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Shepherds Pie with Spaghetti Bolognese

Shepherds Pie with Spaghetti Bolognese

I love Shepherds Pie.  The crunchy topping of the browned mashed potato on top of a meat filling is just delicious.  It’s one of my comfort foods, something to have when it’s cold and wet or I want something easy to make.

I made Spaghetti Bolognese for dinner the other night and had left overs.  I always make extras because I can reheat and eat later.  Today, however  I felt like something different.

So I microwaved some diced potato, mashed it with parmesan cheese, a dash of cream and milk, spread it over a small glass bowl, grate some additional parmesan on top  and cooked it in the countertop convection oven for 15 minutes.

This was a quick and easy dinner for one that was delicious and easy to make.

I love using up leftovers in other dishes.  Too many people throw away food and using a technique like this means you get a second or even a third meal out of your leftovers.


  • Left over mince or spaghetti bolognese
  • Potato
  • Cream – I use a dash of cream instead of adding in lots of butter – use butter if you prefer
  • Milk
  • Parmesan
  • Salt
  • Pepper


Place the meat leftovers in the bottom of the dish.

Steam or microwave the potato until soft, then mash with the cream, milk and parmesan.  Don’t make it too wet, it needs to be firm to become the topping.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Spread the mash over the meat, then place in the convection oven and cook for 15 minutes at 180o C / 356 o F.

I used a smaller dish as it was for a single person.  Use a larger dish to feed the whole family, just increase the ingredients and check on the cooking time.


  • If you have left over chicken, mix it with some gravy, a cheese sauce, sweet chili sauce, tomato sauce (something to keep it moist)
  • Add in other vegetables to stretch out the mince.  Peas, pumpkin, sweet potato can bulk up the meat and add a delicious flavour.  Cook the vegetables before adding to it as you are only reheating the mince and browning the mashed potato
  • Throw in some chili for a heat explosion.
  • Add a teaspoon of sweet chili sauce for a milder heat
  • Put down a layer of mushrooms between the mince and potato mash.  They will steam and be delicious as a treat when you break through the mash.

As you can see, there are a lot of ways you can use a basic shepherds pie recipe to use up leftovers and provide a delicious and filling meal.

Spaghetti Bolognese recipe

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic oil
  • 2 onions
  • 1 – 2 cloves of garlic
  • 750 grams of mince (I use beef)
  • Milk
  • Italian Herbs
  • 1 sachet of tomato paste
  • Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup of Red White
  • 1 bottle of passata (pureed tomato) – you can replace with 2 cans of crushed tomatoes
  • Water


Heat the two oils together (I just like the combination, you can just use olive oil) over a medium heat.

Add the onions and garlic and sweat them till they are translucent.

Add the mince and cook until browned through.  I add 2 tablespoons of milk at this stage, it makes a different to the taste.

Add the Italian Herbs (I used dried) and mix through.

Put in the tomato puree and brown sugar and mix through, allowing it to cook.

Add the red wine and allow it to cook until the alcohol has evaporated.

Add the tomato passata and enough water to cover and simmer for 1 hour.  You can cook it for less, but the hour simmering really develops the flavours.

Cook up some pasta, drain and plate, then add the Spaghetti Bolognese onto the plate and top with grated parmesan.  Delicious

I hope you enjoyed my shepherds pie recipe, I know I did.



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  • Cherie Rasmussen January 30, 2012, 2:33 pm

    Fantastic recipe and what a great idea to turn leftovers into Shepherd’s Pie.

    Thanks for the tip. 🙂

    • Convection Oven Lady January 30, 2012, 5:11 pm

      Hi Cherie, I hope you enjoy the recipe and the idea 🙂

  • Jan Littlehales March 11, 2012, 10:19 am

    Great way of using left over spag bol!
    I love shepherds pie, but unfortunately my husband doesn’t like mashed potatoes! I’ll keep this dish in mind for times when he’s away – the rest of the family can enjoy it in his absence 🙂
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    • Convection Oven Lady March 25, 2012, 4:50 pm

      Hi Jan, you could try putting polenta or even make him a spag bol pie using flaky or shortcrust pasty, whilst the rest of the family can enjoy a shepherds pie. It’s a great way to use up left over meats.

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