Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

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Being of Irish/Scottish descent, the adjustment away from potatoes was a tough one! I used to make shepherd’s pie regularly every couple of weeks because it was easy and the kids loved it. When we first got rid of grains, potatoes, and sugars, I thought this was a recipe I would have to forget. Until a pregnancy induced craving prompted me to find a healthy alternative. I thought about using sweet potatoes, but then it dawned on me — cauliflower! I’d used this in place of mashed potatoes and rice before, so why not in this recipe? It was also a great way to sneak an extra vegetable in for the kids.

For those not familiar with it, shepherd’s/cottage pie is a meat and vegetable casserole with gravy, topped with mashed potato (or cauliflower), and baked in the oven. From my understanding, shepherd’s pie is made with lamb and cottage pie is made with beef or other meat. I’ve always used the terms interchangeably. This is an easy recipe to prepare ahead of time and heat up when you are ready to eat. The leftovers taste even better than the first night (unlike the potato version… I’ve never liked the texture of reheated potatoes).

Shepherds Pie

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Shepherd’s pie with a cauliflower topping instead of the traditional potato topping to sneak in some extra vegetables.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Calories 340kcal
Author Katie Wells


6 people



  • In a large skillet, cook the meat and onion until the meat is browned and cooked through.
  • Season with 1 teaspoon of the salt and the remaining spices and set aside.
  • Pour the frozen mixed veggies into the skillet and heat over low heat until warmed, removing from heat when done.
  • While the vegetables are heating, bring several cups of water in a large pot to a boil. 
  • Cut the cauliflower into florets and add it to the boiling water.
  • Cover and cook until soft enough to mash.
  • Remove the pot from the heat, drain the cauliflower, and add the butter, cream cheese, and remaining ½ teaspoon of salt.
  • Mash the cauliflower mixture with a hand blender to make it really smooth.
  • Return the browned meat and onions back to the skillet with the mixed veggies and mix in the egg.
  • Pour the meat/vegetable mixture into the bottom of 9×13 baking dish.
  • Spread the mashed cauliflower mixture over the top.
  • Bake at 350°F for approximately 30 minutes.
  • If using shredded cheese, sprinkle it over the top and bake 5 additional minutes until cheese is melted (optional).


Nutrition Facts
Shepherd's Pie Recipe
Amount Per Serving (2 cups)
Calories 340 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 103mg34%
Sodium 932mg41%
Potassium 839mg24%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 3145IU63%
Vitamin C 98.7mg120%
Calcium 226mg23%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


If you like your shepherd’s pie a little more “saucy” you can easily make a quick gravy with beef stock thickened with arrowroot.

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Ever made shepherds pie? How did it go?

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


36 responses to “Shepherd’s Pie Recipe”

  1. Erika Avatar

    When you freeze this, do you do so prior to cooking or after? I want to make this and freeze it for later, just not sure how to go about it! Thank you!

  2. Reni Avatar

    I make Shepherd’s pie with mashed celeric root, for my taste it, it tastes milder. You just have to make sure you remove some of the fibery strands after mashing. I mix country dijon mustard to taste in the mash and butter – so good! Ground beef and veggies of diet choice underneath.

  3. Kate Avatar

    Do you freeze before or after cooking?

    I’m trying to make some food for a sick friend and need something healthy and portable. Thanks

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