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gluten free shepherds pie in a white baking dish with a serving spoon.

Gluten free Shepherd's Pie

This gluten free shepherd's pie also known as cottage pie can be made with lamb or beef and is a delicious hearty family dinner. Perfect for those autumn and winter nights as it is the ideal comfort food.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British
Keyword: cottage pie, gluten free, shepherds pie
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 270kcal

Nutritional information is meant as a guideline and all information is approximate.


  • Casserole dish I used 9 x 13 dish.
  • Medium pan
  • Large non stick pan or skillet


Ingredients for Gluten free shepherd's pie

  • 900 grams Potatoes (approx. 4-5 large potatoes) Peeled and quartered
  • 3 tablespoons Milk
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 large Onion Chopped and diced
  • 2-3 Carrots Peeled and diced
  • 750 grams Minced Lamb Use minced beef for cottage pie
  • 1 clove Garlic Minced
  • 500 milliliters Beef broth/stock
  • 1 teaspoon Gluten free Worcester sauce
  • 60 milliliters Dry Red wine Optional
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Parsley Chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Cornstarch AKA Cornflour in the UK


Mash potatoes

  • Add the potatoes into a pan of lightly salted water and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to simmer and cook until tender.
  • Carefully drain the water from the pan and add the milk and butter.
  • Mash the potatoes until light and fluffy.

Shepherd's pie filling

  • I like to make the filling while the potatoes are cooking.
  • Carefully heat the oil in a large pan.
  • Sautee the diced onions and carrots until tender for approx 10 minutes.
  • Add the lamb (or Beef) with the minced garlic and cook until the meat until browned and no longer pink.
  • Add the beef stock, Worcester sauce, and red wine then bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer for approx 10 minutes.
  • Add in the chopped parsley and salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl make a slurry with the cornstarch by adding a little cold water to the cornstarch and mixing until it is a smooth liquid.
  • Add the cornstarch mix to the pan and stir until fully combined.

Assembling the Shepherd's pie

  • Preheat the Oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6.
  • Carefully spread the meat filling into the casserole dish and spread evenly.
  • Gently spoon the mashed potatoes over the top of the meat and spread evenly.
  • With a fork make ruffle the top of the mash potatoes as this will make lovely crunchy peaks as it cooks.
  • Bake in the oven for around 30 minutes or until the peaks of the mashed potatoes have turned a slightly golden color and the juices of the meat filling are bubbling.
  • Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 5 minutes before serving.


  • Gluten free Cottage pie - To make gluten-free cottage pie you can use ground beef instead of lamb.
  • Extra vegetables - The great thing about this pie is you can add in your preferred seasonal vegetables such as peas, diced turnips, or corn. A great way of adding extra veggies to your dish.
Freezing the shepherd's pie
After the pie has been assembled. Wrap well and freeze for up to 1 month. Defrost at room temperature and cook in the oven as directed in the recipe.
Store and reheat the shepherd's pie?
If you have leftover shepherd's pie wrap it well and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can reheat the pie in the oven until the meat sauce is bubbling and the potatoes are crispy.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 16.5g | Fat: 7.2g | Saturated Fat: 2.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.1g | Cholesterol: 5.7mg | Sodium: 263mg | Potassium: 716mg | Fiber: 8.5g | Sugar: 7.1g


Nutritional information is meant as a guideline and is always an approximate calculation. Recipes may include information of various products used. It is your responsibility to check that ingredients you use when making a recipe are gluten free.