Frugal Family Meal Planning · Recipes

Minted Shepherd’s Pie

As part of our Frugal Family Meal Planning series, I’ve already shared our recipe for Minted Lamb Stew, one of the recipes I tend to cook in the week following Easter (or any time we’ve had Roast Lamb) as a way of using up the leftover Mint Sauce. 

Today, I’m going to share the other recipe I make to use up the remainder of the Mint Sauce, and a big family favourite, Minted Shepherd’s Pie.

As well as being a great way of using up leftover items to avoid waste, it’s also a pretty cheap meal to make. This entire meal, including the side veg, costs a grand total of £5.04. It comfortably feeds our family of 7 for just 72p per head, although we often have leftovers so could easily feed 1 or 2 more!

For this recipe you will need;

  • White Potatoes (we use approx. 2/3 of a 2.5kg bag costing £1.29, making the cost for this meal 86p)
  • 3 Carrots at 7p each = 21p
  • 1 small onion (we use 1 from a 1kg net containing approx. 12+ for 59p, making the cost each approx. 5p)
  • Peas (we use approx. 1/4 of a 900g bag of Frozen Peas at 69p, making the cost for this meal 17p)
  • Minced Lamb (we use a 500g bag of Frozen Minced Lamb at £2.75)
  • Mixed Veg (we use approx. 1/3 of a 1.16kg bag of frozen mixed Veg, making the cost for this meal 30p)
  • 100g grated cheese (we use 1/2 of a 200g block of mild cheddar at £1.40, making the cost for this meal 70p)
  • And your leftover mint sauce (for us this is the last 1/3 of a small jar)

To Make;

  1. Peel and chop the potatoes and put them on to boil
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade (for a fan-assisted oven) or the equivalent 
  3. Peel and chop the carrots and put them on to boil
  4. Put the peas on to boil
  5. Chop the onion and soften in a frying pan with a little oil 
  6. Add the minced lamb to the frying pan and fry until brown
  7. Drain off any excess fat/oil
  8. Drain the carrots and peas and add them to the frying pan 
  9. Add the mint sauce to the frying pan
  10. Add any further condiments you’d like to use up, these can be anything from tomato juice/purée, lamb/vegetable stock, white wine vinegar, a blob of mustard, sprinkle of herbs or just good old tomato ketchup
  11. Mix it up together well, then leave to simmer on a low heat while you prepare the potatoes
  12. Drain and mash the potatoes
  13. Remove frying pan from the heat and scoop contents into a casserole dish
  14. Add the mashed potatoes to the top of the mince layer
  15. Sprinkle the grated cheese on the top
  16. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes
  17. While baking, boil your mixed Veg to serve alongside
  18. Remove from the oven and serve, along with the mixed Veg

Enjoy 😊 

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