This Whole30 take on a classic Shepherds Pie is a delicious, filling and hearty meal that will not have you sacrificing flavor for health!
Whole30 Comfort Food
Having married a Brit and lived in the UK I have made and eaten by share of Shepherds and Cottage pies. A hearty and delicious meal that comes together without much effort, it's one of my favorite things to feed my family.
So I was determined to make a Whole30 and Paleo version of Shepherds pie that tasted just as good as my non-compliant version. And y'all, I did it!
This Whole30 Shepherds Pie is hearty, filling and delicious. I promise you will not feel like you're making any sacrifices by leaving out the dairy and added sugars of non-compliant pies. Perfect for a chilly fall or winter evening!
- Cutting Board
- Sharp Knife
- Potato Peeler (optional): I love this Oxo Vegetable Peeler but you can also just use a knife.
- Measuring Cups & Spoons
- Large Stock Pot: For boiling the potatoes
- Colander (optional): For draining the potatoes
- Oven safe cast iron skillet OR skillet and oven safe dish: I like making this recipe in my Le Creuset Cast Iron Skillet, but any casserole dish will do.
- Potato Masher (optional): You can totally just use a fork but I love this Oxo Potato Masher.
- Ground Beef: I like to use 85% lean ground beef for this recipe. If possible try to buy grass fed and finished beef. It really does make a difference!
- Vegetables: I like the classic combination of onions, carrots, mushrooms, celery and garlic for this recipe. If you don't have all of these on hand you can always substitute one for the other (for example add an extra carrot if you don't have celery).
- Frozen Peas (optional): Though technically a legume, peas were officially accepted in Whole30 program in 2020. They are completely optional for this recipe but I really like that little pop of sweetness so you do you
- Tomato Paste: Tomato paste gives this recipe a rich flavor and also helps to thicken the sauce. Make sure to let it cook for at least a minute before adding the beef broth to get rid of any of that raw tomato paste flavor.
- Beef Broth: Make sure to check your labels as it might be surprised how many brands of beef broth include sugar. In a pinch you can sub with chicken broth or bone broth.
- Whole30 "Worcestershire Sauce": If you've tried any of my other Whole30 compliant recipes you probably know by now that my Whole30 Worcestershire sauce is basically my secret weapon for these 30 days. By combining Coconut Aminos, Fish Sauce and Balsamic Vinegar the taste is almost indistinguishable and a total game changer.
- Dried Rosemary and Dried Thyme: I love the earthiness these herbs bring to the party. I use dried but you can totally use fresh if you prefer, just double what you throw in.
For the Mashed Potato Topping
- Potatoes: I recommend using Yukon Gold for this recipe but Russet potatoes will work as well.
- Ghee: Ghee is clarified butter that has had all of the lactose removed. I like 4th & Heart Ghee which can buy it at most grocery stores or on Amazon.
- Coconut Milk: I highly recommend using full fat coconut milk and my favorite brands are Sprouts and Trader Joes, but you can use your favorite.
- Herbs & Spices: To season the mashed potatoes I like a combination of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and dried parsley.
- Truffle Oil (optional): The truffle oil is optional but it really adds a punch of flavor to the mashed potatoes and masks any hint of coconut milk. I like using Truffle Hunter Truffle Oil but the Kroger brand is also delicious.
What is Whole30?
Whole30 is a Paleo-esque, 30 day elimination diet that focuses on replacing processed, inflammatory foods with whole, nutrient dense options. While on Whole30 you avoid eating added sugars, alcohol, grains and gluten, legumes, dairy and harmful added chemicals.
Can I Double this Recipe?
Yes! You can double or triple this recipe very easily to feed a crowd.