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Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie

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Shepherd’s pie is a comfort food that spans both time and distance. Popular on multiple continents, the layers of minced meat, tender vegetables, and fluffy potato topping is universally loved. This keto version swaps cauliflower for the mashed pota- toes and tender green beans for the traditional carrots, all on top of a flavorful base of ground beef.

Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie by Wes Shoemaker at Highfalutin’ Low Carb
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Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie

Recipe by Wes Shoemaker – Highfalutin’ Low Carb
4.3 from 6 votes
Course: Entrees, CasserolesCuisine: American, BritishDifficulty: Easy


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Try substituting ground lamb for the beef, to get a truly authentic pub-style classic.


  • 1 pound frozen cauliflower florets

  • 4 tablespoons butter

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1/2 pound green beans, chopped

  • 1/2 pound white button mushrooms, sliced

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a large, microwave-safe bowl, combine all the ingredients.
  • Cover with a plate and cook in the microwave for 5 minutes on high. Stir well and cook, covered, for another 5 minutes or until tender.
  • Use a potato masher or large slotted spoon to mash the cauliflower to the consistency of mashed potatoes. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, combine the beef and onion. Cook until the beef is browned and broken apart and the onion is translucent, about 8 minutes. Drain off any excess fat.
  • Add the garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper, and cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Evenly spread the beef in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
  • In the same skillet used to cook the beef, combine the butter, green beans, mushrooms, and garlic powder. Sauté until the beans are tender, about 8 minutes. Spread the bean mixture on top of the ground beef in the casserole dish.
  • Evenly spread the mashed cauliflower on top. Sprinkle with the cheddar.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Turn the broiler to high and cook for 5 more minutes to melt the cheese and brown the top. Serve.

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  • This recipe uses frozen cauliflower, but fresh cauliflower is also great. Regardless of which you select, the cauliflower can also be steamed on the stovetop instead of cooked in the microwave. Add about an inch of water to the pot, cover, and cook on medium-high heat for about 10 minutes or until the cauliflower is fork tender.

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Nutrition Facts

8 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories460
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 36g 56%
    • Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
      • Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
    • Protein 26g 52%

      * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


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      4. Brook Summers

        I made this recipe this week. Simple and so good. I was really hungry looking for something different to eat. Tired of all the things I had been eating. To my surprise the entire family inhaled it and said I must make again! This may become a weekly regular in our home! I’ve yet to find a full weeks worth of dinners that my family will eat, so I end up cooking 2 meals nay nights! LOL

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