Paleo Cottage Pie

Paleo cottage pie recipe

This Paleo Cottage Pie recipe is delicious and an excellent comfort food. If possible, use fresh thyme rather than dried. This recipe uses all fresh whole ingredients which really makes it difficult to not have a tasty meal. Some recipes add red wine to the beef filling – I didn’t but feel free if you think it needs it. For those of you with a dairy intolerance you could use coconut milk instead of butter & cream to make the cauliflower mash.

Prep. Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 40 Minutes

Ready In: 1 hour

Serves 4



Beef Filling

  • Mince Beef (800g ) – if you use mince lamb then it’s a Paleo Shepherd’s Pie
  • 1 onion  – chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves – crushed
  • 2 carrots – diced
  • Handful of mushrooms
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup of chicken or beef broth
  • Spices – 1 tablespoon turmeric, paprika & cumin
  • Thyme – I used fresh but dried is also fine
  • Butter/Coconut Oil for cooking

Cauliflower Mash

  • 1 cauliflower – break into chunks for steaming
  • Butter
  • Full Fat Cream (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste


1. Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius

2. Steam the cauliflower chunks in a steamer until tender. Once ready, in a bowl add some butter and cream (optional) with the cooked cauliflower. I then used a hand blender to blend into a mash – you can also use a food processor too. Add some salt & pepper if you wish. Set aside while you make the beef filling.

Paleo cottage pie recipe

Paleo cottage pie recipe

Cooking the Beef Filling

3. Add some butter to a frying pan on a medium-high heat – add the onions and carrots. Stir fry until soft.

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4. Add the beef, cook for 5-10 minutes while continuing to stir.

5. Add the mushrooms and cook for a further few minutes. Separate the eggs and add in the egg whites.

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6. Next, add the spices – turmeric, cumin, paprika & thyme. Then add the stock – I used chicken but beef is fine too.

7. Turn the heat down slightly and leave to cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

8. Pour the beef filling into an oven proof dish and cover the top with the cauliflower mash.

9. Bake for about 25-30 minutes.

Paleo cottage pie recipe


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