Serves 4, 30 minutes preparation, 30 minutes – 1 hour cooking

A wholesome family favourite, delicious served with mash and peas.


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 500g/1lb 2oz beef mince
  • 1 onion  chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée 
  • 1½ tbsp plain flour
  • 75g/2½oz mushrooms chopped
  • 250ml/9fl oz stout or beef stock
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 400g/14oz ready-made shortcrust pastry
  • 1 free-range egg yolk, lightly beaten


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
  2. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan and fry the beef mince for 4-5 minutes until it browns
  3. Cook the onions  for 2-3 minutes, then stir in the tomato purée and cook for 2-3 more minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for a further minute, then add the chopped mushrooms, the stout or beef stock and a couple of dashes of Worcestershire sauce. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover the pan with a lid and leave to simmer for 20 minutes. Set aside and leave to cool, then turn the meat mixture into a one litre pie dish.
  4. Roll out the pastry on a floured work surface until it is slightly larger than the pie dish. Gently drape the pastry over the dish, pressing firmly onto the edges. Trim, then shape the edges into a fluted shape.
  5. Make a couple of  slits in the pastry to allow the steam to escape, then brush the pie with the rest of the beaten egg yolk and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden-brown.
  6. To serve, slice into wedges.

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