Mini Shepherd's Pies Recipe

A white casserole dish filled with shepherd's pie topped with a sprig of green garnish sit on a pained wooden table.
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4 servings 380 calories 35 min. 4+ hr.

Helps with these side effects: Diarrhea, unintentional weight loss, sore mouth and difficulty swallowing

These little pies are a meal unto themselves, providing meat, potatoes and vegetables all in one bite. Mildly seasoned ground beef is topped with a mashed potato “crust” and baked in individual portions. You will need four ramekins or oven-safe teacups for this recipe.

To save time, you can use leftover mashed potatoes, about two cups worth, or buy premade mashed potatoes. If you are experiencing taste changes and beef tastes metallic, use ground turkey instead.

While this recipe contains peas, the small amount should not aggravate diarrhea.

Before making drastic changes to your diet, be sure to talk with your care team or nutritionist. While these recipes may relieve common symptoms, your treatment plan may include following a specific diet. If you have questions about what’s safe to eat or drink, your care team is ready to help.


  • 1 pound potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 to 4 tablespoons low-fat milk

  • Salt

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 1 small (or ½ large) onion, finely chopped

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots mixture


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Fill a large saucepan with peeled potatoes and enough water to cover them an inch or more and bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until potatoes are tender. Drain and return to pan.

  3. Add the butter and 2 tablespoons of the milk to the potatoes. Mash until soft and creamy. Add more milk if necessary and season with salt.

  4. While potatoes are cooking, place oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the ground beef and onion for 6 to 8 minutes or until meat is cooked through.

  5. Stir frequently to break up meat. Drain if needed. Add the ketchup and Worcestershire sauce and stir well to combine. Add the peas and carrots and stir well to combine.

  6. Divide meat mixture evenly between four 1-cup ramekins or oven-safe teacups. Top with about ½ cup of mashed potatoes, spreading to cover the meat mixture.

  7. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or until the tops are golden. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information
Per Serving (1 pie)
Calories ........................... 380
Total Fat .......................... 17 g
Total Carbohydrates ........ 30 g
Dietary Fiber .................... 3 g
Sugars ............................. 7 g
Protein ............................. 26 g
Sodium ............................ 390 mg


This material is furnished for informational purposes and is for your personal use only. It is not intended as a substitute for the expertise, judgment and specific advice of your care team. Based on your condition and treatment plan, you may have different medical and self-care needs. Please talk to your care team before making changes to your care plan or using any non-prescribed products during your treatment.

Reproduced, with permission, from Jeanne Besser et al., What to Eat During Cancer Treatment. (Atlanta: American Cancer Society, 2009) ©2009 by the American Cancer Society.