Keto Cottage Pie Recipe – Cauliflower Top & Hearty Beef Filling

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This Keto Cottage Pie recipe is topped with buttery cauliflower mash and it tastes even better reheated for lunch or dinner the next day.

Keto cottage pie with a fluffy cauliflower mash top.
Delicious keto cottage pie recipe with a fluffy cauliflower mash top.

Cottage Pie is a classic British dish, having been around since 1791, around 60 years before Shepherd’s Pie.

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What’s the difference between Cottage Pie & Shepherds Pie?

Cottage pie is made with beef and shepherds pie is made with lamb.

The beef filling has often consisted of leftover roast meat, we’ve found that using ground beef yields a tasty and budget-friendly pie.

This keto cottage pie makes 10 generous serves.

Keto Cottage Pie
Delicious Keto Cottage Pie Recipe

Keto Cottage Pie Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon of Dried Oregano
  • 1 small Onion, diced
  • 3 sticks of Celery, diced
  • 1 teaspoon of Salt
  • 2 pounds of Ground Beef
  • 3 tablespoons of Tomato Paste
  • 1 cup of Beef Stock
  • ¼ cup of Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of Fresh Thyme Leaves
  • 10 ounces of Greens Beans, cut into 1in lengths
  • 1.6 pounds (1 large head) of Cauliflower, cut into evenly sized florets
  • 3 ounces of Butter
  • ½ teaspoon of Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of Pepper
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • Pinch of Paprika
  • Pinch of Dried Oregano

How To Make Keto Cottage Pie

  1. Place a large saucepan over high heat.
  2. Add the olive oil, garlic, oregano, onion, and celery and saute for 5 minutes, until the onion is starting to become translucent.
  3. Add the salt and ground beef, stirring continuously to break apart the meat while it browns.
  4. When the beef is browned add the tomato paste and stir well.
  5. Add the beef stock and red wine vinegar and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes until the liquid has reduced.
  6. Add the thyme and green beans and simmer for 5 minutes before removing from the heat.
  7. Spoon the beef mixture into your casserole dish and set aside.
  8. Preheat your oven to 175/350F.
  9. Fill a large saucepan two-thirds full of water and bring to the boil.
  10. Add the cauliflower and cook for 7-10 minutes until tender.
  11. Carefully pour the water and cauliflower into a colander and drain well.
  12. Return the drained cauliflower to the saucepan, along with the butter, salt, and pepper.
  13. Using your stick blender, blend the cauliflower into a smooth mash.
  14. Add the egg yolks and blend well.
  15. Gently spoon the mashed cauliflower onto the beef mixture into your casserole dish.
  16. Sprinkle with paprika and oregano.
  17. Bake the pie in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until the mash is golden brown.
  18. Serve immediately or chill and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.
How to make Keto Cottage Pie
How to make Keto Cottage Pie
keto cottage pie

Keto Cottage Pie - Cauliflower Mash & Ground Beef

Our Keto Cottage Pie is a comforting all-in-one dish, topped with buttery cauliflower mash. It is even better reheated for lunch the next day.
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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Australian, British
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 10 serves
Calories: 420kcal
Author: Gerri

Equipment

  • Stick Blender
  • Saucepan
  • Casserole Dish

Ingredients

Base

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 small Onion diced
  • 3 sticks celery diced
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup Beef Stock
  • 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 10 ounces green beans cut into 1in lengths

Topping

  • 1.6 pounds Cauliflower cut into florets
  • 3 ounces Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • pinch Paprika
  • pinch dried oregano

Instructions

Base

  • Place a large saucepan over high heat.
  • Add the olive oil, garlic, oregano, onion and celery and saute for 5 minutes, until the onion is starting to become translucent.
  • Add the salt and ground beef, stirring continuously to break apart the meat while it browns.
  • When the beef is browned add the tomato paste and stir well.
  • Add the beef stock and red wine vinegar and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes until the liquid has reduced.
  • Add the thyme and green beans and simmer for 5 minutes before removing from the heat.
  • Spoon the beef mixture into your casserole dish and set aside.
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  • Preheat your oven to 175C/350F.

Topping

  • Fill a large saucepan two-thirds full of water and bring to the boil.
  • Add the cauliflower and cook for 7-10 minutes until tender.
  • Carefully pour the water and cauliflower into a colander and drain well.
  • Return the drained cauliflower to the saucepan, along with the butter, salt and pepper.
  • Using your stick blender, blend the cauliflower into a smooth mash.
  • Add the egg yolks and blend well.
  • Gently spoon the mashed cauliflower onto the beef mixture in your casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle with paprika and oregano.
  • Bake the pie in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until the mash is golden brown.
  • Serve immediately or chill and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Video

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Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 210g | Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 389mg | Potassium: 606mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Vitamin C: 56.9mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 3.1mg

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18 thoughts on “Keto Cottage Pie Recipe – Cauliflower Top & Hearty Beef Filling”

  1. I didn’t have everything in the recipe list on hand, but with some Keto-friendly substitutions in the base, I cobbled together something that even our 4 kids devoured! Thank you for this recipe…something satisfying to add to our dinner options!

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  2. I did the pie this evening. I added just one teaspoon full of mint sauce and added just 30g of cheddar cheese. I ain’t going to lie, it was probably the best pie I’ve ever had!
    Ps. I subbed the beef for lamb.

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    • Thank you for your kind words Ranjit!! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it, and your subs sound like a delicious twist too 🙂

  3. I just started Keto a few weeks ago and have been looking for new recipes to keep it “Fresh”. Made this tonight and it tasted A-Mazing!! Thank-you so much for sharing 🙂

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