Low Sodium Cottage Pie



Serving size

one pie (about 3 cups)
90 Minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied and makes good leftovers. Reheat gently.

Low Sodium Cottage Pie


3 quart Water
1/2 pound Yukon gold potatoes (peeled)
1 tsp. Olive oil
1 small White onions (diced)
12 ounces 95/5 Ground beef
2 tsp.. Cornstarch
1 large Carrots, raw (peeled and diced)
1 Large stalk Celery, raw (diced)
1 Tbsp. No salt added tomato paste
1/8 tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 cup No salt added beef stock
2 tsp.. Unsalted butter
2 Tbsp Reduced fat buttermilk
2 Tbsp 2% milk
1 to taste Black pepper


Place the water in a large stock pot over high heat.

Quarter the potatoes and add to the stock pot. Cover with water by about an inch. Bring to boil and then reduce heat until the water is simmering.

Cook the potatoes about 15 – 20 minutes until slightly soft in the middle. They should give when squeezed.

Preheat the oven to 300°F.

While the potatoes are cooking, place the olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for about 3 minutes until they begin to soften.

Add the ground beef and cook, stirring frequently, until browned.

Sprinkle the cornstarch over the ground beef and stir in. Add the carrot, celery, tomato paste, salt, Worcestershire sauce and beef stock. Stir, cover and place the pot in the oven.

When the potatoes are done, remove from heat and drain the water. Pass the potatoes through a ricer or mash gently with a fork until smooth.

Add butter, buttermilk, milk and 1/8 salt and stir in. Add ground black pepper to taste.

After an hour of cooking in the oven, remove the beef and divide between two bowls (you can make this in one pyrex dish also). Top with the potatoes and return to the oven. Bake for about 10 minutes and serve.

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GERD / Acid Reflux

This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.


Avoid this recipe if you are lactose intolerant.

Coumadin® (Warfarin)

This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Gluten Sensitivity

This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Some canned beef broths might contain gluten. Check the package or consider an alternative such as homemade. Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce is gluten-free.


This is a low sodium recipe.

Recipe Notes

Cottage Pie is essentially the same as Shepherd’s Pie. Cottage Pie is made with beef and Shepherd’s Pie with lamb (makes sense). This is English comfort food at its best: a delicious warm stew topped with mashed potatoes. What could be better?

"Food is the most primitive form of comfort."

Sheilah Graham, Gossip columnist