What to Serve with Shepherd’s Pie (Cottage Pie)

Shepherd’s pie is a delicious and hearty dish your entire family will love. Also called cottage pie, this easy meal is true comfort food. Read on for the best of the best side dishes to serve with shepherd’s pie.

Shepherd’s pie is the ultimate comfort food. My no bake shepherd’s pie recipe is one of the most popular recipes on my site, and for good reason. With a hearty meat filling topped with creamy mashed potatoes, this is a simple and delicious main dish that your whole family will love. Looking for the perfect side dish to serve with your shepherd’s pie recipe? Look no further! Read on for a list of great options to round out your perfect meal.

What is Shepherd’s Pie?

Shepherd’s pie is a meat and potato casserole that originates in the UK. A thick layer of ground meat is seasoned with a rich gravy of tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and spices, and topped with creamy mashed potatoes. Traditional shepherd’s pie is made with ground lamb; whereas, cottage pie is made with ground beef with a beef broth gravy. My version of shepherd’s pie uses ground turkey to lighten the dish up a bit. This simple dish is great any time the weather is cool!


In my opinion, one of the best parts of Shepherd’s Pie is the delicious rich gravy. Bread is the perfect side to soak it all up. These homemade bread recipes are just what you need to complete your meal.

Homemade Dinner Rolls

This classic recipe makes homemade dinner rolls that are light and fluffy, and perfect for serving with Shepherd’s Pie. These rolls are freezer friendly too, so you can save the leftovers for another night!

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Cheesy Garlic Bread

This easy recipe for garlic bread features a French loaf with seasoned butter and lots of melty mozzarella for that perfect cheesy pull!

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Mini Irish Soda Bread

This recipe for traditional Irish soda bread is a great complement to Shepherd’s Pie, especially if you are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! This quick bread recipe makes one small loaf, dotted with sweet raisins.

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Cottage pie is a hearty meal. When I’m serving it, I like to forgo heavy sides in favor of lots of veggies. These delicious vegetable side dishes will bring a perfect balance to your dinner.

Balsamic Glazed Asparagus

This balsamic glazed asparagus is quick and easy to make. Roasted asparagus is coated in a thick, balsamic reduction for a healthy side dish made with simple ingredients.

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Balsamic Glazed Asparagus

Lemon Maple Brussels Sprouts

These roasted brussel sprouts are coated in a tangy-sweet glaze made from fresh lemon juice, maple syrup and dijon mustard. These sprouts are the perfect side dish to brighten up your taste buds.

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Garlic Butter Green Beans

These sauteed green beans are tossed in garlic butter and Parmesan cheese for a delicious and easy-to-make side dish recipe.

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Air Fryer Butternut Squash

This easy air fryer butternut squash recipe requires only four ingredients – squash, olive oil, brown sugar, and allspice – for a delicious and healthy side dish that is bursting with flavor.

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Air Fryer Butternut Squash

Skillet Corn with Bacon

Tossed with crispy bacon bits, this yummy recipe is full of sweet corn kernels covered in a savory butter sauce. This side dish has just the right flavor to serve with Shepherd’s Pie.

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Skillet Corn with Bacon


A big green salad is a perfect side dish for Shepherd’s Pie. Healthy and fresh, these salads will give a nice pop of color to your table and be a nice contrast to your main dish.

Delicata Squash, Apple and Goat Cheese Salad

This healthy salad is full of delicious flavor. Delicata squash, apples and creamy goat cheese combine with a tangy viniagrette dressing for a fresh and flavorful side dish.
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A white bowl with delicata squash apple salad, drizzled with blackberry balsamic vinaigrette. A dish of dressing is to the side and the salad has a serving fork and spoon resting in it.

Sweet Potato Beet Salad with Feta

This Sweet Potato Beet Salad is full of color, flavor, and texture! It has salty feta cheese, crunchy walnuts, and a honey balsamic vinegar dressing.

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Sweet Potato Beet Salad with Feta

Coleslaw with Apple, Carrots and Corn

This apple, carrot and corn salad is as delicious as it is beautiful. With sweet onions, colorful cabbage, crunchy carrots and a simple dressing, this homemade coleslaw is a perfect addition to your meal.

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Coleslaw with Apple, Carrots and Corn

Now, all that’s left to do is to make your shepherd’s pie and chose your favorite side! With choices this delicious, you can’t go wrong.

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