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Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

Paleo Shepherd's Pie recipe

Shepherd’s Pie is a traditional English dish. In Britain it is generally made with lamb or mutton; in this recipe I have made a simple ground beef shepherd’s pie and added bacon for extra flavor.

Shepard’s pie is often referred to as “cottage pie,” by the English; it is a casserole made of cooked meat and vegetables that is then topped with mashed potatoes and baked. I have made this dish into a Paleo casserole by using Mashed Cauliflower for the topping. This reduces the glycemic index of the dish and increases the nutritional content, since cauliflower is a super food.

I based my recipe for ground beef Shepherd’s Pie, on this Shepherd’s Pie recipe from functionalfoodie.com. As you can see, I made some adjustments. First, I eliminated the tomato sauce, as research from Dr. Loren Cordain points to the possibility that tomatoes contain immune disrupting lectins (I have therefore eliminated them from my diet as I have MS). I also did not use coconut milk in the mashed cauliflower topping, and skipped the Worcester sauce (since I’m too lazy to read ingredients and prefer to use the simple spices in my spice rack).

I hope you enjoy this gluten free comfort food as much as I have!

Paleo Shepherd’s Pie


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 pound turkey or pork bacon, cut into ½-inch slices
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 2 cups diced celery
  • 1 pound organic grass fed ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 large heads cauliflower, trimmed, chopped and steamed until very soft
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  1. Heat olive oil in a very large frying pan
  2. Saute onion for 15 minutes until soft
  3. Add bacon pieces to pan and sauté until cooked, about 10 minutes
  4. Add carrots and celery to pan and sauté in bacon fat for 10 minutes until soft
  5. Add ground beef to pan and sauté until brown, just a few minutes
  6. Season with salt, pepper and smoked paprika
  7. Add chicken broth and cook down broth until 60% evaporated
  8. Place cauliflower in food processor and puree with olive oil until smooth
  9. Pour ground beef mixture into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish
  10. Pour mashed cauliflower over beef mixture
  11. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes
  12. Serve

Serves 8

I found that in my fridge this Shepard’s Pie kept for close to a week. I ate it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

What is your favorite gluten free comfort food?

posted on March 1, 2012, 135 comments

  1. Patty

    One day I was thinking about the Greek caserole Moussaka, and how I missed it (I am gluten, dairy and grain free) so I decided to try to make it. I thought of paleo shepard’s pie, I broiled some eggplant, cooked up some ground lamb with cinnamon, garlic and tomato paste and put it all in the pan with mashed cauliflower on top. Oh my was it delicious and good. It made me so happy.

  2. Such a good idea! I’ve been using cauliflower as mashed potatoes for years, but have never made a pie with it! I’m gonna try this some day soon!

    My gluten free comfort food must be either ice cream (in summertime), or home made bread rolls… Oh actually I love – love – love a coconut protein & chocolate pudding as well! ;-)

    Love, Leanne

  3. Kimberley

    As an English person I feel compelled to tell you that I’ve always thought Cottage pie and Shepherds pie are different. This would definitely be a Cottage pie as it uses beef and vegetables “grown close to the cottage” and like you say a Shepherds pie would use lamb but with vegetables grown out in the fields. But that’s just me being finicky! Loving the addition of paprika.. I must try!
    Best wishes and keep blogging!

  4. Angelfeathers

    Agree with the comment above: shepherd’s pie is minced lamb, cottage pie is minced beef. :-)

    I made shepherd’s pie recently with mashed parsnip and cauliflower for the topping (with butter and milk as I’m not dairy free and that’s how I’d normally make mash) and it was absolutely delicious – far nicer than potatoes! If only other veggies were as cheap as potatoes…

    Ah well. I am growing both caulis and parsnips in my garden so hopefully come summer I will be able to make mash for nothing! :-)

  5. I am new to this way of eating. I am a diabetic that has been instructed by my doctor to cut all grain from my daily diet.

    It is a bit confusing, but I am thankful for your willingness to share so many recipes. They are not daunting nor are the ingredients hard to find. Like you, I like to use the spices that are currently in my pantry.

    I am making this dish tonight. What an easy way to enjoy so much goodness! I do not have a favorite gluten free comfort food, since I am still discovering my likes and dislikes in eating in this manner.

