Single Serving Shepherds Pie

These delicious little pies address a number of symptoms patients in mesothelioma treatment experience, including sore mouth, diarrhea, and weight loss (there are roughly 380 calories in each pie). In many cases, a smaller dish seems less daunting to cancer patients who may have trouble eating larger meals. While these pies are small, they are little meals unto themselves, with meat, vegetables, and potatoes all in one dish. You can make a batch of these pies and keep some in the fridge for later use, or even freeze individual pies for a quick meal in the future. To save time, try using leftover mashed potatoes or instant mashed potatoes. The recipe calls for ramekins, but really any small, oven-safe dish (even teacups) will work well.


  • 1 pound of peeled potatoes, cut into 2-inch pieces (the skin of potatoes can cause diarrhea)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2-4 tbsp milk
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots (while peas can aggravate diarrhea, this small amount should be fine)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Bring the potatoes to boil in a large saucepan. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer until tender, then drain and return to pan.
  • Mash potatoes with butter, 2 tablespoons milk, and salt to taste until creamy. Add more milk if needed.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, and then add the oil. Cook the ground beef and onion until meat is cooked through, about 6 to 8 minutes. Drain meat.
  • Add ketchup, Worchestershire, and vegetables to meat mixture.
  • Divide the meat mixture between 4 small ramekins. Spread about ½ cup of potatoes over meat mixture.
  • Place ramekins on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, or until the tops are golden.

This recipe has been adapted from the American Cancer Society.


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