Casseroles Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Shepherd’s Pie

July 15, 2013

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This Slow Cooker Shepherd’s Pie (also known as Cottage Pie) is so tasty. I have to say that is one recipe that has been on my favorite comfort foods list for a long time. It is a hearty and satisfying meal and I absolutely love it. I actually already have a recipe for the traditional casserole version. But I wanted to see how well it turned out when fixing it in the slow cooker.

I did change up the recipe a little bit and left out the tomatoes or tomato paste that is found in most recipes. Because I wanted something a little less acidic tonight. And I also used organic prepackaged frozen peas and carrots to make it a little less time-consuming! Definitely helpful.

You can also use mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes if you wish. This recipe is naturally gluten-free and grain-free as well. If you don’t want to make slow cooker shepherd’s pie you can make the conventional version. I have that recipe too! And I made it smaller since there is only one of me. We single girls like to enjoy good food too!

This slow cooker shepherd’s pie recipe is a bit labor-intensive. But that’s okay once in a while! This recipe is naturally grain-free and gluten-free.

Slow Cooker Shepherd’s Pie

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 20 mins
Servings 6


  • 1 pound ground beef grass fed
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp unrefined sea salt
  • tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp basil
  • ¼ cup water or bone broth
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 1 cup organic frozen peas and carrots
  • 3-4 potatoes peeled, cooked and mashed
  • whole milk heavy cream or broth (for the mashed potatoes)
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese shredded (for on top of the mashed potatoes)


  • In a skillet, brown the ground beef with the chopped onion and garlic.
  • Once browned, add the water and arrowroot powder.
  • Add the seasonings and mix well.
  • Add the peas and carrots.
  • Scoop beef mixture into your slow cooker crock.
  • Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours.
  • Make your mashed potatoes.
  • minutes before the end of cooking time, layer the mashed potatoes on top of the beef mixture, spreading evenly.
  • Top the potato layer, sprinkle on shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Cook for an additional 30 minutes.