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe…

    Peace be with you today,


  6. Susan Clark

    I love the recipe, but am looking for an alternative to the mashed cauliflower? My husband and I love it, my boys..not so much. Any other non potato suggestions?

  7. Debi Ziemer

    Agree, thanks for such great recipes, as I get more and more into this great way to eat it is getting easier to adjust all of our favorite “old” recipes. Susan, try parsnips puréed for the potatoes, I don’t have it in front of me right now but u can googleJulia Childs puréed parsnips, substitute the heavy cream if needed, imperative that you do the last step of this recipe, these are really good and my family lives them, kids and all!

  8. Sara

    I love a good shepard’s pie! I can’t wait to try this. I’m with you in that I don’t want to use something like Worcestershire sauce that is filled with who knows what, so I have found a great alternative (in case you want to put it back into the recipe). I use equal parts low sodium tamari, cider vinegar, and a splash of tabasco, to total the amount of Worcestershire sauce needed- for example for 1 tbs. W.S. I use 1/2 tbs. tamari, 1/2 tbs. vinegar, and a splash of tabasco. Hope this helps!

  9. Hope

    Thanks for the recipe Elana. Looks great. Since you mentioned having MS, I just wanted to urge you to look into heavy metal toxicity. Andrew Hall Cutler Phd has some great info on this. It has been a long time since I have checked his website, but it’s based on his book, “No Amalgam Illness”. I have been researching many years due to my son’s Autism, and have frequently come across MS causitive factors similar to those of Autism. Those being viral in nature and also heavy metal toxicity.

  10. Christina

    Can I ask why you eliminated coconut milk? Just curious. Taste preferences or health reasons?

  11. Elese

    Elana, thank you so much for sharing. This looks absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try it out this weekend…warm, nutritious, and comforting. :)

  12. Lynnette

    I’m ecstatic about this recipe. YUM! My boyfriend is a hunter and I’ll be making this with minced elk. And bacon will add some fat for flavor. All the variations of mashes sound fun to try.
    Maybe we Paleo eaters ought to be the hunters! Elk is delish, way low fat, and naturally grass fed.

  13. Elana, So glad you enjoyed the recipe and customized it to your needs. I found myself eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner too! Cheers! -Kerri @ thefunctionalfoodie.com

  14. Kalyn

    Elana, this sounds delicious. I’ve made shepard’s pie numerous times with lentils, instead of beef.

    HOWEVER, if you’re serious about eliminating the nightshades from your diet you might want to nix the paprika – it’s a pepper and therefore part of the nightshade family.

    Thank you for everything you do, I so appreciate your creativity and generosity.

  15. WOW. this looks incredible. thanks elana!

  16. I have made this before and it is great using the cauliflower…

  17. Adrienne @ Whole New Mom @ wholenewmom.com


    Just wanted to mention that I read about your MS – I hadn’t seen that before.

    I am sure that you have looked into tons of alternative options, but I have been doing Nutritional Balancing and I have heard my practitioner talk about heavy metals being implicated in this disease. If you are so inclined I would be more than happy to talk with you about what I am doing anytime.

    Take good care,

  18. My gluten free comfort food is paleo banana bread, your recipe in fact! I slather on some nut butter, and occasionally slice bananas and a little honey on top. It’s SO delicious! Can’t wait to try this shepherds pie!

  19. Abbie

    Shephard’s Pie (been making it for years with mashed cauliflower), Meatloaf, Meatballs, Chili’s, Pot Pies, and Moussaka. Those are what I have been craving this winter!

  20. MsJ

    Pretty please fix the spelling! SHEPHERD is correct–SHEPARD is not! In the recipe it’s right half the time and wrong the other half. Sorry, but that drives me NUTS! ;)

  21. Danielle @ Against All Grain @ againstallgrain.com

    Yummy! I just made a shepherd’s pie the other night too with cauliflower but I used a dairy free cream of mushroom soup as the “gravy.” I think I prefer it to the mashed potatoes!

    On another note, I am going to be giving away your cupcake book on my blog and wanted to know if it is ok to post the contest on your Facebook wall. Can’t seem to find an email to ask you directly, so hopefully you see this comment!

  22. Susan D

    I must try this! I have been intimidated by the cauliflower “mashed potatoes” and have not tried this yet. Seems ridiculous not to and this Cottage Pie looks delicious!!

  23. Amy

    Hi Elana,

    Great recipe, thank you.

