Gnocchi Shepherd’s Pie


  • Prep Time15 mins
  • Total Time30 mins
  • Makes4 to 6 servings
Gnocchi Shepherd’s Pie

Recipe by Camilla Wynne, Produced by Stephanie Han Kim, Photo by Christie Vuong, Food Styling by Matthew Kimura, Prop Styling by Christine Hanlon.

This comforting dish comes together quickly by substituting the traditional mashed potatoes with tender, ready-made potato gnocchi, which cooks in just minutes. 


  • 500 g gnocchi

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 454 g ground lamb

  • 1 yellow onion, diced

  • 1 large carrot, diced

  • 1 stalk celery, diced

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 3/4 tsp pepper, divided

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1 tbsp tomato paste

  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp beef broth

  • 2/3 cup peas, fresh or frozen

  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/3 cup finely grated parmesan


  • Cook gnocchi in salted water, according to package directions.

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a 10-in. ovenproof skillet over medium-high. Add lamb, onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Season with 1⁄4 tsp pepper and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until lamb is cooked through and vegetables are tender, 10 to 12 min. Drain.

  • Stir in tomato paste and cook for 1 min. Stir in flour until just incorporated, then stir in broth, peas and Worcestershire. Simmer until slightly thickened, 5 min.

  • Meanwhile, arrange an oven rack about 6 in. from the broiler and preheat to high.

  • Top lamb mixture evenly with cooked gnocchi; sprinkle with parmesan and remaining 1⁄2 tsp pepper. Broil until golden, 1 to 2 min.

Kitchen tip

A world of quick dinners opens up when you get creative with packaged gnocchi. We’ve used it here to replace mashed potatoes.

Switch it up

To make this dish gluten-free, use a gluten-free gnocchi and swap in white rice flour for the all-purpose flour.

Alternatives to potato gnocchi

Original potato gnocchi is our go-to, but packaged alternatives abound. We like these.

An illustration of corn gnocchi Illustration by Carmen Jabier.

Corn flour gnocchi

Adds a sweet note to the pie and is gluten-free.

An illustration of whole wheat gnocchi Illustration by Carmen Jabier.

Whole wheat gnocchi

Works particularly well in this dish and adds fibre.

Can't find ground lamb?

Try these protein picks instead.

An illustration of ground beef Illustration by Carmen Jabier.

Ground beef

Opt for a leaner ground beef; it mimics lamb's lower fat content.

An illustration of a packet of ground turkey Illustration by Carmen Jabier.

Ground turkey

Increase olive oil to 2 tbsp.

An illustration of plant-based meat Illustration by Carmen Jabier.

Vegan ground round

Increase olive oil to 2 tbsp.

Our gnocchi faves


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