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    A new twist on the English classic Cottage pie. Flavorful beef cottage pie recipe is made easy in one skillet and Paleo-friendly! Ground beef and tender vegetables are topped with fluffy mashed sweet potatoes and baked to perfection for the best comfort food. It makes a delicious and warm comfort food recipe perfect for dinner or lunch, and it’s only 30 minutes.

    This recipe is a family favorite for dinner or lunch, and it makes enough to serve a crowd if you have guests or a large family. I love that it’s a flavorful, hearty and satisfying meal with protein, starch, and veggies in every bite! And also, it’s made in one skillet and in about 30 minutes. This means easy dinner with minimal cleanup.

    Paleo Cottage Pie with Sweet Potatoes What is Cottage Pie

    Usually, cottage pie is made with beef and topped with mashed potatoes. But I decided to make it with sweet potatoes instead to make it Paleo-friendly.

    Cottage Pie vs Shepherd’s Pie

    Cottage pie is made with beef and Shepherd’s pie is usually made with lamb. Here in the States, we love beef and most of the time, both Shepherd’s pie and Cottage pie made in the States are made with beef. But regardless of whether you make Shepherd’s or Cottage pie, they are both very delicious, and true comfort food.

    Cottage Pie with Sweet Potatoes (Paleo, Whole30)

    How To Make One Skillet Cottage Pie (Paleo)

    Even though it might sound like a very involving recipe, this cottage pie recipe is made as easy as possible. You need only 1 skillet and 30 minutes to cook.

    First, I start by browning the meat and vegetables in the skillet on the cooktop. This is an important step to let all the flavors mend. After the meat mixture is done, top it with homemade mashed sweet potatoes (you can also use leftover mashed sweet potatoes), and then bake it for about 20 minutes. It’s also important to use an oven-proof skillet so you can bake it in the oven. This means without plastic handles and that fits in your oven, I use a cast iron skillet.

    I used sweet potatoes to make it Paleo, but you could certainly make this skillet cottage pie with mashed potatoes instead if you prefer.

    Cottage Pie recipe

    Cottage Pie with Sweet Potatoes (Paleo, Whole30)
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    Cottage Pie (Paleo, Whole30)

    A new twist on the English classic Cottage pie. Flavorful beef cottage pie recipe is made easy in one skillet and Paleo-friendly! Ground beef and tender vegetables are topped with fluffy mashed sweet potatoes, and baked to perfection for the best comfort food. It makes a delicious and warm comfort food recipe perfect for dinner or lunch, and it’s only 30 minutes.
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 20 minutes
    Total Time 35 minutes
    Servings 6
    Calories 357kcal


    • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 lb ground beef
    • 3 medium carrots, chopped
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 2 celery stalks, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
    • 1/2 cup vegetable broth (or water)
    • 1 tsp dry oregano
    • fresh thyme
    • salt and freshly ground pepper
    • 6 cups mashed sweet potatoes


    • Heat oil over medium-high heat in a cast iron skillet. Brown ground beef in the skillet for about 5 minutes.
    • Stir in chopped carrots, onion, celery stalks, and minced garlic to the ground beef. Cover and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
    • Preheat oven to 350 F. Pour in tomato paste and vegetable broth in the skillet and stir everything. Season to taste with dried oregano, fresh thyme, salt and freshly ground pepper. Cover and simmer for a couple of minutes, until most of the juices have evaporated.
    • Remove from heat. Even out the vegetable mixture in the skillet, and spread out evenly the leftover mashed potatoes over it. If you are using a narrower baking dish, you might need less mashed potatoes. Make sure the mashed potato topping covers the vegetables.
    • Place in the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes. If you wish, you can place the skillet/baking dish under the broiler for the last 4 minutes. Make sure to watch it closely as it can burn quickly.


    Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 220mg | Potassium: 892mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 24145IU | Vitamin C: 8.8mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 2.7mg
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine American, Irish
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    March 5, 2018

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    5 stars
    Easy to make and deliciously tasty.


    5 stars
    Love the flavors on this pie recipe! Looks so delish!

    Danielle Wolter

    5 stars
    This is such an awesome idea. Great with the sweet potatoes! Totally something I’d like to make.

    MIAM sisters

    5 stars
    This looks so yummy and sweet, great recipe to try thank you

    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

    5 stars
    Cottage pie is one of our favourite family meals! This looks so delicious.

    Christina | Christina's Cucina

    5 stars
    THis is a unique take on a cottage pie and agree, it’s healthier than the original. Wish I liked sweet potatoes as I’d give it a go!


    5 stars
    Again another yummy dish! Wow!!


    5 stars
    I haven’t had cottage pie in so long, but it does make such a comforting meal. I like the idea of topping it with sweet potatoes which are more popular in our house anyway.


    5 stars
    That looks really tasty. I haven’t had a cottage pie with sweet potato before, I’ll have give a try.

    Kelly Anthony

    5 stars
    There is nothing better than making dinner in 30 minutes with one pot. I never knew the difference between cottage pie and shepherds pie. I love learning new things.


    5 stars
    this looks delicious I love cottage pie, especially with sweet potato on top!


    5 stars
    Love the idea of sweet potatoes on the top! Looks so great!


    5 stars
    That pie looks gorgeous.. the color and the pattern you created 👌👌..
    Loved how you mAde it whole 30 paleo using sweet potato.

    Neriz @ food and journeys

    5 stars
    A brilliant idea! Now I’m wondering how it will taste like if I use purple yam in there – probably not as good as this one. 😀

    It’s almost on the fine line between sweet and savory, but it looks really YUMMY!


    Your pie looks marvelous and so comforting…perfect dish to welcome Fall with. I love the idea of using sweet potatoes for this dish as well. Saving this for when the weather cools!


    5 stars
    This pie is so pretty! A dinner to impress!

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thank you!!

    Megan @ MegUnprocessed

    Those sweet potatoes on top look great! I’m a sucker for those!

    Jersey Girl Cooks

    5 stars
    Now this looks extra delicious!


    Thanks so much Karen!


    Error on this page — with one cup of mashed sweet potato per serving, I don’t believe there would be only 6g carbohydrate per serving, as stated in “Nutrition Facts.”

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thanks for pointing this out, Amy! The nutrition facts label wasn’t pulling the data for the sweet potatoes. I fixed it. Thanks!

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