    In our house, we do not eat beef, at all. We have a little one who is allergic to beef (his cousin is, as well).

    We use good quality ground buffalo, which is lower in fat and cholesterol than even grass-fed ground beef. :) Good health benefits and no one ever notices a difference.

    Give it a try sometime.

    ~ Amy

  24. carmen

    This looks delicious! I love shepherd’s pie, but can not have it because of a potato allergy. We are having this tonight! Yeah!! So many of our routine eats come from your books/site. Thanks for all of the work you put into these dishes. I really appreciate it.

  25. MsJ

    You still missed a couple of “shepards”!

  26. Jami

    I have so many Paleo comfort foods! “Creamy” Tomato Chicken Soup, Carrot Ginger Soup, Bean-less Chili, Stew, Butternut Squash Apple Soup…just to name a few. I pretty much find comfort in all the Paleo foods I eat, as I know I’m truly “feeding” my body!

    I cannot wait to try this recipe, it looks scrumptious!

    Thanks for EVERYTHING you bring to my life, Elana!
    PS I’m curious why no coconut milk?

  27. Amazing. Had most of the ingredients. Used kale instead of carrots and celery. So yummy and I’m not a cauliflower fan. Thank you so much, Elana!

  28. Perfect for today’s gray, rainy day. I love mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes. I’m going to give the mashed cauliflower a try and make this yummy dish!

    My favorite comfort food has always been toast. When I learned I couldn’t have gluten, I was desperate to find GF toast. Now I enjoy my toast made from your GF bread recipes.

  29. PS – I don’t mind how you spell shepherd. I prefer to focus on the wealth of information and reciptes, appreciating the time, effort and expense you put into it rather than honing in on how you spell a word that we all know what you meant anyway.

  30. I am sure you have tons of resources, but have you looked into Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) for MS? It seems to good to be true, but I would investigate it, as Samantha Wilkinson, who wrote the book The Promise of LDN, is an MS sufferer and she lists all of the studies that had been done to the date of publication. There’s a great website that lists the studies as well… Good Luck! You are a strong woman.

  31. Betsy

    Nice recipe, Elana. FYI – paprika=nightshade

  32. shannon

    For all of the work you do in cooking and testing foods and recipes for the rest of us, “lazy” is not a word I would use to describe you!

    “since i am too lazy to read ingredients” ;-D

    thanks again!!

  33. Anastasia@healthymamainfo.com @ Healthymamainfo.com

    Looks good! I wonder will a vegetarian vesion of it also taste good?

  34. Juli

    Thank you for the post! I made it for dinner tonight…haven’t gotten a chance to eat it yet but wow its smell makes me happy.

  35. Linda

    This excites me Elana! (I know, it doesn’t take much for some of us.)

    Thank You! :)

  36. Exactly what I was also going to say: Shepherd’s = lamb and cottage = beef :0)

  37. Cat

    This looks wonderful. I made a similar version last year when I was doing the Special Carbohydrate Diet but it included cheese. It was good but almost too rich for me. Yours looks better – especially the inclusion of bacon. Yum. I will have to omit the paprika as my husband is allergic to it. And I will probably eat it at all hours. This morning I had meatballs and asparagus for breakfast!

  38. Hilary Skellon

    Great recipe Elana, and as a Brit can I set the record straight about the name? In England shepherds pie is made with lamb(shepards and lamb self explanatory) and cottage pie is made with beef ( no idea where that name came from!)

  39. nat

    I would make use cauliflower a lot more in place of potatoes but it stinks up the house! Any ways to get around this?

  40. Sarah @ The Healthy Diva @ the-healthy-diva.com

    This looks lovely…i love cauliflower mash!

  41. Amy Q

    Just made this yesterday for a cold MN winter day… so delicious! I used mashed rutabaga instead of the cauliflower for the topping (not sure if rutabaga is paleo?) and wanted more veggies so I used 1 c carrot, 1 c celery, 1 c cauliflower, 1 c cabbage, 1 c baby spinach, 1 c corn… the 1 c of broth was still sufficient despite adding more to the dish. I chose the applewood smoked ‘Sunday bacon’ which added incredible flavor. This will definitely be a regular dish in our house – thank you!

