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Shepherd's pie on a light gray plate over a dark grey table linen ready to be enjoyed.

Easy Gluten-free Shepherds Pie

Sara Vaughn
This gluten-free Shepherds Pie is a classically vintage recipe that is beyond delicious, ridiculously comforting, so easy to throw together; you’ll be making it all season long.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine British, Irish
Servings 6
Calories 265 kcal


Mashed Potatoes

  • 1 lb Potaotes
  • 4 TBS Butter
  • ½ C Milk of Choice
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Pepper

For the Filling

  • 1 lb Ground Meat of Choice Beef, Turkey, Lamb ect.
  • 1 Small Yellow Onion diced
  • 2 Medium Carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 C Mushrooms diced
  • 1 C Peas I use frozen
  • 2 TBS Olive Oil
  • 2 TBS Butter
  • 1 TBS Garlic minced
  • 2 TBS Arrowroot Starch You can also use potato startch.
  • 1 C Beef Broth You can sub chicken if you want.
  • 2 TBS Tomato Paste
  • 2 TBS Coconut Aminos
  • 1 ½ TSP Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme
  • 1 Bay Leaf


  • Cut, Boil, Drain, and Mash the Potatoes and then set them aside.
    1 lb Potaotes
  • While the potatoes are cooking, start the meat filling.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a skillet, brown the meat and then drain away the excess fat.
    1 lb Ground Meat of Choice
  • To the meat add the diced onions and carrots and mushrooms and cook until the onions start to soften.
    1 Small Yellow Onion, 2 Medium Carrots, 1 C Mushrooms
  • Next add the garlic and let it cook with the other vegetables 3-5 minutes.
    1 TBS Garlic
  • Stir in the arrowroot starch and butter, let it cook till the flour is no longer visible and then put in the tomato paste and the beef broth.
    2 TBS Arrowroot Starch, 2 TBS Butter
  • Stir in the frozen peas, and spices until the peas just start to defrost.
    1 C Peas
  • Let the mixture simmer 3-5 minutes and then remove it from the heat.
  • Transfer the meat mixture to a lightly buttered baking dish and let it rest about 5 minutes.
  • Prepare your mashed potatoes to your liking.
  • Spread the mashed potatoes in an even layer over the meat filling, making sure not to mix it into it.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the potatoes start to get golden and the filling is starting to bubble.
  • Allow it to cool 5-10 minutes before serving and enjoy!


Change the meat – You can make this your own by using whatever meat you like. My family prefers ground beef in this recipe, so that is what I typically use. 
Change the potatoes – I typically use golden potatoes to make the mashed potatoes for this recipe. Feel free to use russets or even mashed sweet potatoes if that is what you prefer.
Male it ahead of time – This dish makes a perfect make-ahead or freezer meal. Just put it all together, let it cool and then cover and store until you are ready to eat it. I like to let it defrost for a few hours in the fridge and then bake it off until it’s warm and bubbly.
Place the baking dish on a baking sheet when you are baking it – This dish can have a tendency to bubble up along the edges, and that can end up in a big mess in your oven. Save yourself some cleaning and just place the dish on a baking tray in the oven.
Want even more golden potatoes? – Place this dish under the broiler for about 5 minutes after it’s done baking. It will make the potatoes have a beautiful golden crust that makes this dish even better.
Keyword Beef, casserole, Cottage Pie, gluten free, Shepherds Pie