Shepherd's Pie
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Shepherd's Pie

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Once your baby is comfortable eating red meat, around 6 months, you can begin preparing meals for your baby from the main meal. Meals need to be bland for your baby, but flavours can be 'revved' up at the end of cooking for the rest of the family, as indicated in this recipe.
<b>Prep:</b> 15 mins Prep: 15 mins
<b>Cook:</b> 15 mins Cook: 15 mins
Serves 10 Serves 10
Low Fat Low Fat
Good source of iron Good source of iron
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  • 500g lean Quality Mark beef or lamb mince
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 420g jar pasta sauce*
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 6 button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 courgette and/or other seasonal green vegetables, finely chopped
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
* Leave this ingredient out for babies around 6 months - see Smooth Stage below for more details.


Pre-heat oven to 180oC.

Brown mince in the oil in a hot pan, breaking the mince up into small pieces with the back of a spoon. This is best done in two batches.

Stir in pasta sauce* and vegetables except the potatoes.

Cover and simmer gently for 15 minutes.

Boil the potatoes in unsalted water until tender. Drain and mash.

Spoon mixture into a pie dish and top with mashed potato.

Bake at 180oC for 15 minutes or until top is golden.

Serve with steamed green vegetables.


Babies around 6 months
  • *At this age, leave out the pasta sauce. Purée the meat and vegetable mixture. Mix with a little of baby’s milk if necessary to achieve a smooth consistency.


Babies 7 to 8 months
  • Purée the meat and vegetable mixture to a lumpy, mashed consistency so your baby can experience the different textures.


Babies from 8 months
  • Serve the layers separately so your baby can experience different tastes and textures. Serve with some steamed green vegetables chopped into bite-sized pieces.


From 12 months
  • For additional flavours, add garlic or Worcestershire sauce once mince is cooked through. Serve in a small bowl with steamed green vegetables and encourage your toddler to eat with a fork.
  • Suitable Cuts
  • Nutrition
  • Tips & Tricks

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving size: 169.4
Energy kJ (kcal) 626 (149)
Protein (g) 13.5
Fat (g) 4.8
Saturated (g)
Carbohydrate (g) 12.1
Sugars (g)
Sodium (mg) 240
Iron (mg) 2.4
Zinc (mg) 2.5
Vitamin B12 (ug) 1.4
Vitamin D (ug) 0
Selenium (ug) 3.9

Shepherd's pie is a family favourite and a perfect meal option for babies (pureed or chopped) providing iron-rich meat for brain development and nutritious vegetables, getting their palate used to new flavours and textures.

Kids Love Mince

  • For children aged 1-13 years, a 100g serving of lean beef or lamb mince provides at least 20% of the average recommended daily intake of iron.

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Comments & Reviews

There are: 5 reviews, with an average rating of 2.6 out of 5
Yum ! And easy to make - kids loved it .
Posted by Danica 2015-08-20 08:24:13
loved by bub and hubby!
Posted by nick 2015-03-13 09:06:20
Hi Nikki Yes you can freeze this dish, but only once. If after thawing it isn't all eaten, don't re-freeze any leftovers. I'm sure it'll be enjoyed too much for there to be leftovers though!
Posted by Beef + Lamb New Zealand 2014-08-18 14:36:59
Can you store this dish in freezer in little containers for an 8 month old?
Posted by Nikki 2014-08-18 14:36:33
So far so good, thank you for this web page, gave me lots help, Thank you again.
Posted by Raymond Garland 2014-08-18 14:36:09




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