  42. Kimberly

    Hmmmm. I followed the recipe precisely, using turkey bacon rather than pork (just due to availability of nitrate-free product, they only had nitrate-free turkey bacon.) I found the bacon chunks (2 inch pieces as indicated) a distraction from the overall texture of the dish. I don’t have a paella pan or similar huge skillet, just two 12 inch skillets, so I divided in half — half in each skillet, otherwise there was not enough room to get the beef cooked easily, and things were overflowing the skillet. I’ll try double the beef and not use bacon next time, I think. I’ve made many of Elana’s recipes and this is the first one that didn’t knock my socks off. Not awful, just not totally my taste, I suppose. I think that’s an amazing record though! :) Now off to make the paleo banana bread, which I’ve made before. It’s amazing! yum!

  43. Erin

    This recipe looks scrumptious! I’ve been wanting to try a cauliflower-based shepherd’s pie:)

    I didn’t realize you had MS. It’s inspiring to those of us with autoimmune diseases to see others doing well. You rock!

    I don’t want to cross the line into giving unsolicited advice (don’t we all hate that?) but in case you hadn’t seen it yet, Dr. Terry Wahls has a great video on how she healed her M with Paleo nutrition:

    Also, so many people with autoimmune disease have low B12- I found out that it’s commonly undiagnosed because US B12 ranges are way too low- they start at 250 and goes to 900, whereas Japanese range starts at 550 and goes to 1300. ideally, we want or level to be 1000+.

    As low B12 is commonly misdiagnosed as MS (and also dementia/Alzheimer’s), it’s recommended that anyone with neurological symptoms get their level checked and try hydroxocobalamin or methylcobalamin injections.

    Here is more info:

  44. Judith

    I accidentally posted this on the wrong recipe:). So I copied it here where it belongs.
    I just made your Paleo Shepherd’s Pie last night and it was yummy. Thank you for the recipe. It is so difficult to find “casserole” type recipes without dairy, grains, and tomatoes. I too shall use this as a quick lunch. I am going to freeze some to see how it keeps, it would be great to have something to pull from the freezer. Thank you again!

  45. Can’t wait to try this. What a great idea to use cauliflower. I have seen cauliflower mashed “potatoes” but never thought to use them in shepard’s pie. Now you’ve got me thinking what other ways I could use them…

  46. This looks so homey and delicious!

  47. Stacey LoSacco

    I have made this twice already. Everyone loved it! and my parents have asked me for the recipe. My husband thought the cauliflower was mashed potatoes. thanks!!

  48. k. Apple

    I made the Shepherd’s pie tonight, paired with a sautéed greens combo my husband made. It was the ultimate comfort food meal, which I needed since I’m getting over a nasty virus. My 11 year old had 2 huge helpings, and was amazed at how wonderful it was. (I’m not known for my cooking, but your recipe was super easy for me to follow.)
    I used coconut oil instead of olive, and coconut milk with the cauliflower. I think the smoked paprika really makes the dish complete, though. Thank you!!

  49. Danielle

    My boyfriend and I love shepherds pie. the cauliflower was great!we subs the peas for green beans (personal preference) we decided not to put in the full amount of bacon.(which we do like) in the end we really have not been thrilled to eat this all week. the bacon turned out to be a disappointment all together. … but we are powering through and will go back to our baconless pie in the future.

  50. Rob

    Favorite paleo comfort food? Spaghetti squash bolognese. I continue to experiment with protein combinations. Most recently I made it with equal parts ground boar, bison, and ostrich. Boar, bison and elk is also a great combo. Topped with Pecorino Romano. If you’re avoiding cheese, grated brazil nuts are a great substitute.

  51. Tully

    Ah. What’s the problem with Potato? I know you’re paleo, which I thought basically translated into ‘eating like a caveman'(!) and potatoes are pretty natural I would’ve thought. Is there another issue here? High protein? And why be high protein?

  52. September

    Main problem with this recipe — it’s all gone! A family of four devoured it over dinner and lunch the next day. Now I have to make more. Highly recommended! Note: we made it up the night before and refrigerated until dinner time the next day. We just popped it in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes and it was wonderful! With the prep work out of the way, this is easier and faster than takeout.

    • September

      Two changes: I mixed the cooked cauliflower with a hand mixer instead of blender or food processor, so I had to add 2 additional T oil to get the creamy consistency. Also, our frying pan wasn’t big enough for everything. I sauteed each item sequentially and threw it in a bowl. At the end, I mixed it all up and poured into baking dish then topped with cauliflower mix. It worked great.

