keto shepard's pie

Keto Shepherd's Pie

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: keto shepherd's pie, shepherd's pie
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 230kcal
Author: Lisa MarcAurele
A low carb version of a classic cottage pie made with lamb. It’s a tasty baked dish with ground meat and vegetables that’s topped with mock mashed potatoes.
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Meat Mixture

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground lamb or beef
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced zucchini
  • 1/3 cup diced celery about 1 rib

Mashed Cauliflower Topping

  • 1 head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream


Meat Mixture

  • Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add lamb, garlic, onion powder, Italian seasoning, ground black pepper, and salt. Cook and stir until meat is browned.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, zucchini, and celery. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Mashed Cauliflower Topping

  • Steam cauliflower over boiling water in a covered pot for 8 to 10 minutes. Or cook for 2 minutes in an Instant Pot on high pressure then do a quick pressure release.
  • Transfer cauliflower to a food processor. Add in the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and heavy cream. Process until mixture is smooth. Alternatively, a hand masher or electric mixer can be used to mash everything together.
  • Spread the mashed cauliflower mixture over the cooked meat mixture.


  • Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until topping starts to brown.



In addition to zucchini and celery, any of the following can be added into the meat mixture:
  • Cut green beans of asparagus
  • Cauliflower rice
  • Chopped mushrooms
You can also use different ground meat or a blend of meat. If you don’t care for lamb, make a cottage pie instead with ground beef, ground turkey, or ground chicken. And if you want to up the flavor and fat of the meat, toss in some bacon pieces.


Serving: 1.25cup | Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 413mg | Potassium: 487mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 612IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 1mg

Additional Info

Net Carbs: 6 g | % Carbs: 10.8 % | % Protein: 12.6 % | % Fat: 76.7 %


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