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Whole30 Shepherd’s Pie – Gluten Free English Shepherd Pie

Fall is the time for savory comfort food style casseroles with full bodied flavor. This hearty Whole30 Shepherd’s Pie is a gluten free and Paleo version of the traditional English casserole. This Whole30 Shepherd's Pie is just full of flavor, but it is healthy and gluten free ,too. (Use sweet potatoes for the paleo version instead of white potatoes.) The Ultimate comfort food recipe. #shepherdspie #englishcooking

My husband is English and loves it when I make Shepherd’s Pie.  But the normal dish uses mashed potatoes with butter and cream, as well as flour to thicken it. Just a few easy substitutes gives me the gluten free  and Whole30 version of the dish without sacrificing any of the flavor.

Traditionally, Shepherd’s pie is made with lamb or mutton, since a shepherd looks after sheep. Here in the US it is often made with beef. (called a cottage pie in the UK.)

Making this Whole30 Shepherd’s Pie.

If you don’t have left over mashed potatoes, start by cooking them in chicken stock and sea salt. Mash them with a bit of the cooking water and some clarified butter to keep them Whole30 compliant.  To keep to a Paleo diet plan, substitute sweet potatoes for regular white potatoes.)Mashed potatoes for the topping

Instead of using peas in my Shepherd’s pie, (Whole30 does not allow legumes of any kind.) I chose to use chopped Brussels sprouts.  Carrots, celery and frozen baby onions along with yellow onions and garlic round out the vegetables and fresh herbs that give this dish so much flavor.Vegetables for the Shepherd's Pie

While the potatoes are cooking, brown your beef in a large oven proof skillet, making sure to break the beef into small pieces, with some chopped onions and minced garlic.Borwn the ground beef and onions

When the beef starts to brown, add the carrots, celery and chopped Brussels sprouts and cook until the veggies are starting to get tender, about 10 minutes.Add vegetables to the ground beef

Now is the time to stir in the canned tomatoes, (Check your label to make sure there is no sugar) as well as the fresh herbs, salt and pepper and 3 1/2 cups of beef broth. Continue cooking for about 20 minutes.Add tomatoes and fresh herbs to the casserole

The frozen baby onions go in last so they won’t get too soft during cooking.Add baby onions to the Shepherd's Pie

The sauce gets thickened with 1/2 cup of beef broth and the tapioca flour to make a silky and smooth gravy. I couldn’t help myself…I had to taste it at this stage.  SO GOOD!The gravy for this Shepherd Pie is thick and rich

I used a piping bag to pipe mounds of mashed potatoes around the edge of the casserole and also in the middle.  If you have a lot of mashed potatoes, you can cover the whole top, but I wanted to keep the starch level in check, so I didn’t cover it all.  Still looks pretty though, don’t you think?Pipe potatoes on the top of the casserole

Place the saucepan in a preheated oven and bake for about 25 minutes until the sauce is bubbly and the potatoes are just starting to brown on top.This Whole30 Shepherd's Pie is full of flavor but is gluten free and so healthy

Garnish with a few fresh chopped chives and serve hot.Serving Shepherd's Pie

Time for a taste of this Whole30 Shepherd’s Pie

This delightful Shepherd’s Pie is tasty and hearty. The sauce is silky smooth and the vegetables add a robust flavor that can’t be beat. It is sure to become a family favorite.Take a bite of this Whole30 Shepherd's Pie

It’s easy to stick to a Gluten free diet plan with just a few substitutes.   This recipe proves that you won’t sacrifice on flavor in the slightest.

This is truly is a dish that you want to make over and over again. It is simple to make and has incredible, full bodied flavors.  Anytime you have mashed potatoes, your dish is almost half way done!  I love that it comes together in one pan to make clean up easier.  (well almost one pan, but who’s counting that extra glass? 😉 )

For another great tasting Whole30 beef recipe, check out my Easy Beef Goulash. It’s made in one pot and tastes amazing.

Yield: 8

Whole30 Shepherd's Pie - Gluten Free English Shepherd Pie

This Whole30 Shepherd's Pie is just full of flavor, but it is healthy and gluten free ,too. The Ultimate comfort food recipe. #shepherdspie #englishcooking

This hearty Shepherd's pie is full of flavor and fits into a gluten free, paleo and Whole30 diet plan.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes



  • In a large, oven proof skillet saute the ground beef over medium high heat for about 5 minutes, breaking it into small pieces. Add the chopped onions, minced garlic, chopped Brussels sprouts, carrots and celery and keep cooking for another 10 minutes.
  • Mix in the sea salt, cracked black pepper, canned tomatoes, fresh herbs and 3 1/2 cups of beef broth. Stir, then reduce heat to medium and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Add the frozen baby onions an stir.
  • Meanwhile, in a small glass, whisk the tapioca flour with the remaining 1/2 cup of beef broth. Add this mixture to the pan, stir and cook for about 3 minutes, until the sauce starts to thicken.
  • Pipe mounds of mashed potatoes on top
  • Bake at 400 º F for 25-30 minutes. Garnish with fresh chopped chives
  • Serves 6-8 people.
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    William Getson

    Monday 9th of October 2017

    Sounds great, Can't wait to try it !!!.

    Bill G


    Monday 9th of October 2017

    Thanks Bill. We loved it here! Carol

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