      • Elena

        Thank you so much for mentioning that you made the night before – I was just going to post that question here! I was going to make it tonight, but there’s only two of us eating tonight (easy to make a simple supper) and tomorrow after baseball game there will be 5 of us but no time, so I thought I would try the prep tonight and cook tomorrow! Thanks again!!

  53. AudreyV

    Thank you Elena so much for this delicious recipe. I’ve been wanting to make Shepards Pie for a long time, and waiting for the right recipe. Here it is. The bacon and pepper really give the meat a yummy flavor. I was a little short on carrots, so I added mushrooms. This will be on my list of favorites.

  54. This was such an inspiring recipe! I’m Portuguese and in our culture we make a dish called “impadao”. I combined your recipe with my family recipe and came out with an amazing Paleo version. I used chourico instead of bacon, added chopped green olives to the beef and used a special pepper paste. I could not tell that it was cauliflower instead of potatoes and felt so much lighter after eating it. Thanks for the inspiration Elana!

  55. Nerissa

    Made this a week ago. It was SOO good. Very comforting. Lots of good leftovers.

  56. Nicole

    No joke, this recipe is now in my top 3 faves. Thank you so much for sharing Elana!!! My family loves it, and it’s SUPER tasty!

  57. Laura Johnson

    My son and I are casein (dairy free) as well so we use homemade chicken stock to mash potatoes or cauliflower and that also tasted great! Thanks for another great idea! Delicious.

  58. Karie

    OMG made this for dinner tonight and it was WONDERFUL! I made a small adjustment (combining stuff from the original recipe you mentioned) – added Worcestire with the meat, and butter with the cauliflower. My husband loved it too – and he’s a pretty tough critic. :-) His only suggested change was to try it sometime with mashed sweet potatoes on top, which I will definitely try.

  59. Farrah

    Tried out this recipe, it turned out perfect. The last ten minutes I sprinkled some cheese on the top, it was a really fantastic meal, and pretty easy to make as well. This I will be preparing again, thanks for sharing the recipe.

  60. Rue

    I made this with ground venison instead of beef, and it was delicious. Thank you!

  61. Christin

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing. I love having my veggies and protein all in one dish. The only change I made was to add a few cloves of garlic. Even my super picky husband liked it and wanted me to set him up w/ leftovers to take to work tomorrow.

  62. Elana

    Going to try this tonight. You have a great name by the way. :-)

  63. Lauren Amelia

    Hi Elana,

    Just to let you know, in the UK Cottage Pie is so called because it is made with Beef, and Shepherd’s Pie is so called because it is made with Lamb.

    Just thought you might like to know!


  64. Alicia

    I made this for my family and let me tell you…..It was AWESOME! I am making it again this weekend!

  65. Leigh

    We are making this now for dinner and I thought I’d say that in the instruction part you don’t mention when to add the onion! We almost forgot it. :)

  66. Greg

    This sounds delicious! Thanks for posting. :)

  67. Anna

    Serves 8? HA! More like serves ONE…this was so delicious I had to practice a TON of self control not to eat it ALL!!! I added some butternut squash with the carrots and celery…OH EM GEE! This might become a weekly staple around here!!!

  68. Cheryl

    Made this last night. Turned out fantastic! Thank-you!

  69. Brittany

    YUM! This is so so good! Thanks, Elana!

  70. Carla Alo @ carlaalo.weebly.com

    I’m excited to try this! I’m so glad I found your site!

  71. patricia collins

    omg.. this is soooooo good i thought the pepper was too much but went with it glad i did! definitely a repeat for me

  72. O…. M…. G!!!! This was amazing! Thank you soooo much! It’s so hard to find recipes for the autoimmune part of paleo. This was such a hit for the fam! I was nervous about the topping but it was really good! Our family loves heat so they just put a little hot sauce on the top of it. I might be making this at least once a week!

  73. Nicole

    Made this recently. What a great idea! Next time, I will make the following changes:
    1) Reduce bacon. There was a LOT of bacon in here. I’ll probably cut back to half next time, or less. Also, you have to cook the bacon first (not the onion); otherwise you will have a pound’s worth of bacon fat in your final product.
    2) Add a tourtiere-like spice mix to the ground beef mixture, like cinnamon, thyme, and clove.
    3) I am not dairy-free so I added some melted butter to the cauliflower mixture to make it more creamy.

