed. I used half sweet potato and half butternut squash in the mash and also added in some peppers into the meat mixture.
    I was worried it would be low calorie due to it being a small portion but actually portion size along with a side of broccoli was completely sufficient for dinner.
    Next up on my list of things to try are the chocolate black bean cookies!

    • November 3, 2013 / 1:26 pm

      Hurray! So glad you liked it! It’s crazy how big the portion is (mine served 2-3) and that it doesn’t break the calorie balance 🙂 xx

  7. Sarah Willis
    November 4, 2013 / 1:43 pm

    Can you freeze this?

    • November 4, 2013 / 7:06 pm

      Hello! I haven’t tried. I only kept it in the fridge for 2 days! Do let me know if you try 🙂 I’m sure you can! Thanks Nic x

  8. Lizzie nield
    November 7, 2013 / 11:09 pm

    Amazing- made this tonight and rave reviews all round! Thanks Nic 🙂

    • November 8, 2013 / 8:10 am

      Aw thanks Lizzie! So glad you liked it 🙂 Thanks for your comment! Nic xx

  9. January 17, 2014 / 6:45 pm

    Made this tonight. It was very nice and enjoyed by all. No onions or mushrooms as the kids don’t like them. I added some cinnamon to the sweet potato which makes it super tasty.

    A quote from my wife “best shepards pie she has ever had”.

    • January 17, 2014 / 8:40 pm

      Ooh wow, what a compliment!! Thank you so much and great tip with the cinnamon! x

  10. February 13, 2014 / 10:49 pm

    I’m going to make this on Sunday! Can’t wait! Great healthy recipe and my not so healthy boyfriend will probably love it too. Might try that cinnamon tip. Thanks Nic.

    Lottie x

    • February 14, 2014 / 6:20 pm

      No problem Lottie!! Let me know 🙂 xx

  11. Laura
    March 13, 2014 / 8:39 pm

    Made this last night. Was fab finished it off for lunch today! Thanks keep the yummy easy recipes coming! x

  12. Sam
    May 20, 2014 / 1:23 pm

    Hi Nic!
    Love your website, the recipes are all great and really easy to follow. Just wanted to let you know you’ve tagged this one as vegan though and it isn’t, neither Quorn nor Worcester sauce are vegan. Excitement soon turned to dissappointment when I read the recipe as it looks yummy 🙁
    Plenty of other vegan options for me to go at on here just wanted to let you know so you could change it.
    Sam x

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