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easy ground lamb shepherd's pie

Easy Ground Lamb Shepherd's Pie

  • Author: Samara
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This easy Mediterranean shepherd's pie is made with spiced ground lamb, pomegranate molasses, and cardamom mashed potatoes.


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Mashed Potato Layer

  • 4 to 5 large potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons butter (1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup hot milk (or more)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp bread crumbs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Meat Layer

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1.2 lbs (500g) lean ground beef or lamb
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables (diced carrots and peas)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp seven spices **see note 3
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup beef broth (or water)
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses


  1. Peel and quarter the potatoes and place them in a medium-sized pot. Cover with cold water and add a teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover the pot until potatoes are tender and can easily be pierced with a fork (about 20-25 minutes).
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan on medium heat. Add the onions and cook until tender, then add the ground meat. Cook until no longer pink.
  3. Add in the spices, frozen vegetables, garlic, tomato paste, and broth. Bring to a simmer and reduce the heat to low. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes, adding more broth if needed so the meat doesn’t dry out. At the end, add in the pomegranate molasses. 
  4. Mash the cooked potatoes along with the garlic, butter, milk, and cardamom. Adjust salt and pepper to your liking.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 ℉ (200 ℃).
  6. Assemble. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs onto the bottom of your casserole dish (9x13 or similar) and spread about 1/4 to 1/3 of the mashed potatoes on top (you just want a thin layer to cover the bottom of your dish). Followed by the meat mixture, the rest of the mashed potatoes, and finally the shredded cheese.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese has melted and slightly browned. Serve.


  1. Ground lamb shepherd's pie can be made ahead. Assemble the casserole and cover it with plastic wrap. Store in the fridge. When ready to eat, continue the baking step in the oven.
  2. Substitute ground beef for ground lamb.
  3. Substitute 3/4 tsp allspice and 1/4 tsp cinnamon for 1 tsp of seven spices. Seven spices is a blend of ground black pepper, white pepper, nutmeg, allspice, cumin, cinnamon, and cloves.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


  • Serving Size: 1 portion
  • Calories: 683 calories
  • Sugar: 12.6 g
  • Sodium: 243 mg
  • Fat: 20 g
  • Saturated Fat: 10 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 10 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 73.1 g
  • Fiber: 11.2 g
  • Protein: 52.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 152 mg

Keywords: shepherds pie, mediterranean shepherd's pie, mashed potato casserole, shepherd's pie casserole, cheesy shepherd's pie, ground lamb shepherd's pie

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