  74. Britt

    This was SO tasty! I love it! Thank you!

  75. Lauren

    This takes an awful lot of prep work (i.e. chopping), but goodness it is delicious! I have made it for many dinner guests and they all loved it. Doesn’t feel like anything is missing from the traditional version.

  76. Lisa-Marie Mathew

    I just made it and it smells amazing. One thing I noticed is their was a lot of liquid in the beef mixture. Was I supposed to drain the oils before adding the chicken broth? Love your site :)

  77. I’m going to try adding leeks since they are my favorite veggie. I think I might use ground turkey instead Iof ground beef! I’m excited to have this comforting casserole in my fridge! Thanks!

  78. Holly LeRoque

    Sounds delisous. Thanks.

  79. Megan M

    Made this last night. I also threw in some chopped-up nappa cabbage to use it up. Maybe my cauliflower were just extra large, but two heads seemed a bit much. The shepherd’s pie was half meat mixture, half cabbage mixture. I would have preferred about 1/3 cabbage mixture, 2/3 meat mixture, so next time I’ll try just using one head. But other than that, it was totally delicious. Thanks so much!

  80. Gail

    Just a quick note – the difference between cottage pie and shepherd’s pie is that cottage pie is traditionally made with minced beef, and shepherd’s pie is made with minced lamb :)

  81. caitlin

    I love this dish! I boil the cailiflower in chicken stock, which I later use to simmer the filling. I add salt and garlic to the mash, and chopped Brussels sprouts, garlic, Chili powder and cayenne to the filling. The chili powder really adds some depth. I am going to broil for a few minutes next time to crisp the mash.
    Elana, you have been a huuuge part of my food evolution. Thank you for the inspirational recipes that make delectable dishes accessible.
    And hope you’re having a great healthy spring!

  82. Puppies Heart Paleo (Rochelle) @ https://www.facebook.com/Puppiesheartpaleo

    Yesterday I made this shepherd’s pie recipe and it was DELICIOUS! I was a little intimidated by it since I’ve never made a shepherd’s pie, paleo or not but I’m really glad I did. This is definitely going to be in the regular rotation. If you want to see a pic of my puppy salivating over this dish go to:


    I will definitely be making more of Elana’s dishes! Thanks!! =D

  83. Grace

    Help! My oven broke after I had prepared this, and it won’t fit in my freezer until we get the oven fixed. Does anyone know if it would be feasible to cut this into portions and microwave it before eating? I know it will be less than ideal and the cauliflower topping won’t get crispy, but do you think it will at least be edible? It looks so delicious I hate to waste it.

  84. Kathryn

    Hi Elana

    Could I just clear something up (as an Englishwoman): cottage pie is made minced beef (cottage/farm = beef) and shepherd’s pie is made with lamb (shepherd = sheep)!

    Thanks for the recipe though! I am using swede and carrot thinly sliced into batons as my topping and dotted with butter as they go nicely browned and a little crunchy.

  85. Virginia

    DELICIOUS!!!! Even my vegetable hating son ate every bite!

  86. Vivette

    I made this tonight with Turkey! absolutely delish thank you for sharing!

  87. Laurie Givens

    Dear Elana, thank you from the bottom of my heart that you lovingly and generously share your gift of knowledge and cooking to help so many people get better health in so many ways, I have just started this way of life; wouldn’t even call it a the foul word die-t! I’ve tried so many ‘Die-ts that have ruined my health thinking they were the answer and impossible to stay on only to gain more and damage the metabolism!!! Your are truly beloved in my eyes! I’m so appreciative words can not express enough! Thank you again. Mrs. Laurie Givens

  88. Danielle Thomas @ greensmoothieforbeauty.com

    This was a hit in the house. Thanks for the idea!

  89. Beth

    My family really loved this, especially hubby who is hard to please. I followed your recipe very closely, adding some diced red peppers and a splash of white balsamic vinegar to the meat mixture. Everyone loved it. Thank you for a great recipe!

  90. Keli

    Can you make this 24 hrs before and then cook? I’m thinking of prepping on Sunday but cooking on Monday.

  91. Sean Seidell @ seanseidell.com

    This Shepherd’s Pie was amazing! I ate three portions for dinner. I didn’t have cauliflower so I used Sweet Potatoes as a sub. Looking forward to trying your other recipes!

