Shepherd’s Pie with Cauliflower Mash

  • Prep Time20 mins
  • Total Time45 mins
  • Makes6 adult servings
Shepherd’s Pie with Cauliflower Mash

Photo: Erik Putz

Take the classic comfort food for a new spin by swapping heavy potatoes with hearty vegetables in this Shepherd's Pie with Cauliflower Mash.


  • 1 medium cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces, about 9 cups

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, divided

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 1 500-g pkg lean ground beef

  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth

  • 1 156-mL can tomato paste

  • 1/4 cup HP sauce

  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, such as peas and carrots


  • Preheat broiler to high.

  • Boil a large pot of water. Add cauliflower and cook, covered, until tender, 12 to 15 min. Drain well then transfer to a food processor. Whirl with milk, 2 tbsp butter and salt until smooth.

  • Melt remaining 1 tbsp butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until softened, 2 to 3 min. Crumble in beef. Cook, stirring occasionally, until meat is no longer pink, 4 min. Add beef broth, tomato paste and HP sauce. Season with fresh pepper. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until saucy, 5 to 6 min. Stir in mixed frozen vegetables and cook until warmed through, 4 to 5 min.

  • Divide meat mixture into 6 individual ovenproof dishes, then top each with cauliflower mash. Set dishes on a baking sheet. 5. Broil in top third of oven until mash is warmed through, 2 to 3 min.

Nutrition (per serving)

Protein 22g, Carbohydrates 21g, Fat 18g, Fibre 6g, Sodium 974mg.

Originally published in the Today’s Parent January 2015 issue, this recipe has a triple-tested guarantee from the Chatelaine Kitchen powered by GE.

This article was originally published on Nov 29, 2016