Shepherd’s Pie with Cheddar Cheese Crust





Both easy to prepare and delicious to eat, this shepherd’s pie with cheese is a huge crowd-pleaser – you won’t need any other recipe for shepherd’s pie once you make this one! With turnip that adds a touch of sweetness, cinnamon that perfectly complements the meat (ground lamb is traditional, but ground beef also works well), and rich cheddar topped potatoes, this is the ultimate comfort food. You’ll want to share this one with family and friends on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

Get your ingredients ready, watch the video demonstration below, and then get started. First, make the meat filling by heating olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the diced onions and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes (until golden brown). Add in the carrots and turnip and cook 5 more minutes. Put vegetables in a bowl and set aside.

Add ground lamb (or beef) to skillet and cook until well browned. Stir in thyme and cinnamon and add vegetables back in. Add in the flour and thoroughly mix, gradually stirring in the broth (or beer), followed by the tomato paste. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer, cover skillet, and let mixture simmer for about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Now it’s time to make the topping! Steam cut potatoes until tender, approximately 20 minutes. Then place in a bowl, add Cabot Salted Butter, and mash (by hand or with an electric whisk). Season with salt and white pepper to taste.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Spoon the meat filling into a baking dish and spread the mashed potato mixture evenly over the top. Scatter Cabot Sharp Shredded Cheddar cheese over the potatoes and bake until top is golden and filling is bubbling, about 25 minutes.

For another hearty, delicious, and easy to prepare recipe, try this Ham and Mushroom Pizza Bake. Cabot is a cooperative of over 800 farm families who all work diligently to produce only the highest quality products. We’d love for you to share your thoughts about this shepherd’s pie with cheese recipe so, if you could rate and review it once you’ve tried it, we’d really appreciate it!



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and diced
  • 1 small turnip, peeled and diced
  • 1 pound ground lamb or beef
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

  • 1 ¼ cups 99% fat free chicken broth, beef broth or beer, such as Harpoon Hefeweizen
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • Topping:

  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled
  • 4 tablespoons Cabot Salted Butter

  • Salt and ground white pepper to taste
  • 2 ounces Cabot Sharp Cheddar, coarsely grated or Cabot Seriously Sharp Rustic Cut Shredded Cheddar (about ½ cup)


    To make filling:

    1. HEAT oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until they begin to turn golden brown, about 5 minutes.
    2. ADD carrots and turnip and cook for another 5 minutes. Transfer vegetables to bowl and set aside.
    3. RETURN skillet to heat and add lamb or beef; cook, breaking up meat with spoon, until very well browned. Stir in thyme and cinnamon. Return vegetables to skillet.
    4. ADD flour and mix in thoroughly. Gradually stir in broth or beer, then tomato paste.
    5. LOWER heat to maintain gentle simmer, cover skillet and let mixture simmer for about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

    To make topping and finish pie:

    1. CUT potatoes into even-sized pieces. Place in steamer set in pan of boiling water; cover and steam until tender, about 20 minutes.
    2. TRANSFER potatoes to bowl, add butter and mash by hand or with electric whisk. Season with salt and white pepper.
    3. PREHEAT oven to 400°F. Spoon filling into baking dish. Spread potato mixture evenly on top. Scatter cheese over potatoes.

    4. BAKE for 25 minutes, or until top is golden and crusty.




    per serving
    Amount/Serving % Daily Value
    14 grams
    Saturated Fat
    5 grams
    290 milligrams
    8 grams
    2 grams
    15.5 grams
    32 milligrams
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    Our naturally-aged cheddars have 0g of lactose per serving! So go ahead, dig in.

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