    Thank you for the great recipe!

  92. Letitia

    For humanity sake, please stop encouraging people to cook olive oil as doing so it becomes carcinogenic. Please replace this ingredient with coconut oil ghee or tallow as they can safely be heated. THANKS :)

  93. Alice Crittenden

    Just wanted to clarify, you are correct in saying Shepherd’s Pie is lamb or mutto based. Cottage Pie is the term used for beef based.

  94. Gman

    For future reference the reason a Shepherds pie is called Shepherds pie is because it’s made with lamb. If it’s made with beef then it’s a cottage pie.

    I’ve never needed to use oil when cooking cottage pre the beef is more than oily enough to help cook the rest of the ingredients. I also add a few more herbs like sage and parsley. I personally prefer beef stock to go with my beef but that’s just personal preference. Might try the paprika though and the cauliflower. Nice try.

  95. Shelley

    Has anyone tried freezing this? (I scanned comments and didn’t see anyone mention it, but my apologies if it was and I missed it.)

  96. Lois

    I loved the Sheperd’s Pie recipe. I am making it again tomorrow for company and can’t wait to eat it again. Am I crazy, or did you add capers to this recipe in one of your blogs? I have your recipe book and it’s not in there and I printed it from your website also and not in there either. Maybe I dreamed it, but I’m going to put capers in the one I’m making tomorrow. Thank you for all your wonderful recipies. I just retired and I’m getting into cooking again. I do have celiac.

  97. linda burr

    Best recipe ever!!!! I used bacon, (which wasn’t in the book recipe) and added frozen collards from my garden last year. YUMMMMMMM.

  98. Winifred

    Made this in a pinch tonight for dinner… Didn’t have celery so I subbed yellow, red and orange peppers. I added goat cheese to the cauliflower mash. It was HEAVEN! Elena, the addition and bacon and smoked paprika was genius! Thank you:)
    Also picked up you cupcake book while I’m waiting for your almond flour cookbook to come in the mail and wow! The savoury muffins are outta this world! Thank you;)

  99. Cat

    Your recipe is one of the best dinners I make! My son’s best friend even ate it tonite and that 8 year old doesn’t do veggies.

  100. LIsa

    Doesnt matter if you call this cottage pie or Shepards pit it is still a very good recipe that tastes fabulour and is one of the best dinners we have had that is Paleo! Thank you so much!

  101. Joann Partin

    hi elana. thank you so much for this site. i have been eating gluten free for approx 3 yrs now. i have a sensitivity to gluten, however, this past year i have noticed that dairy and grains are also making me feel ill. i suffer from severe allergies (seasonal) and sinus and ear issues. i have today decided to cut out grains and dairy. i have not yet had the change for look further into your site/cookbooks also, but do you have calorie/fat info for your recipes. thank you again. i’m so hoping all these hard/but needed diet changes will help me. i too have fibromyalgia too w/other health issues. i plan to buy your cookbooks. joann

  102. Nichole

    Actually… shepherds pie uses lamb and cottage pie is beef. They are actually separate dishes. So this is actually a recipe for cottage pie.

  103. Dawn

    Thank you so much for this recipe. My 11 year old daughter and I just started following the Paleo diet due to food allergies. I came across your recipe and made it this evening. It was a huge hit and I will definitely make it again.

  104. I love a good shepard’s pie! I can’t wait to try this. I’m excited to have this comforting casserole in my fridge! Thanks!

  105. zo

    Sounds lovely. In Britain we call this recipe with lamb meat shepherds pie, and with beef cottage pie. :)

  106. I like to gently brown some butter and pour that over the top of the shepherd’s pie … browned butter adds such a delicious flavor to the meal. I’m trying to eat “Low Glycemic Load” foods; that’s what brought me here. I like the idea of using cauliflower in place of the potatoes. I’ll give it a try as soon as I get cauliflower and if I remember I’ll check back.

    Thanks again!
    Joanne @ Frugal Home and Health

  107. jonireneez @ divineacupuncture.com

    When I was in England, they did carrots, onion and peas (peas would replace the celery in this recipe). I love the texture and taste of peas. Also, in England they use lamb for Shepherd’s Pie and beef for Cottage Pie. So many options, all of them delicious.

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