Today, we’re diving into the heart of French comfort food with a classic dish that’s sure to warm your soul – Hachis Parmentier. This traditional French recipe is a delightful combination of creamy mashed potatoes and savory ground beef, akin to the well-loved Shepherd’s Pie. Its simplicity is its charm, making it a perfect dish for family dinners or cozy nights in. Whether you’re a novice in French cuisine or a seasoned gourmand, this Hachis Parmentier recipe is straightforward, satisfying, and a testament to the rustic elegance of French cooking. Let’s get cooking and bring a piece of France to your kitchen!

Traditional Hachis Parmentier Recipe

Preparation Time: 20 mins | Cooking Time: 40 mins | Serves: 6


  • 1 kg potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 500g ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated cheese (optional, for topping)


  1. Prepare the Potatoes:
    • Boil potatoes in salted water until tender. Drain and mash with butter and milk. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Cook the Meat Mixture:
    • In a pan, heat olive oil and cook onion, garlic, and carrot until soft. Add ground beef, cooking until browned.
    • Stir in tomato paste and beef broth. Simmer for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Assemble and Bake:
    • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
    • Spread the meat mixture in a baking dish. Top with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle grated cheese if desired.
    • Bake for 20 minutes or until the top is golden.

Le hachis Parmentier is a comforting French dish, perfect for chilly evenings. It pairs wonderfully with a green salad and a glass of red wine, like a Merlot or a Cabernet Sauvignon. Bon appétit!

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