The Low Carb Jumpstart

Low-carb shepherd’s pie

Carbs: 15g

This recipe has been reposted here with permission from Diet doctor. The original recipe can be found here.

Pascale Naessens' low-carb take on the classic Irish shepherd's pie, where cauliflower replaces the traditional mashed potato topping. A multi-layered masterpiece! A convenient and comforting all-in-one dinner, and an irresistible family dish that everybody loves. Perfect for cooking in advance and freezes well — not that there will be any leftovers!


20 mins


30 mins


Main Course


  • 1 lb
  • 3
    yellow onions
  • 3
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 ½ lbs
    ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup
    olive oil
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 9 oz.
    cherry tomatoes


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

  2. Cut the cauliflower into florets. Dice the onions and carrots. Halve the tomatoes.

  3. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Add the cauliflower, garlic, a generous splash of olive oil, and salt and pepper. Cook until the cauliflower is tender.

  4. Heat a little olive oil in a skillet on medium-high heat. Add the onions and carrots and cook until tender.

  5. Add the ground beef and cook, stirring frequently and breaking up the meat, until it is browned. Season with a little salt and pepper.

  6. Add the tomatoes. Cook for about three minutes, then transfer to a baking dish.

  7. When the cauliflower is tender, drain in a colander and return the pot to medium heat. Add a nice splash of olive oil and briefly sautée the cauliflower florets.

  8. Mash the cauliflower, preferably with a potato masher so as to keep a little texture. Add olive oil and mix. The more olive oil you add to the mash, the smoother it will be (see tip). Spoon the cauliflower over the vegetable mixture.

  9. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the cauliflower topping is browned, then serve.


Don’t be afraid of olive oil! Looking at the total number of calories or the total fat content is simply not the right way to determine if food is healthy or unhealthy. So don’t skimp on the olive oil—it is flavorful, satisfying and good for you.


You can prepare this dish a day in advance and keep it in the refrigerator. Reheat it in the oven for 30 minutes before serving.

About the recipe

This recipe is part of a collaboration with Pascale Naessens and comes from her book "Pure & Simple"

Recommended special equipment

Colander and potato masher