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Ketogenic low carb comfort food- Shepherd’s Pie Recipe


Just because I follow a Ketogenic diet doesn’t mean I don’t like GOOD food.  Everybody’s gotta have some go-to comfort food recipes and this one is my husbands favorite.  I could serve this meal to guests and they would like it just as much as the real thing. A traditional American shepherd’s pie consists of ground beef, vegetables such as carrots, corn, and peas, topped with mashed potatoes. So how exactly do you make a low carb shepherd’s pie?  I’ll give you a hint…cauliflower!! Today I’m going to blow your mind with my ketogenic Shepherd’s pie recipe!

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If you are on a low carb or ketogenic diet, you will definetely want to check out my 10 min pan pizza recipe as well.  Click Here for the recipe.

Ketogenic low carb comfort food- Shepards Pie Recipe

Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie Recipe


1 Large head of cauliflower cut into florets

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1/4 cup heavy cream

4 tablespoons of butter (1/2 stick)

1.5-2lbs Ground Beef

I medium onion chopped

2 teaspoons minced garlic

3 carrots chopped

2 celery stalks chopped

80z of mushrooms chopped

1/2 cup beef broth

1/4 teaspoon of Guar gum or Xanthan gum

1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce

3 tablespoons tomato paste

Salt and pepper to taste

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar Cheese


Ketogenic low carb comfort food- Shepards Pie Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place cauliflower florets, garlic salt, and water into a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Let the cauliflower cook until tender and breaks with a fork.  Approx 15 minutes.
  2. While the cauliflower is cooking, add ground beef and onion to a large skillet and cook over medium heat till no longer pink, drain.  Stir in garlic, carrots, celery, mushrooms, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, and salt & pepper.  Reduce heat to medium low and cook covered for about 8 minutes.
  3. Combine beef broth and Guar gum till well blended; stir into beef mixture. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Pour beef mixture into a 9×13 casserole dish and spread evenly along the bottom.  Sprinkle cheddar cheese over the beef creating  another layer.  Set aside.
  4. Drain the water from the cooked cauliflower.  Add heavy cream and butter to the sauce pan and blend using a hand blender, hand mixer, or by hand.  I find that the hand blender or mixer will give it a fluffier finish closer to mashed potatoes.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Spread evenly over the beef and cheese layer.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until browned and bubbling.

Ketogenic low carb comfort food- Shepards Pie Recipe

Suggested variation: Add 1 cup frozen green beans chopped and thawed.  

*Special notes: You want to stay away from peas and corn because of the high sugar content in those veggies. I did include 3 cooked carrots, but when portioned out throughout this whole dish, the amount of net carbs per serving is very minimal. 





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