Shepherd’s Pie with Pumpkin Mash

I got delivered a gorgeous organic pumpkin from The Leaf Store and I just couldn’t resist whipping up a Shepherd’s Pie. This is a take on our original Shepherd’s Pie with Cauliflower Mash, that I hope you also enjoy on a regular basis. Both are perfect meals to batch cook, freeze and/or use as leftovers so lunch is sorted for tomorrow. It’s the preparation that makes JERFing as simple as 2/1/2*.

Ingredients (Serves 4-6)

  • 1 tablespoon cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 500g grass-fed beef mince
  • 400g tomato passata (100% tomatoes)
  • 1 sachet tomato paste (no salt added)
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 carrot, grated,
  • 1 zucchini, grated
  • 1 small jap pumpkin, skin removed and cut into small pieces
  • ¼ cup grass-fed butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C and heat the oil in a large pan. Sauté the garlic over a medium heat until golden brown.
  2. Add the mince and cook for 15 minutes, breaking up the meat well with a spatula or spoon.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, herbs and spices and cook over a low heat until the excess liquid evaporates.
  4. While the above mixture is cooking, steam pumpkin until soft. Mash with butter and a few grinds of salt and pepper.
  5. Add grated vegetables to the mince mixture and transfer into an 18cm-baking dish, spreading until level.
  6. Gently spoon the mash over the top and press firmly until even.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes and finish under the grill so the top is crispy and brown. This should be enough for 6 serves with a side of salad each.

*2/1/2 is how we teach our clients to “build their plate” to ensure optimum nutrient density, satiety and long-term health and wellness. To learn more, you can view our services here and become a client of TNN here

This gorgeous image is by Sarah Craven Photography.

One Comment

  1. Margaret

    Made this with sweet potato instead, yummy!

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