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Cottage (Shepherd's) Pie

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: cottage pie, ground beef, shepherd's pie, whole30
Servings: 4


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 celery stalk minced
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup green beans frozen, canned, or fresh (previously blanched)
  • 1 cup carrots chopped
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup beef broth plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Mashed Potatoes

  • 3 large potatoes peeled and quartered
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Place potatoes in a pot with enough water to cover potatoes and set to boil.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil. Once hot, add onion, celery, and carrots. Cook until carrots start to get tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add in garlic, tomatoes, ground beef, thyme, and salt & pepper. Break up ground beef, add bay leaves, and cook until meat is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Depending on how lean your meat is, you may have to drain some fat at this point.
  • Add tomato paste and 1/4 cup of beef broth to meat mixture, mixing well to incorporate paste.
  • In a small bowl mix 2 tbsp of beef broth and arrowroot powder, mixing well to fully dissolve arrowroot powder into broth and create a slurry.
  • Add arrowroot slurry to meat mixture and combine well. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Once potatoes are tender, drain and place back into pot with remaining ingredients and mash until smooth. Alternatively you can place drained potatoes and remaining ingredients in a mixer bowl and set to mix until smooth.
  • Place meat mixture in a casserole dish and top with mashed potatoes. Bake for 20 minutes just until potatoes start to get slightly golden.