Sweet Potato Cottage Pie (Paleo, Whole30)

It’s no secret that I love simple quick recipes. Because I truly believe that’s the key to sustainable healthy eating habits. Making meals that won’t require hours in the kitchen and also those that won’t ruin my budget. And I think this Sweet Potato Cottage Pie couldn’t be a better example of both. Super simple to make and using ingredients that are very budget friendly (sweet potatoes are now cheaper than the classic spud at my local veggie shop, but if that’s not your case you can always swap them for the normal potatoes). 

The biggest trick in this case is using heaps of the frozen veggies that are cheap and will bulk up the meal while adding extra nutrients. Which makes the Cottage Pie go a long way, so you can either have it for several meals and save time cooking or freeze a half and have it ready for the rainy days.  

Note – for the purpose of the photo I made the Sweet Potato Cottage Pie in small single serve baking dishes, but you can definitely make it in one big batch and then just cut it into portions.

Sweet Potato Cottage Pie (Paleo, Whole30)

Sweet Potato Cottage Pie (Paleo, Whole30)
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Super easy version of Cottage Pie that's just packed with veggies.
The peckish girl:
Recipe type: Main Course
Serves: 8
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 800g beef mince
  • 800g frozen vegetable mix (I used the one with small pieces of carrot, corn, peas, green beans and potatoes)
  • 1 tbsp oil for cooking
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Fresh herbs (I used 1 sprig of thyme, but a little bit of rosemary would be delicious as well)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ⅓ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1kg sweet potato
  • 60g butter (swap for ghee for the Whole30 version)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  1. Start with the potatoes. Wash them thoroughly and wrap them individually in aluminium foil and place them on a baking tray. Place the tray in a preheated oven on 200 °C and bake for 30 minutes (depending how big the potatoes are, I used small ones). You can try them with a fork, if it goes through easily, they are cooked.
Let the potatoes cool down slightly before continuing.
  2. While the potatoes are in the oven, prepare your meat layer.
  3. Place a large pan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil for cooking and let it warm up. Then add the diced onion and cook it for about two minutes, stirring, until the onion is slightly golden. Add the minced beef and mix in a pinch of salt and pepper, 1 tsp of garlic powder, ⅓ tsp of smoked paprika and the leaves of fresh thyme.
  4. Cook the meat for about 5-7 minutes until it is mostly browned. You can also drain off any excess water at this time. Then add the vegetable mix and cook for 8-10 more minutes, until there are no raw bits of the meat left. But don’t worry too much, especially the vegetables don’t have to be cooked all the way through, because you’ll still bake it in the oven.
  5. Place the meat aside and finish up the potato layer.
  6. I didn’t peel my potatoes, because I simply can’t be bothered and also I think there are more valuable nutrients in them if we don’t peel it, but feel free to peel the skin off if it’s too much for you.
  7. Then place the potatoes into a blender, add 60g of butter (if you’re using unsalted butter add a pinch of salt too) and a pinch of nutmeg and blend it together until you have a smooth puree.
  8. Then add in the egg and blend together shortly one more time. The egg will make the potato layer firmer.
  9. Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Then layer your meat in a big greased baking dish and spread it evenly. Then top it with the puree and smooth it out with a spatula. Cover the dish with an aluminium foil and place it in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Then take the cover off and bake for another 20-30 minutes (depending on your oven) until the top gets nice and brown, but not burnt.
  10. Serve by itself or with more veggies, salad, etc.


See my other Cottage / Shepherd’s Pie recipes

Shepherd’s Pie With Swede

Moroccan Spice Shepherd’s Pie (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb)

Sweet Potato Cottage Pie (Paleo, Whole30)

Sweet Potato Cottage Pie