Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie with Rosemary and Parmesan Cauliflower Mash

Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie


Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie

Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie with Rosemary and Parmesan Cauliflower Mash

This low carb take on a classic shepherd’s pie, replaces the typical topping of mashed potato with silky smooth cauliflower puree.
The minced lamb filling is rich and aromatic with a hint of sweet balsamic vinegar and fragrant rosemary.
4.28 from 11 votes
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 3 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Servings 4
Calories 453 kcal


  • 400 g minced lamb (ground lamb) 20% fat
  • 2 ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 240 ml beef stock
  • 1 large cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • ½ tbsp fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1 stick celery finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic finely sliced
  • ½ tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ medium red onion finely chopped
  • 65 g tinned (canned) tomato chopped
  • salt and pepper to season


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F), 180°C (350°F) for fan assisted.
  • Add the cauliflower florets to a pan of boiling water and simmer until tender. The cauliflower needs to be soft enough to blend but not overcooked.
  • Whilst the cauliflower is cooking, heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan over a low/medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, celery and the sprig of rosemary. Sweat the vegetables in the oil until tender.
  • Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan and add the lamb mince. Season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Cook over a medium heat until browned all over.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and hot stock to the pan. Bring to a gentle boil then simmer until the liquid has reduced and thickened – about 15 minutes.
  • Whilst the lamb cooks, transfer the cauliflower to a food processor with the chopped rosemary, parmesan, butter and remaining olive oil. Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper and blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Remove the rosemary stalk from the filling and transfer the cooked lamb mixture to an oven proof dish. Spoon the cheesy mash evenly over the surface.
  • Transfer to the oven to bake for 25 minutes until cooked through and the mash is lightly golden all over.


The shepherd’s pie can be served with either a simple green salad dressed with olive oil or some buttered green beans.
Keyword Cauliflower, cauliflower mash, keto pie, Lamb, low carb, shepherd's pie


  1. Found this recipe to be simply wonderful but I did do a couple of changes.

    After cooking the meat mixture, I found that the sauce in it did not really thicken up all
    that much. My solution was to use a tiny bit of flour mixed in ice cold water and mixed it in. That did the trick.

    I decided to use lean ground beef rather than pork as it is lighter in calories and is the traditional meat used.

    And finally, after the dish was prepared I put it in the fridge overnight. the cauliflower ended up tasting like potato!

    All in all I highly recommend the idea of substituting cauliflower for potato. Great low carb meal.