Mini Shepard Pies

A quick and easy Mini Shepard Pies recipe, served in individual ramekins. Only 13 simple ingredients and 25 minutes in the oven! Gluten-Free. Low-Carb. Paleo.

Individual Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Mash

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Ground beef bursting with flavor and cauliflower mash that tastes just like the real deal. Isn’t it great when you can eat classic comfort food with zero guilt?

Ingredients to Make Mini Shepard Pies:

  • ground beef
  • roma tomatoes
  • carrot
  • celery stalk
  • onion
  • dried thyme
  • vegetable broth
  • tomato paste
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • cauliflower head
  • butter
  • garlic
  • heavy cream
  • cheddar cheese

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Mini Shepard Pies

Individual Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Mash
A quick and easy Mini Shepard Pies recipe. Served in individual ramekins. Only 13 simple ingredients and 25 minutes in the oven! Gluten-Free. Low-Carb. Paleo.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Serving Size 4 servings


For the Meat Sauce:

  • 1 lb ground beef (500g)
  • 4 roma tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 large carrot (peeled and diced)
  • 1 celery stick (finely diced)
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 oz tomato paste (85g)
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • to taste salt/pepper

For The Cauliflower Mash:

  • 1 cauliflower head (should yield at least 3 cups)
  • 1/2 stick of butter (50g)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheese


  • Preheat oven at 350ºF/180ºC.

Meat Sauce:

  • Brown the ground beef in a pot at a medium high heat.
  • Add the onion, tomato, carrot, celery, thyme, vegetable broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and cook until the veggies are soft and the sauce thickens. This takes about 15 minutes.

Cauliflower Mash:

  • While the ground beef cooks, bring a pot of salted water to the boil and cook the cauliflower florets for 10 minutes.
  • While theMelt the butter together with the garlic in a small pan.
  • Once the cauliflower is cooked, toss it into a food processor and add the melted butter and garlic, and the heavy cream cream. Blend until smooth and season with salt and pepper. Then stir 1/2 cup of cheese into the mash until it's melted.

For The Rest:

  • Divide the ground beef equally into 4 8oz ramekins and top with the cauliflower mash.
  • Sprinkle remaining cheese on top of the cauliflower mash.
  • Bake for 20 minutes and under the broiler for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove and garnish with roughly chopped parsley.


  • This recipe can also be made in a single casserole dish.
  • You can used mashed potatoes if allowed on your personal diet. 

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  1. Sorry, your cheese confused me. You want 1/2 cup cheese added to mash, rest on top. Thats really stretching the 1/3 cup recipe stated. What am I missing?

    1. Yes, we added half a cup in the mash, and the remaining we sprinkled on top. To not overload the cheese we literally just did a small sprinkle of top of the 4 servings. You’re free add more to yours if you love cheese, of course!:)

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