Cheat’s shepherd’s pie

Cheat’s shepherd’s pie

Shepherds pie with roast pumpkin and broccolini

I cheated by buying lamb that was already minced (ground for North American readers) and microwave potato mash.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 500 g lamb, minced (80% lean 20% fat)
  • 210 g Mutti tinned tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 packet potato mash (I used Bird’s Eye)
  • 1 cup provolone, finely grated


  1. Prepare the vegetables.
  2. Sautée the onion and carrot and then add the lamb.
  3. When the lamb is brown add in the stock, Worcestershire sauce and tomatoes.
  4. Mix and cook until it has thickened sufficiently to hold its own.
  5. If this is taking too long and if you feel you’ll be dead and buried before it thickens, add in a few teaspoons of corn flour to thicken the sauce.
  6. Turn on the oven to 180 °C.
  7. Put the cooked mince into a baking tray.
  8. Mix the cheese into the potato mash which has been cooked using microwave radiation.
  9. Pray there is enough potato mash to cover the lamb. If there isn’t make sure the centre is covered and use cheese for the edges.
  10. Spread the cheesy mash over the cooked lamb.
  11. Put the tray into a hot oven for 20 minutes or until the cheesy potato mash is golden brown.
  12. Allow the shepherds pie to rest for at least five minutes so it doesn’t wobble if you shake the tray. You need to make sure when you take a large serving spoon and penetrate the crust of that cheesy potato mash that it cuts through cleanly and you get a firm portion of cooked mince with cheesy potato mash on top.

If you don’t like lamb

If you don’t like lamb, use minced (ground) beef and it’s a cottage pie.

Don’t hate on people who don’t like lamb. Not everyone likes it. I like it and whenever someone says they don’t like something I like rather than make fun of them, I usually say thanks, that means more for me 😊

Be kind everyone. We’re in 2021 now and we need to be kind to everyone.






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