Low-Carb Sheperd Pie

November 29, 2023  Happy Chef Avatar
Low-Carb Sheperd Pie

Enjoy the deliciousness of shepherd’s pie while staying low-carb with our one-pan recipe. This quick weeknight or weekend dinner will be ready in no time and can be tailored to the tastes of your family members. Plus, the low-carb version is just as good and much better for you than the traditional version.

Whether you are trying to live a low-carb lifestyle or just looking for a lighter dish to serve, this low-carb shepherd’s pie is sure to become a favorite. Plus, this versatile recipe can be modified to suit your own tastes. From vegetables to meats to seasonings, the possibilities with this one-pan meal are endless.

What is Shepherd’s Pie?

Before we jump into the low-carb version of shepherd’s pie, let’s talk about what traditional shepherd’s pie is. This classic dish is a combination of ground beef (or minced lamb, thus giving its name) and vegetables like carrots, onions, and peas, all smothered in gravy and topped with a layer of creamy mashed potatoes.

Shepherd’s pie is a popular dish in English or British cuisine, but it has a long line of international relatives. For example, you may also be familiar with Irish stew or cottage pie. Both of these were invented in the 1700s, and one of the primary differences is a cottage pie contains ground beef, and an Irish stew is usually made with lamb.

Taste of Low-Carb Shepherd’s Pie

Now, let’s focus on what makes the low-carb version of shepherd’s pie so delicious and fun to eat. The key here is substituting traditional mashed potatoes with cauliflower mashed potatoes. The ingredients are as simple as can be, just cauliflower, butter, cream cheese, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper.

Not only is this change in the recipe lower in carbohydrates, but it also makes the dish keto and Whole30-friendly. Both drastically decrease the carbs without sacrificing any of the deliciousness.

There is still plenty of beef, vegetables, and gravy to fill you up, and that combination wonderfully complements the creamy mash on top. Feel free to add any other vegetables you like, as well as swap out the ground beef and use ground turkey or chicken.

How to Make Low-Carb Shepherd’s Pie

Now, it’s time to get cooking! Here are the steps one needs to take to make a homemade low-carb shepherd’s pie from scratch:


-1 tablespoon of olive oil

-1 cup of diced onions

-1 pound of ground beef

-2 cloves of garlic, minced

-2 cups of sliced mushrooms

-2 cups of diced carrots

-1 cup of frozen peas

-1 teaspoon of chili powder

-1 teaspoon of cumin

-1 teaspoon of garlic powder

-¾ teaspoon of salt

-½ teaspoon of black pepper

-1 ½ cups of beef broth

-3 tablespoons of tomato paste

-2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce

-2 tablespoons of butter

-2 tablespoons of heavy cream

-1 large head of cauliflower, cut into small florets

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