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Chunky Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd's Pie is one dish that simply needs to be made from scratch at home! Why, it just tastes so much better that why, that's why!

A classic and a family favourite, this Shepherd’s Pie dish is filled with meaty, indulgent, and chunky goodness! You won’t be able to resist seconds! 

This Shepherd’s Pie consists of rich and tender lamb, paired with a silky yet chunky potato mash. If you aren’t a fan of lamb however, you can use beef cutlets instead, and enjoy more of a traditional Cottage Pie. What is also great about this recipe is that it allows you to put any leftovers from previous meals to good use- if you have any leftover roast lamb or beef that you want to save, or have some extra potatoes lying around, that is a good enough excuse to make this dish! 

This recipe takes just over an hour to make, which is perfectly reasonable considering the delicious results it yields! Lamb is a great feature in this dish as it is a rich and tender meat that’s flavours combine well with many different spices. This recipe calls for lean lamb cutlets, which means that the lamb will not be too fatty. We suggest you use lamb loin or shoulder cuts for this Shepherd’s Pie. 

Whether you are enjoying this meal with your family on a cozy Winter’s night, or just tucking into it on your own in front of the television, you are sure to feel satisfied and content after eating it! 

Chunky Shepherds Pie

Chunky Shepherd’s Pie

Irene Muller
Shepherd's Pie is one dish that simply needs to be made from scratch at home! Why, it just tastes so much better that why, that's why!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Global
Servings 6


  • 600 g deboned and trimmed, lean lamb cutlets.
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp vegetable spice
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 
  • 2 tbsp chopped finely fresh rosemary
  • 1 can tomatoes, 400g
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh peas
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • ½ tsp salt 
  • ½ tsp ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp flour

Potato Topping

  • 6 – 8 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup strong cheddar cheese, shredded and divided.
  • ¼ cup milk


  • On medium heat in a heavy-based saucepan add oil, onion, thyme, and marjoram and sauté. Cook about 5 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  • Add the lamb to the saucepan and the Worcestershire sauce and braise for 5 to10 minutes or until meat is browned, sautéing to brown all sides.
  • Add tomatoes, rosemary, beef stock, vegetables, salt, and pepper to the meat. Mix all together, breaking up the tomatoes until smooth with a spoon.
  • Turn down heat to low-medium), cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Turn heat down to low. Sprinkle flour over the surface of the food in the pot and blend in thoroughly with a spoon. Cover and cook until meat is tender. Takes about an hour. Just check frequently and stir to prevent it from burning. Season to taste. 
  • Prepare potato topping by adding potatoes to the saucepan and cover with cold water, bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, turn down the heat to low-medium and cover, boil until potatoes are fork-tender.
  • Uncover meat and vegetable mixture and place in a prepared oven dish. Set aside.
  • Once potatoes are fork-tender, drain off water. Add butter, salt, 1/2 cup of cheese, and milk. Mash with a potato masher or blend with a hand blender until smooth.
  • Add mashed potato mixture, a spoonful at a time to the top of meat and vegetables spread evenly over the top. Scatter the remaining ½ cup of shredded cheese over the top.
  • Bake in oven uncovered for 15 minutes or until cheese is melty and browned.
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