Individual Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Mash

Individual Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Mash

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?? It’s super great.

Cottage Pie is something that we occasionally ate when I was a kid, and I really loved it. Then not too long ago, we had dinner at my aunt’s place – she made Cottage Pie with cauliflower mash. Genius!

To the first person who made cauliflower mash ever, whoever you are: Thank you, and I love you.

Individual Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Mash

Yesterday I decided to make my own version of cottage pie and cauliflower mash. We were supposed to go out and hit an expert biking trail, but *sigh*, Cody hurt his back. So, we decided it would be best to postpone.

It all turned out great in the end though. We dragged a mattress into the living room and watched movies all day, one of them being The Conjuring. I’ve been too scared to watch it since it came out. I think the anticipation too much, so I was slightly disappointed and less scared than I expected to be.

How To Make Low-Carb Cottage Pie:

Individual Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Mash
Individual Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Mash
Individual Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Mash

The Cottage Pie, on the other hand, turned out so great that it might be my new favorite low carb meal. I’m not kidding.

I never in my wildest dreams would have thought that blending up cauliflower with a bit of butter, cream and garlic would be so insanely delicious. Maybe I have weird tastebuds, but this stuff tastes just like mashed potatoes to me. Magic.

Putting this into ramekins was me trying to make a simple home meal a little more fancy. I think I succeeded. It definitely made it taste better! (Joke… it’ll taste great however you serve it.)

Individual Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Mash
Individual Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Mash
Individual Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Mash

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Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Mash

Low Carb Keto Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Mash Recipe and Nutritional Information:

Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Mash

Individual Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Mash

A quick and easy Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Mash recipe. Served in individual ramekins. Only 13 simple ingredients and 25 minutes in the oven! Gluten-Free. Low-Carb. Paleo.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 573kcal


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.
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This recipe can also be made in a single casserole dish.


Calories: 573kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 1044mg | Potassium: 1299mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 4265IU | Vitamin C: 87mg | Calcium: 255mg | Iron: 5mg
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5 thoughts on “Individual Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Mash”

  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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